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

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Hey, guess what, it’s Jesus’ birthday! I wondered what He’d like — I mean, what do you get a guy who has everything…literally?

We could throw Him a surprise party. Oh, wait…He’d know we were even thinking of it, let alone actually attempting it.

OK, I have it; it’s exactly what He wants, but can’t have unless we give it to Him ourselves. It’s the perfect CHRIST-mas present: Continue reading

God’s “Approach Present” is more than a gift…It’s an offering…TO US!

An “approach present” — that is, an offering — has a significantly greater importance and purpose in the scriptures than simply a “gift.”

When Jacob met Esau, many years after virtually stealing Esau’s birthright, he didn’t simply bring a gift. Jacob brought his estranged and rightfully angry brother an “approach present,” an offering to make amends for the ill will that Jacob’s actions toward his brother had caused. Here’s the brief exchange at their reunion: Continue reading