WHAT IS GOD'S WILL?

WHAT IS GOD’S WILL? For the total answer to that question we need to study the whole counsel of God’s Word, the Bible. That is beyond our scope today. BUT the Apostle Paul does give us some of the answer to knowing the will of God in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. And if we aren’t obeying this part of the answer to, “What is God’s Will?” the odds are pretty good we are failing in other areas of the will of God as well. Paul said, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no

WOW! WHAT A CHURCH!

WOW! WHAT A CHURCH! In our day the Church at Thessalonica in the first century would be quite unusual and that is sad to say. All the quoted verses below are from 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 NIV. This church preached the Lord’s message and everyone in the whole area and even at a distance knew about the message of God they preached. They unashamedly preached God’s Word and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. What a contrast with many churches today who have forgotten the message they should be preaching. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say any

JUST THE FACTS!

JUST THE FACTS! In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 NIV there are some facts about Christians in the Church at Thessalonica that should be true of all local church Christians and all local churches in every age. The first fact is that Christians are loved by God and chosen by God. This is demonstrated in the Christian’s life by the Word of God and the work of God in their life through the Holy Spirit and their Godly convictions. The Apostle Paul said, “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” The second fact Paul gave us is that it is good for local Churc

HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT?

HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT? God’s Word says that everything we do in life is important. That’s right, every thing! We may not understand the importance of what we say or do but God says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him,” (Colossians 3:17 NIV). Whether we are relaxing or working, playing with children, cooking, cleaning, studying, worshipping, taking care of those in need, teaching, preaching, writing or scrubbing toilets...WHATEVER...it is important. WHY? Because we do it in the name of Jesus: by His authority, representing Him, and honoring Him. When we represent the Lord of Lords and King of Ki

BE A REFLECTOR!

BE A REFLECTOR. Reflecting Jesus in the Body of Christ...The Church...would be so much more apparent if we followed this admonition from God’s Word, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts,” (Colossians 3:16 NIV). Too often we Christians spend too much time fighting among ourselves rather than letting the Word of God transform us and teach one another. Because of our religious backgrounds too often we become suspicious of each other and let traditions and histories separate us instead of letting the Word of God and the Holy Spirit brin

NEW CLOTHES FOR NEW PEOPLE!

NEW CLOTHES FOR NEW PEOPLE! There should be an obvious difference in a Christian’s past life before coming to know Christ and in life since we have come to know Him. The Apostle Paul says it is a lot like changing clothes; taking off rags and putting on the best of clothing. As Paul says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity,” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV). When Jesus comes in, the filt

SUFFICIENT GRACE!

SUFFICIENT GRACE! Are there any among us who don’t face daily struggles in this modern world? Time, family, financial and health pressures seem to loom large and often the world doesn’t seem to have any answers. It would seem many people go through each day tired physically, mentally, spiritually and we might add friendless and without adequate resources in any area. The Apostle Paul also faced difficulties in his life as did the Apostles and the other early disciples of the Christian faith. Paul struggled with physical difficulties that I am sure pressed in on him time and again. But neither Paul nor you and I struggle with the difficulties in this life alone. God assured Paul that, “My gra

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