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November 24 - Evening

"Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.  You know how we lived among you for your sake."

- First Thessalonians 1:5

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Words with Power and the Holy Spirit


Paul begins his letter to the Thessalonians by putting down two stakes. One, he tells the Thessalonians that they can remember the life changing power  Paul’s words had when he shared the truth with them. And, two, he tells the Thessalonians that they can remember how Paul lived while he was with them. These are two undeniable apologetic proofs that Paul’s message had power and was legitimate:

  1. Paul’s words had power to change the Thessalonians
  2. Paul’s words were backed up by Paul’s lifestyle

Even though Paul was using words to teach the truth, these were not mere words used to present a concept, or words of instruction that might be applied to improve some aspect of their life. Instead, Paul’s words came with “power.” The word “power” here is dynamei and does not specifically refer to “miracles” which would be the translation of the plural form of dynamis (dynameis). This dynamei, or “power,” is the inner transforming power that the Thessalonians experienced when they heard and understood the truth.

Paul’s message was presented in power which, then, resulted in power in the lives of the Thessalonian.  In the same way, Paul’s message was presented with “deep conviction,” and, when the words were heard by the Thessalonian’s, they experienced the same “deep conviction.”

This “power” and “deep conviction” could not be the result of a mere philosophical presentation from Paul. These were the result of the presentation of the Words of God empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit moved through the words, the teaching, the presentation, and then, into the lives of the Thessalonians.

Paul could say confidently that his message was from the Holy Spirit and was filled with power, because “you know how we lived among you.” Paul tells the Thessalonians that his life reflected the truth and the transforming power of the message. And, what is more, Paul says, because the message was heard and received by the Thessalonians, they became imitators of Paul just like Paul had become an imitator of the Lord:

                “You became imitators of us and of the Lord.” – First Thessalonians 1:6

Indeed, Paul and the Thessalonians where dealing with more than mere human “words” or ideas. And, they were listening to something more than a philosophy or academic information. The “words” that Paul was teaching and the “words” that the Thessalonians were hearing had “power” to transform, “deep conviction” to convince and were empowered by the Holy Spirit. This was not philosophy, but the very Word of God coming to the Thessalonians and changing their lives and their eternal destiny.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The Christian rejoices in the wisdom of God. Heartache comes to him as it does to all men. Puzzles about the world situation perplex him too. He has no inside information on the day-to-day acts of God. But the Christian has something better: he has faith in the wisdom of God. The Christian knows that God knows what He is doing."
- Tom Wells



Something to Ponder??
In the ancient Middle East banquets were held at night
in rooms lit brightly with
many lamps. Anyone not invited to the feast, or who needed to be asked to leave the banquet, would be left in or sent away into "the outer darkness" of the night.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Psuchros (Gr) - Cold (Eng) - psuchros is Greek word that means "cold," "cool." Used three times in the Greek NT: once in Matthew 10:42 of a "cup of cold water to drink," and twice in Revelation 3:15-16.

Psuchos (Gr) - Cold (Eng) - psuchos is a similar, but different Greek word that means "cold." It is used three times in the GNT (Greek New Testament) in John 18:18, Acts 28:2, 2 Corinthians 11:27.


2 Chronicles 33:11 says,
"The king of Assyria (Ashurbanipal)...took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and
took him to Babylon."

Ashurbanipal lists Manasseh as one of the kings that were forced to support his military campaign against Egypt (see details here). But, during the years 652-648 Shamash-Shum-Ukin rebelled against Ashurbanipal in Babylon. It was during these years that Manasseh was taken to Babylon with a hook in his nose. Manasseh may have tried to assist the Babylonian rebellion against Assyria king Ashurbanipal. Assyrian reliefs and inscriptions show Esarhaddon, the Assyrian King before Ashurbanipal, with rings in the nose/lip of a conquered king.
(Image here and here

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Do I allow myself to live like a sluggard and neglect the basics of living a responsible life?
I will plan ahead. I will take care of my property. I will be responsible and provide for myself.
  "I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks juudgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was coverd with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins."
Proverbs 24:30-31
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Ephesians 5 Galatians 3
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Listen to someone in need Long for Christ’s return Separation of Church and State Turkey
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Round stones used to defend the Herodion. When a surge of people attacked the sides of Herodion these, and many other stone balls would be released. (click on image for larger size) The Devil of the Holy Spirit?
Comparing Ephesians 4:27 and Ephesians 4:30.
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