It appears from the context of 1 Thessalonians that he addresses newly converted non-Jews, by his remarks about turning from idols to the one true GOD (vss. 9). The new believers in Thessalonica were going through some trials …
For centuries this verse was taken out of the context. Most of my life as a believer, I used it as a promise from Jesus for when we pray. Umm …
Gratitude is part of our core. Really. But we may have great burdens right now. How do we get to the place of thanksgiving?
My readers sometimes ask why I love using Jesus’s Hebrew name, Yeshua. Sometimes I say, “That’s the name His mother called Him when it was time for dinner.” Cute. But the main reason…
When those challenges and disasters arise, is our first response, “Yippee! Praise the LORD!”? Probably not. I know my natural inclination isn’t.
We focus so much on what others think of us. What we look like. Or what we say. We want to be acceptable. To fit in. But fit in to what? Or to whom?
This is a meaty passage. My take away is that I have a choice to be a doer of God’s word or only a hearer.
Do we trust one another as brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Father to be challenged to a deeper understanding of God’s truth?
These days we battle to protect our identity. From those who seek to capitalize on our work, to those who seek to undermine who we are.
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