It is Thursday and as always, you are invited to join together at St. Luke’s Chapel for a time of fellowship and prayer for our base. Some of you are new to this list, but I warned you that I’d be reminding you. If you are unable to join us, please pray with us in spirit, that our Saviour’s name might be glorified and that He show His mercy and grace in the lives of our comrades and families.
We’ve been looking at 2 Peter, and the qualities he encourages us to have in increasing measure. I wanted to look at what these qualities mean, so today we will look at 3 of them.
2 Peter 1:6 “(make every effort to supplement) knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.”
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing… 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
1 Timothy 4:1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer… 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Cheers and God Bless,
Padre Andrew Whitman, CD