Bible Text: Luke 5:1-11, 1 Peter 1:7,13,23-25, 2:1,9, 3:15, 4:13
We end November with “Messy Grace” fresh on our hearts and minds, a few Thanksgiving feasts tucked under our belts (and maybe overlapping our belts a bit), and this American consumer tradition of “Black Friday” having drained our wallets on deals we are told we just cannot pass up! With all this happening, we now get ready for the Christmas season and everything that comes with it; decorating, Christmas parties, more shopping, and most importantly, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After all, it is called CHRISTmas. But before we get there, remember, it is still November and I am not ready to get to Christmas just yet. As such, I take advantage of this last Sunday in November to look deeper into one of my favorite characters in the New Testament; Peter. Fisherman, husband, brother, follower, disciple, apostle, elder, martyr, impetuous, boisterous, prideful, humble, rock – the adjectives and descriptions employed to describe him goes on and on. Each of us at some level can equate with Peter. This morning we look a little bit at his life, his struggles, his successes, and his wisdom passed along to us in the gospels and the epistles bearing his name.