February 2021

The Word: Episode 1579 Colossians 3:12b

“Asleep In Jesus”

February 27, 2021

“Asleep In Jesus”

Blessings folk!

Believers have hope in this life.
Our hope is in the Lord!

We have hope in death.
Our hope is in the Lord!

We are not as those of the world.
Upon death, they have no hope.

1 Th 4:13-14

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

Believers that have died (fallen asleep) in Jesus, will return with the Lord.

Think on that.

Upon our death we are present with the Lord…

2 Co 5:6-8

Therefore, being always of good courage,
and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—

for we walk by faith, not by sight—

we are of good courage, I say,
and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

When Believers die we are with the Lord.
When the Lord returns, we are with the Lord.
So, whether in this life or the one to come, we are with the Lord.

Live accordingly.
Walk by faith!

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The Word: Episode 1578 Colossians 3:12a

“Do Not Be Informed…"

February 26, 2021

“Do Not Be Informed…"

Blessings folk!

The Thessalonians had some questions.

One was this…”what happens to people who believe, but then die before the return of the Lord?”

So much can be gleaned from this.

Remember, Paul was with them just a few weeks.

From these letters we know that Paul told them much about the return of the Lord.

Yet, apparently, he never mentioned dying before the return of the Lord.

Paul et. al. were anticipating the Lord to return soon.

Not imminence.
Expectation.

Some had died - gone “asleep”.
Believers are described as “asleep” rather than dead…life is yet to come!

1 Th 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,
so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

Paul did not want them to be informed.
There was something to be “informed” about.

Paul did not want the Thessalonians to grieve as the rest of the world.

What was the difference?

The True Believer has hope in the Lord.
We have hope in the midst of death.

The world has no such hope.

Sadly, many times I see those who profess to believe behaving as those in the world…hopeless, joyless, clueless.

Remember, our hope is in the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 1577 Colossians 3:12

“Excel in Spirit-Led Ambition”

February 25, 2021

“Excel in Spirit-Led Ambition”

Blessings folk!

Excel!
In walking well with the Lord.

Excel!
In proclaiming the gospel.

Excel!
In turning away from idols to the Living God.

Excel!
In love for one another.

Such can not be done in the flesh.
It is done in the power of the Spirit dwelling within each true believer.

We stopped in the middle of a sentence yesterday…read the full statement…

1 Th 4:9-12
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you,
for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,

and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,

so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

Excel in correct ambition.
Ambition to lead a quiet life.
To attend to your own business.
To work with your hands.
Paul had instructed them in this.

He wanted them to behave properly.
He wanted them to not be in need.
He wanted them to not be dependent upon the world or each other.

Excel!
May our ambition be under the authority of the Spirit!

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The Word: Episode 1576 Colossians 3:9-11

“Excel”

February 24, 2021

“Excel”

Blessings folk!

Paul had told the Thessalonians to excel even more in their walk with the Lord.

They were walking well with the Lord.
Excel more!

They were proclaiming the gospel well.
Excel more!

They had turned from idols to the living God.
Excel more!

Now…

1 Th 4:9-10

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you,
for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,…

God had taught them to love another.
They did.
Still, Paul urged them.
Excel more!!

May we do likewise.
Excel in walking with the Lord.
Excel in proclaiming the good news.
Excel in loving one another.

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The Word: Episode 1575 Colossians 3:5-9

“Sanctification, Not Impurity”

February 23, 2021

“Sanctification, Not Impurity”

Blessings folk!

We saw yesterday that the will of God for us is our sanctification - our holiness, that we would live holy.

God has empowered us to do so.
We can live holy.

I know what people immediately proclaim…”you’re speaking of perfectionism…of being perfect. No one is perfect. We all sin. I’m just a sinner saved by grace…”

Let me be blunt.

As long as you view yourself as a “sinner saved by grace”, then you will not grow in holiness.

Think on that.

We WERE sinners.
We were saved by the grace of God.
But, once saved we are now “saints - holy ones” who are called to live holy.
We are called, instructed, commanded and empowered to live holy.

Can we choose to sin?
Yes.
But, we do not “have to sin” because of our nature.
We sin because we want to, not because we have to.

The Lord would not tell us to do something that is impossible in/through Him.

Consider the next verses…

1 Th 4:7-8

For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

God has called us to holiness/sanctification - not impurity.

