Month: July 2010

The Solitary Journey

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 … Continue reading The Solitary Journey

Authority And Spiritual Abuse

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.  … Continue reading Authority And Spiritual Abuse

What Kind Of Love Is This?

WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS? May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you.  I Thess. 3:12 God has commanded His children to love all people.  Does that mean … Continue reading What Kind Of Love Is This?

When It’s Not What I Want

WHEN IT’S NOT WHAT I WANT Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you.  I Thess. 3:11             Paul loved the group of believers in Thessalonica.  He had poured his life into them and they were his … Continue reading When It’s Not What I Want

The House On The Cliff

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 … Continue reading The House On The Cliff

Is It Fellowship Or Not?

IS IT FELLOWSHIP OR NOT? In all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; for now we really live, if you just stand firm in the Lord.  I Thess. 3:7-8 Two things are true.  1.) If my life is going … Continue reading Is It Fellowship Or Not?

He Told Us Ahead Of Time

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 … Continue reading He Told Us Ahead Of Time

How Is Faith Strengthened?

HOW IS FAITH STRENGTHENED? We sent Timothy to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.  I Thess. 3:2 Perhaps we can build a visual for how Timothy strengthened their faith.  In doing so, we will have an understanding of how others might strengthen us and … Continue reading How Is Faith Strengthened?

Giving Up My Life

GIVING UP MY LIFE For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation?  Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  I Thess. 2:19 Think of what Paul knew when he wrote this.  He did not … Continue reading Giving Up My Life

Soul Tie Or Spirit Tie?

SOUL TIE OR SPIRIT TIE? We, brethren, have been bereft of you for a short while - in person, not in spirit - were al the more eager with great desire to see your face.  I Thess. 2:17             Paul was in Corinth when he wrote this … Continue reading Soul Tie Or Spirit Tie?