Want to start a commune?

He’s talked about sex, and he is about to talk about the end times, but sandwiched between those areas, Paul gives instruction not to be missed. Paul urges the believers to live a life that is characterized by an increasing love for others, a steady, quiet calm, and hard work. (I Thess 4:9-12). There isContinue reading “Want to start a commune?”

….he starts talking about SEX!

Paul has been expressing his love and appreciation of the Thessalonian church and then, BAM!…he starts talking about sex! And as it is today, so it was then, sex was a stumbling block even for those who love Jesus. Those early believers had stood strong in the face of affliction and persecution, but Paul feltContinue reading “….he starts talking about SEX!”

Greatest Delight 💕

I’m not sure, if much else delights my soul more than to watch my children make the choice to stand with God during their hard days. I’m reminded of that today as I read First Thessalonians 2:19-3:8. Nothing seemed to excite the Apostle Paul more than to see believers, he had helped bring to theContinue reading “Greatest Delight 💕”

Sometimes it seems Satan is winning…

Sometimes, it seems Satan is winning. We’d be dishonest if we didn’t admit, that when we see his “victories”, we can get down. But hold on! Our God is greater and He is perfect in taking what the enemy intends for evil and bringing good from it. I’m reminded of this this morning. In hisContinue reading “Sometimes it seems Satan is winning…”

Sweet Peace comes from this…

The preacher rejoiced because those new converts had received the Word of God, as so much more than the word of men, but as truth. “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word ofContinue reading “Sweet Peace comes from this…”

Have you ever been falsely accused?

Have you ever been falsely accused? It stings. Honestly, it’s one of the most frustrating things I’ve encountered. The Apostle Paul knew what this felt like. He had been accused of impure motives regarding the the young Thessalonian church; but, in truth, those people were dear to him and he wanted them to know it.Continue reading “Have you ever been falsely accused?”

Questions I’m asking myself

If I’m trying to please men, I can’t walk worthy of the God who calls me. (Read Thessalonians 2:4-12) It’s so easy to want others to affirm us, to like us, to praise us. We long for position and power. And those in ministry are not immune. Book sales, social media likes, twitter followers, speakingContinue reading “Questions I’m asking myself”

Unplanned post (after last night)

Are you worried about where our country is headed? Especially after the debate last night? A Fox News alert scrolls across the screen– another election poll, another crisis, another government scandal. I find myself dismayed, almost distraught, really. Questions race through my mind, “Where is our country going? What will this world look like whenContinue reading “Unplanned post (after last night)”

Hanging on even in the HARD days

Paul and Silas had been beaten and jailed in Philippi because of the gospel. Their joy, as they sat in prison singing hymns, had famously helped the jailer and many others to come to know the Lord. Likewise, the Thessalonians had received the gospel with joy and zeal EVEN THOUGH they knew doing so wouldContinue reading “Hanging on even in the HARD days”

POWERFUL encouragement

Paul was preaching in Corinth, but he could not forget about his new brothers and sisters in Thessalonica. He sent Timothy to check on the young church. They had been suffering intense persecution, but they were still growing together in their love for God and for each other. Though we will see Paul also provideContinue reading “POWERFUL encouragement”

The End. When?

The book of Daniel ends with the description of a great battle (The Battle of Armageddon), graves being emptied, dead men walking, and the great angel, Michael, defending Israel. God’s people are delivered-“every one who is found written in the book” (Dan 12:1) …. but for others, there is shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel says,Continue reading “The End. When?”

Prophetic Marker of the End Times that many are looking for…

If you are intrigued by history, arranged marriages, love triangles, murderous plots, power grabs and the rise and fall of kingdoms at the hands of manipulative queens, Daniel 11 should be intriguing to you as well. (For incredible details on the fall of the Greek Empire and its’ corresponding predictions by Daniel, visit the EnduringContinue reading “Prophetic Marker of the End Times that many are looking for…”

A Battle in the heavens

Daniel is praying fervently as the Lord, through Gabriel, explains the things which are to come— the destruction of Jerusalem, the coming of the Messiah, the disobedience of His people, the abomination of desolation, the AntiChrist.(Dan 9) In chapter ten, Daniel, now about 84 years old, has been mourning and praying. As he stands byContinue reading “A Battle in the heavens”

Pray and PRAY some more!

Daniel was confessing his sin, the sin of the people and earnestly PRAYING when the angel, Gabriel, comes swiftly flying in to give Daniel the skill to understand the prophetic visions. (Dan 9:20-23) Daniel had seen visions of what God would do, yet Daniel still prayed. Does that not seem curious? Sometimes, I’m tempted toContinue reading “Pray and PRAY some more!”