- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 A Day of Reckoning (McLarty)
I've been watching a small congregation of Hispanic Christians build a new church. They're doing the construction themselves.. Interestingly, even before they got a roof over their heads, they installed a sign for all to see. It says: "Jesus Viene," Jesus is coming. For many Christians, that's the primary message of the gospel: Jesus is coming.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Psalm 100, Celebrating All Circumstances (Donovan)
He took me by surprise—this man of privilege—this man whom I so envied—this man who had so much for which to be thankful. Now he was saying, "I don't feel thankful!" Those were terrible times! I could understand how he felt! And I can understand how we might not feel thankful at Thanksgiving. Life is not always easy. Times are not always good.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Christmas Cheer—All Year! (Donovan)
This is a happy time of year—for everyone except turkeys. We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, and are now preparing to celebrate Christmas. The days are growing short, but Christmas brightens our nights. Children look forward to Christmas presents, and parents look forward to their children's joy. It is easy for us to be thankful at this time of year.