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Everybody Needs Encouragement

We live in rather uncivil times. We're a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It's one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn't empty flattery. Being fake helps no one. Speaking words of affirmation isn't about the needs of the encourager but about the encouraged. Encouragement …

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Three Functions of the Word of God

Every time I stand up to preach, I have the privilege of watching God's living word accomplish dynamic things in the lives of people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spells out three distinct functions that the Word of God performs in our lives... As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Now watch this... To "exhort" is to BUILD UP people. To "comfort" is to HOLD UP people. To "charge" …

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Life: Past, Present, Future

Here's my whole life in a nutshell... For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 I turned... in repentance and faith, from sin's doom to Jesus. It was an awesome day. It was in my past and it solved my past so that my past …

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I Am Bound to Give Thanks

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul begins by saying "I am bound to thank God always for you all..." I've always loved that little snippet of Scripture because of its plain message - I am bound, obligated, indebted to give thanks. It's the least I can do in light of all that our wonderful God has done for me. I wanted to take a few moments and list out some of those things for all who will read. …

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Comfort One Another

We're down to the final study in our Wendesday night journey through the one another's of the New Testament. This one is pretty awesome - we're to comfort one another. It's based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, a familiar passage to many. It concerns itself with Jesus' second coming, which forms the basis of our comfort of one another. …

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Life… In All Its Complexity

The blog has been put on hold for a couple of weeks now, primarily because of all that my wife and I have been experiencing in our personal lives. Here's a recounting of it... On Monday evening, October 30, Angie left her ladies' Connection Cafe meeting feeling well, but by the time we drove from the church to our house (just a couple of minutes) she was in terrible pain. We decided to go to the emergency room. Our beloved friends, Cory and Lachelle McCaig, came to sit from …

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Faithful Is He

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it." -1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Paul's prayer for the people of Thessalonica was a heartfelt prayer for their permanent cleansing. "May God completely cleanse you and set you apart for His purposes... May He preserve you until Jesus comes again." Then Paul notes that …

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Let the Word Have Its Way

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." -2 Thessalonians 3:1 I must admit that few things in life are more exhilarating than preaching God's Word. That's how God has wired me, that my great passion in life would be to see people's hearts changed by the preaching of God's Word. But it isn't just public speaking that changes people - it is the powerful and supernatural Word of God that does so. …

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Apart from His Glory

"They will suffer punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might."-2 Thessalonians 1:9God is just, therefore He will punish those who reject Him, His Son, and His message. Paul said in Romans 1 that even those whose only witness of God's existence is in creation "did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened." So a failure to experience, enjoy, …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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