Sexual Purity

We live in a sexualized society. And while we’re 2,000 years removed from Paul’s letter to the new followers of Christ in the church of Thessalonica, our cultural situation is very similar. They came to faith out of a culture that deified sex. People lived to please themselves, but Paul is calling these new believers […]

Please God

We all know people who are hard to please. Maybe their standards are so high you can’t please them, or they change their minds about what they prefer, or they’ve never told you what pleases them. In this text, Paul transitions from looking back at the Thessalonians new lives in Christ, to looking into the […]

Loving People through Prayer

For three chapters, the Apostle Paul has been encouraging the young church in Thessalonica and reminding them of his deep love for them. Today, we finish this section of the letter with Paul saying again that he longs to see them, “to supply what is lacking in their faith.” When Paul writes these words, he […]

Receiving the Word of God

The Apostle Paul constantly gave thanks to God for the spiritual health of the young church in Thessalonica. In this text it’s clear that one of the reasons they were so healthy is because of the way in which they received the gospel and the work it was doing in them. Paul gave them a […]

God’s Wisdom for Marital Faithfulness

We live in a sexualized society. Sexual intimacy has been distorted. It’s all about my personal pleasure rather than how I can serve my husband or wife out of love. Proverbs isn’t prudish about sexual intimacy. God encourages us to “drink the water,” and enjoy the gift He’s given us. It’s meant as a blessing. […]

The Seed of a Faithful Church

Jesus promised His disciples that we would be hated as He was hated. We would be mocked, misrepresented, shamed, even killed for following Him. The persecution of Christians began within days of the birth of the church, and it will continue until Jesus comes. In this text, we read about the first Christian martyr, Stephen. […]

God Is Holy

Isaiah has a unique background for a prophet, coming from a family of nobility. In this passage, he describes an amazing vision of God. The timing of this vision and its impact is very personal. Because of his family, Isaiah was likely close to Uzziah, the King who has reigned 52 years. He lost his […]

The Sovereign God

Who is God? There are many ways to describe Him. The entire Bible tries in one way or the other to explain at least part of who He is. God is sovereign, but there is something that drives His rule over the universe. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere but there is an attribute […]