Friday June 4, 2021

Friday – June 4th – 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9    ----  

2:8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
9 For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Welcome to Friday! The first Friday and the beginning of the first weekend in June have arrived for us today. Although I am not sure what or when the weekend officially begins. Is it when the quitting whistle blows on Friday afternoon? Are there even still work whistles, or am I just showing my age? In my church-world my entire weekend is all wrapped up neatly into Friday. In fact, it was there was only one short period in the mid-1970’s that I have not had a job or vocation where I worked on weekends. But the one thing I do know that has always been constant is the opportunity to find ways to witness to my faith no matter where my weekend took me. Whenever you weekend officially begins, make sure your life is a positive example of being in a relationship with God.

     In our pick verse today, we continue to explore Paul’s teaching on the necessity of personal integrity in ministry and mission work. Paul uses his own life and ministry as examples of integrity and humility. Fact one, is that it is impossible to be an effective witness for the Lord without becoming vulnerable in sharing ourselves and our lives. Second, Paul taught that apostles were entitled to receive support from the Christian communities in which they served. Yet at Thessalonica Paul supported himself so that he would not appear to be making a profit from preaching the Gospel. For the sake of the Gospel Paul did not hesitate to do manual labor which Greek culture considered only for slaves. Paul set aside his personal well-being so he could have an opportunity to share the Gospel in a positive way.

  Pastor Jim
Saturday – June 5th – 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 28844-28845). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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