SERVANTS AND MASTERS Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus.  Romans 1:1a There was once a master of a great kingdom.  He was wealthy beyond measure and needed to hire servants to take care of his estate.  He sent a foreman to the streets to hire whomever was needed to keep his house in order.  He …

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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:1 Paul grew up in Tarsus to a well-to-do family.  He was privileged to be tutored under the Rabbi Gamaliel, the President-Patriarch of the Sanhedrin.  Gamaliel was the Pharisee doctor of Jewish law.  No young student of the Torah could have wished for a better …

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THE AUTHOR Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:1 Most historians say that Paul was born around the time Jesus was a toddler.  When Jesus was two, Paul was being rocked to sleep in his mother’s arms.  His birth into the very era of the time of Christ was not to be significant to …

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FRIEND OR FOE Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.  I Thess. 5:26 Greeting one another with a kiss on the cheek was commonplace in Mediterranean culture.  It was not specific to Christians.  It dates as far back in biblical texts as I Samuel.  It would be compared to our modern day handshake or hug.  Paul’s words …

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PARALYZING INERTIA “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  I Thess. 5:24 I used to live frozen in inertia.  I reviewed my failures and all the self-proclaimed reasons I believed I was inadequate and decided to stand still in order to avoid the humiliation of failing.  I lived in perpetual self-condemnation.  My …

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MAKING MUCH OF EVERY WORD Do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.  I Thess. 5:20-21 Another translation puts it this way.  “Do not think little of God’s words.” How might I show God that what He says means little to me?  When I hear His words but …

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