Tag - 1 Thessalonians

If You Feel It’s Wrong, You Know What To Do

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Reject every kind of evil. O-bservation: Usually, Bible verses are three to five lines in length. But here’s a verse that’s just five words in length! While finishing his first letter to the church at Thessaloniki, St. Paul packed a huge punch with these five words. He simply said, “Reject every kind of evil.” A-pplication: Your conscience is the spiritual gift from God that sends up the red flag of potential wrongdoing in your life. When evil is near, the conscience awakens. When I was a young boy, and my buddies were about...

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Love Is Always The Goal

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. O-bservation: St. Paul, earlier in the text, almost bemoaned the fact that he had not been able to get back to visit this young church in Thessalonica. He longed to know that they were not just surviving but thriving in their faith. Indeed they were because, in time, Timothy had reported to Paul of their faithfulness to the Lord. In this verse, Paul assured them of his love for...

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Just Avoid It

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Reject every kind of evil. O-bservation: These are the words that St. Paul closed his first letter to the Church at Thessalonica with. They had gotten in trouble because they had quit their jobs and spent their days watching and waiting for Jesus to return. Because of this, they had become busybodies and had fallen into sin because they had nothing to do. So Paul was saying, when it comes to any kind of evil, “Just Avoid It.” A-pplication: Have you ever been without work for any period, and before you know it,...

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Lord Help Me Be Holy

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. O-bservation: The first part of chapter four talks about “Followers of Jesus” pleasing the Lord by living a holy life. St. Paul talks about sexual passionate impurity outside of marriage as being the way pagans (people not knowing God) live. In this verse the Apostle says we are not called to be IMPURE, but to live HOLY lives. A-pplication: When we read this passage, I don’t know if you’re like me, but I always wonder if Paul was...

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This Is For Everyone And Especially Pastors

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. O-bservation: St. Paul, in addressing the young church in Thessalonica, made it very clear that he and all the disciples were continually thanking God for them and daily remembering each one of them in their prayers. If you’re wondering who this verse was written for, wonder no more, “This Is For Everyone And Especially Pastors.” A-pplication: Before we ever try to go deep into our Christian faith, it’s first necessary to establish some of the basics of the Christian...

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