Monthly Archives: January 2015

I Thessalonians 4 “Christians Never Die” – Feb. 1, 2015 CD#1541

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THE NEW TESTAMENT uses the word “sleep” to refer to a Christians’ death (1 Thess.4). It started with Jesus. When He told Mary & Martha that Lazarus was only asleep, the disciples thought he would get well since he was only asleep, so Jesus told them plainly that Lazarus was dead (John 11). Jesus used the term “sleep” because what happens to a Christian isn’t the same as what happens to the unrepentant sinner who dies.

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (Jn.11:25). Jesus was referring to spiritual death, which is the separation of consciousness from God. Jesus was saying that anyone who believes in Him will never be separated from God!

I Thess. 3 “Jesus Imminent Return” – Jan.25,2015 cd#1540

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THE APOSTLE PAUL was constantly concerned, that Christians would be ready when Jesus returned with His Church. It is God’s desire that Christians in every period of church history live in continuous expectation that Jesus could come for us at any time.  I think His purpose was to give us a sense of urgency in order to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible. And He wanted to give us a sense of priority because, when Jesus Christ comes, we’re going to leave behind all of our material possessions. Our priority should always be the things of the Spirit.  And because Jesus could return at any time, we have a real incentive to walk in holiness. The hope of the imminent return of Jesus Christ is a purifying hope.

 

1 Thess. 2 “God’s Effective Word” Jan.18,2015 – CD#1539

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THE AWESOME THING ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST  is that it is alive, and powerful, and active. Two thousand years ago it was alive and, powerfully working in the Christians at Thessalonica. (1 Thess.2)  Today, in the 21st century, the living, powerful, and active gospel is the same. It is still alive, and effective in people all over the world! It still transforms lives! It still brings people out of darkness into His marvelous light! It still delivers people from the power of Satan into the Kingdom of God! The awesome gospel of Jesus Christ still transforms hearts and lives. It still moves people from sorrow to joy, from distress to peace. God’s not dead, nor is God’s Effective Word!

1 Thessalonians 1 “Turn to God from Idols” Jan.11,2015 – CD#1538

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Let’s break down Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in Chapter 1:                     Who – Christians & Idolaters; Christians seek spiritual things while idolaters seek material things.

What – Whatever Idol stumbles you; know that by faith you have a new life, free from idols.  (2 Cor.5:17)

When – Day by day put away your Idols & turn to God, presenting your body a living sacrifice. (Rom.12)

Where – Everywhere in your life, get rid of Idols, and fill your life with Righteousness, Peace & Joy.

Why – Because Idolatry brings death & destruction, but God loves you and sent Jesus to die for you, and save you.

How – By relying on God, the Holy Spirit. (Jn 15:5). Jesus said He is with you and shall be in you. (John 14:17)

Acts 28 – “The Fruit of Living By Faith” – 1/4/15 – cd#1538

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In Acts 28 – the last chapter of the book – We see that the Apostle Paul was a prisoner of Christ in Roman chains for two years. Paul used that time to write letters to the Ephesian church, the Colossians, the Philippians, to Timothy & Philemon. Think what we would have lost if we didn’t have Paul’s letters. They make up most of the New Testament.

God brought the Apostle to the wicked city of Rome to bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen or read. He was not only a blessing to the churches where the letters were sent, but his letters have been a blessing to all Christians through the centuries. Today we are reaping the fruit of Paul’s living faith in Jesus Christ while in that ungodly, seemingly impossible, situation.