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Encouraging Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Thessalonians 4,5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24

 

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time.  Near the end of Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, he talks about encouraging other believers.  His words in today’s key passage, though meant originally for the Thessalonians, are still poignant today and provide us with several examples of how to encourage others in our daily lives.  Paul tells us to build each other up in all ways.  (5:11)  We should respect our leaders and hold them in high regard. (5:12-13)  We should live in peace with one another. (5:13)  We should warn the idle, encourage the timid, and help the weak. (5:14)  We should be patient with everyone we meet. (5:14)  We should resist revenge. (5:15)  We should not put out the Spirit’s fire or treat prophecies with contempt. (5:19-20)  We should avoid all evil, and we should count on God’s constant help to keep us on the path. (5:22-24)

Life is hard.  Many times, we feel like we are the ones who need encouragement and therefore do not feel like we have the capacity to encourage others, but God gives us the power to do it.  Even when we feel discouraged ourselves, we can still encourage others.  Many times all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole day.  In fact, in a broader sense, all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole life.  While that may sound grandiose, keep in mind that most of us began on the path to Christ originally based in part on the words of another.  Words can be very powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “the tongue has the power of life and death“.

Perhaps Paul’s best advice for us is this – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances“. (5:16-18)  Think about these three concepts for a second, and imagine how much better life would be if we always lived by these words.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Becoming an Expert Witness for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 4:7-12

 

In a court of law, an expert witness is one who others in their field recognize as an expert. According to the law, this expert is able to appear before the court and is able to justify his or her professional opinion under cross-examination.  People do not become expert witnesses overnight.  It requires years of hard work to gain the respect of others in their field before they will be recognized as expert witnesses.  Every person on this earth who claims to be a Christian is a witness for Jesus.  Some are good witnesses, and some are bad witnesses.  In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul provides them with some tips on how to strengthen their witness.  In essence, Paul is teaching the Thessalonians to become expert witnesses for Christ.

Becoming an expert witness for Christ is a lifelong process.  It begins with understanding that Christianity is not something you practice for an hour or two every Sunday.  Living the Christian life is something that we do every second of every day.  We should be constantly reminded that, “God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (Vs. 7)  In addition, God teaches us to love each other.  The love referred to in our key passage in verse 9 is the Greek word “phileo” which refers to brotherly love.  We show this love to others as we recognize we are all part of the same family of God.  It is the love that comes from knowing that we all have the same Heavenly Father.  Paul commends the Thessalonians on their love, stating that they love all of their brothers in Christ throughout Macedonia, and then Paul urges them, “to do so more and more.”  (Vs. 10)  To become an expert witness for Christ, we should strive each day to love others more.  Love is the cornerstone of an effective witness.

Paul continues by giving the Thessalonians three more pieces of advice to become expert witnesses.  He tells them, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands”. (Vs. 11)  Some of the Thessalonians were a little lazy and were relying on others for handouts, so Paul told them to live a quiet life and to work hard, which is still good advice for us today.  It is also good advice to “mind our own business” in the sense that we should not participate in gossip or become a busybody.

Paul gave all of these tips to the Thessalonians so that their, “daily life may win the respect of outsiders”. (Vs. 12)  To truly be an expert witness for Christ, those we are trying to reach have to respect us.  When we follow Paul’s advice to the Thessalonians, we can start to gain that respect and can be more effective in reaching the lost.  When we follow his advice, we can become expert witnesses.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Chosen by God


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

 

There are a few concepts in Biblical Christianity that can be difficult if not impossible for human beings to fully understand.  There are three concepts that immediately come to mind.  The first is the Trinity.  It is difficult for us to fully comprehend God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit completely one and also completely separate.  Another example is the concept of eternal life in Heaven.  Think for a second about what it will be like to live for eternity.  If you think about it long enough, you will find that your mind will be running in circles because eternity is an idea that our human minds simply cannot fully understand.  The final example that immediately comes to mind is the doctrine of election.  In today’s key passage, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (Vs. 4).   He is telling the Thessalonians that they were chosen by God.  Simply stated, the doctrine of election holds that before the creation of the world, God predestined certain people to be His chosen people.  In Ephesians 1:3-6 we read, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”  It can be difficult for many of us to simultaneously understand the concept of God choosing us and our human responsibility of choosing to follow Him.  It is almost impossible for us to understand how these two seemingly opposite things can both be true at the same time.  Like the other examples above, our minds simply cannot fully understand all of the ways of God.

Now before we get too deep into a discussion of the five points of Calvinism, my point today is to simply ask you to think about one thing.  If you are reading this and have been saved by God’s grace, then you are one of His chosen people.  Before you even existed, God chose you to be one of His children.  He chose you to be saved.  He chose you to live for eternity with Him in Heaven.  How does that make you feel?  When we truly begin to embrace this idea of election, we cannot help but to be simply awestruck by God’s grace.  We cannot help but to feel completely blessed.  We cannot help but to feel totally loved.  We cannot help but to want to obey Him and serve Him.  Think about God’s election of you today, and thank Him for choosing you as one of His children.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Encouraging Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Thessalonians 4,5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24

 

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time.  Near the end of Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, he talks about encouraging other believers.  His words in today’s key passage, though meant originally for the Thessalonians, are still poignant today and provide us with several examples of how to encourage others in our daily lives.  Paul tells us to build each other up in all ways.  (5:11)  We should respect our leaders and hold them in high regard. (5:12-13)  We should live in peace with one another. (5:13)  We should warn the idle, encourage the timid, and help the weak. (5:14)  We should be patient with everyone we meet. (5:14)  We should resist revenge. (5:15)  We should not put out the Spirit’s fire or treat prophecies with contempt. (5:19-20)  We should avoid all evil, and we should count on God’s constant help to keep us on the path. (5:22-24)

Life is hard.  Many times, we feel like we are the ones who need encouragement and therefore do not feel like we have the capacity to encourage others, but God gives us the power to do it.  Even when we feel discouraged ourselves, we can still encourage others.  Many times all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole day.  In fact, in a broader sense, all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole life.  While that may sound grandiose, keep in mind that most of us began on the path to Christ originally based in part on the words of another.  Words can be very powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “the tongue has the power of life and death“.

Perhaps Paul’s best advice for us is this – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances“. (5:16-18)  Think about these three concepts for a second, and imagine how much better life would be if we always lived by these words.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Becoming an Expert Witness for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 4:7-12

 

In a court of law, an expert witness is one who others in their field recognize as an expert. According to the law, this expert is able to appear before the court and is able to justify his or her professional opinion under cross-examination.  People do not become expert witnesses overnight.  It requires years of hard work to gain the respect of others in their field before they will be recognized as expert witnesses.  Every person on this earth who claims to be a Christian is a witness for Jesus.  Some are good witnesses, and some are bad witnesses.  In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul provides them with some tips on how to strengthen their witness.  In essence, Paul is teaching the Thessalonians to become expert witnesses for Christ.

Becoming an expert witness for Christ is a lifelong process.  It begins with understanding that Christianity is not something you practice for an hour or two every Sunday.  Living the Christian life is something that we do every second of every day.  We should be constantly reminded that, “God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (Vs. 7)  In addition, God teaches us to love each other.  The love referred to in our key passage in verse 9 is the Greek word “phileo” which refers to brotherly love.  We show this love to others as we recognize we are all part of the same family of God.  It is the love that comes from knowing that we all have the same Heavenly Father.  Paul commends the Thessalonians on their love, stating that they love all of their brothers in Christ throughout Macedonia, and then Paul urges them, “to do so more and more.”  (Vs. 10)  To become an expert witness for Christ, we should strive each day to love others more.  Love is the cornerstone of an effective witness.

Paul continues by giving the Thessalonians three more pieces of advice to become expert witnesses.  He tells them, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands”. (Vs. 11)  Some of the Thessalonians were a little lazy and were relying on others for handouts, so Paul told them to live a quiet life and to work hard, which is still good advice for us today.  It is also good advice to “mind our own business” in the sense that we should not participate in gossip or become a busybody.

Paul gave all of these tips to the Thessalonians so that their, “daily life may win the respect of outsiders”. (Vs. 12)  To truly be an expert witness for Christ, those we are trying to reach have to respect us.  When we follow Paul’s advice to the Thessalonians, we can start to gain that respect and can be more effective in reaching the lost.  When we follow his advice, we can become expert witnesses.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Chosen by God


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

 

There are a few concepts in Biblical Christianity that can be difficult if not impossible for human beings to fully understand.  There are three concepts that immediately come to mind.  The first is the Trinity.  It is difficult for us to fully comprehend God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit completely one and also completely separate.  Another example is the concept of eternal life in Heaven.  Think for a second about what it will be like to live for eternity.  If you think about it long enough, you will find that your mind will be running in circles because eternity is an idea that our human minds simply cannot fully understand.  The final example that immediately comes to mind is the doctrine of election.  In today’s key passage, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (Vs. 4).   He is telling the Thessalonians that they were chosen by God.  Simply stated, the doctrine of election holds that before the creation of the world, God predestined certain people to be His chosen people.  In Ephesians 1:3-6 we read, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”  It can be difficult for many of us to simultaneously understand the concept of God choosing us and our human responsibility of choosing to follow Him.  It is almost impossible for us to understand how these two seemingly opposite things can both be true at the same time.  Like the other examples above, our minds simply cannot fully understand all of the ways of God.

Now before we get too deep into a discussion of the five points of Calvinism, my point today is to simply ask you to think about one thing.  If you are reading this and have been saved by God’s grace, then you are one of His chosen people.  Before you even existed, God chose you to be one of His children.  He chose you to be saved.  He chose you to live for eternity with Him in Heaven.  How does that make you feel?  When we truly begin to embrace this idea of election, we cannot help but to be simply awestruck by God’s grace.  We cannot help but to feel completely blessed.  We cannot help but to feel totally loved.  We cannot help but to want to obey Him and serve Him.  Think about God’s election of you today, and thank Him for choosing you as one of His children.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Encouraging Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Thessalonians 4,5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24

 

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time.  Near the end of Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, he talks about encouraging other believers.  His words in today’s key passage, though meant originally for the Thessalonians, are still poignant today and provide us with several examples of how to encourage others in our daily lives.  Paul tells us to build each other up in all ways.  (5:11)  We should respect our leaders and hold them in high regard. (5:12-13)  We should live in peace with one another. (5:13)  We should warn the idle, encourage the timid, and help the weak. (5:14)  We should be patient with everyone we meet. (5:14)  We should resist revenge. (5:15)  We should not put out the Spirit’s fire or treat prophecies with contempt. (5:19-20)  We should avoid all evil, and we should count on God’s constant help to keep us on the path. (5:22-24)

Life is hard.  Many times, we feel like we are the ones who need encouragement and therefore do not feel like we have the capacity to encourage others, but God gives us the power to do it.  Even when we feel discouraged ourselves, we can still encourage others.  Many times all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole day.  In fact, in a broader sense, all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole life.  While that may sound grandiose, keep in mind that most of us began on the path to Christ originally based in part on the words of another.  Words can be very powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “the tongue has the power of life and death“.

Perhaps Paul’s best advice for us is this – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances“. (5:16-18)  Think about these three concepts for a second, and imagine how much better life would be if we always lived by these words.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Becoming an Expert Witness for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 4:7-12

 

In a court of law, an expert witness is one who others in their field recognize as an expert. According to the law, this expert is able to appear before the court and is able to justify his or her professional opinion under cross-examination.  People do not become expert witnesses overnight.  It requires years of hard work to gain the respect of others in their field before they will be recognized as expert witnesses.  Every person on this earth who claims to be a Christian is a witness for Jesus.  Some are good witnesses, and some are bad witnesses.  In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul provides them with some tips on how to strengthen their witness.  In essence, Paul is teaching the Thessalonians to become expert witnesses for Christ.

