Church of the Living God

1 Thessalonians

  • Faith, Hope, and Love

    “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. .. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-10 “…remembering without […]

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  • Comfort One Another With These Words

    “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen […]

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  • Potters and Vessels: Jars of Clay

    The potter/clay image is used through the Bible to describe our relationship with God.  Jeremiah talks about God as the potter and the nation of Israel as the clay; in 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about how we as Christians hold the treasure of Christ’s presence “in jars of clay” so that we can’t  boast about […]

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  • What Happens in Thessalonica Stays in Thessalonica

    (Part One of a Three Part Series on Sex, Purity, and Justice)       One of the most popular ads right now promises us a world in which we can do some incredibly stupid and maybe even fun things in Vegas, and not have them effect us at all. Unfortunately, it’s just not true. Expense tabs, debt, […]

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  • A Christian’s Achilles Heel

    In February of 2006 I  ruptured my Achilles’ Tendon at a men’s retreat.  In one sudden burst of pain I found that I had a great difficulty walking – and you really don’t want to do that if you have a choice.  I remember vividly sitting in the doctor’s office a day or two before the […]

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  • It’s Not Rocket Science

    I grew up on a small farm, less than a hundred acres. My dad had small orchards of cherries, apples, and some peaches and plums.  Although we were never wealthy, I was very happy.  Well, for the most part! My neighbor Pat and I (Ted Smith) played together a lot, especially riding bicycles in the […]

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  • Immersing our Lives in Christ

             For the past eight years, Anne and I (Ted Smith) have gone to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina each October – we visit my cousin and enjoy the warmth and the beaches.      We love to drive on back roads, discovering new territory and seeing new sights.  So every year, in late […]

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  • Teachers Good and Bad (Part 2)

        In the previous post about false teachers, we noted that Pauls’ defense of himself in 1 Thessalonians established a standard concerning how we should present the Gospel.  Clearly, what we say is important, but how we say it important as well.    There are at least 4 ways people can communicate:  They can […]

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  • Teachers Good and Bad (Part 1)

         When I had my blood clot in my right calf, the first specialist I went to recommended immediate, life-threatening surgery.  The second specialist recommended blood thinners and no worries.  Hmmmm. Tough call.  (I took the blood thinners.)   Both doctors were highly qualified, but the second one was right.       That experience […]

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