Guest Post – I Am Peter

Today’s guest post, I Am Peter, written by Dave Peever first appeared on Live 4 Him.

I am Peter

I am not really Peter, my name is Dave, Dave Peever which has led to people who did not hear properly or who were not paying attention to call me Peter. I assume it is the last name that causes the brain to fill in the name Peter but that doesn’t really matter. Even though I go by the name Dave Peever, for this post I am Peter.

I always have something to say.                                                                       

There are times it is strong opinion that drives my need to speak. There are other times that it is just my nature to be a part of the conversation; I like to talk! On top of this, I have to admit I don’t like silence. I may not have a strong opinion or any opinion at all about the topic at hand. As a matter of fact there may not even be a topic up for discussion when I speak. I just hate silence in a room full of people, I find it uncomfortable. Now that I think of it, maybe that is why I like to preach. I feel someone needs to fill the silence! I am Peter.

If no one knows what to say, leave it to me.

It won’t always be a well-crafted dissertation or a perfect comment that brings meaning to the moment. It may not be the most appropriate response or, even more likely, the situation may not call for a response at all but that doesn’t matter. The space must be filled and the awkward must be removed from the situation. Sadly I often don’t really know what I am saying, it just comes out. I have been known to add to the awkward instead of removing it. I am Peter.

As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) Luke 9:33 (NIV)

I have been known to proclaim my beliefs just before contradicting them.

Maybe it’s a pastor thing. Maybe it’s a Christian thing. Maybe it’s a human thing. I can be so convicted of a truth that I will speak boldly, I will proclaim that there is no other way and then in my alone time, I will doubt. I can stand in the pulpit or sit across the table in a coffee shop and without reservation speak of the power and sovereignty of God and the perfection of His plan. When things take a turn for the worse, it doesn’t matter if it is a minute later, I have been known to question if God has got the plan right. I am Peter.

After Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was:

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 (NIV)

After Peter proclaimed that Jesus was equal to God Jesus told them He would die and:

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Matthew 16:22 (NIV)

I have said things and acted in ways that suggest I am not a follower of Christ.

Sometimes I just get dragged along. The jokes take on a more dirty tone or the talk turns to gossip and I join in. It is not as much a reflection of a lack of Christian ethics but rather a lack of thought as I get caught up in the ways of the world. There are other times, times that trouble me more. I may not come out and say it but I act or speak in terms that deny my relationship with Jesus. It is often fear of ridicule or coming off as a “holier than thou” type. It doesn’t matter the reason, when I deny my faith through omission and poor behaviour, I am Peter.

Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:74-75 (NIV)

I am someone who speaks when they shouldn’t. I am someone who proclaims the power of God and then doubts His word. I am someone who hides my association with Christ out of fear or frivolity.

I am Peter.

I am someone who wants to be used by God even though I often say and do things that are not in line with the actions and speech of a follower of Christ.

I want to be like Peter.

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd… With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:14-41 (NIV)

Who is Dave Peever? I am a follower of Jesus the Christ. My specific call is to creatively present various aspects of life as a Christ follower and as a member of a collective of Christ followers I use my background as an actor, director and playwright/writer as well as my music, preaching and leadership skills to assist churches in transition (between pastors) with their desire to be more effective. I have been married for 31 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren all who currently reside in central Ontario Canada. I have been in ministry for 22 years.

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Sandy

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Guest Post – I Am Samuel

Today’s guest post, I Am Samuel, written by Dave Peever first appeared on Live 4 Him.

I Am Samuel

This is not my normal way of introducing myself and, as I said in my previous posts in the “I am _____” series, I have never introduced myself by saying, “I am Thomas” or “I am Mary” so it is safe to assume I will not start introducing myself by saying, “I am Samuel.” To clear up any misunderstandings that may come from this post; my name is Dave however I must, if I intend to introduce myself fully, use the words, “I am Samuel.”

Sometimes I hear voices.                                                    

Like most of you it can be the earworm song that runs around in your head. The music, the voice of the singers and the beat will not go away. I find myself playing air drums, air guitar and even repeating the words out loud as the voices in my head sing along or is it that I am singing along with the voices in my head? Either way you and I both have heard voices in our heads before.

Sometimes I hear different voices.

Are you like me? Sometimes I hear the bloodcurdling scream or the last words of my favorite film character. For you maybe it’s the real life last words of someone you lost or the reassuring words of someone you love. They play over and over again in your mind as if you were hearing them for the first time. Some hear the voices of those who belittled them as children. Others hear the voices of those who encouraged them throughout their life. All these voices, real or fictional, are a part of our memories. They bring out feelings and even dictate how we view ourselves.

Sometimes I hear a specific voice.

