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Memories

1 Thessalonians 2
October 29, 2021
Day 302
Paul remembers when he first came to this area. It was right after he and his companions were harried from Philippi, and the loving and eager reception they received in Thessalonica was balm for their hearts. When missionaries visit in your area, how can you be an encouragement to them, after the hardships and sometimes opposition they have faced in other places?

Affirmations

1 Thessalonians 1
October 28, 2021
Day 301
This letter may be the very first Bible book written. Only James could possibly be older. It was probably written from Corinth, and is generally considered to be the first preserved letter from Paul. This first chapter is heartwarming; Paul simply overflows with thanksgiving to God for the faith and compassion of the people in Thessalonica. Imagine how it would feel if your conference president wrote a letter to your church saying you were an example to your whole country!

Personal Greetings

Colossians 4
October 27, 2021
Day 300
As usual, Paul ends with personal greetings and instructions to individuals, but notice two things—he asks for prayer for himself as he seeks to spread the gospel even in his chains, and he advises that we all be “wise” in how we treat people outside our own churches and communities, “making the most of every opportunity.” In other words, don't just avoid people who believe differently. Watch for ways to show them love, and increase their curiosity about Jesus. What are some ways you could do that?

How to Live a Holy Life

Colossians 3
January 26, 0009
Day 299
Instead of following a long list of do's and don't's, Paul says, here is how to live. First, verses 3 and 4, die with Jesus and set your mind on Him. Next, verses 5 through 11, throw off all your old sins and habits, including the temptation to divide people into castes or cliques. Finally, verses 12 through 17, like a beloved child, put on love and gentleness and all the lovely garments of salvation bought for us by Jesus. Then you'll see the loving family relationships described in the last part of the chapter.

Heavenly vs. Earthly Forces

Colossians 2
October 25, 2021
Day 298
In this chapter we see the first hints of the untruths floating around in Colossae. There are apparently people who believe that angels are worthy of worship and bring salvation. Paul was very clear that the only gospel is the one of Jesus. He is our only Savior, and He alone is worthy of worship. At the same time, either those same false teachers or others were teaching (again!) that life had to be lived by rigid rules—Don't do this and don't do that! Paul repeated, live in the freedom of the Holy Spirit. Don't let people take you back into spiritual slavery.

Jesus, First, Last, and Always

Colossians 1
October 24, 2021
Day 297
No one knows exactly how the church at Colossae began, but Paul learned that there was a dangerous mixture of truth and falsehood spreading through them. We will see details of it as we study this book, but you can see that Paul begins first by affirming the good things he knows of their faith, and then by restating in the strongest possible terms that it's all about Jesus. Jesus is the visible image of an invisible God, and He is the one through Whom and for Whom all things were created. That's the basis for all truth.

A Fortress of Peace

Philippians 4
October 23, 2021
Day 296
Here is one of the loveliest chapters in the whole Bible. If ever you are anxious, worried, or lonely, you will find comfort in Philippians 4. If you are finding your mind distracted by the speed and digital craziness of our world, look to Philippians 4. If you have an argument or conflict with a friend, look to Philippians 4. If you feel poor and needy, you will find comfort here. Verse 7 is especially touching—the promise that peace will guard your heart and mind is just like promising a fortress of God's love and care surrounding your soul. Nothing can touch you there.

Heavenly Citizenship

Philippians 3
October 22, 2021
Day 295
Still there are some who insist that the letter of the law leads to salvation. Paul speaks sternly of them. He lists, again, his own earthly honors—if anyone had human reasons to boast, Paul does. But what does he consider all those earthly honors, compared to the truth of the gospel? Garbage! Would you consider your school or church honors, the Pathfinder goals you have reached, any awards you have won in your town, all garbage in comparison to Jesus?

Shine Like the Stars

Philippians 2
October 21, 2021
Day 294
Paul says he is able to be humble no matter what circumstances he is in, because Jesus did the same thing—only more! If the King of heaven could come down and be a peasant, then Paul the apostle could be a prisoner. He asks his friends to “have the same mind as Jesus.” How can we have that same mind? By asking Him to dwell within us. Then we will have the same concern for others that Paul shows in his letters, sending personal greetings, promising to send friends home to them, just because they were worried.
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