Stand Firm in Tha Faith, but Do So With Calm Conviction of Tha Son

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Stand Firm in That Faith, but Do So With Calm Conviction of Tha Son

Be submissive to those who are older. – 1 Peter 5:5 (1 Peter 5:5-10)

Submit ter yer elders.
Put on humility.
Skipper gives grace ter tha humble, so humble yer self under Skip’s mighty hand.

Some preach that we be called ter stand up fer Skipper and tha Son. Ter be sure, thar be times when taking a stand fer Skip’s Truth and Love be tha right call. Only, thar be a great many more times when tha right call be ter submit ter tha needs of others, be humble, show grace, offer mercy, or simply keep yer trap shut. If ya feel yer blood running hot and tha hairs on yer neck stiffening, ya kin be sure that be tha spirit of pride prodding ya ter say or do a thing that ‘ill harm Skip’s good name and reputation.

Besides which, it’ll harm others.

Be alert. Yer enemy prowls about looking fer folks ter devour. A good many times that black-hearted devil ‘ill snare a feller with tha very words of Skipper. Tha devil ‘ill twist Skip’s words and cast dispersion on tha Son and Skipper, then watch fer us ter take tha bait.

Resist tha urge ter lash out.

Take a deep breath—then take another. And another ‘till ya have yer wits back in yer head and yer tongue secured.

Stand firm in tha faith, but do so with calm conviction. This be tha example of tha Son. He ne’er ranted or thrashed about ‘cept fer that one time in tha Temple when he cleaned house. Rest of tha time he stood firm with tha steady hand of a helmsman sailing straight in ter a squall.

If ya humble yer self under tha mighty hand of Skipper he ‘ill:

  • Restore ya
  • Make ya strong
  • Make ya firm
  • Make ya stand fast through rough seas and gales

What be the final outcome of any action? That be tha question we ought ter ask. Plot its course and ya ‘ill know if that be a heading Skipper be asking ya ter steer.

Love Dives Down Deep Ter Save Folks

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Love Dives Down Deep Ter Save Folks

Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (1 Peter 4:6-10)

Be clear minded so ya may pray in a proper way. Make it yer task ter be wise, discerning, and mature in yer decisions. Skipper ‘as given ya a mind; use it. With reason and sound judgement overlay Skipper’s words on tha matters placed be fer ya.

Love each other deeply. Love with fergiveness covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality without grumbling or complaining. Make it yer duty ter administer Skipper’s grace while serving others. This be tha example tha Son set fer us; do likewise. Serve with tha strength Skip provides.

If anyone speaks tha words of tha Son or from Skipper’s Code of Conduct, he should do so as one speaking on behalf fer Skipper.

Already a good many false prophets ‘ave gone out spewing all manner of deceptions. Ya ‘ill know thar stripes by tha way they twist Skipper’s words ter mean tha exact opposite of what Skip and tha Son said. Such deceptions only be tha enemy probing our defenses and seeking ter find whar our fleet be weak in faith.

All will have ter give an account ter Skipper, even tha dead. Fer this reason tha gospel be preached.

If ya love others deeply, ya ‘ill make it yer task ter pray fer them who be deceived.

If ya love others deeply, ya ‘ill make it yer task ter present Skipper’s words without judgement. Leave tha condemnation ter Skip.

If ya love others deeply, ya ‘ill make it yer task ter fergive when folks lash out at ya on account of ya be seeking ter shine light in ter thar dark lives.

If ya love others deeply, ya ‘ill make it yer task ter die trying ter rescue them who be lost.

Love folks others deeply. Skipper does. Tha Son does. Love dives down deep ter save folks.

Take a deep breath and plunge in.

Folks Think It Strange We Doth Not Plunge in With Them in Ter Tha Same Flood of Dissipation

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Folks Think It Strange We Do Not Plunge in With Them in Ter Tha Same Flood of Dissipation

Since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.- 1 Peter 4:1 (1 Peter 4:1-4)

If we be prepared ter suffer and ter face abuse with tha same attitude of tha Son, then we be proving we agree with tha Son and Skipper in all thar words and deeds. Tha Son faced abuse and worse on account of Skipper’s Code of Conduct. We should do likewise. Our suffering be evidence we believe Skipper’s condemnation of sin. Our willingness ter suffer fer a feller we ne’er met but only believe in on account of some old book we read, be evidence we cling ter tha hope that tha Son kin set us free from sin.

