Christian Hope

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Because of the confusion and fear in the face of death that a small group of Christians in Thessalonica were experiencing 2,000 years ago, we have the finest expression of Christian comfort ever written. It’s in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, and it’s all about the risen Lord Jesus Christ and the hope of his return. I’m reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who …

How to Please God

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Have you ever wondered about God’s will for your life? It’s simple, really; the Bible spells it out quite clearly. “This is the will of God, your holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).       With every technological advance in our society there’s a corresponding loss. Think, for example, of the way we communicate with one another. It’s gotten faster and faster and easier and easier. First there were telephones and then cell phones and then …

Entrusted With the Gospel

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul responds to unfair criticism by reminding the Thessalonians how he had lived and worked during the short time he was with them. In the process, he not only shows us how we should serve God, but also why.       In many respects the church in Thessalonica was a model of what a Christian congregation ought to be. In this series of studies in First and Second Thessalonians, we …

A Model Church

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 It’s easy to be critical of our churches, but what does a church look like when it is really being what the church is supposed to be? First Thessalonians 1 shows us. Have you ever heard the old Groucho Marx line that he wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member? I’ve often been tempted to use that about myself. I wouldn’t want to belong to a church that …

Come Lord Jesus!

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 22:6-21 The Bible ends with grand invitations: for us to come to Christ, and for Christ to come again. Think of this friends: Three times in the final chapter of Revelation the risen Lord assures his people, “I am coming soon” (vv. 7, 12, 20). The first two times, it’s “Behold, I am coming soon.” The last one: “Yes” or “Surely I am coming soon!” What are we to make of this, nearly 2,000 years after the …

New Heaven, New Earth

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 21 and 22:1-5 God’s people will live with him in a new heaven, on a new earth. Today, friends, we glimpse the unspeakably wonderful future which God has prepared for his people in the new heaven and the new earth. Listen to these opening words from Revelation 21, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” The New Creation Now, how will the first …