Do not reject the holiness of the Lord.
God has given you Himself via the Spirit.

Do not walk in the “I’ll always be a sinner” mentality.
Walk in who you truly are as a Believer.
A new creature.
A Spirit-filled Presence of the Most High God.

Choose holiness.
Reject sin.


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Spirituals - Lesson 8

Spirituals - Lesson 8

The Word: Episode 1574 Colossians 3:1-4

“The Will of God…”

February 22, 2021

“The Will of God…”

Blessings folk!

Paul is exhorting the Thessalonians to continue walking in the Lord as they had been…and to excel even more!

He then gives insight into something that people often ask about…”what is the ‘will’ of God”?

1 Th 4:3-6

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;

that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

What is the will of God?
Our sanctification!
Our holiness!
Our purity!

He tells them/us how.

  • Abstain from sexual immorality
  • Know how to posses your own vessel (body) in sanctification/holiness and honor
  • Do not possess your Body in lustful/lust filled passion
  • Do not transgress your brother in sexual matters
  • Do not defraud your brother in sexual matters

Know that the Lord is the avenger of these things.

Paul had told them before.
Again, think on this.
Paul was with them just a few weeks.
Give close heed to all that is revealed in 1, 2 Thessalonians as to what he told them.

Now, he is warning them.

May we hear.
We have been forewarned.

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The Word: Episode 1573 Colossians 2:20-23

“Excel Still More”

February 21, 2021

“Excel Still More”

Blessings folk!

Paul is winding down the letter to the Thessalonians.

Give close attention…

1 Th 4:1-2

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus,
that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God
(just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

Notice what Paul was doing.

He made a request of them.

He exhorted them.

Related to the instruction that he had given them.

To walk as you should walk before God.
To please God.

They actually were walking that way.
Paul wanted them to excel even more!

Not condemnation.

Exhortation to excel more in the ways of the Lord…in love.

May we do likewise…

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The Word: Episode 1572 Colossians 2:18-19

“Increase and Abound…”

February 20, 2021

“Increase and Abound…”

Blessings folk!

Paul has told the Thessalonians how much he desires to see them again.

He moves into a “doxology” type of statement.

This “ends” the third chapter (remember, versification and chapter division are man-made).

Give close reading…

1 Th 3:11-12

Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;

and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another,
and for all people, just as we also do for you;


Paul is asking for God/Father and Jesus/Lord to direct their way to them.

He then asks for the Lord to cause something in them…increase/abounding in love for one another and for all people.

It is the Lord that causes love for one another.
It is the Lord that increases.
It is the Lord that causes abounding.
It is the Lord Who directs.

Do we call for this among one another?

Increase in love for one another.
Abounding in love for one another.

Such is the Kingdom!
Allow the Lord to direct our way.

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The Word: Episode 1571 Colossians 2:16-17

“Praying Night and Day”

February 19, 2021

“Praying Night and Day”

Blessings folk!

Paul really wanted to visit with the Body of Christ at Thessalonika.

Having left quickly under danger and duress, he still had much to teach them…much to impart.

1 Th 3:9-10
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face,
and may complete what is lacking in your faith?

Paul thanked the Lord for the Thessalonians…night and day.

He realized that such thanks was found lacking when it came to the joy that he had in the fact that they were saved…they had turned from false gods to the true God.

He prayed constantly that he would be able to see them again.

He wanted to “complete what is lacking in your faith”.
He had more to teach them.
He had more to impart to them.
He had more to live before them.

Do we have this attitude/feeling about the portion of the Body of Christ where we are?

Are we willing to impart/receive from one another?

Do we pray night and day earnestly…?

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The Word: Episode 1570 Colossians 2:12-15

“Comfort Through Your Faith”

February 18, 2021

“Comfort Through Your Faith”

Blessings folk!

What brings you true joy?
What brings you true life?




Paul was concerned about the Body of Thessalonians.
Had they pressed on?
Had they persevered in the faith?
Had they embraced afflictions and maintained faith?

He sent Timothy to them to encourage and strengthen them in their faith.

Timothy had returned and reported to Paul.
Paul then writes this letter - 1 Thessalonians.

Note what Paul says…

1 Th 3:6-8

But now that Timothy has come to us from you,
and has brought us good news of your faith and love,
and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you,

for this reason, brethren,
in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith;

for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

Timothy had brought good news.
They remained firm in the faith.
They remained firm in love.
They thought kindly of Paul…remember, Paul had to flee under death threat. Would they think less of him?

