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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States


We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

Satan Has Asked For You!

David Jostenski

I began to read a book several weeks ago by a very popular Christian author, and she mentioned the following Scripture.  Luke 22:31 "And The Lord said, 'Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat".  Oh my goodness, when The Lord repeats your name twice it is very serious and you better be listening!
 Christ Himself had already given Simon the name Peter, but here he reverted to Peter's old name.  Seems like Jesus is rebuking him for engaging way too much in fleshly overconfidence.  In the passage before this, all the disciples were arguing amongst themselves about "who is the greatest".  Am I wrong in guessing that Peter was "very vocal" in this argument?
 I don't know what sifters looked like in that day and age, but I have used sifters in my lifetime.  It is quite a word picture being "sifted".  A big fleshly body with all its pride and arrogance going through a sifter.  Painful?  Yes I would imagine painful to the extreme!  But what does a sifter do?  If you are sifting flour, it transforms the flour from coarse to a much "finer" state.  
 So there were definitely some things in Peter that absolutely needed to be "sifted" out, and the warning included the other apostles as well.  The trials that the apostles were to journey through were unsettling, undesirable, and very painful.  Pain was the road our Lord used to make them more faithful, more trusting, and even more stronger in Him.
 Shortly after this warning from Jesus, Peter actually denied knowing Christ three times.  And the third time, "the Lord turned and looked at Peter".  What was in Jesus' eyes and face as He looked at Peter?  Did Peter begin to "die to himself" at this moment?
 But the very next verse gives followers of Christ so much encouragement and hope.  Luke 22:32 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren".