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1 Thessalonians 2:13-18

Paul tells the Thessalonians that they are suffering just as other believers do elsewhere, under persecution from people who oppose God. Paul misses the Thessalonians and wishes he could see them again, because they are his hope and joy as he looks forward to the day Jesus returns.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he did not take food or money from them, but supported himself while preaching to them. He treated them well and did not take advantage of them, so that he has credibility when he encourages them, like a loving father would, to continue to walk with God.

1 Thessalonians 2:3-8

Paul draws a contrast: he did not preach the gospel to the Thessalonians out of ignorance, impure motives, deception, flattering speech, greed, or for man’s praise. Rather, he and his team preached the gospel as gently as nursing mothers taking care of their dear children.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-2

Paul points to the boldness he had from God to preach the gospel to the Thessalonians, despite having just recently been beaten and imprisoned in Philippi.

Psalm 8:6-9

All of God’s creation was given to Man to rule over, from the animals on land to the fish in the sea. David concludes his psalm by repeating his awe at God’s majesty and mysterious ways.

Psalm 8:3-5

When David looks at the beauty and order of God’s creation, he is dumbfounded that God cares about Man, and why He should choose Man, who is younger and weaker than the Angels, to rule over the earth. It is the Son of Man, Jesus, who inherits this glory and authority, because He lived a human life of perfect obedience.

Psalm 8:2

Though God is all-powerful, He has chosen to use the youngest and weakest creation, Man, to silence His enemy, Satan.

Psalm 8:1

King David praises God, who is the Essence of Existence and the Master of all Creation.

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

Despite the suffering that the Thessalonians have experienced, they persist in their faith in Jesus. News of their good example has spread to the other churches in Greece and beyond—their testimony of turning from idolatry to faith in God, and their anticipation of Jesus their Savior’s return to earth.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-5

The Thessalonians are always in Paul’s thoughts and prayers. He affirms to them that they are loved by God, and that he has heard report of their boldness in faith and love. Paul reflects on the brief time he spent sharing the gospel with them.