Faithful through the Ages

The God who worked wonders in the past is faithful to keep His promises still (Psalm 77:14; Psalm 86:15). To say we live in troubling times is an understatement. Every day some new catastrophe floods the news cycles: natural disasters, crime, social issues, education, politics, and uncertainty about the economy threaten our personal well-being and… Continue reading Faithful through the Ages

My word for 2021

Habakkuk 1-3 Wait. Not exactly the word I expected for 2021, but that's the one that stuck. Some people might say it was a word from the Lord, but I won't be so bold as to claim to hear God in such specific terms. Still, this is the word that came to mind over and… Continue reading My word for 2021

Love, Joy, Reason

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 The caption in my Bible for these 16 verses is "Final instructions and benediction." I don't think it is a good caption, considering the depth of what Paul wrote. Fortunately, the captions are not part of the Word, but were added by editors, supposedly to make reading easier. Sometimes they can be… Continue reading Love, Joy, Reason

More and more

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 The Thessalonians acted on their beliefs, even though they didn't know as much as Paul would have liked them to know. He told them that they had been taught by God to love one another, and he encouraged them to not only continue in their love, but to increase it, loving each… Continue reading More and more

How to make your pastor happy.

1 Thessalonians 3. The culture of Thessalonica did not make it easy for new believers to grow in faith. It was hostile to Paul and anyone associated with him because what he taught challenged the way of tolerance for worshiping whatever god people wanted to worship. Paul got run out of town before he could… Continue reading How to make your pastor happy.

Be who you say you are

1 Thessalonians 2 Paul made clear in this chapter that the gospel is entrusted to us, not for our reputations, but for His glory and pleasure. Entrusting the most important news ever to fallible, mistake-prone people delights the Father; almost like handing down a family heirloom from one generation to another. Treating the gospel as… Continue reading Be who you say you are

Steadfastness of hope

1 Thessalonians 1:3 (part 3). There is so much packed into this one verse! I may use these short devotions as an outline for something longer eventually! Steadfastness of hope is one I struggle with, particularly with the little things, like where I will work next year. I get discouraged when I see so few… Continue reading Steadfastness of hope

Labor of love

1 Thessalonians 1:3 A labor of love is work done for the benefit of someone else, not for personal gain. Thus defined, the truest labor of love is Jesus' atonement for us, taking the penalty of sin on our behalf. The Apostle John focused on the love of God, giving us John 3:16, probably the… Continue reading Labor of love

Work of faith

1 Thessalonians 1:3 After reading Joel about the Day of the Lord, I thought I would turn to Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, a letter where he addressed the Day of the Lord 300 years after Joel did. I didn't get very far before I was struck by a new-to-me realization. In chapter 1, verse… Continue reading Work of faith