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November 25 - Evening

"So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith."

- First Thessalonians 3:1-5

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The Pressure of Caring    

Paul, Silas and Timothy had started the church in Thessalonica in 50 AD, but he had to flee through Berea, and then onto Athens alone. Timothy joined Paul for a few days in Athens, but Paul says twice “when we could stand it no longer” (1 Thes. 3:1 and 3:5), he sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to check on the faith of the Thessalonians. Paul preferred to be left alone in Athens, than to deal with the pressure of knowing the Thessalonians were facing persecution while there was no one there to support their faith.

The Greek verb stego is the word used twice by Paul and translated “We/I could stand it no longer.” The word stego referred to holding water out of a vessel, a boat or a house. Just like a water tight roof repels rain during a storm and the seams of a boat prevent water from seeping into the boat, Paul was trying to hold off the pressure of his concern for the Thessalonians’ faith and his desire to check on them.

Paul wanted to help strengthen their faith during a time he knew would include persecution. Paul says he held his desire as long as he could, but finally the seams of his soul gave way and the roof of his emotions couldn’t hold out the. At this point Paul sent Timothy to encourage and strengthen the Thessalonians. Thus, Paul, the Jewish rabbi, was left alone in the Greek city of Athens, the center of Pagan philosophy.

It was easier for Paul to be left in a foreign city, among conflicting philosophies, and in a pagan culture, than to deal with the pressure of not knowing how the Thessalonians’ faith was holding up under apparent persecution. So, Paul sent Timothy to help the Thessalonians, which relieved, for a time, the pressure of Paul’s concern for them.  The pressure of Paul’s concern for the well being of his churches was a strong driving force in Paul’s ministry and the motive behind all the letters he wrote:

“Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.” – Second Corinthians 11:28

  Christian Quote from Church History

"When led of the Spirit, the child of God must be as ready to wait as to go, as prepared to be silent as to speak."
- Lewis Sperry Chafer





Something to Ponder??
Jewish tradition calls their Bible (our OT) the Tanakh. Tanakh is an acronym of
the Hebrew words:
- Torah (the "Law")
- Nevi'im ("the Prophets")
- Kethuvim ("the Writings")
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Zestos (Gr) - Hot (Eng) - zestos is Greek word that means "hot," "boiling hot." Zestos is used three times in the GNT in Revelation 3:15-16. Our English word "zest" comes from Zestos.

  After spending a lifetime looking for Herod the Great's tomb (as described by Josephus), Professor Ehud Netzer succeeded 2007. Herod the Great's tomb
(royal sarcophagus) was 
found at the Herodium  about half way up the mountain.
(Hebrew U Press Release)

(Carl Rasmussen Photos)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I care enough about people's faith to do something to help them have stonger faith?   "It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor."
Proverbs 25:27
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) Philippians 1 Galatians 6
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
To be a good friend Avoid self-righteous attitudes Illegal Drugs Turkey
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

The Lion's Gate on the east side of Jerusalem in the Old City walls.
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Details of the fall of Assyria at Carchemish in 609 BC during Jeremiah's ministry. (click on image for larger size)
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