Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE CHURCH

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1-3

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The 4th century AD Rotunda of Galerius is one of several Roman monuments in the city of Thessalonica.

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Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:13

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

 

As an introduction to these two letters of Paul to the believers at Thessalonica, Greece (currently called Salonica), we may be better informed by reading Acts 17:1-15. First and Second Thessalonians are beautiful examples of the care a true Pastor has for his people. For three Sabbaths Paul taught in the synagogue to the Jewish people, and some believed and received his message. Then the team, Paul, Silas (called Silvanus here) and Timothy spent considerable time reaching out to non-Jews who “turned to God from their idols to serve the true and living God” (1:9b). Paul “laboured night and day” because he probably made tents here, as he did later in Corinth, in order to support the team financially (2:9). We may take notice of two facts:

(1) When we believe the Word of God, it produces EFFECTIVE change in our lives. Watch for this change as we proceed through the Bible in this blog!

(2) While Paul taught and worked, he prayed “exceedingly” (3:10). Firstly, he prayed for God’s direction (3:11). Secondly, he prayed for an increase in love (3:12). Thirdly, he prayed that, “[God] may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (3:13).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as I read the prayers of Paul, I make them my prayers to You for myself, my family, and all my fellow bloggers. May You give us direction and produce effective change in our lives as we pray “exceedingly,” that we may increase in love. And may You establish our hearts blameless in holiness before You “at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the early days of ministry, I was involved with others in planting new congregations. Like Paul, I worked “that I might not be a burden to any” (2:9), not at making tents, but as a carpenter, a catcher of bull frogs for a Montreal restaurant, a Bell telephone contractor (removing telephones from homes where the bills weren’t paid – some I felt so sorry for that I paid their bill), etc. When the congregations grew and prospered, they were able to provide a salary, so that I could work full time in ministry. God has always provided for me and my family. Thank You, Lord!

Throughout the years in television ministry, I’ve been involved in helping to produce television in 18 languages, some of which were released in the homelands of our hosts. Rev. Bazil Zetas, an immigrant to Canada from Greece, leads a Greek language congregation in Toronto. He became our Greek language TV host while supporting himself as an employee of Canada Post, and at the same time planting a church. The first TV station in Greece to begin carrying our telecast was Salonica (Thessalonica). Then Athens TV began the transmission of the Word of God on TV, so all of Greece received the Good News of Jesus on television. A BIG thank you to all who have supported Crossroads television (See Lorna Dueck’s important message below regarding supporting Crossroads).

Yours to see the “Word of God” work effectively in us all,

David

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Outside view of the Rotunda of Galerius in Thessalonica.

Inside view looking up into the Rotunda.

10 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  1. A great read & prayer. Thank you. Just heard that the pastor from Mississauga, being held in N Korea & assigned to hard labour, has been RELEASED! Praise & thank God.

  2. Amen Doreen this is amazing news, praise God from whom all blessings flow. I would imagine that the Pastor will still need prayer, after working in a hard labour camp.
    Thank you Pastor David for your words this morning, I remember a Pastor who served in our church over 40 years ago, he drove a school bus to supplement his earnings.
    I think I will memorize 1Thessalonians 2:13, I am putting it on my Facebook page. For this reason we also thank God without ceasing because when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
    Sah I am praying for rain in B.C, Hope everyone has a Blessed day, Eleanor M.

    • God bless you Eleanor! Thank you. The valley is so socked in with smoke it has made those with mental illness very suicidal….
      unfortunately it does happen, when days are gray and dull, it is very difficult to put one foot in front of the other and continue walking….many prayers needed!
      May God bless everyone on this blog! Thank you Lord for all the blessings of this day! in Jesus Name we Pray! amen

  3. What great love and perseverance Paul extended to his flock in his ministry for the Glory of God!!

    Praise God for His Love and goodness to us!!

    • God bless you Lianne! Yes please continue to pray for rain not only for fires in British Columbia but for fires in other parts of the world! amen amen

  4. Yes, a great lesson and prayer Pastor David. Thank you. Rejoicing over the great news about the Pastor released from North Korea. Praise God!

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