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2 Peter 2

In our reading Peter reminds them and us that the truth and the church is always under attack, both from the outside world and in the fellowship! We see in these latter letters the call for those leading in the body of Christ to stand their ground and protect the body from these attacks. In

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Peter declared in our reading that our Lord has given us all we need for “life and godliness.” That means our Lord has given us the tools, resources, and power to be transformed into the people He wants to be. There is no limit – He

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Reflections to consider

The crowning attribute of Christ was this: his heart was spiritual. His thoughts reflected his intimate relationship with the Father. “I am in the Father and the Father is in me,” he stated (John 14: 11). His first recorded sermon begins with the words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 4: 18

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2 Peter 1

The Greek language has two words for the word knowledge. One Greek word means knowledge of facts, the other Greek word Peter uses in our reading is knowledge that has been incorporated into one’s life. A person gets this knowledge when he becomes what he ought to be. The word does not mean a mere

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2 Thessalonians 3

In our reading Paul concentrates on certain members of the church whose behavior urgently requires correction. Most of the attention is given to those who had given up working and were living by the charity of their brothers and sisters, but Paul also discusses those who are willfully disobedient of the instructions and doctrines Paul

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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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