I suspect very few of us do anything without a reason. I do the dishes at night because Gloria does the cooking, I take a shower and brush my teeth in the morning so folks won’t run away from me, and I put gas into the car so we can drive to Caribou coffee or Costco rather than walk. Virtually every activity of our lives, whether small endeavors or large, are motivated by some reason. In preparing for this week’s message, the apostle Peter also makes use of the idea of reasons as he sets forth reasons why God is to blessed or praised in 1 Peter 1:3-9. Our sermon this week is titled “Blessed Be Our God” and in it we will explore three reasons why God is to be praised.