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A New Life, Nov 5, 2023

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37, I Thessalonians 2:9-13

Pentecost A23

Theme: Give Thanks

Yeah, yeah, I know I’m two weeks ahead of our traditional ‘Thanksgiving Sunday’ observation.

But, hey, the stores have already put-up Christmas decorations. If we are going to be observing Christmas for two months, we should be able to get into the Thanksgiving spirit for a couple of weeks.

Thing is, being thankful is part of a lifestyle we, who accept Jesus’ teachings, accept and practice year around.

In his letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonia, he describes in some detail the “New Life” of which Jesus spoke.

In his letter, the Apostle reminds the readers of how he and his friends worked diligently and with total devotion to demonstrate a new way of life. He refers to their behavior as setting an example of how to live under the influence of Jesus’ teachings.

The Apostle Paul points out that that congregation became witnesses to the wonderful transformation in their lives. He wrote, “As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”

In these words, the Apostle is reminding the Thessalonians of how their example of a Christ-like life can transform them.

He also mentions the thankfulness he and his team of evangelists were that this new congregation had the opportunity of being exposed to God’s word.

Join the congregation of First Christian Church in one of their services this Sunday as we realize what it means to be worthy of God’s Word.

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