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 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 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 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 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 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 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