Luke 22, John 21:15-19, Acts 2:14-41
If you are a sports fan this has been an amazing couple of weeks! Sunday, April 2nd was opening day for Major League Baseball. Then there was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga on April 3rd. Next it was time once again for The Master’s in Augusta. Then, coming up this weekend it’s the NBA Playoffs beginning on the 15th.
On this, the 20th anniversary of winning his very first “Green Jacket” at The Master’s, the one time world’s best golfer, Tiger Woods, didn’t play. It seems that the unseen, character fault lines in his life became seen by all in late 2009. His marriage ended, his health faltered and his game suffered. Except for a brief period in 2013 and 2014, he’s never really regained what he was once so well know for.
Tiger certainly isn’t the only man to ever have his character fault lines exposed for all to see. The Hollywood tabloid news shows, spill the beans on the foul ups of the rich and famous nearly 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Bible has more than its fair share of slip ups too. There was that lying incident that Abraham had in order to save his own hide. That moral indiscretion, that King David fell into followed up with a murder. There was Jonah, the prejudice preacher, who ran away from God’s plan and ended up in the belly of a great fish.
But the one we are going to focus our attention on this week is none other than, Mr. Foot-In-Mouth himself, the Apostle Peter.
In Luke 22, and other Gospels, we see the final hours of the clock ticking away as Jesus, our Passover Lamb, is staring at an undeserved cross.
In the midst of the Passion, we see an interchange that takes place between Jesus and Peter that knocks Peter off of his feet and threatens to sideline him forever.
However, if we will allow ourselves to see the whole story in its entirety, we’ll discover that failure doesn’t have to be final!
As a matter of fact, you are not a failure just because you have failed.
The Good News is that God specializes in giving, “A Second Chance At Life.”
He did it for Peter, and He can do it for you.
So, if you have ever blown it, know this – God hasn’t given up on you yet!
He is the God of the Second Chance.
So, my hope and prayer is that you will make One Thing for Men a priority this Good Friday. You can make it a priority by reading through Peter’s story (See Luke 22, John 21:15-19 and Acts 2:14-41), reflecting on it’s truths, inviting someone to come with you, and showing up early Friday morning ready to go at 7:00.
We are going to raise the roof with truth this Friday, at Cabernet Steakhouse on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta – You will not want to miss it!
And who knows, when all the dust settles, you might just discover something about yourself, Jesus and His plans for your future that you never knew before!
It is with great expectancy that I will see you there,
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This Week’s Key Verses:
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.’– Luke 22:31,32
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you to be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:1,2
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. – Psalm 51:17
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18