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Greeting, Thanks, Boast, Prayer - by Michael Phillips
Study in Thessalonians - Part 11 of 13
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2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Oct 31, 2004 am - I feel sorry for young Christians. They love the Bible and they want to know what's in it, but they don't know where to start-and nobody tells them. They start with Genesis-and that's exciting, but it's not long till they get to Levitcus! They start with Matthew, but its first chapters is mostly a long list of names. They start with Romans, but they're not half way through it before they're lost. And then there's the poor people who start with Revelation! If you feel intimidated by the Bible, let me give you some good advice: start with Thessalonians! Very few parts of the Bible are shorter and easier to read than I and 2 Thessalonians. The reason they're so easy to get into is because they're personal letters! Like the letters you read (and write), they are informal and loosely reasoned. Paul doesn't develop any major theme in the letters, but he chats about this, that, and the other. Small talk is often a waste of time--but not always. And never when it's in the Bible. The off-hand comments in the Bible are as much God's Word as the most soaring doctrines. We need to remember that when we're reading the Bible. This is holy ground; this is God's Word. THE BACKGROUND Scholars say ... More >>>

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