Month: June 2010

Relating As A Nursing Mother

RELATING AS A NURSING MOTHER We proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.  I Thess. 2:7 How many men do you know that talk like this?  Probably few.  Their metaphors usually have more to do with … Continue reading Relating As A Nursing Mother

Patronizing Or Condescending

PATRONIZING AND CONDESCENDING We did not seek glory from men, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.  I Thess. 2:6     A good father does not belittle his toddler for not walking like an adult.  When he pulls himself up … Continue reading Patronizing Or Condescending

Reformation Or Transformation?

REFORMATION OR TRANSFORMATION We are being hindered from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins.  I Thess. 2:16 Paul knew.  Unless the Gentiles heard the words of Jesus Christ, they would … Continue reading Reformation Or Transformation?

A Notch On The Belt

A NOTCH ON THE BELT For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed.  God is witness.  I Thess. 2:5 I remember an episode of The Cobsy Show where one of their college age children called home early … Continue reading A Notch On The Belt

What I Believe When Trouble Hits

WHAT I BELIEVE WHEN TROUBLE HITS Let no man be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.  I Thess. 2:3 The grid of my true beliefs is revealed when trouble visits my front door.  What I really think of … Continue reading What I Believe When Trouble Hits

Characteristics Of A Message Bearer

CHARACTERISTICS OF A MESSAGE BEARER For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit.  I Thess. 2:3             THE MESSAGE says it well.  "God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this … Continue reading Characteristics Of A Message Bearer

A Hostile Audience

A HOSTILE AUDIENCE After we had already suffered and been mistreated in Phillip, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.  I Thess. 2:2             Remember how you felt the last time you felt … Continue reading A Hostile Audience

Preaching A Sermon With My Faith

PREACHING A SERMON WITH MY FAITH For not only has the Word of God has sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.  I Thess. 1:8 I used to … Continue reading Preaching A Sermon With My Faith

Imitating The Right Person

IMITATING THE RIGHT PERSON You also became imitators of us and of the Lord.  I Thess. 1:6 Many imitate their Christian leaders, but often, the Christian leaders they try to act like don't act like Jesus.  Their imitation is in vain. The religious leaders of Jesus' day didn't … Continue reading Imitating The Right Person

When The Word Comes With Power

WHEN THE GOSPEL COMES WITH POWER Because our Gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.  I Thess. 1:5 I’m sitting up straight writing this; at full attention in my spirit.  What … Continue reading When The Word Comes With Power