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It is the earliest writing in the New Testament, written about 51 C.E., still in the first generation after the resurrection of Christ and that first Pentecost. But already, Paul is warning them: "Do not quench the Spirit." [I Thessalonians 5:19] Oh, how often have we done just that! And it's time to stop it! You were created in the image of God and the Holy Spirit is here, ready and waiting, to recreate your life, to make of you a great work of art. The problem is that we keep giving away our crayons or letting others take them away. But when we do that, we stifle the Spirit inside of us. We murder something that God made for us.
God's design for marriage.
Because God's message of salvation comes to his covenant people they must prepare for conflicts among themselves. Such conflicts are inevitable, if not more than a bit alarming as marking the life of God's people, because God's people are essentially no different than those outside God's covenant community; they are sinners. The conflicts that mark the life of God's people precisely because God's message comes to them are seen in the beginning of the story that centers on Joseph. Conflicts mark the life of God's covenant people for two basic reasons. First, God's messenger is sinful and secondly, God's message is offensive, and it is offensive not because there is anything wrong or defective about that message, but because the one's receiving the message are sinful. It means suffering for all God's people.