Archive for September 2016

II Thessalonians 3:13-15

Do you ever grow weary in doing good?  Does your life have so much service to God and care for people that you just get plain wore out over it?  When Paul says “don’t grow weary in doing good” he does not mean that we won’t get tired sometimes in doing good towards God and…

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II Thessalonians 3:6-12

The big bad sin that Paul focuses on in our passaged today is “walking in idleness”!  What is idleness?  , Well, I know that if I am mowing the lawn and I stop working for a bit, but I don’t want to actually shut the mower off, I will let it sit and idle.  It…

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II Thessalonians 3:1-5

Paul is always asking for prayer when he writes to one of the Churches.  He must think it is important.  Why so much emphasis on prayer? First, it would appear that without prayer, the word of the Lord will not be able to “speed on ahead of us” (v.1).  When we bring the word of…

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II Thessalonians 2:13-17

Paul was so thankful for the Thessalonians believers, as they were some of the first to believe in the Lord Jesus and choose to follow Him.  As Paul speaks of them he makes an interesting observation.  Paul declares that, while these people were choosing Jesus, God was choosing them.  This touches on the great mystery…

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II Thessalonians 2:6-12

There are some wild and crazy things in our reading today from II Thessalonians. First, Satan is actively trying to raise up a person who will become the “antiChrist”.  An antiChrist is someone who is the exact opposite of Jesus and who will fight against and oppose Jesus.   Thus, the antiChrist will work to…

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II Thessalonians 2:1-5

In Paul’s first letter he had instructed the Thessalonians about the second coming of Jesus, that it would indeed happen, and the dead believers would rise and go to be with the Lord first.  Now, in chapter 2 of this letter, Paul once again addresses the second coming of Jesus and tries again to correct,…

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II Thessalonians 1:5-12

God is the righteous judge of all the earth.  This is the testimony of the whole of scripture.  God, in the end, will make sure the everything works out according to justice and truth.  God guys will be rewarded and bad guys will be punished.  Most every movie that have ever been made has this…

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II Thessalonians 1:1-4

What’s important in life, and what is of less value?  If often seems that we humans are concerned about things that don’t really matter all that much, while neglecting the weightier matters of life.  Notice what Paul is excited about in our reading today.  He greets the Thessalonian believers in this, now his second letter,…

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I Thessalonians 5:14-28

Paul brings his first letter to the Thessalonian believers to a conclusion with a flurry of exhortations and a benediction.  First Paul calls on the Church to be patient with everyone as they exhort one another to correct problems in their lives and find better ways of functioning, both in their personal habits and in…

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