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1 Thessalonians 1:3; 5:8 – Faith, Love, and Hope – The Trinity of Virtues

| September 25, 2014

Faith, Love and Hope – The Trinity of Virtues Certain words almost always go together. Say “The Declaration” and people think, “of Independence.” If “Its raining cats” it also raining “dogs.” It’s almost impossible to think of “Yankee Doodle” without “Dandy.” When you hear “Good things come” what do you think of? “Good things come […]

1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – The Power of a Preposition

| September 18, 2014

“Further, there is an interesting observation here which stresses the point made in the introductory remarks about writing to real people in real life situations. To note this, compare 1:1 with 1 Corinthians 1:2. Do you see any difference? Here Paul wrote, “to the church of the Thessalonians in God,” but in 1 Corinthians he […]

1 Thessalonians 1:3 – Faith, Love, Then Hope

| September 12, 2014

“Faith, love, and hope.” That order doesn’t sound right, does it? Because of the beautiful passage on love in 1 Cor.13, we are used to “faith, hope, and love.” Paul uses that trilogy of virtues 4 times (unless you think he wrote Hebrews): 1 Cor.13:13; Col.1:4-5; 1 Thess.1:3; 5:8. Only once does he use the […]

1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Completing Our Faith

| September 6, 2014

“You’re lacking in faith.” How would we respond to such a statement? Be honest. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, a great church, a group he loved, one he praised as highly as any, a church who’s work of faith, labor or love, and endurance of hoped was renowned, “as we pray very earnestly night and […]

1 Thessalonians 5:23 – The Trinity

| October 28, 2013

Got asked to explain the Trinity on Facebook. We can explain, illustrate and hopefully understand, but since men have enough difficultly understanding women, this is indeed a daunting task. The simplest illustration might be the most neglected, and that is God’s. We are made in the image of God. Therefore we should look to how […]

2 Thessalonians 1:1 – Who Wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians?

| October 3, 2013

In studying 2 Thessalonians, we discussed how often “we” “our” “us” is used instead of “I” or “me.” Silas and Timothy were not apostles and yet “we command.” So what right did they have to command as co-authors with Paul? We gave three: 1) Apparently they were inspired too; 2) They had a relationship with […]

Luke 7:6 – Unworthy Yet Worthy

| October 3, 2013

We emphasize how “unworthy” (Lk.7:6) we are but forget we are worthy, worth something, valued, to be respected, by God and how we act – walk worthy of the gospel (Eph.4:1; Phil.1:27; Col.1:10; 1 Thess.2:12; 2 Thess.1:5,11). God called you to be what you were not and counts you what you cannot be. Because you […]

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray Without Ceasing

| June 3, 2013

You’ve never done enough if you haven’t prayed; you’ve never done enough until you’ve prayed; you’ve never done too much if you haven’t prayed; you can do too much without praying; you can never do too much praying.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without Ceasing

| May 9, 2012

Sometimes all you can do is pray “Please Lord, help” as you drift in and out of sleep all night long.

1 Thessalonians 2:18 – China Trip Report (2009)

| July 25, 2010

Detained by the authorities from the Bureau of Religious Affairs.  Interrogated by the same.  Warned that if what occurred in 2008 happens again, the warning will turn into something not so kind.  Six officials from the Communist regime of China sitting in front, behind and to the side, all are speaking Chinese.  None of us […]