1. Showing Hospitality
    29 Sep, 2017
    Showing Hospitality
    Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 Taylor Clark, in his book, Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, gives us a picture of what makes Starbucks a special place.  You see, Starbucks has a vision to provide a community that offers something more than just coffee.  They seek to provide an atmosphere that is inviting and accepting.  A place where people feel like they belong.  A community of sharing and caring. What's interesting to me is
  2. Honoring Those in Authority
    04 Nov, 2016
    Honoring Those in Authority
    Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17 Presidential election years always bring out a certain amount of negative rhetoric.  You know what I mean. One politician throws mud on another politician, and that politician follows suit.   The voters themselves often join in the mudslinging saying things that we would usually be ashamed of in other types of discourse. This election year seems to be a particularly rough year when it comes to those kinds of
  3. Our True Adversary
    30 Jun, 2016
    Our True Adversary
    Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 Recently a pastor friend of mine mentioned a book about how to deal with adversaries in the church.  Apparently the basic gist of the book is this: there are people in the church who are adversaries of the leadership, and the leadership needs to be equipped to know how to deal with such people. Not having read the book, I can't speak to whether it's a good read or
  4. Clothe Yourself With Humility
    29 Jun, 2016
    Clothe Yourself With Humility
    Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5 Every day I make a decision as to what clothes I'm going to wear.  Sometimes I make the decision based on what activities I'm going to be participating in.  Sometimes I make the decision based on how comfortable I want be.  Sometimes I make the decision based on who I think will see me that day.  But no
  5. Following Jesus' Example of Suffering
    28 Jun, 2016
    Following Jesus' Example of Suffering
    For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 Not that long ago I woke up with a sharp pain in my shoulder and neck.  I must have slept wrong or something.  Turning my head to the right caused the pain to increase.  It was really hard to get going that morning. So what did I do?   Well, at first I whined about it.  Then I took some Ibuprofen Liquid gels.  And then I wondered if I needed to
  6. Identity
    27 Jun, 2016
    Identity
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 How do you identify yourself? When you introduce yourself to others, what do you say that lets other people know who you really are? I usually say things like . . . "My name is Stuart Mizelle.  I'm a pastor.  I'm married.  I have three children.  I'm originally from North Carolina.  I