April 1st, 2007
There is so much sleight of hand, so much to distrust in our world that you can’t help admiring someone who lives a life of faith. I don’t mean someone who is unnecessarily gullible, or someone who believes things which are clearly wrong. But I do mean someone who naturally trusts other people and inspires other people to trust them. I mean someone who believes that life is worth living and demonstrates this by living life well; someone who believes that they have a purpose to life, and has taken the time to discover what that purpose is, and has then oriented their life towards that purpose.
Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians — Chapter 1
1:1 Paul, Silas, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 1:3 and never forgetting before our God and Father your ardent faith and fervent love and enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:4 Friends, loved by God, we know that you are chosen, 1:5 because our Good News came to you not just in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with great confidence. You know what we were like for your sake, when we were amongst you. 1:6 You followed our example, and the example of the Lord, welcoming the message in very difficult circumstances, with gladness from the Holy Spirit. 1:7 You became a model for all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 1:8 The Lord’s message has not just been heard from you in Macedonia and Achaia. Your faith in God has spread everywhere, so that we do not need to say anything, 1:9 because they themselves talk about what kind of a welcome we received from you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. 1:10 They talk about how you are waiting for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the coming anger.
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