2 Thessalonians 2: 13 – 17 Stand firm

2 Thessalonians 2: 13 – 17 Stand firm But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, thatContinue reading “2 Thessalonians 2: 13 – 17 Stand firm”

2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer

2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightlyContinue reading “2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer”

1 Thessalonians 2: 17 – 20, 3: 1 – 5 Paul’s longing to see the Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2: 17 – 20, 3: 1 – 5 Paul’s longing to see the Thessalonians But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to comeContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 2: 17 – 20, 3: 1 – 5 Paul’s longing to see the Thessalonians”

Acts 26: 19 – 32 Paul before Agrippa – Part 3

Acts 26: 19 – 32 Paul before Agrippa – Part 3 ‘So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate theirContinue reading “Acts 26: 19 – 32 Paul before Agrippa – Part 3”

Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in he synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who caused havoc in Jerusalem among thoseContinue reading “Acts 9: 19 – 31 Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem”

The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb

The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb There is one detail of the resurrection story that we find only in St Matthew’s gospel, and that is the posting of a guard on the tomb. This is how it reads in the NIV translation. Matthew 27: 62 – 66 TheContinue reading “The resurrection of Jesus – part 4 – The guard on the tomb”

Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus

Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And theyContinue reading “Luke 24: 50 – 53 The ascension of Jesus”

Luke 24: 36 – 49 Jesus appears to the disciple

Luke 24: 36 – 49 Jesus appears to the disciples While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in yourContinue reading “Luke 24: 36 – 49 Jesus appears to the disciple”

Luke 24: 13 – 35 On the road to Emmaus

Luke 24:  13 – 35 On the road to Emmaus Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up andContinue reading “Luke 24: 13 – 35 On the road to Emmaus”

Luke 24: 1 – 12 Jesus has risen

Luke 24: 1 – 12 Jesus has risen On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the LordContinue reading “Luke 24: 1 – 12 Jesus has risen”