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May 27-28, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Thessalonians? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Thessalonians 2 (ESV)

For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain.But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.....Continue Reading

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  1. but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts❤️

  2. 8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

  3. This chapter certainly shows Paul’s heart for the Thessalonians as he moves from reminding them of the genuine response that they had toward the gospel to the genuine nature of his ministry toward them. He unlike others wasn’t trying to benefit himself in his ministry to them, but benefit them. Is there a better picture of sacrifice than a mother trying to care for and nurture her children? Is there a better picture of servant leadership than a father instructing and encouraging his children to mature and succeed? Well those are the pictures Paul uses to remind them who he was among them. It is not hard to imagine that Paul has come under attack in Thessalonica and he is clearing his name, but only because as goes Paul’s reputation so goes the reputation of what he is teaching. And he is also clearing up misconceptions of how he acted by reminding them of who he was among them. I think we forget in our modern day of instant communication how challenging it was to start a ministry in one city, leave it intact and prospering because of truth and the strength of good relationship, and then learn when you are in another city trying to do the same thing that things are falling apart with no telephone, internet or plane to quickly turn things back around. But this is exactly what Paul is trying to do and is pulling out all the stops to remind them of the powerful way they received the truth and him because it was all good and true. Important things to remember when things might devolve in our lives….

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