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Always Be Ready To Give an Account!

This morning, and rather last minute (I was mistaken on dates and thought I had more time), I preached, via zoom an interpreter between 1am and 3am to people in a country foreign to my own. It was, as it was the last time God gave me the opportunity, an awesome experience. I was speaking to families, and especially to the younger members, of how they are empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work of the Kingdom of God. Using Biblical examples from both the Old and New Testaments, I showed how God used many people, regardless of age, to do things for the Kingdom of God.

Why do I say all of this? Because every one of us (not just preachers) needs to be ready to give an account of our faith. We need to show by our lives, not just our words, how God is changing us from the inside out, and we need to direct people to the One who is changing us, Jesus! If you have this faith in Christ, as I am, always be ready to give an account for your hope in Christ! If you discovered the cure for all cancers, you’d share it, wouldn’t you? You’d tell everyone possible to save them from the cancer. Well, Jesus is better than that, for cancer cures are temporary holds on Death. Jesus is the cure for sin and death, so always be ready to give an account of your faith, so people can live in the hope that YOU have!

1 Peter 3:8-27

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

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