1 Thessalonians

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Closing Thoughts

1 Thessalonians 5:19-28 It seems whenever I am on the phone with a friend, several thoughts pop in my mind just as I am saying goodbye. Sometimes those thoughts are important, sometimes not. When we get to the end of a book in the Bible – especially Paul’s letters – we see that he, too, […]

A Way Of Life


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 People know I like an occasional cup of coffee. Okay, “love” rather than “like” and “frequent” rather than occasional. Drinking coffee is a way of life with me. My wife knows I love to read. Having a book (or Kindle) in hand is a way of life with me. I love baseball […]

How to Encourage Others in Five Simple (?) Steps!


1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 Everyone needs encouraging and building up from time to time. Sometimes we know how to do so; sometimes we need some “hints.” Paul commended his readers for encouraging one another and building up one another. He then follows with five simple (??) ideas that work to encourage and build up one another! […]



1 Thessalonians 5:6-11 I have done some silly things when I am in the twilight zone between being awake and being asleep. That time usually only lasts a few minutes, but it can be entertaining! What happens, though, if that zone becomes a way of life?

A Thief In The Night


1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 (with a hint of v. 6) I remember watching the movie “A Thief in the Night” as a very young Christian. The movie pointed to the reality of the return of Jesus at any moment. In some ways, the movie was intended to scare someone into believing in Jesus. No one wanted […]

(Not So) Good Grief


1 Thessalonians 4:13 At the beginning of this series on 1 Thessalonians, you may recall I was going to do a couple of sermons on depression and grief when we got to this key passage about the rapture. Who knew (well, other than God) that we would have so many families in our body going […]

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues


1 Thessalonians 4:13 Everyone experiences sadness to some degree during their lifetime. Whether simple discouragement, the “blahs,” or something more serious like clinical depression, we believers are not immune. Is it okay for a believer to go through this? How do we deal with it?

Death and Hope


1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 We may not often put those words together, but for the believer in Jesus Christ, we have great hope beyond death. We should grieve, but with hope. And knowing God’s plan for His children, we should encourage one another. Of course, none of us are looking forward to death, and especially to […]

I’ve Been Working On The Railroad


1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 Okay, not exactly true. I never did work on the railroad. But Paul addresses the idea of “work” in 1 Thessalonians (and as few other places, too). In fact, he says he commanded his readers to work. Does the Bible really address something as mundane as “work?” Absolutely! And it says some […]

Plug Your Ears!


1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 It is embarrassing or at least difficult to talk about. But it shows up in TV shows, movies, advertisements, news stories, and music with great regularity. It is something we hear too much of from the world, but perhaps not enough within the church. It is a frequent theme in the Bible, […]