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Stuck in a Moment Stuck in a Moment

March 03, 2024 | Van Barnhill

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:6-7

The Situation at Hand

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”  1 Peter 1:24-25

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."  1 Peter 2:9-10

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you."  1 Peter 4:12

The Reason for Our Hope

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”  1 Peter 1:3-4

"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."  1 Peter 3:18

"The gospel is not the first step in a stairway of truths; rather, it is more like the hub in a wheel of truth. The gospel is not just the ABCs but the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom but the way we make all progress in the kingdom."  Tim Keller, The Centrality of the Gospel

The Answer to How

“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor."  1 Peter 2:17

"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace."  1 Peter 4:7-10

"This is precisely why we must see that each choice to do the next thing is an act of worship, and therefore fundamentally good. Feeding your pets is an act of worship. Brushing your teeth is. Doing the dishes. Getting dressed. Going to work. Insofar as each of these actions assumes that this life in this fallen world is good and worth living despite suffering, they are acts of faith in God...Sometimes that’s what peace is: an action based on faith and not an emotional state."  Alan Noble, On Getting Out of Bed

"As we join together in responsive prayer or reading, I look at the faces in the congregation: some rapt, some bored, some pained, many weary. We made it through another week. We are being the church, speaking words of life to each other, showing up for each other. Again…We work out our faith with these other broken men and women around us in the pews. It’s lackluster. It can be boring or taxing. It’s often messy. It’s sometimes painful. But these Christians around me become each other’s call and response. We remind each other of the good news. All saints and sinners in the church share together in this gospel."  Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary


  • Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life - Warren
  • On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden and Gift of Living - Noble
  • The Things of Earth - Rigney
  • You Are What You Love - Smith