Getting Back Into 1 Peter

After our break for Lent, we’ll be returning to 1 Peter this Sunday, April 28th, as Noah Joyner leads us in 1 Peter 3.8-12. To reconnect with Peter this week, read a little bit of 1 Peter each day to be reminded of what God has been teaching us through this challenging epistle. Here’s a suggested reading plan for the week:
  • Monday – 1.1-12
  • Tuesday – 1.13-2.3
  • Wednesday – 2.4-12
  • Thursday – 2.13-17
  • Friday – 2.18-25
  • Saturday – 3.1-7
 “you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles” (2 Peter 3:2)


Holy Week Daily Devotionals

As we enter the last week of the season of Lent, I hope you will take a little extra time to reflect on the love of God for you in Christ as we follow in His steps each day of this last week leading up to the cross.

To help you in that, here are some options for daily devotionals for this last week (from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday).

Pastor Larry

  1. Holy Week Scripture Readings — This devotional gathers the relevant scriptures from each day of the week – guiding you to follow Jesus through the gospel accounts.
  2. Love to the Uttermost by John Piper — This devotional is selected mediations on the love of God in Christ.  They don’t connect to the passion week calendar.  You could read the scriptures from devotional #1 alongside this if you wanted to connect to the last week calendar.
  3. Holy Week Daily Podcast by David Platt of — (with text in case you would rather read it than listen).

The Covenant Prayer

I mentioned this prayer by John Wesley in Sunday’s Sermon (4/7/19) as a way to pray towards a cross-bearing life. Use it as a way to deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow the crucified Christ!

“I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”

Making this verse into a daily prayer is a beautiful help, too…

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  Luke 9:23

You could paraphrase it by praying something like:

Lord, I do want to come after You, help me deny myself and take up my cross and follow You this day!

If you wear cross jewelry that you put on each day, you could pray this prayer when you do that!


A Prayer For the New Year

As you begin this new year, here is a simple prayer to help you lean on God – all-wise, all-loving and changeless in these things.

Grant, O Lord,
that as the years change,
I may find rest in Your eternal changelessness.
May I meet this new year bravely,
secure in the faith that,
while we come and go,
and life changes around us,
You are always the same,
guiding us with Your wisdom,
and protecting us with Your love. Amen.
—William Temple (1881–1944)

Happy new year !