Paul learned they longed to see him as much as he longed to see them.

Because of this, Paul was comforted about them through their faith.

Does your faith and deed bring comfort?

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The Word: Episode 1569 Colossians 2:9-11

“Destined for Afflictions”

February 17, 2021

“Destined for Afflictions”

Blessings folk!!

Do you expect afflictions?

Do you know that afflictions will come your way if you are Believer?

We are seeing it more and more.

The western world is exploding in persecuting people of faith.

Be not surprised.

Paul had warned the Thessalonians.
He warns us.
Paul reminded them.
He reminds us.

1 Th 3:1-5

Therefore when we could endure it no longer,
we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone,

and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ,
to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,

so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions;
for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.

For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know.

For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.

Paul sent Timothy to strengthen and encourage them in the faith.

Why?

So that no one would be disturbed by the afflictions.

Afflictions will come.
We are destined for them.

Strengthening, exhortation and encouragement in the faith is the antidote.

Paul had warned them.
We stand warned.

Paul was concerned.

He feared that the temper…the enemy…might have tempted them.
He feared that their proclamation of faith might prove to have been word only.

He rejoiced to find otherwise.
They believed.
They pressed on in the faith.
They lived the faith.
They proclaimed the faith.

May we do likewise.

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The Word: Episode 1568 Colossians 2:8

“Timothy: To Strengthen and Encourage”

February 16, 2021

“Timothy: To Strengthen and Encourage”

Blessings folk!

Paul was concerned about the Thessalonians.
Not a fear and fright from the enemy.
A concern of the spirit.
How were they “doing”?
What had come of their situation?

Remember, Paul had left quickly under duress after only a brief period of time with them.

We learn much here…

1 Th 3:1-3

Therefore when we could endure it no longer,
we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone,

and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ,
to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,

so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions;
for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.

Paul was human as we are.
He wanted to know.
He could endure the lack of knowing no longer.
He fetched Timothy to go and check on them.
Paul stayed behind.
He said it was “best”.
We do not know why.
Age?
Health? Ability to travel quickly?
Situation in Athens?
We do not know

Who is Timothy?
- Paul’s “brother” in the faith
- God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ

What was Timothy to do?
- strengthen them in the faith
- encourage them in the faith

Why?
- so that no one would be disturbed by the afflictions they were encountering

Paul had told them that we as believers are destined for such afflictions.

Therefore,
- Be encouraged
- Be strengthened
…in the Lord.

The difficult days are only beginning…

Fear not!

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Spirituals - Lesson 7

Spirituals - Lesson 7

The Word: Episode 1567 Colossians 2:6-7

“You Are Our Glory and Joy”

February 15, 2021

“You Are Our Glory and Joy”

Blessings folk!

Read the last verses of 1 Thessalonians 2…

1 Th 2:19-20

For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation?
Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?

For you are our glory and joy.

We know that Paul/we have our hope and joy and crown of exultation in the Lord!

But, note what Paul says here.

He stated that he receives hope, joy and crown of exultation from the fact that they would be with the Lord Jesus at His coming.

Paul rejoiced in the fact that they are the Lord’s.

Why?

They were Paul’s glory.
They were Paul’s joy.
They were true believers.
They had believed through the proclamation of Paul and friends.

They, and we, all will be together at the coming of the Lord.

This is to be to the praise of the glory of His grace!

Today, think of one another in this way.

Especially rejoice over those that are your “glory and joy”.

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The Word: Episode 1566 Colossians 1

“Hindered”

February 14, 2021

“Hindered”

Blessings folk!

Paul missed the Thessalonians.

You can tell from his letters.

He had been taken out of town quickly…some were seeking his life.

We learn more…

1 Th 2:17-18

But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while—in person, not in spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.

For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us.

Though Paul was absent in body, he was with them in spirit.

He was very eager with great desire to see them face-to-face.

He has tried to return.
More than once.

Yet, he had been hindered.

He tells us the source of the hindrance - satan.

We face the same type of hindrances.’
Day to day.
Moment by moment.

Fear not.
Fret not.
Press on in the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 1565 Colossians 2:1-5

“Imitators”

February 13, 2021

“Imitators”

Blessings folk!

Paul continues to remind the believing Thessalonians of what occurred to them.

