An odd way to tell people about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 3

Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians. What do you think is the best way to tell people about Jesus? You mightContinue reading “An odd way to tell people about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 3”

What to do when Christians behave badly: shun or reconcile? – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians. As we continue studying 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul makes what may be a surprising statement:Continue reading “What to do when Christians behave badly: shun or reconcile? – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 2”

How Advent inspires us to share the good news about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 1

Editor’s Note: Once again I welcome David Hundert as guest blogger this week! Thanks David, for filling in for me. In this four-part series, David concludes our Advent 2021 series, Ready for the Return, in which we studied 2 Thessalonians. Consider this irony: In 2019, if you stayed home and did nothing, you were consideredContinue reading “How Advent inspires us to share the good news about Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 1”

God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5

In the previous post we learned that suffering is the way to glory. I have to admit that I don’t like the sound of that. I would rather glory come by way of ease, comfort and fun. This is precisely why Paul says what he says next in our ongoing study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Continue reading “God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5”

How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4

This week in our study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Paul writes that Christians are people who are saved. In the previous post we examined how we are saved from separation from God. In today’s post we try to understand how we are also saved for something. As Jesus taught it, we are saved to beContinue reading “How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4”

What Christians are saved from? – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 3

Do you believe in hell? The Bible talks about it, but biblical scholars disagree if those images are intended to describe a literal or figurative place. Some people say that hell is on earth. Some people say all kind of things are hellish. No matter what you believe about hell, it seems that there isContinue reading “What Christians are saved from? – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 3”

Does God choose people to be saved? – 2 Thessalonians 2:12-17, Part 2

Some Christians believe God chooses people. Some Christians believe people choose God. Which is it? As we learned in the previous post, God love us. Paul called the Christians in Thessalonica, “Brethren loved by the Lord.” Paul continues to prove that God loves them by talking about salvation.  He says that God chose them asContinue reading “Does God choose people to be saved? – 2 Thessalonians 2:12-17, Part 2”

What Burmese Christians taught me about Christmas – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Preview

Earlier this week I was talking with a member of the Burmese Church that my church rents to, and he asked us to pray because they are dealing with a situation in the Burmese Christian community.  Here’s what’s happening.  The Burmese Christians in America are eagerly posting on social media about the Christmas holidays.  TheirContinue reading “What Burmese Christians taught me about Christmas – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Preview”

A distinctly Christians response to conspiracy theories – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 5

Have you noticed that massive increase in the number of conspiracy theories in recent years? There have been what are called troll farms on social media, many of which are run by foreign countries, purposefully spreading lies.  They create totally fake articles meant to deceive and create mistrust. One article said, “Facebook took down 1.3Continue reading “A distinctly Christians response to conspiracy theories – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 5”

The lies we tell our kids – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 4

We live in an era of conspiracy theories. A comedian said that he hears people say that not a single conspiracy theory is true, and that we can trust the government.  But, he said, the government is like a parent to the people, and how many of you parents tell your kids the truth allContinue reading “The lies we tell our kids – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 4”