Tha Son suffered in his body fer doing tha right thing by offering Skipper’s truth through love. Skip’s Law without love be like offering a thirsty feller water from a salt spring. It ‘ill only leave his soul more parched. Only Skipper’s Truth offered in Skipper’s Love kin revive a body. Bring tha Son’s living water ter folks. Make it yer task ter suffer in this way.

If ya suffer fer holding ter Skipper’s Holy Code of Conduct then ya prove ya place more value on yer soul than body. If ya der things ter please yer body and gratify tha lust of tha flesh, then ya prove ya put more value on yer body than soul.

We all ‘ave spent enough time in tha past wandering around in darkness following tha ways of tha devil. Folks that follow tha ways of that black-hearted devil live ter gratify all manner of sexual perversions with a continual lust fer more. They get drunk, carouse about, participate in orgies, and prove they worship thar own self by participating in all manner of detestable acts which a decent feller dare not mention.

Folks of this sort think it strange we doth not plunge in with them in ter tha same flood of dissipation. And when we do not, they heap all sorts of abuse on us.

Be separated mentally and morally from all who promote such vile behavior. Skipper ‘as judged such folks in tha past with floods and fire from heaven and wild beasts and snakes. He ‘ill do so again, of this ya kin be sure. Yer faith be rooted in a person: tha Son. Yer faith be rooted in tha knowledge of tha Son and this comes from Skipper’s Code of Conduct. Arm yer self with tha same attitude of tha Son and Skipper and ya ‘ill escape tha flames of hell, ya may lay ter that.

Tha Son Be Tha Ark in Which We Ride Through Rough Seas and High Winds

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Christ went and preached to the spirits in prison, to those who were disobedient long ago.- 1 Peter 3:19 (1 Peter 3:19-22)

After some vile fellers nailed him ter tha mast and kilt him, tha Son be placed in a tomb and left fer dead. Only Skipper’s Son not stay dead. Tha grave not be able ter hold him.

So after being made alive he went and preached ter them unclean spirits in tha underworld. Now right off that be an odd thing ter ponder. A feller who be dead coming back ter life, then traipsing off ter preach to tha devil’s demons in hades, such a thing hain’t ne’er happened ‘fore or since.

Them tha Son went ter chat with them whar them who be disobedient a long time ago–all tha way back ’til tha days of Noah. Skipper waited patiently fer them reprobates ter stop thar sinning ways and repent. Months, years, decades, Skip waited. All tha while Noah banged on that ark, putting her in ter ship shape. 

When Noah be done and set sail he only carried a crew of eight–and them eight only be them in his family. Rest of tha lubbers on dry land stood by laughing, pointing at Noah’s ark, talking ‘bout how he had lost his ever loving mind, building a vessel so far from tha sea. Only Noah’s mind not be lost but fixed on tha words of Skipper. Eight clambered aboard tha ark: eight plus a boat load of critters. Them eight who set sail whar saved through tha water. Rest of them mocking lubbers on dry land went ter Davy Jones when tha flood come upon ’em.

Now tha water we used ter baptize folks symbolizes tha baptism that saves ya from yer sins. In tha same way Noah and his family believed and be saved, so ya ‘ave believed and be saved through a baptism of water.

Tha act of baptism be a commitment on our part of our agreement with Skipper that we ‘ave passed through tha water from death ter life through his Son. In tha same way tha ark saved Noah and his family from getting swept away ter Davy Jones, so tha Son saves us from getting swept away ter tha Lake of Fire. Water baptism itself be not able ter save us. It only symbolizes fer us and all who attend our baptism that we agree with Skipper that we be sinners, like them lubbers of Noah’s days, and be in tha new ark. . .  tha Son.

Tha Son ‘as gone ter heaven. He be at Skipper’s right hand. All tha angels, all powers, all jurisdictions, all commands, all control, all mastery, all charges and all powers in heaven and on earth be under submission ter tha Son. This be tha ark in which we ride through rough seas and high winds. This be our saving ship.

And still ter day a good many fellers stand by laughing, pointing at us, talking ‘bout how we ‘ave lost our ever loving minds. Only think on this: some of them folks be in yer family, yer neighborhood, tha place whar ya work, yer community. . . even yer church. If ya love ‘em, and I ‘spect ya do, try at least try ter talk ‘em in ter clambering aboard so they don’ end up swimming fer ever in tha Lake of Fire. 