1 Th 2:14-16

For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen,
even as they did from the Jews,

who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out.
They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,

hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved;
with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins.
But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.

The Thessalonians had become imitators of the churches of God - note the plural - in Judea.

How?

They endured the same sufferings.
The churches in Judea suffered under the Jews.
The Thessalonians suffered at the hands of their countrymen.

Paul speaks of how displeasing to God “The Jews” were - referring to Jewish leadership.
They killed the Lord Jesus.
They killed the prophets.
They drove out the believers.
They hindered Paul from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved.

The result?
They fill up the measure of their sin.
The wrath of God has come upon them.
The wrath of God will come upon them.

Endure suffering.
Be not surprised.

Fear not.
The Lord is in control.
He will judge.

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The Word: Episode 1564 Colossians 1:24-29

“Thankful For the Word In You”

February 12, 2021

“Thankful For the Word In You”

Blessings folk!

Paul was thrilled with the new life of the Thessalonians.

He rejoiced in the fact that they believed.

1 Th 2:13

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

Paul thanked God constantly for their receiving of the Word of God.

Remember what Paul had said earlier.
They had not come in word only, but in power, the Holy Spirit and in full conviction.

Because of this, the people believed the word!

They received the word as “not of men”, but for what it really was/is - the Word of God.

How did they know?

First, they saw and experienced the power of God.
They saw the works of the Holy Spirit.
They saw men who believed and were fully convicted of belief.

Second, the Word performed work in those who believed.
They were changed.
They were transformed.

We will see more soon.

So, have you believed the Word?
Is the Word performing His work in you?

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“You and God Are Witnesses"

February 11, 2021

“You and God Are Witnesses"

Blessings folk!

Paul continues to remind the Thessalonians of their time together.
(Note again, the patterns of “threes” that Paul uses throughout the letter&hellipWinking

1 Th 2:10-12

You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;

just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Paul declared that they, and God, were witnesses to what he was saying…to what they experienced.

How did Paul and friends behave toward the believing Thessalonians?
- devoutly
- uprightly
- blamelessly

They behaved as a father toward his children…
- exhorting
- encouraging
- imploring

All to the goal of walking in a manner worthy of God.

God Who called them, and us, into His kingdom.
God Who called them, and us, into His glory.

May we do likewise?
Behave devoutly, uprightly and blamelessly before one another.
Exhort, encourage, implore one another.

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The Word: Episode 1562 Colossians 1:21-23

“Proclaim the Gospel”

February 10, 2021

“Proclaim the Gospel”

Blessings folk!

We have seen how the gospel came to the Thessalonians…Acts 17.

Now let’s return to the first letter that Paul wrote back to them after he was hustled out of town.

Read what he says next…

1 Th 2:9
For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship,
how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you,
we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

Paul is asking them to remember.

Remember how Paul and friends had labored.
Remember how they had endured hardship.
Remember how they had worked night and day.
Remember that they worked so as to not be a burden to any of them.

They did not expect to be “provided for” by the Thessalonians.
They worked.

In the midst, they proclaimed the gospel.
Constantly.
Without ceasing.
As they went.
As they worked.
As they labored.
As they endured hardship.
They proclaimed the good news of the gospel of God.

So should we.
There is no reason to not proclaim the gospel.
There is not time to not proclaim the gospel.

Set aside the excuses.
Set aside the fear.
Set aside the rationality of man.
Reject “religion”.
Reject “denominationalism”.

Proclaim the gospel at all times!

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The Word: Episode 1561 Colossians 1:19-20

“UpSideDowners”

February 9, 2021

“UpSideDowners”

Blessings folk!

Read the setting of Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians.

Pay attention to “reactions”.

Act 17:1-10

Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia,
they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them,
and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.

But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason,
they were seeking to bring them out to the people.

When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also;

and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar,
saying that there is another king, Jesus.”

They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things.

And when they had received a pledge from Jason and the others, they released them.

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Paul:
- reasoned from the Scriptures (Old Testament)
- explained the coming Christ
- gave evidence that the Christ had to suffer (die) and rise again

The gospel!

What was the reaction among the people?

- Some were persuaded - they believed.

