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A Timely Word

2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

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Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you. (2 Thessalonians 1:3-6)

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Your ID, Please

“And He said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover. This time, when Jesus was twelve, His parents were returning home and realized that Jesus wasn’t with the caravan. It took them three days to find Him. His answer was a bit abrupt. What is important is that Jesus knew who His Father was. It wasn’t Joseph. His Father was God (Luke 2:41-51).

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Bringing In The Cheese

And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with singing” (Psalm 105:43).
 
I have always enjoyed singing, even when I was little and couldn’t understand the words. I remember singing “Bringing in the cheese when I was very young.”On a serious note, I wonder how many of us understand all the words we sing in hymns. “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:15. Many of our hymns were written more than a century ago, and our language has changed. They are filled with references to scriptures that some may not know. We run across such phrases as “night with ebon pinion,” “the Macedonian call,” “the cleft of the rock,” and “my Ebenezer.”

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