“We always have to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, for you are dearly loved by the Lord. He proved it by choosing you from the beginning for salvation through the Spirit, who set you apart for holiness, and through your belief in the truth.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13
“This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.”
Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians are deeply personal. Although he was encouraged by their faith, hope, and love, Paul was still mindful of their vulnerability. So he wrote to build their spiritual muscles, helping them live faithfully while awaiting Christ’s return. Full of encouragement and exhortation, their prophetic insights will keep you focused on what is truth as we look to Christ alone to be our faithful strength—no matter how difficult the future may appear.
The book of Titus reminds us that right beliefs should impact every area of our lives—relationships, work, community—for right living always accompanies right doctrine. In today’s culture, we need this prophetic reminder that the grace that saves us is the same grace that empowers us to live a life of good works!
Finally, Philemon is a letter written with one purpose: to bring reconciliation between two brothers in Christ. We should be grateful to God for gifting us this letter because the dignity of every human being is brought forth powerfully in the story of Philemon and Onesimus—a story of forgiving love.What treasures are found in the pages of these letters! They will leave you richer in your spiritual life and empower you to persevere until the day Jesus returns in glory.
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Michael W. Smith
Grammy Award-Winning artist, best-selling author, and humanitarian
Co-Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
Dr. James W. Goll
International Best-Selling Author, Cofounder of Encounters Network
Pastor, Bethel Church, Best-Selling Author
John and Lisa Bevere
Founders of Messenger International and Best-Selling Authors
Dr. Patricia King
Founder of Patricia King Ministries
Founder and Pastor of Jesus Culture
Dr. Ché Ahn
President & Founder, Harvest International Ministry Founder, HRock Church, Pasadena, CA, International Chancellor, Wagner University, www.cheahn.org
Wesley and Stacey Campbell
Authors of Praying the Bible: The Pathway to Spirituality and Praying the Bible: The Book of Prayers, wesleystaceycampbell.com
Dr. Chuck D. Pierce
President, Global Spheres Inc., President, Glory of Zion Intl.
Author of She Is Free, Founder of The She Is Free Conference, Co-Lead Pastor of Liberty Church, andiandrew.com
Singer-Songwriter/Worship Leader, www.jakehamiltonmusic.com
Dr. Dan & Linda Wilson
Marriage Missionaries, supernaturalmarriage.org
International Director, Healing Rooms Ministries
Lana Vawser Ministries
Bianca Juarez Olthoff
Bible teacher, preacher, author, and church planter
Research Associate to Frederick Danker, translator of Bauer’s Greek-English Lexicon