THE SOLITARY JOURNEY For this is the will of God, your sanctification.  I Thess. 4:3 To be sanctified means to be set apart from the mainstream.  Those who are hand-picked from any group and set aside for another mission are usually the minority.  In a platoon, only someone in pristine physical and mental condition is called forward …

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AUTHORITY AND SPIRITUAL ABUSE For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.  I Thess. 4:2             When Jesus was attacked by the scribes and Pharisees for His activities, He was quick to say that He had not acted on His own authority.  He only did what His father told Him to do.  The …

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THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF Night and day we keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith.  I Thess. 3:10             I remember the times I was weak in faith.  One of the most comforting things said to me during a crisis was this, “I know your …

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HE TOLD US AHEAD OF TIME When we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction, and so it came to pass, as you know.  I Thess. 3:4    Paul had told his converts repeatedly that suffering would be in his future.  He didn’t want them caught unaware lest their …

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