The voice does not always communicate the same way. Sometimes it is a thunderous sound; other times it is a small whisper. There are times it is more of a soothing feeling; other times it is an overwhelming wave of emotion. It does not always say the same types of things. It often says the unexpected, the not previously considered.

When I hear this voice I often question who and what I am hearing. I often mistake what is spoken for words and ideas I have heard from someone else or made up myself. I question, “Did I really hear that?” I wonder, “Was it all made up in my head?”

Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”  And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:4-6 (NIV)

Maybe I should call my mind Eli.

I hear a voice or maybe I should say I experience some form of communication in my head and like Samuel I too have my go-to guy when I hear God speak. My “Eli” is my mind. I assume that I am making things up or rehashing what I have heard others say. I figure that the answers to my prayers are not answers at all but rather my mind speaking to me especially when the answer is favourable.

Who is Dave Peever? I am a follower of Jesus the Christ. My specific call is to creatively present various aspects of life as a Christ follower and as a member of a collective of Christ followers I use my background as an actor, director and playwright/writer as well as my music, preaching and leadership skills to assist churches in transition (between pastors) with their desire to be more effective. I have been married for 31 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren all who currently reside in central Ontario Canada. I have been in ministry for 22 years.

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Guest Post – I Am Thomas

Today’s guest post, I Am Thomas, written by Dave Peever first appeared on Live 4 Him.

I am Thomas.

This is not my normal way of introducing myself. As I said in my blog post “I Am Mary”, I have never introduced myself by saying, “I am Mary” and because it may come up after today’s post, I want to assure you that I have never introduced myself by saying, “I am Thomas” until today. To clear up any misunderstandings that may come from this introduction; my name is Dave and I have no intention of going by the name Thomas. However I must, if I intend to introduce myself fully, use the words, I am Thomas.

I am a disciple of Jesus the Christ.                                                                         

I follow His teachings although sometimes I fail to live them out. I seek to know more and desire to spend every possible moment that I can hearing Him speak. I have been known to ask Him for directions as often I am lost, unable to understand where I am being led; “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:5 (NIV). I am Thomas.

I have no fear of dying, as a matter of fact it may be my default.

There are those days when things seem hopeless, when everything is crashing down and I lose my will to go on. I have no problem following Jesus even if it means death. There are even times when an end to this life is my preferred outcome, my escape from the pain of living in a sinful world; “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” John 11:16 (NIV). I am Thomas.

People know very little about me.

I have no fame to speak of, I am just a name lumped in with other names of those who follow Christ. I may make a shorter list of those whose call from God was/is also their vocation, still I am no more than a guy who does church stuff for a living. There are other big names who do the same and receive the praise of others. They are well known and will most likely be long after they die. They have had their writing published, read and implemented by many other Christ followers, but me, although I am one of them, I labour in obscurity. I am Thomas.

I have witnessed the miraculous move of God.

I have been present when prayers have been answered. I have seen people healed. I have heard testimony given about the unmistakable intervention of God. I am in awe of what He can do, has done and anticipate what He will do. What I haven’t heard I have read about. Most importantly I have experienced Him enough to know that I can count on Him to do what He promises even though it seems to be impossible. I am Thomas.

Still, I have my times of doubt.

I might have seen it before, I might have heard about it, I might have read about it, but sometimes I still doubt. I need to see for myself. Just because it worked out before doesn’t mean it will work out this time. Just because it came true for others doesn’t mean it will come true for me. My closest friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ may tell me what they experienced, what they saw; if it affects them I believe it but if it affects me I need proof. I am Thomas.

I am Thomas, it is tough for me to have faith sometimes.

And we know [I know] that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV). I know that “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV). I know these promises and many, many more apply to all believers but sometimes I wonder if they apply to me. Sometimes I doubt – I am Thomas.

I am Thomas, if I don’t see it happening I begin to doubt.

You can tell me God is faithful. You can show me the outcome of His faithfulness. You can encourage me with His promises. You can implore me to be patient. In the end if I can’t see it happening, if I can’t touch it or experience it firsthand, I doubt. I am Thomas.

…“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25b (NIV)

I am the Thomas but I want to be more.

Then Jesus told him [Thomas], “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (NIV)

I will never fault Thomas for doubting because I do it all the time. I am Thomas but I would like to believe that Thomas learned to believe without seeing, I would like to believe I will learn to do the same.

Who is Dave Peever? I am a follower of Jesus the Christ. My specific call is to creatively present various aspects of life as a Christ follower and as a member of a collective of Christ followers I use my background as an actor, director and playwright/writer as well as my music, preaching and leadership skills to assist churches in transition (between pastors) with their desire to be more effective.

I have been married for 31 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren all who currently reside in central Ontario Canada. I have been in ministry for 22 years.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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