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If we are going to make an impact on the people around us with the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ, we are going to have to invest our lives in them and serve them in love. We are going to have to put our stuff aside and intentionally reach out to them and give of ourselves to them, so that they can see that we actually care. If they know that we care they will listen to what we have to say.
Encouragement=to give; parakaleo=to come
Paul and his team had boldness to continue to preach the gospel even in the midst of dangerous circumstances and by doing so they destroyed the slanderous accusations brought against them by the Jews and proved to the Thessalonian church that both their ministry and the gospel they proclaimed was credible. With present day stereotypes and slander against Christianity, we too need to show that the gospel is credible and one way is by overcoming our timidity and fear and continuing to share even when circumstances get tough.
We as the children of God have the reason and the ability to be joyful always, pray continually, and to be thankful in all cirsumstances. Just as a baseball player is told to keep his eye on the ball, we must constantly keep our eye (focus) on Christ.
Dr. Cox's message from Sunday, May 12th, at 11:00am.