• 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Full Conviction (Kegel)

    The twentieth century may not have become "the Christian century" but the great missionary movement of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has borne great fruit. The center of gravity for Christianity is moving to the southern hemisphere. The energy for Christian mission is coming from southern lands.

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Sermons We See (McLarty)

    This is the part that intrigues me: How much could Paul have taught the Thessalonians in only three weeks? That's barely enough time to skim the surface. The answer lies in this: "…we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls …"

  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Hospitality and the Power of Recognition (Entrekin)

    Paul prays that God will increase the Thessalonians' love for one another, the easy part, but also, will increase their love for all. The hard part. Hard because it means making space for people you don't normally see. It could be the janitor in your office, or a waitperson at the restaurant, or the clerk in the pharmacy.

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 An Everlasting Promise (McLarty)

    Through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the support of the community of faith that surrounds us, we find strength and courage to go on when those closest to us are taken away. No one knew this better than Horatio Spafford....

  • 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.