Tuesday July 13, 2021

Tuesday – July 13th – 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2     -----    

1:1) Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
       PEOPLE USED TO ARGUE AS TO WHETHER THE WORLD WAS SQUARE OR ROUND— BUT THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS CROOKED!*

     Hello Tuesday friends!  How is it with your soul? This question comes from the traditional band meetings of the early Wesleyan movement and is now included as a part of the modern-day band meetings within Methodism. First, let me clarify that band meetings have nothing to do with musical instruments, but everything to do with personal and spiritual accountability. A check-in of the condition of our soul is a way to honestly assess the status of your connection to God. I learned a few years back that this question is relational not situational. How it is with my soul speaks to “me and God” and not to the things happening in my life. In fact, the stronger my relationship with God the less dramatic are the challenges happening in my life. So, my friends – how is it with your soul today?
 
    In our pick verse today, we begin a new book of the Bible written by Paul.  Even though our two verses today can be labeled as introductory remarks, they still contain important insight for us today. Paul, Silas, and Timothy were doing ministry together in the city of Corinth in southern Greece. Paul quickly acknowledges that this letter is being written as a joint effort from the three of them. Paul often included Timothy as a co-sender of his letters to churches throughout the Roman Empire. Paul understood that to include others alongside him created a greater appeal and acceptance of these writings. The missionary journeys of the first century were very much team events. Even though we read and hear a lot about Paul, he understood the importance of providing a variety of voices to share the Gospel. Silas and Timothy had certainly made friends in Thessalonica that were different than the friends Paul had made while in ministry there. We can never underestimate the value of shared ministry as we all work together to populate the Kingdom of Heaven. Who are you sharing ministry with right now?

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Wednesday – July 14th – 2 Thessalonians 1:3

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 36453). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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