Be ambitious to be quiet, engaged in your own affairs, and working with your hands

see, hear, speak no evilWhen the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians, they were newly recovering from paganism, and they were being severely persecuted by people who were once their “friends.” Paul didn’t encourage the new believers in Yeshua the Messiah to convert anyone…quite the opposite; he set up a three-point instruction for a lifestyle that would keep them out of trouble and establish them as lights in the midst of the darkness surrounding them. Continue reading

Let’s show how it oughta be done!

Those Thessalonians: they knew how it oughta be done!

Paul’s second missionary journey took him into Thessalonica, a city in Macedonia (what is now northern Greece). After he arrived in Corinth, he wrote back to the Thessalonians to encourage and establish them more firmly. The believers there had become known widely as shining examples for others to emulate…in fact, that’s where the title above came from: Continue reading

“The Presence of the Lord” is NOT a figure of speech

The Apostle Paul was not using a figure of speech, or a form of symbolic writing in the following excerpt from his first letter to the Thessalonians:

“…to establish your hearts unblamable in holiness in front of our God and Father, in the presence of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13) Continue reading