Summer in Thessalonica – I Miss You!

2:17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you— certainly I, Paul, did, again and again— but Satan blocked our way.Continue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – I Miss You!”

Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churchesContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation”

Summer in Thessalonica Week 3 – Motives

I have always been skeptical of preachers on television. Whenever I talk to my grandmother she mentions the preachers she watches on television. I smile while on the inside wondering how sincere these preachers are. Of course, most preachers on television are (probably) sincere, Jesus-loving people. But others are charlatans who have found a wayContinue reading “Summer in Thessalonica Week 3 – Motives”

Summer in Thessalonica – Week 2 – Assurance

When I was growing up I got saved pretty often. In Sunday school or at other youth activities they would ask if you wanted to believe in Jesus and get saved. Usually I did, if just to make sure the last time was legit. When I went to summer camp, I got saved there too.Continue reading “Summer in Thessalonica – Week 2 – Assurance”

A Summer in Thessalonica Week One

For the last few years now I have sent out what I call a “weekly word” each Friday (more or less, sometimes I just don’t). The way I see, my job is to be a spiritual adviser, a mentor, who helps Penn State Berks college students grow in their faith. A central, if not theContinue reading “A Summer in Thessalonica Week One”