1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction willContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord”

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18 Believers who have died

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18 Believers who have died Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believeContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18 Believers who have died”

1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God

1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know whatContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God”

1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report

1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to seeContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report”

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”

1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica

1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face ofContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica”

The Epistles. 1 Thessalonians – Chapter 1

The Epistles. 1 Thessalonians – Chapter 1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your workContinue reading “The Epistles. 1 Thessalonians – Chapter 1”

Reflections on Acts – Part 3

Reflections on Acts – part 3 The passages covered in these reflections describe the way in which the Holy Spirit worked within the early church. They suggest how the church today could be renewed by God. Note, though – and it’s important – St Luke, when he wrote the words in the Acts of theContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – Part 3”

Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius

Acts 10 tells a story that is very significant to any non-Jewish Christian. It describes how God made it crystal clear that we Gentiles are forgiven our sins through belief in Jesus. Today’s post reflects on that story. Acts 10: 1 – 8 Let’s start by looking at Cornelius. He was not a Jew byContinue reading “Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius”

Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9

Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9 Acts 8: 1 – 8 The first thing I personally have to come to terms with is that God allowed Stephen to be brutally murdered. That’s not to say God was responsible, because he wasn’t; the responsibility lies firmly with those who killed Stephen. But God, knowingContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9”