Tag - 1 Thessalonians

People Are Our Heart

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy. O-bservation: St. Paul had struggled to get back to see the church he planted in Thessalonica. He told them that the people in Thessalonica truly were his glory and joy amidst the suffering he faced. Paul had a tent building business that he owned and operated that took care of his financial needs. However, he seldom mentioned his own needs, and it appears he couldn’t have cared less about earthly stuff. What he continually lets us know in his writings is that “People Are...

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Be An Encourager!

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. O-bservation: In writing to the church at Thessaloniki, St. Paul reminded them that whether we are awake or asleep, we are living together with Jesus because He had died and risen from the grave. Because of this, we have great hope, and we are to “Be An Encourager” to everyone we meet at all times. A-pplication: This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible, and I’m not bragging, I promise. Because of my father, it’s...

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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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