Becoming an expert witness for Christ is a lifelong process.  It begins with understanding that Christianity is not something you practice for an hour or two every Sunday.  Living the Christian life is something that we do every second of every day.  We should be constantly reminded that, “God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (Vs. 7)  In addition, God teaches us to love each other.  The love referred to in our key passage in verse 9 is the Greek word “phileo” which refers to brotherly love.  We show this love to others as we recognize we are all part of the same family of God.  It is the love that comes from knowing that we all have the same Heavenly Father.  Paul commends the Thessalonians on their love, stating that they love all of their brothers in Christ throughout Macedonia, and then Paul urges them, “to do so more and more.”  (Vs. 10)  To become an expert witness for Christ, we should strive each day to love others more.  Love is the cornerstone of an effective witness.

Paul continues by giving the Thessalonians three more pieces of advice to become expert witnesses.  He tells them, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands”. (Vs. 11)  Some of the Thessalonians were a little lazy and were relying on others for handouts, so Paul told them to live a quiet life and to work hard, which is still good advice for us today.  It is also good advice to “mind our own business” in the sense that we should not participate in gossip or become a busybody.

Paul gave all of these tips to the Thessalonians so that their, “daily life may win the respect of outsiders”. (Vs. 12)  To truly be an expert witness for Christ, those we are trying to reach have to respect us.  When we follow Paul’s advice to the Thessalonians, we can start to gain that respect and can be more effective in reaching the lost.  When we follow his advice, we can become expert witnesses.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Chosen by God


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

 

There are a few concepts in Biblical Christianity that can be difficult if not impossible for human beings to fully understand.  There are three concepts that immediately come to mind.  The first is the Trinity.  It is difficult for us to fully comprehend God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit completely one and also completely separate.  Another example is the concept of eternal life in Heaven.  Think for a second about what it will be like to live for eternity.  If you think about it long enough, you will find that your mind will be running in circles because eternity is an idea that our human minds simply cannot fully understand.  The final example that immediately comes to mind is the doctrine of election.  In today’s key passage, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (Vs. 4).   He is telling the Thessalonians that they were chosen by God.  Simply stated, the doctrine of election holds that before the creation of the world, God predestined certain people to be His chosen people.  In Ephesians 1:3-6 we read, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”  It can be difficult for many of us to simultaneously understand the concept of God choosing us and our human responsibility of choosing to follow Him.  It is almost impossible for us to understand how these two seemingly opposite things can both be true at the same time.  Like the other examples above, our minds simply cannot fully understand all of the ways of God.

Now before we get too deep into a discussion of the five points of Calvinism, my point today is to simply ask you to think about one thing.  If you are reading this and have been saved by God’s grace, then you are one of His chosen people.  Before you even existed, God chose you to be one of His children.  He chose you to be saved.  He chose you to live for eternity with Him in Heaven.  How does that make you feel?  When we truly begin to embrace this idea of election, we cannot help but to be simply awestruck by God’s grace.  We cannot help but to feel completely blessed.  We cannot help but to feel totally loved.  We cannot help but to want to obey Him and serve Him.  Think about God’s election of you today, and thank Him for choosing you as one of His children.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Encouraging Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Thessalonians 4,5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24

 

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time.  Near the end of Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, he talks about encouraging other believers.  His words in today’s key passage, though meant originally for the Thessalonians, are still poignant today and provide us with several examples of how to encourage others in our daily lives.  Paul tells us to build each other up in all ways.  (5:11)  We should respect our leaders and hold them in high regard. (5:12-13)  We should live in peace with one another. (5:13)  We should warn the idle, encourage the timid, and help the weak. (5:14)  We should be patient with everyone we meet. (5:14)  We should resist revenge. (5:15)  We should not put out the Spirit’s fire or treat prophecies with contempt. (5:19-20)  We should avoid all evil, and we should count on God’s constant help to keep us on the path. (5:22-24)

Life is hard.  Many times, we feel like we are the ones who need encouragement and therefore do not feel like we have the capacity to encourage others, but God gives us the power to do it.  Even when we feel discouraged ourselves, we can still encourage others.  Many times all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole day.  In fact, in a broader sense, all it takes are a few words to turn around a person’s whole life.  While that may sound grandiose, keep in mind that most of us began on the path to Christ originally based in part on the words of another.  Words can be very powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “the tongue has the power of life and death“.

Perhaps Paul’s best advice for us is this – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances“. (5:16-18)  Think about these three concepts for a second, and imagine how much better life would be if we always lived by these words.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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