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  • Our passage today starts at I Thessalonians Chapter 5 and verse 8.   We come to one of Paul’s sentences which is developed later on in another letter.   We are to be sober or self-controlled or watchful or vigilant. Paul touches on the armour of God here.   He develops…
    September 21, 2020
  • We move into Chapter 5 of Paul’s first letter to the Church of Jesus Christ at Thessalonica, where Paul says that you do not need me to write to you about the times and the seasons.    That fellowship was very different in that day from various places today.  Armageddon – do we…
    September 14, 2020
  • These verses in I Thessalonians Chapter 4 take us into areas where each of has to visit at some time – areas of life and death and bereavement and grief and sadness But in Verse 14 we learn that death does not have the last word.   Jesus Christ has!   Jesus who died and rose again…
    September 7, 2020
  •  In I Thessalonians Chapter 4 at verse 13, Paul begins this section with the word ‘Brothers’.   He is writing to brothers.   He is not lording it over them with his apostolic authority, but he is seeking to teach these believers in Jesus with the authority of Christ, and in the…
    August 31, 2020
  • Each should learn how to discipline and control his body.   This is a lesson we have to learn and can learn.  This is a lesson we have to learn – as we come to I Thessalonians Chapter 4 and verse 4.   These were immoral days and Paul is pleading with believers in Jesus Christ to be different…
    August 24, 2020
  • As we move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 4 – Paul is asking and urging or beseeching or pleading – and whenever Paul speaks like this he normally has something significantly important to say. He had taught these believers in Jesus how to walk with God and how to live for God in that brief spell he had with…
    August 17, 2020
  • We move on in I Thessalonians to Chapter 3 and verse 6 – Having read something of the concern and compassion in the heart of paul for these new disciples of Jesus, now we are reading of the consolations of the Gospel and compensations and rewards and fruit.   God knows when we need encouragement –…
    August 10, 2020
  • I Thessalonians Chapter 3 – We have seen how these disciples of Jesus in Thessalonica became Christians, through Paul’s ministry.    We have seen how he had to leave them through the pressures of persecution – but he so wanted to hear and learn how they were – so he sent Timothy.   …
    August 3, 2020
  • So many do not realise that rejecting Jesus Christ leads to judgment.   We are in I Thessalonians Chapter 2 and verse 16v.17 – Paul was prevented from nurturing that young church.  We were taken from you.   We so wanted to see you so that we might care for you.  …
    July 27, 2020
  • I Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 10 – You know how we lived among you.  So frequently Paul speaks in terms of personal testimony and refers to his example and pattern for life and belief and ministry.   You who believe in Jesus Christ know how we behaved.   God honoured Paul’s…
    July 20, 2020
  • We are in I Thessalonians Chapter 2 and verse 5 – Was Paul being accused of seeking fame and honour, and money when you read verse 9?    In Paul’s ministry, there was no flattery and no covetousness and no “what is in it for me” or “what can I get out of it”.   …
    July 13, 2020
  • We move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 2 – “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.”   It was not for nothing that we came – it was not for nothing that all this has happened.   Are there not times and occasions when we do wonder if our work and service…
    July 6, 2020
  • In I Thessalonians Chapter 1 at verse 4 we learn that these believers in Jesus were chosen.   They were part of the elect.   They were marked out or cut out to be different.  We could say they were ‘holy’ and set apart for God.   Their calling was genuine, and that gives…
    June 29, 2020
  • We turn to I Thessalonians Chapter 1.   This is a letter from Paul and Silas, or Silvanus, and Timothy, and it is sent to the Church, and the wording is most specific and precise.   It is some title – written from Corinth – and there is a strong suggestion that both letters were…
    June 22, 2020
  • Paul and Silas had been preaching and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ for only a fortnight – opposition was violent – and for their safety the new believing brothers sent Paul and Silas down the coast to Berea.   One would have thought they were required to remain in Thessalonica to protect…
    June 15, 2020

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Alexander "Sandy" Shaw is pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship in Nairn, Scotland. Nairn is 17 miles east of Inverness - on the Moray Firth Coast - not far from the Loch Ness Monster!

Gifted as a Biblical teacher, Sandy is firmly committed to making sure that his teachings are firmly grounded in the Word.

Sandy has a weekly radio talk which can be heard via the Internet on Saturday at 11:40am, New Orleans time, at wsho.com.

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