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Daily Devotional | A Blessing and a Prayer

  • May 9, 2021 | 1 Thessalonians 3:12
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When I was a child, pastoral prayers were a main feature of our church worship service. When the prayer began, I knew to settle in for a long one. Over the years, it seems that pastoral prayers have diminished in length and prominence or even been eliminated altogether. But now, as an adult, I appreciate the way this tradition made prayer a central and important part of the service.

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When life gets challenging (and we’ve all been challenged this past year!), it makes our hearts ache for heaven.

In this month’s study, we’ll be reading the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church. These Christians were facing significant cultural and political challenges. The bustling city had a population as high as 200,000 and was located at a major intersection of trade routes. People worshiped Greco-Roman gods, some Egyptian gods, and even the emperor (Caesar). In addition, many of these religions included acts of sexual immorality among their rituals. Sin was present all around them.

Sound uncomfortably familiar? Then you won’t want to miss this month’s study as Brad Baurain walks us through 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Gain a renewed appreciation for the person- and world-changing power of the gospel. And, no matter what challenge may come your way next, you’ll be spurred on to live a God-pleasing life in light of Christ’s return.

Jamie Janosz
Managing Editor

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