Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Chicken or the Egg

Thursday, Apr. 30 “Should we focus on God to deal with sin or should we deal with sin in order to focus on God.?”—Doug Burch. Doug said “both.” I say “either.” It’s sort of like the chicken and the egg: … Continue reading

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The Mirror Check

Wednesday, Apr. 29 “God’s Word is designed to change you.” As I look in the mirror today, how am I different than I was yesterday? Last month? Five years ago? As I reflect on this, I realize that I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Family of God

Tuesday, Apr. 28 Paul said that he and his companions loved the Thessalonians as a mother loves her children. Then he said they dealt with them as a father (1 Thes. 2:7-8, 10-11). Why does he use the analogy of … Continue reading

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A Double Standard

Monday, Apr. 27 There’s another aspect of this persecution thing. All of us have times when we feel we are unjustly treated. I’m no exception. Like you, my first reaction is negative. We all have a built-in conviction about fairness. … Continue reading

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Unjust Treatment

Sunday, Apr. 26 Yesterday’s blog was a short homily on being imitators of Christ, focusing on unjust treatment, the core feature of persecution. The question is how to deal with persecution. My first thought is that I have not undergone … Continue reading

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Imitators

Saturday, Apr. 25 The Thessalonians imitated Paul, Silas and Timothy. 1 Thes. 1:6. They also imitated the Lord (same verse). They also imitated the Judean churches. 1 Thes. 2:14. In what specific ways did they imitate Christ and others? Paul … Continue reading

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Passing the Baton

Friday, Apr. 24 “. . . we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.” 1 Thes. 2:4. Paul is commending the Thessalonian church for embracing the gospel and evangelizing the whole area. Paul, Silas, and … Continue reading

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