Monday, August 9, 2021

THE CHURCH

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Thessalonians 1-3

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The 4th century AD Rotunda of Galerius is one of several Roman monuments in the city of Thessalonica.

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Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:13

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

 

As an introduction to these two letters of Paul to the believers at Thessalonica, Greece (currently called Salonica), we may be better informed by reading Acts 17:1-15. First and Second Thessalonians are beautiful examples of the care a true Pastor has for his people. For three Sabbaths Paul taught in the synagogue to the Jewish people, and some believed and received his message. Then the team, Paul, Silas (called Silvanus here) and Timothy spent considerable time reaching out to non-Jews who “turned to God from their idols to serve the true and living God” (1:9b). Paul “laboured night and day” because he probably made tents here, as he did later in Corinth, in order to support the team financially (2:9). We may take notice of two facts:

(1) When we believe the Word of God, it produces EFFECTIVE change in our lives. Watch for this change as we proceed through the Bible in this blog!

(2) While Paul taught and worked, he prayed “exceedingly” (3:10). Firstly, he prayed for God’s direction (3:11). Secondly, he prayed for an increase in love (3:12). Thirdly, he prayed that, “[God] may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (3:13).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as I read the prayers of Paul, I make them my prayers to You for myself, my family, and all my fellow bloggers. May You give us direction and produce effective change in our lives as we pray “exceedingly,” that we may increase in love. And may You establish our hearts blameless in holiness before You “at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the early days of ministry, I was involved with others in planting new congregations. Like Paul, I worked “that I might not be a burden to any” (2:9), not at making tents, but as a carpenter, a catcher of bull frogs for a Montreal restaurant, a Bell telephone contractor (removing telephones from homes where the bills weren’t paid – some I felt so sorry for that I paid their bill), etc. When the congregations grew and prospered, they were able to provide a salary, so that I could work full time in ministry. God has always provided for me and my family. Thank You, Lord!

Throughout the years in television ministry, I’ve been involved in helping to produce television in 18 languages, some of which were released in the homelands of our hosts. Rev. Bazil Zetas, an immigrant to Canada from Greece, leads a Greek language congregation in Toronto. He became our Greek language TV host while supporting himself as an employee of Canada Post, and at the same time planting a church. The first TV station in Greece to begin carrying our telecast was Salonica (Thessalonica). Then Athens TV began the transmission of the Word of God on TV, so all of Greece received the Good News of Jesus on television. A BIG thank you to all who have supported Crossroads television.

Yours to see the “Word of God” work effectively in us all,

David

Outside view of the Rotunda of Galerius in Thessalonica.

Inside view looking up into the Rotunda.

8 thoughts on “Monday, August 9, 2021

  1. I read this statement by Jim Denison and agree whole heartedly with him:

    “Christians being empowered, led, and used by Christ is obviously the last thing the enemy wants. That’s why he works so hard to convince us that it’s all about us when it’s actually all about Jesus.”

    Praise the Lord for men like Paul and his helpers who cared so deeply about others.
    Blessings on all saints this and each day we get to live our lives for Jesus:-).

  2. Paul was an amazing man – wise, gifted, friendly, and, trustworthy/dependable. What a dramatic change from his former self. No matter what we face, God is faithful. Blessings all today in this unusual time we live in.

  3. Praying David’s prayer today for you both Doreen and Eleanor. Glad you are feeling better Eleanor but hope you will continue to take it easy. I am struggling these days physically and go out of my way to pamper myself to make up for it. Doreen, you know in your heart what to do. Independence is a very difficult thing to give up but peace of mind will be afforded with the right move. It will all work out with the right timing. God bless you and keep you, dear sisters-in-Christ.

    Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
    Proverbs 19:11 ESV

    Holy (I Saw the Lord)-Lyric video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnfYEpWemJ4

    • Thanks Beverlee for your words of encouragement. It is hard to find time to pamper myself right now it actually sounds wonderful. lEdward has a lot of appointments at the minute, however hopefully we will still enjoy free time before summer is over. Glad to see you posting again I am missing all those that used to post often and aren’t now. Hop everyone is doing ok.
      Love-in-Christ, Eleanor

    • Thanks Beverlee for your words of encouragement. It is hard to find time to pamper myself right now it actually sounds wonderful. Edward has a lot of appointments at the minute, however hopefully we will still enjoy free time before summer is over. Glad to see you posting again I am missing all those that used to post often and aren’t now. Hope everyone is doing ok.
      Love-in-Christ, Eleanor

  4. God bless you all. Beverlee God be with you.
    Glad you posted today!!! Praying for you all.
    Please pray for my niece Samantha. She has
    job interviews and needs employment.

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