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Final Thoughts - by Michael Phillips
Study in Thessalonians - Part 13 of 13
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2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Nov 14, 2004 am - When I was a boy, the Bay Area was a lot smaller than it is today. Driving up the Old Oakland Road, forty years ago, we used to say, Don't blink or you'll miss Milpitas! I'm reminded of this every time I read Romans and Galatians. The books are so closely reasoned that-if you blink-you miss what they're saying. You may find true and edifying thoughts in them, but you won't get the message. That takes undivided attention and hard thinking. Neither of which I'm very good at! Thankfully, I don't have to be at the moment because I and 2 Thessalonians are not tightly argued books of theology, but personal letters. This means they are short, practical, and easy to understand. No chapter is more this way than the last one. What is 2 Thessalonians 3 about? Several things, of course, all of which Paul groups under the word, finally. THE PRAYER REQUESTS, VV.1-2 He starts with a couple of prayer requests, vv.1-2, Brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course and may be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all have faith. Before we get to the requests, note the relationship- Brethren. Paul has a ... More >>>

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