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The Thanksgiving - by Michael Phillips
Study in Thessalonians - Part 2 of 13
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1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
Aug 08, 2004 am - Today, with God's blessing, we'll move on in our study of the Thessalonian Epistles. An Epistle, you know, is another word for letter. And that's what we have here-two letters written from Paul to the church he started in Macedonia a few years before. The letters bear all the marks of a personal correspondence. They're not books pretending to be letters, but real letters, expressing the thoughts and love of an older Christian to believers younger in the faith. But even though the letters are really Paul's, they are-at the same time-the Word of God. Paul is an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and therefore, his inspired books are not his opinions (as wise as they might be), but just what the Lord wanted him to say to the Thessalonians-and to us. We must come to the Word, therefore, with open hearts-eager, not merely to understand what it says, but to receive it. Verse one gets the preliminaries out of the way. The Letters were sent by Paul, Silas, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The men hoped their friends were growing in the grace and peace they already had. THE TOPIC Now, in vv.2-10, we have The Thanksgiving. Before Paul tells ... More >>>

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