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November 25 - Morning

"For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority."

- First Thessalonians 2:3-6

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Ministry Motivation    

Paul wrote the Thessalonians from Corinth after Silas and Timothy came from Thessalonica with a report concerning the condition of the church. It was important in this early part of the book that Paul explained his motive to the young church for coming to the Thessalonians with his message in the first place. Was Paul looking to advance his career? Was Paul seeking monetary reward? Does Paul need friends and social affirmation? In the Thessalonian’s world of the first century philosophers and pagan religious leaders would move from town to town strategically looking for a place to peddle their thoughts, teaching and philosophy in order to collect a living from their followers. Paul tells the Thessalonians that he and his ministry team is not doing that.

In four verses (2:3-6) Paul tells the Thessalonians that “the appeal we make” comes from men God has entrusted with the Gospel and tested by God. Paul says:

  1. Our message does not spring from error – this could refer to intentional error which would be deceit, or errors due to ignorance concerning the information presented.
  2. Our appeal does not spring from impure motives – in context the “impure motives” would be ambition, pride, greed, popularity, etc.
  3. We are not trying to trick you – “trick” is the Greek word dolos and refers to catching fish with bait. Dolos became a metaphor for “deceit” and “treachery.”
  4. We are not trying to please people –
  5. We never used flattery – Ministry is not about telling people what they want to hear so that
  6. We did not put on a mask to cover up greed – Paul was not using the illusion of ministry and evangelism to start churches which would be a source of revenue
  7. We are not looking for praise from people

Ministry’s source must be supplied by Truth, not deception.
Ministry motivation must be focused on helping the audience, not helping the presenter.
Ministry method must be upfront, and should not use tricks or misleading statements.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
- C.S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??

Images of Cherubim were part of the decor of Solomon's Temple. There were images made of wood and images sewn into the fabric inside the Temple. But, by the time of the New Testament in the first century Josephus wrote, "no one can tell what they were like." Archaeology has uncovered models, statues, images and engravings of cherub's as they were depicted in other cultures in the Old Testament world. Cherubs appear as winged lions with a human head. The sphinx could be an example.
(images from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Canaan here, here here, here and here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Da'at (Hb) - Knowldege (Eng) - the Hebrew word da'at means "knowledge," "perception," "skill,"
and "discernment," Da'at can refer to intellectual knowledge or experiential knowledge.
In Proverbs 1:7, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of da'at."
In Ecclesiastes 1:18, "increasing da'at results in increaseing pain."

  The ossuary (or, burial box) of Caiaphas has been found and identified. (Image here and details here and name here). Joseph Caiaphas (mentioned by Josephus and Mt. 26:3,57; John 18; Acts 4:6; etc.) was the high priest that oversaw Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin. In 1990 the Caiaphas family tomb was found with a beautiful ossuary (box) inscribed with the name“Joseph Ben Caiaphas”with the remains of a 60 year old man inside.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I use manipulation and trickery to present my faith?
I will present the truth because it has the power to change lives.
I will consider others needs before my own.
  "Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is
a righteous man who gives way to the wicked."
Proverbs 25:26
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
An ancient first century AD boat found burried in the mud near the shore in the Sea of Galilee. This boat would have been in use during the time of Jesus.
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