Sunday July 11, 2021

Sunday – July 11th – 1 Thessalonians 5:26-28     -----    

5:26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. 
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Hello Sunday! What a great and glorious day God has given to us to enjoy life. Now the thing about that statement is that we tend to sift words like “great” and “glorious” and “enjoy” through the filter of what is happening in our life. It can be based on what the weather is doing, or what is happening in our relationships, it can depend on our bills to income ratio, or the status of our health. Yes, all those things are huge factors in how we feel about life, but God is faithful in pouring out blessings, sometimes unseen, upon our lives. Regardless of the other things happening around us never forget that you are loved unconditionally by God. Take a moment to lean into your relationship with God today.

     Our three pick verses for today conclude Paul’s first letter to the believers in Thessalonica. Since this is believed to be the first epistle written by Paul, he uses the ending to establish what would become a fairly standard benediction in his writings. An early symbol of the connection between believers was to greet each other with a hug and a holy kiss on the cheek. It symbolized for the early church the importance of reconciliation and spiritual brotherhood. It is important to note that this interaction was gender specific and not a practice between members of the opposite sex. It is also important to note that verse twenty-seven indicates Paul’s desire for this letter to be shared with believers outside of the church in Thessalonica. Paul’s words still strike at the heart of being a faithful and faith-filled follower of Jesus unto our day and time. Paul concludes this letter with once again lifting up the wonderful, marvelous, priceless grace offered to us thought the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

   Pastor Jim
Monday – July 12th – 2 Thessalonians Introduction

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 35883). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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