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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 …

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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. ~ …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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