How to seek God in the new year – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 4

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. How to seek God is even more evident, more important, and even more critical asContinue reading “How to seek God in the new year – 2 Thessalonians 3, Part 4”

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”

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”

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”

Why “advent” is a surprisingly good word describing the appearance of Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 1

We live in a culture where what we see and hear can so easily be manipulated, deceiving us into believing something that is false.  Have you heard of deep fakes?  That is video technology in which you can make videos of people saying whatever you want them to say, and it really looks like aContinue reading “Why “advent” is a surprisingly good word describing the appearance of Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Part 1″

How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5

Will you be counted as worthy of the Kingdom of God? Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1 verse 5 that the Thessalonian Christians’ growing spiritual maturity in the midst of persecution is evidence that they will be counted as worthy of the Kingdom.  That’s quite a statement.  What if we are Christians who haven’t beenContinue reading “How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5”

A helpful perspective on pain – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 4

Is pain always bad? How do you handle pain? I’m not a fan of pain. I’ve been battling a heel spur for the past year. Initially it hurt sharply every step I took. But through treatment, especially stretching, it is at bay. I can still feel it, but it isn’t crippling. I even run 4-5Continue reading “A helpful perspective on pain – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 4”

Why “Lord Jesus Christ” is subversive, and “grace and peace” is more than a greeting – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 3

Have you ever heard someone talk about Jesus Christ, as if “Christ” is his last name, or surname? The name “Jesus Christ” has become so culturally familiar, perhaps most often used as an expletive. What does his name mean? Continue reading, as our study through 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 during this first week of AdventContinue reading “Why “Lord Jesus Christ” is subversive, and “grace and peace” is more than a greeting – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 3″

Introducing our Advent 2021 series – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 1

For this Advent season, I thought it would be good to study a lesser-known book of the Bible that relates to Advent.  This letter didn’t originally relate to Advent.  Advent was a season of the year that Christians created many years after this letter was written.  But because Advent mean “arrival,” I think you’ll seeContinue reading “Introducing our Advent 2021 series – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 1”