  • A large number of the God-fearing Greeks believed. These were non-Jew Gentiles that believed in the God of the Jews.
  • A number of the leading women believed.
  • The Jews - a reference to Jewish leadership -
    • became jealous
    • hired wicked men from the market place
    • formed a mob
    • set the city in an uproar
    • attacked the house of Jason seeking Paul and friends
    • drug Jason before authorities
    • falsely accused
    • stirred up the crowds
    • called Paul and friends “these men who have upset the world (turned it upside down KJV) have come here also”.

It was true.

The gospel had turned the life of believers upside down - good!!

The gospel had turned religion upside down - good!

The gospel had turned the city upside down - good!

Dare we be UpSideDowners?


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The Word: Episode 1560 Colossians 1:17-18

“Upset…”

February 8, 2021

“Upset…”

Blessings folk!

Let us take a brief historical side-bar in our examination of 1 Thessalonians.

How did the gospel come to them?
What occurred?
It is important to know what the Lord reveals to us.
The background will help us gain greater understanding into what Paul is saying…

Read the account…

Act 17:1-10

Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia,
they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them,
and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.

But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason,
they were seeking to bring them out to the people.

When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also;

and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar,
saying that there is another king, Jesus.”

They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things.

And when they had received a pledge from Jason and the others, they released them.

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Paul reasoned with them for three sabbaths in the synagogue of the Jews.
He proclaimed Jesus’ suffering and resurrection.
Some of the Jews believed.
A large number of the God-fearing Greeks (Greeks the would go to the synagogue to hear about God) believed.
A number of the leading women believed!

What was the response of the Jews, especially the leadership?
Jealous.
Angry.
They hired wicked men to cause trouble.
False accusations.
They arrested Jason, who had believed, and took him before the authorities with the great accusation “these men who have upset the world have come here also”!

These men who had turned the word upside-down!

May we be like them!

May we “turn the world upside” down from darkness to Light!

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Spirituals - Lesson 6

Spirituals - Lesson 6

The Word: Episode 1559 Colossians 1:16

“Impart”

February 7, 2021

“Impart”

Blessing folk!

Paul stated that they had come…
- with flattering speech
- with greed
- seeking glory

How then, did they come?
How did they live?

1Th 2:7-8
But we proved to be gentle among you,
as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.

Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

They were gentle with the Thessalonians

Gentle…
- in presenting the gospel
- in teaching
- in encouraging
- in exhortation

As gentle as a mother caring for her own children.

They had fond affection for the Thessalonians.

They considered them to be “very dear to us”.

To what point?

To the point that they were “well-pleased” to impart their lives to them.

This is the greases thing that we have.
Our lives.
Our time.

No greater gift can be given.

To what are you giving your time?

To what are you giving your life?

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The Word: Episode 1558 Colossians 1:15

“Flattering Speech, Greed, Glory Seeking”

February 6, 2021

“Flattering Speech, Greed, Glory Seeking”

Blessings folk!

Paul continued to remind the Thessalonians about their visit.
How they came.
Why they came.
What they came from (imprisonment in Philippi).
He speaks to what kind of people they proved to be…

1 Th 2:5-6
For we never came with flattering speech,
as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—

nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others,
even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.

Paul and friends did not come with “flattering speech”…speech that had an agenda of false flattery to a purpose.
They did not “puff up” to gain approval.

The Thessalonians knew this.

Nor did Paul/friends come with pretext of greed.
God would witness to this.
Many who come “in the name of the Lord” came with the agenda of greed.
Such was then.
Such is now.
Greed is a driving force behind many…more than most know.

Nor did Paul/friends seek glory from men.
This is a biggie today.
Such petty games of glory.
I’ve literally seen “clergy” (a man-made distinction that is unbiblical and that has brought much harm and division into the Body of Christ) argue over the fact that one spoke from behind the larger pulpit and not the smaller.
Turf arguments.
Foolishness.

We learn here that as apostles, note the plural…Paul, Silvanus, Timothy…,they could have asserted authority with the new believers.
They did not.

Recapping…
Reject…
- flattering speech
- greed
- glory seeking

The following verses will tell us what to do…

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The Word: Episode 1557 Colossians 1:9-14

“Exhortation”

February 5, 2021

“Exhortation”

Blessings folk!

Paul continues to speak to the Thessalonians via letter…

1 Th 2:3-4

For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel,
so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.

Paul is exhorting them.
He says so plainly.
He tells them that his exhortation does not come
- from error
- from impurity
- by way of deceit

He then ties the exhortation to his proclamation of the gospel to them.

