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1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5 Separated Yet Together

Service to Jesus has more than one reward.

Paul shares with this new body of believers how he longs to see them face to face again. They are separated in physical location but together in the body of Christ and in Paul’s thoughts.

Paul was snuck out of town after the Jews brought Jason before the city officials because they couldn’t find Paul. During their stay many God fearing Greeks believed along with some of the Jews. This was the beginnings of the church in Thessalonica. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Example & Response

God gave us many; now it’s our turn

Paul is taking the Thessalonian readers on a short remembrance trip. He is reminding them of Paul and company’s behavior towards them and their reaction towards the gospel.

Paul and his group came on this second missionary journey with the purpose of spreading the gospel as far and wide as they could. They did not come to get rich or famous. They didn’t go because the gospel was the newest popular thing out there and wanted to ride its wave. They went out of conviction and commitment.

During their travels they did not impose on those they ministered to. They did not ask the new churches to support them. They worked their way across the journey. And they did it with integrity. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Remembering You

I’m excited about Jesus! Are you?

We begin looking into Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica. This is a church he planted on his second missionary journey with Silas. They were chased out of Phillipe because of casting out a demon of a girl who predicted the future. Paul and his group were then chased out of Thessalonica but the church started there survived. Now he writes to them a letter of encouragement and guidance.

My bible helps tells me that this letter was written following a visit by Timothy to the church and based on his report. It also says that this letter was written not too many months after the planting of the church. I am no scholar but from what I have read from those who are, it appears that Paul only went to Thessalonica once personally.

Today we look at Paul extolling the Thessalonian church for its grasping of the gospel in the beginning. Paul also tells them that he is always praying for them. His prayers must have been VERY long with the list of churches he included in them. That must be why he “prayed without ceasing.” Read more »

Colossians 4:7-18 Share This With Others

All Paul’s letters were meant to be shared. The Holy Spirit preserved them for us.

Paul is saying his farewell to this group of readers. He is also instructing them to share this letter with the brothers in Laodicea. He shares it with us too, thanks to the Holy Spirit preserving these words. He makes special mention of several who have helped him along the way.

We get to hear the “roll call” of those who are ministering to Paul at the time. There have been many over the years but this time several of them come from this particular body. Tychicus, Onesimus, and Epaphras all seem to have a connection to the Colossian body. Epaphras was the one who planted the body in the first place. Paul makes special note of these men and also sends them with detailed information on how the “battle” is going for Paul. Read more »

Colossians 4:2-6 What’s Coming Out of My Mouth

His words flow out your mouth when His presence fills you up.

Paul’s final instructions to this group have to do with their mouths. Not just their words with each other but with God too.

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Jesus Himself said this to His disciples. Paul doesn’t expressly state this in our reading but we see it manifest in his instructions. Read more »