November 27, 2019: SOAP #3646:  Matthew 28; 1Thes 1-3 Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 3:6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we […]

November 27, 2019: SOAP #3646:  Matthew 28; 1Thes 1-3

Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 3:6 But Timothy has justnow come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. Hehas told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long tosee us, just as we also long to see you. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all ourdistress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can wethank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence ofour God because of you?

Observation:  Timothybrought Paul a good report of the believers in Thessalonica.  Paul was experiencing some trials and persecution,but the report brought great encouragement to Paul.  The report re-invigorated Paul, it lifted hisspirits, it drew him on in his calling to preach the gospel.  It reminded Paul of the joy he would havewhen standing before God. 

Application:   I wantmy life to have the same effect as those in Thessalonica.  When people hear about Leon, may they beencouraged.  If they are going throughhard times, may they be encouraged to faithfully continue serving theLord.  May thoughts of me bring a smileto their face and encourage their resolve to please our Lord. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, especially as I gather withdear friends in expressing our thanksgiving for your bountiful blessings, makemy life a blessing to others.  Use me tomake others aware of Your Presence and how blessed I am to serve such a wonderfulGod!  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!