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Now is the time for the church to come together in Love. God gives us Agape Love, unconditional Love.
Last time, we considered how the Church at Thessalonica was born out of tribulation. Indeed, we saw that Paul was greatly concerned for the Thessalonian church because of the trials of suffering that had come on them by their friends, and much of the congregation of the synagogue to which they belonged, as well as the local community. This week, we shall try to consider (by God’s grace) how their standing firm in the faith leads to Paul giving thanks for them in the Spirit, and giving thanks to God in the Spirit (3:9) for their shared experience of the Gospel with Christ, Paul, and Jewish Christians in Judea as a testimony of both their election (1:4) and the power of the Gospel of Truth (2:13).
Remember the goal of God's kindness.
Part 3. When God gave His first message to the prophet Hosea, everything in his life went for an unexpected turn. Through Hosea's marriage and children God put the greatest unloved relationship on display for all to see.
Grace is evidence of God's relentless love for us.
1. The Domain of Darkness ● Teachings about Demonic Powers → Names - Titles: Satan…; Demons…; Rulers & authorities… → Origin: angelic rebellion → Actions (what they do): Rule this world; Tempt/Cause us to sin; Oppose the gospel/our salvation; Destroy our faith & lives; & the will of God → Power: Directly connected to sin & death; Dangerous & Global; Limited, Temporary, & Defeated ● Examples of Demonic Attack/Battles tempting & waiting: Lk 4:1-13; demon-possession: Lk 22:3; Mk 5; disabling spirit (sickness): Lk 13:11; opposing the gospel: Ac 13:4; divination/fortune-telling: Ac 16:16; thru false teachers/prophets: 2Co 11:12; Rev 13:14; thorn in the flesh: 2Co 12:7; hindering fellowship: 1Th 2:18; thru anti-christs: 1Jn 2:18; 2Th 2:3; “conquering” the saints: Rev 13:7; thru idolatry, sexual immorality, love of money & slavery: Rev 17-18 2. The Kingdom of Christ ● Christ conquered Satan → because He is Lord & thru the Cross: Col 1:15ff; 2:13-15 → Has the Father transferred you into His kingdom? ● Submit to God & Resist the Devil → thru humility & prayer: Jm 4:6-10; 1Pe 5:5-11; Eph 6:18; Col 1:9 → thru a Christ-centered faith, love, and power: Col 1:4-11
We all know what forgiveness looks like: "Forgive and forget! Go on as if nothing has happened!" But is this accurate? Today we take a look. A condensed written version is available at clarkedixon.wordpress.com