Mmmm Fettuccine Marinara with Prawns & Scallops Mmmm
In Australia, we have the freshest seafood caught locally!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Our world continues to be shocked by global terrorism.
France, Kuwait & Tunisia have seen deadly attacks recently.
Christians are being openly persecuted in Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan & Syria.
The New Testament letters were written to persecuted Christians.
2000 years ago, Christians were under attack from jealous Jews and the Roman Empire.
They faced discrimination, violence and even death for following Jesus.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians to encourage these suffering Christians.
He reminded them that God chose and saved them through the gospel.
Through the Holy Spirit, they were made clean to stand before God.
They would share in the glory given to the risen Jesus.
This was amazing news to downtrodden people.
Paul encouraged them to stand firm and remain strong in the faith.
They were to remember the gospel teaching about Jesus.
Only Jesus gives eternal life to those who trust in him.
There is no other way to heaven and no other name that brings salvation.
Christians do not place their hope in money and careers which are only temporary.
Christians hope for eternal life with Jesus.
So those who are terrorised in this world will eventually see peace in heaven.
Death and fear will be replaced by life and love in God’s presence.
Do you fear death?
What do you hope for?
For Christians – are you living today with an eternal perspective?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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