Archive for August 2016

I Thessalonians 5:12-13

There is much written these days about leadership.  Leadership, they say, is the key to everything and without it the Church will spin and struggle in a quagmire of competing messages, with fits and starts, but no progress in any one direction.  And, I suppose they are right about that.  But what Paul is speaking…

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I Thessalonians 5:4-11

The last verse of our reading calls us to build each other up in the faith.  How do we that in each other’s lives?  Paul wants us to remind each other that we are not destined for wrath, but for reward!  When we are in Jesus, we look forward to judgment day as a day…

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I Thessalonians 5:1-3

When it comes to the second coming of Jesus Christ we use the word “imminent” to describe the time of this great event.  To be “imminent” means that something could happen at any time.  That is what Peter is talking about here in our reading today.  He uses the imagery of a thief coming and…

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I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Paul suddenly seems to shift gears as we come into verse 13.  He moves from talking about how to live the Christian life to speaking of the second coming of Jesus.  Evidently there was a misunderstanding among the Thessalonians believers concerning what happened to people when they died.  These verses written by Paul, though fairly…

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I Thessalonians 4:9-12

This reading contains an interesting thought.  Paul is commending these believers for their “brotherly love”.  They, evidently, were doing pretty well in this category.  Paul then calls on them to keep loving one another, and then adds the following items to his exhortation, to fine tune what it means to love each other.  He calls…

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I Thessalonians 4:1-8

As we come into chapter 4 of the Thessalinian letter we hear Paul saying 4 basic things about Christian living. First, walk like you were taught to walk, by the Apostles.  The teachings of the 12 Apostles are the very word of God and the Church is instructed by these teachings on how to live.…

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I Thessalonians 3:11-13

Paul begins these verses with a reference to our “God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Paul wants God himself to be at work.  Why? So that the love of these people for each other might abound!  It is hard to make yourself be more loving.  There are things we can do, for…

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I Thessalonians 3:6-10

Paul carried an extreme anxiety with him concerning the faith of the Thessalonians believers.  This deep concern made him want to drop everything and go to them to see how they were doing.  He knew these believers were going through hard times and he feared that they might fold under the pressure.  But not being…

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I Thessalonians 2:9-12

As Paul continues to remind his readers about how he had conducted himself with honor and grace among them he shows to us the call of God upon the believer’s life.  We are saved by grace, not by doing the works of the law or by any other human effort.  But does this mean that…

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I Thessalonians 2:1-8

What is your natural reaction when things get difficult?  When trouble and problems arise, do we tend to shut down and pull back?  That is often the case for many of us, me included, but here in our reading today we hear Paul saying that when he came and preached to the people of Thessalonica,…

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