2 Thessalonians 2
Family Camp is now over. What a powerful week! Six people were baptized over four evenings at Camp. Many were baptized before camp and my grand niece and others will be baptized after camp. These campers are prepared to shine!
Application: In 2 Thessalonians 2, verse 3 & 4, the great man of sin rises. The world is becoming darker and more accepting of him when he comes. Let your bring light shine to overcome this darkness! Attend camp, FUEL, church and all things spiritual to be the light God has called you to be!
1 Thessalonians 4
The fourth chapter of 1st Thessalonians speaks of sanctification, how we are made clean and pure by Jesus. Having been sanctified we have great hope.
Application: All Christians should memorize 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Friends for eternity (such as Paul, Silas, Timothy, Paul M, Esther, Jerry, etc…) have great comfort in the resurrection.
Paul & Esther
1 Thessalonians 3
The big three are faith, hope and love. Chapter three is all about growing stronger in faith. (vs. 7). Esther and I have been watching all the very small things God has been doing through each day to show His love to us. Things such as sending rain after the baptism tonight instead of during. Things such as God’s gentle spirit blowing the door shut to the tabernacle as we write this devotional. Things such as the enormous peace in the stone chapel as we prayed very early in the morning.
Application: As Christians, we can endure all persecution, and still have faith God loves us as we obtain perfect peace with both God and other friends.
-Paul & Esther
1 Thessalonians 1
The first verse of 1 Thessalonians tells us what this wonderful letter is all about: Friends: Paul, Silas, and Timothy had become extremely close spiritual friends. These three spiritual friends prayed together, worked together, and became very close to the people in Thessalonica. The first chapter should be read with the concept of two or three gathered in the name of Jesus praying and loving others in a particular area or church. I have made many friends much the same as Silas and Timothy were to Paul. Thessalonians is all about fabulous friendship in this life and the life to come (v.10).
Application: Everyone has to choose which friends they should have. If we seek God and ask Him for guidance, God will lead us to the right people to be around. Just as Paul, Silas and Timothy constantly sought God’s Word and His guidance, they were able to connect because God rewarded each of their daily dedication to God. We as individuals need to be in constant prayer and God will lead us in choosing friends. I also encourage you to love your friends just like God loves us.
Paul Moore – and his friend Esther