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2 Thessalonians 2:7 – An Application to Relationships

| May 13, 2014

When someone chooses to cut us off from their life, or portions thereof, we get to choose whether we become a victim or whether they victimized themselves. We can choose to believe those who push us away are those who unknowingly need us. They chose to remove the restraint that protected them and their freedom […]

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 […]

2 Thessalonians – Comfort for Preachers

| October 3, 2013

Paul having to write 2 Thessalonians should be a comfort to all preachers. He wrote it because 1 Thessalonians was misunderstood. If an inspired man can be misunderstood, why should we uninspired men be surprised when we are misunderstood?

Matthew 16:5-12 – Say What?

| February 6, 2010

It is no wonder that people misunderstand me when I preach.  No, I am not referring to my frequent verbal faux pas, mangling of multiple syllabic words, or even the occasional disconnect between my brain and mouth – sometimes the inserted foot makes for a bad connection.  No, I am not surprised that people misunderstand […]

1 Corinthians – Church Growth Problems

| October 9, 2009

We need to stop growing as a congregation.  Growing is too dangerous. Too many problems brought on by too many people, too many different people.  Growth destroys the status quo, forces us to confront our comfort zones, brings in new and different people with new and different problems, enlarges the gaps between the mature and […]

Epistles of Paul – Paul’s Writing Style

| October 7, 2009

Paul’s Writing Style (James MacKnight, MacKnight on the Epistles, pp.26-27) 1.         “In the first place, a concise unadorned style in preaching and writing, though accompanied with some obscurity, was, in the apostle’s situation, preferable to the clear and elegant manner of writing practiced by the Grecian orators… (1 Corinthians 1:17; 2:4).” 2.         “In the […]