Lake Shore Baptist Church,
PO Box 670, 276 East Hundley Drive,
Lake Dallas, Texas 75065
(940) 497-2219 (office phone & fax)   
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8-noon & 1-5PM
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The Word
Walkup's Words
2 Peter 1:2-11 (NKJV)
2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God
and of Jesus our Lord,  3  as His divine power has given to us all
things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of
Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4  by which have been
given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through
these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5  But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your
faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6  to knowledge self-control, to
self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7  to
godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

8  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither
barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to
blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old
sins. 10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your
call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never
stumble; 11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The second Word Peter calls our attention to is virtue. Virtue is the
moral power or moral excellence that comes through exercising
faith in God in relation to His Word.

As God’s special possession believers are to proclaim His virtues
(eminent qualities and mighty deeds). Who God is and what He
does is revealed in the Bible.

By faith we accept the Bible as being true in what it tells us about
God.  By faith we also accept the Bible as having authority over
our lives because it is God's Word to us.

First, a virtue is a tendency, stemming from who you are at your
core level, to act in certain ways. Second, it is not simply,
therefore, an impulse, good or bad, but rather a settled habit of
mind. Third, it has a function of providing judgment on motives and
outward actions. Virtues, then, relate to who we are as people; our
character.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are
noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if
there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate
on these things.

How many things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of a good report
do you find being added to your faith each day, week, month, or
year?