Monday, April 23, 2018

The Invitation

1 Thessalonians 3: The Invitation: The Charm of Home
Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens, and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker[a] in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Many of you will tempted and your faith will be tested. This is all part of the process of being refined like silver. (Psalm 66:10)
But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters,[b] because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence. 10 Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.
11 May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
You will be purified and made new in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Psalm 66:10)
This is why Jesus said,"For many are called but few are chosen." You have to go through these trials. (1 Peter 1:6)

What does "Many are called but few are chosen mean?"

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Welcome Wednesday with Sarah E. Frazer
Breakthru Linkup at Breakthrough Homeschooling
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups


Sherry Miller said...

I so love your pages. They give such light on days of darkness. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Karen Woodall said...

The simple purity of the Word of God! Nothing more needed! Thanks!

thesparksnotes said...

Beautiful. Thank you for delivering God's word to me today. Visiting you from the Fresh Market Friday link-up.