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5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:5, 10, 14).

You may or may not have noticed, but there is a terrific lack of hope on every side. We look out into our world and we want to be hopeful for a better future. We are thinking of our kids, grandkids, and probably ourselves, too.


2 Thessalonians, part 3


Today, we are completing our three part exploration of Paul's Second to the Thessalonians. Chapter two was chock-full. Everything is important, of course, but today we are looking at chapter three. It is a bit simpler. It three breaks down into three portions. Verses 1-5 is Paul's confident plea that the Thessalonian church will be faithful. Verses 6-15 offer how the local church should address the problem of false teachers, busybodies, and distractors. Finally, verse 16-18 are the conclusion of Paul's letter and its authentication.


2 Thessalonians, part 2


Our study today is the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians. There are three sections for this chapter. The first five verses tell us about a Second Coming deception then current in the Thessalonian church, and also meaningful to us. Next, verses 6-12, deal with the restraining of the man of sin and with what we love. Finally, verses 13-17 urge to hold fast to the traditions that have been delivered to the Thessalonian believers by their church leaders. We will find helps and lessons and warning in all three sections.

Remember, both Thessalonian epistles especially have to do with issues surrounding the Second Coming of Jesus--issues false teachers were creating pushing their own ideas in contrast to what God's representatives had taught. The letter is sent to correct the strange fire. Let's look at the first part of this section.


2 Thessalonians, part 1


Them that Know Not God

Today, the first in a three part series covering the book of 2 Thessalonians.

Protestants long have understood the "man of sin" in this passage as indicating the power of the papacy or as being the pope of Rome. But now there is a new Pope, Francis I. Stories are appearing in the news outlets of his great humility, kindness, and solidarity with the poor. No doubt there is something in these stories. However, we shall be looking at what the Scriptures say in this book about the Second Coming of Jesus and what then shall happen to those who prefer to generate their own "good news," those who place themselves in the temple of God and proclaim themselves to be god (2 Thessalonians 2:4).


Jesus: Lord of All or Nothing?


Jesus gave a warning very meaningful for us today. He warned against worshiping Him in vain, teaching for doctrines the mere commandments of men (Matthew 15:8, 9). Jesus was quoting from Isaiah.


Driving Forces: Culture or the Holy Spirit?


Because the people of God are not ready, our Lord has not yet come. Let's be clear; we are not waiting for the world to become more wicked, for men and women to become more confused, more immoral, more worthy of destruction. That time has already come; we are living in its midst. When God commanded Noah to build the ark, it was no contingency plan just in case men became more evil. God saw what was happening. The degree of chosen rebellion in the world condemned the world. God set out to preserve a remnant, or, at least, seedbed for the remnant. But they were not ready.


From the Beginning it was not So


The passage we start at today is about an understandably dark topic: divorce. And, that is a very important topic for Christians to address. But we look at this passage more for another idea today, and we want to consider it at least briefly. Let's capture the flow of Jesus' speech. We'll spot it. The message today is NOT primarily, even secondarily, about divorce.