Devotional - Pay Attention
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
20h ago
"And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." - 2 Peter 1:19   In his book “The Attention Merchants” Tim Wu writes the following: “We ignore so much stuff for a simple reason: if we didn’t, we’d quickly be overwhelmed, our brains flooded until they seized up. Depending on the kind of information, it takes our brains some amount of time to process it, and when we are presented with too much at once we begin to panic, like a waiter wh ..read more
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Devotional - Your Goodness
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
4d ago
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge" - 2 Peter 1:5   Are you a good person? There’s a simple way to tell, according to the Internet at least. It’s based on what you do with a shopping cart when you are done with it. If you put it in the designated shopping cart collection area in the parking lot, you’re good. If you leave it to drift off into parking spots, you’re bad. On Reddit, a user laid out a very detailed description of the theory that essentially claims: “The shopping cart is what determines whether a person is a good o ..read more
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Devotional - Be Anxious For Nothing
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
1w ago
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 Christina Vinson, in her book “God’s Peace When You Can’t Sleep”, writes the following: “The Land of What-Ifs is a tempting place to dwell. It is also a dangerous place to be. And chances are, if you flipped to this page, you’re stepping foot into its territory. Before you even pull the covers back, your mind is racing with questions. What if I choke up during the meeting tomorrow? What if my child is diagnosed with learning disabilities? What if the test result comes back positive? What if I don’t get the job? There are c ..read more
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Devotional - Don't Be Surprised
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
1w ago
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13  At 8 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024, members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out a brutal attack in Ndimo village, Ituri province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Islamic extremist group killed 11 Christians, kidnapped several others, and set houses on fire. One survivor told ICC that the ADF reb ..read more
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Devotional - Remember To Pray
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
1w ago
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” – 1 Peter 4:7 Celeste Sibley was an award-winning reporter, editor, and beloved columnist for the Atlanta Constitution from 1941 to 1999. She was described as “one of the most popular and long-running columnists for the Constitution, and her well-written and poignant essays on Southern culture made her an icon in the South.” One day Celeste took her three children to a diner for breakfast one morning. It was crowded and they had to take separate seats at the counter. Eight-year-old M ..read more
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Devotional - A Clear Conscience
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
1w ago
“keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:16 In his book “The Good and Beautiful Community”, author James Bryan Smith writes the following about William Penn. “At the age of twenty-three, Penn became a Quaker, and soon after everything began to change. It was common in Penn’s day to wear a sword, which was not intended to harm anyone one but was a sign that the wearer belonged to the upper class. After becoming a Quaker, Penn struggled with whether he should wear the sword. After all, it ..read more
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Devotional - Be Prepared
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
1w ago
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15   James Bryan Smith, in his book “The Good and Beautiful God” tells the following story: “Payton Manning was the winning quarterback of Super Bowl XLI. It was a rainy night, and the ball was slippery. Rex Grossman, the quarterback for the losing team, fumbled the ball several times. But Peyton Manning never fumbled. A few weeks after the Super Bowl a reporter discovered that every ..read more
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Devotional - Doing Good
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
2w ago
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” – 1 Peter 2:12 In 1953, Dr. Charles Fuller, a well-known Gospel radio preacher from The Old Fashioned Revival Hour led a revival at the Ryman Auditorium. While staying at the Sam Davis Hotel, Fuller encountered numerous men experiencing homelessness living on the streets of Nashville and made mention of them during his sermon. After the revival, Dr. Fuller returned the honorarium he received for speaking and asked that it be ..read more
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Devotional - A Chosen People
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
2w ago
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 In his book “Invitation to a Journey”, Dr. M. Robert Mulholland writes: “I once heard a woman tell of her struggle with this reality [of being an unwanted child]. Her mother was a prostitute, and she was the accidental byproduct of her mother’s occupation. Although her life’s pilgrimage had brought her to faith in Christ, blessed her with a deeply Christian husband and beautiful children, and ..read more
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Devotional - Depend On The Word
Daily Devotionals by Peter Kennedy
by Peter Kennedy
3w ago
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” – 1 Peter 2:2 In his book “Life for Leaders”, author Mark D. Roberts writes: “The leading figure appears in the very first verse (in the Bible): “In the beginning . . . God.” …today, I want to underline the centrality of God in the biblical story. God is the protagonist. God is the main actor. God is the one who ties together all the pieces of the story. God is the one who orchestrates the events. Indeed, God is also the author of the biblical story. To be sure, the Bible tells a human story as w ..read more
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