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2 Thessalonians 2

Paul wanted to reassure the Christians that Jesus has not already returned, as some were teaching, because Satan is still at work. Who or what is the “man of lawlessness” is not clear but don’t miss an important point that Paul is telling these Christians! They were struggling now with persecution and suffering but Paul

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2 Thessalonians 1

Paul notes that the gospel is Not only to be believed but obeyed! When the gospel was preached there was always a call to respond to the call of the gospel by repenting of our sins (Acts 17:30), being willing to publicly take a stand that Jesus was now Lord of our lives (Rom. 10:9-10),

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1 Thessalonians 5

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There it is! Here is the key that will change your life forever!! In these three short verses (which are commands, not suggestions) Paul lays down the keys for a life of peace and joy

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Reflections

Today is a day to pause and reflect over our readings. In our last reading Paul urged the Thessalonians to live to please the Lord and continue to do so more and more. Note, there is no time that we can declare we have arrived, transformation is a journey throughout our whole life. The old

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Reflections to consider

John’s Gospel records seven “I am” statements Jesus uses to explain to us who he is: • “I am the resurrection and the life.” • “I am the good shepherd.” • “I am the bread of life.” • “I am the door.” • “I am the vine.” • “I am the light of the world.”

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1 Thessalonians 4

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” When I read those words I had just gotten a text from Jim Nichols that Sunny’s brother had just died. Buddy had been

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1 Thessalonians 3

Did you hear what Paul told the Thessalonians? He told them that trials were destined for them, that they should not be surprised when they come either to Paul or them! Paul sent Timothy to them to encourage them, so that they would not be unsettled by these trials. Paul wanted them and us to

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1 Thessalonians 2

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” It is important as we read the bible that we

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1 Thessalonians 1

Paul in our reading refers to the suffering that took place in Thessalonica. The apostle Paul visited Thessalonica in A.D. 49 or 50 during his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9). Paul’s evangelistic efforts met with success. Within a short time a vigorous Christian congregation had blossomed, consisting of some members of the Jewish synagogue as

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John 21

Our Lord that morning asked Peter three questions. On the surface it just looks like Jesus is repeating Himself, but it all has a point. This conversation is related back to the time that Peter denied Jesus three times. So, Jesus gives Peter three opportunities to reaffirm his love for the Lord. Yet what does

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and reflect over our readings. In our last reading we saw unfold before us the resurrection of our Lord. Of course, our Lord’s resurrection gives us reassurance that one day we too will rise! What an amazing day that will be, an event that allows us to face death

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Reflections to consider

In 1927 near Cape Cod, an S-4 Navy submarine was accidentally rammed by a Coast Guard cutter, sending it immediately to the bottom of the bay. The entire crew was trapped. Every effort was made to rescue them, but every effort failed. Near the end of the four-day attempt to bring these men to the

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John 20

“If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus states clearly that He was giving the apostles the authority to determine how one would receive forgiveness and enter the kingdom. Of course what they preached and taught did not come from them but the

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John 19

As Jesus faces becoming sin for us on the cross there was one last task that needed to be addressed. Since the death of his father, Joseph as the elder son it was his responsibility to see to the care of His mother. So, as this terrible process began He made sure that His mother

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John 18

What Jesus proclaimed to Pilate is a key that begins to help us understand a number of O.T. prophecies. The focus in Jesus’ day and for many today is to view the coming kingdom as a kingdom that exists here on earth, subjecting its rule on the geopolitical landscape of mankind. With such views doctrines

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John 17

In our reading we find Jesus praying to The Father before He faces the finial task of His mission. In this pray Jesus looks beyond the cross to the time when He again will be in the presence of The Father, then Jesus turns His focus to the disciples and to us. Jesus notes the

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John 16

Jesus closes our reading by declaring that in life we will have struggles but we still can have peace! Jesus also noted that Satan has lost and he stands condemned. The problem is that while we dwell in the flesh here on earth we still have to put up with all the struggles and chaos

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Reflections

Today is a day to pause and reflect over our readings. I was struck in our readings how strongly Jesus drove the point “if you love Me you will what I command.” It is sad that Christianity for many is not about obeying Jesus and more about praise and feeling spiritual. I think it is

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Reflections to consider

Much of this world does not take Jesus Christ seriously because they don’t understand why he died. Most of us know where Jesus died: outside the city of Jerusalem. Most of us know when he died: roughly around AD 30. Most of us know how he died: by crucifixion. But pause to consider why he

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John 15

Jesus notes in our reading that He is the Vine, we are the branches, and the Father is the Gardner. Spiritual fruitfulness starts and ends with our connection to the Vine, Jesus. The promise is if we remain in Him, which Jesus has defined as being obedient to Him, we will bear much fruit. Jesus

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