Hi, my name is Peter LeDuc, I am just an ordinary guy who has always had a very full life. First of all, I am a sinner surprised by the sovereign grace of a holy and merciful God who redeemed me from both the penalty and the power of my sin at a young age. I was born and raised in small towns of New Hampshire with my 7 brothers and sisters. Yes, you read that right . . . we were a blended family, like the Brady Bunch, only plus two more. “Full,” “half,” “step,”—these were not words we used in our home because we came together when we were all under 6 and my new mom adopted me and my brothers. My life growing up pretty much revolved around church and the family business. My dad is a painting contractor and I worked with him most of my life in ME, NH, and MA.
I met my wife at a Christian camp when we were 17 and 16. We were engaged at 20, married at 21, and had our first child at 22. We have now been married for 10 years and have three kids and currently have two little girls from the foster system as part of our family. Years ago, after a church split and subsequent plant of a new church, God unexpectedly called me into vocational ministry which led us to seminary all the way across the country in Southern California. Although we moved out here with the intention of returning to ministry in New England and I graduated in May of 2017, our stay has been extended as we wait to adopt our daughters. I currently serve as the director of high school ministries at Grace Church of Simi Valley We still desire to serve the church in New England, but we are thankful God has led us to a healthy church that intentionally trains its workers to be sent out.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Liberty University, a Masters in Divinity from The Master’s Seminary, I am an ACBC certified biblical counselor, and a certified foster parent in LA County through Koinonia Family Services.
The Purpose of This Blog
This blog exists for the glory of God and the good of mankind.
Maximum Mandatum is Latin for “greatest commandment.”
When asked by the Pharisees which commandment was the greatest, Jesus responded, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 23:37-39).
I have found that in all my preaching, counseling, parenting, and meditating, I am continually coming back to this command. This is the overarching principle and goal of the Christian life―”to glorify God and enjoy Him.” It should guide every thought, word, and action. Jesus emphasizes that love for God should be an all-encompassing endeavor of the entire person―intellect, emotion, and will―that will further express itself in self-sacrificial love for others. All unbiblical patterns of thinking or behaving, whether omission or commission, boil down to a failure to follow through with this principle. It is my goal to bridge the gap between our orthodoxy and orthopraxy with deep affections for God and all things holy. If loving God includes all of our faculties then I want to make sure that I am constantly informing your intellect, igniting your passions, and inclining your will toward worship and self-sacrificial action.
“If loving God with all our heart and soul and might is the greatest commandment, then it follows that not loving Him that way is the greatest sin.” -R.A. Torrey