Maybe if ya give ’em a ride on yer boat and tell ’em tha story of Noah they might come ter see that sailing on tha sea be a far better thing that swimming in it ’till yer arms grow tired and ya sink.

When Tough Times Come, Suffer With a Smile — tha Son Be Shining Down on Ya

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If you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. – 1 Peter 3:13 (1 Peter 3:13-18)

Them who suffer fer doing right by Skipper and his Son ‘ill be blessed. Maybe not right off and maybe not in tha way ya expect. But Skipper ‘ill make sure he takes noticed of yer upright stance.

Ne’er ferget that tha Son died once fer all. He died fer ya, me, us, them, all tudders who may hear tha good news of his message and still turn up thar nose like getting saved by tha Son be a right offensive thing. Tha Son did this so that his righteousness might save tha unrighteous and ter bring them ter Skipper.

Ever feller ‘as a choice ter make. He can go Skipper’s way or his own way. He kin follow tha Son or keep sailing onward in ter deeper darkness. No matter if ya take up Skip’s offer or not, tha Son suffered by doing right when he suffered fer them who do wrong—that be all of us. Skipper blessed tha Son fer this act of “rightness” by placing him right next ter Skipper on tha throne.

If ya do acts of “rightness” Skipper ‘ill place ya in his kingdom.

When tough times come, suffer with a smile. Tha Son be shining down on ya, ya may lay ter that.

Don’ Be Sharing Yer Answer With Everyone – Wait Fer an Invite

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Don’ Be Sharing Yer Answer With Everyone - Wait Fer an Invite

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 (1 Peter 3:13-18)

Thar be several things ter consider from Saint Pete’s good words.

First off be prepared ter give an answer fer tha hope ya have in tha Son’s saving mercy. Don’ be like some in tha crew who lounge about neglecting thar duties, drinking, playing cards, tossing dirks at tha mast. When a asked how come they be aboard one of Skipper’s vessels ya might get a shrug from ‘em but not a reliable and coherent explanation of how they came ter believe in tha Son and Skipper.

Second, don’ be sharing tha reasons fer yer hope in tha Son with everyone. Wait fer an invite. Some may ask ter hear yer tale. Others may simple hint that they be curious. We got some fellers lounging about when they should be preparing ter give an answer. Others be up in tha crow’s nest hollering at all who passes by ‘bout how they love tha Son and all he did fer ‘em. Kin not blame a feller fer spouting off when he be in love, but in all matters we be ter show respect and gentleness. This goes fer giving folks space and a wee bit of silence when they don’ look tha least bit interested in our tale of hope.

Third, be them two words jest mentioned: respect and gentleness. Ya show respect fer Skipper and tha Son when ya show respect fer others. If ya need a lesson on respect, ask Skipper. Or if yer mum and pop still around, ask them how ter show respect. Don’ be pushy. Don’ be bossy. Don’ bully folks in ter hearing yer reasons fer believing in Skipper and tha Son. Be a gentle feller. Be a gentle lass. Be gentle as a feather resting on tha back of yer hand.

Tha way ya treat others be tha way a good many ‘ill think Skipper treats them who be in his crew. Answer fer tha hope ya ‘ave in a gentle, considerate, and respectful manner. Keep a clear conscience so ya not be double-minded. Might be if ya behave as such, some will ask ya ter tell ’bout yer tale of hope.

Be ready when they do.

Be ready ter keep yer trap shut when they don’.

Could be tha way you behave ‘ill say more than yer words ever will.

If Ya Love Life. . . If Ya Would Love Ter See Good Days. . . Then Keep Yer Tongue From Spouting Evil Words

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If Ya Love Life. . . If Ya Would Love Ter See Good Days. . . Then Keep Yer Tongue From Spouting Evil Words Finding Jesus

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. – 1 Peter 3:10 (1 Peter 3:10-12)

If ya love life. . . if ya would love ter see good days. . . then keep yer tongue from spouting evil words. Keep yer lips from spouting lies and half-truths.

Turn from evil. Turn ter good.

Seek peace, pursue it like a precious prize ya mean ter have.

Tha eyes of Skipper be on tha righteous.

Tha ears of Skipper be listening intently ter tha prayers of tha righteous.

Tha face of tha Son be against them who commit evil.

Seek only and always ter please Skipper. Our worth ter Skip in public be a reflection of how we carry our self in private. Do right in private and ya ‘ill do right in public. Both be a glorious thing ter Skipper.