Sermons by Pat Howell

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They War Against Your Soul

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God has determined that all who are His will be “conformed to the image of His son” (Rom 8:29).  This is what God does and thus it is assured to happen.  But God allows us to participate in His work.   Peter tells his readers to abstain from the passions of the flesh which war against […]

“You have received mercy”

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In our sermon passage Peter declares, “Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  What a simple yet powerful statement!  How often do we stop to consider that we have already received mercy from God?  How does this shape us?  How might our walk with God change if this truth stayed […]

The Cornerstone

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The Messiah is referred to as The Cornerstone in both the Old and New Testament.  There are only two interactions with the Cornerstone that are given in the Bible.  He is either a rock that we trip over or a foundation on which we build.  In this sermon we explore those two options and then […]

Spiritual Houses

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Why would God let His people live in times and places where they are mistreated and abused?  Is there a purpose? In this passage from 1 Peter we read Peter’s encouragement to persecuted Christians by telling them their purpose amid difficulty.

Things to Put Away So We Can Love Well

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After Peter commands to “Love earnestly from a pure heart”, he gives five things that Christians are to “put away” so that we can do this very thing.  Love is a verb.  It is an action; it is not a feeling.  If we are to love well we have to take action to get certain […]

Love Earnestly from a Pure Heart

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The call to follow Jesus comes with a call to love other believers.  It is impossible to love Jesus and not love others who are also “in Christ.”  But because of new birth, we are changed so that we love earnestly.

Motivation for Holy Living

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While we look forward to eternity with Jesus, our lives on this earth is to be described as “holy living”.  Because God is holy His people are to be holy.  Peter gives his audience several points to help motivate them to live holy lives beyond just being a good moral person.

Our Trials Can’t Become Our Identity

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If we are not careful, it is easy for trials to define us.  Whether it be a disease or a life event, there are trials in life that are so significant that we forever changed.  But for Christians, our identity is in Christ, so we have to see trials from a Biblical perspective in order […]

Believing Without Seeing

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It is easy to dream about living in other times and places and imagine that our lives would be better there.  Perhaps Peter’s readers felt that way as they faced persecution, but he communicates that they live in a good time because they get to know Jesus whom they love even though they haven’t seen […]