Wednesday, August 9, 2023


Today’s Reading: 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).


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!!!


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,


Outside view of the Rotunda of Galerius in Thessalonica.

Inside view looking up into the Rotunda.

9 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 9, 2023

  1. Thank You, Father, for the effective work You do in, and through, people. Keep on having Your way in all this world, I ask in Jesus’s name, amen

    From the end of 1 Thessalonians 3:

    “How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence. Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

    May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon. And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.”

    • Amen Rob. We had a minister in a Baptist Church, early on in our married life, whose name was Paul. His son was Timothy! They were a young, vibrant, family. I’m going through a stressful time this next month. I’m moving a retirement home. Big change for me. I’d appreciate any prayers. Thanks. Blessings all.

      • Praying for you Doreen that you will come to enjoy the people in the retirement home you will occupy. God will hold your hand the whole way:-).
        God’s blessings upon you always and all dear saints.

      • Doreen, I pray that you have a good
        experience when you move to your
        new home and our Lord Jesus would
        be with you always, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

      • Doreen. I am joining others in praying for you as you move. May the Lord Jesus guide and direct you as you step out into this new journey. I hope you will find lots of new friends that you will be able to share with.
        I know that you trust the Lord so He will make a way for you
        God ‘a Blessings upon you dear blog friend. Thank

    • Agreeing with you, Selma. Never give up. I have a copy of my grandmother’s prayer for our large family. We need to pray for this generation especially as it is so different. Opportunities that we had don’t seem to be available so abundantly now. Covid closed so many opportunities that we shared prior to lockdowns. Father, in Jesus Name, please draw our children and all people to Yourself. Amen

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