Paul and friends were approved by God.
They had been entrusted with the gospel by God.

The same applied to the exhortation they were giving.

It was from God.
God knew their heart.

They spoke the truth of God without regard to seeking to please men…a rare thing today.

So, Paul was letting them know that the things he was saying in this letter were from God.
It was not from man.

Therefore, listen and receive as they had the gospel.

We need to receive the Word in like manner.

We need to speak the Word in like manner.

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The Word: Episode 1556 Colossians 1:9-12

“Boldness in God”

February 4, 2021

“Boldness in God”

Blessings folk!

Paul continued to exhort the Thessalonians.

He reminded them…

1Th 2:1-2

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,

but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.

Note the detail.

The Thessalonians knew.

Knew what?

That Paul and his friends had suffered.
They had been mistreated in Philippi - Acts 16 and 17 give the details.

Paul and friends left Philippi and arrived at Thessalonica.

They shared the gospel with boldness…the boldness of God, not of the flesh.
They shared the gospel in the midst of much opposition.

Opposition from who?
The Jewish leadership.

Boldness?
Yes.
Consider.
Some of them had just recently been beaten and jailed.

Still, they pressed on with the message of the Kingdom of God.

So should we.

Fear not.

Boldly proclaim the Kingdom.
Boldly live the Kingdom!

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The Word: Episode 1555 Colossians 1:3-8

“Turn. Serve. Wait”

February 3, 2021

“Turn. Serve. Wait”

Blessings folk!

Read these verses again…

1 Th 1:8-10
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia,
but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything.

For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you,
and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

and to wait for His Son from heaven,
whom He raised from the dead,
that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.


They had turned to God.
They had turned from their idols to serve a living and true God.

So many people today profess a “belief”, yet their lives reflect idolatry.

Remember, an idol is anything that receives more of your attention than the Most High God.

Many are the religious that are really idolatrist. (Yeah, created that word&hellipWinking

They turned to God.
So must we.

They turned to God and served Him.
So must we.

They waited for the return of His Son, the Lord Jesus, from heaven.
So must we.

They knew that Jesus was raised from the dead.
They knew that Jesus was returning.
They knew that Jesus, and He alone, rescues us from the wrath to come - the wrath of God upon unbelieving mankind.

We must “know” likewise.

So, who/what has your attention?

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The Word: Episode 1554 Colossians 1:1-5

“Sound Forth! Serve! Wait!”

February 2, 2021

“Sound Forth! Serve! Wait!”

Blessings folk!

The Thessalonians heard the gospel - the proclaimed/heralded good news - of the Kingdom of God.

They believed.

How do we know?
They professed belief.
Then, they lived belief.

Look at what they did…

1 Th 1:8-10
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia,
but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything.

For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you,
and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

and to wait for His Son from heaven,
whom He raised from the dead,
that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

Note what they did…
- Sounded forth the word of the Lord in every place
- Turned from idols to serve a living and true God

Note what they do…
- Wait for His Son from heaven

Note what the Lord will do…
- Rescue us from the wrath to come

Have we experienced this type of belief and transformation?

If you have, then…
- Sound forth the gospel!
- Serve God
- Wait for His Son

If you have not, the today is the day of salvation. Believe!

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Spirituals - Lesson 5

Spirituals - Lesson 5

The Word: Episode 1553 Colossians 1:1-14

“Receive. Imitate. Example”

February 1, 2021

“Receive. Imitate. Example”

Blessings folk!

Paul and friends prayed for the Believers in Thessalonica.
They kept them in mind…especially their
- work of faith
- labor of love
- steadfastness of hope
- God’s choice of them

They reminded the Believers of how the gospel had come in…
- Word
- Power
- the Holy Spirit
- full conviction

Paul/friends proved by their lives to be this kind of men.

There is more.
Give close heed.

1 Th 1:6-7
You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

Paul says that the Believers had become imitators of them and the Lord.

Think on that for a moment.

How had they become “imitators”?

Imitators of Paul by receiving the Word/believing in the midst of much tribulation.
Imitators of the Lord. The Lord experienced tribulation.

They received the Word joyously in the Holy Spirit.

They therefore became an example to all believers in the region.

An example of receiving in tribulation.
An example of joy in tribulation.

Receive!
Imitate.
Be the example!

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