Scripture for Wednesday, March 1 (3/1)

The scripture for today, March 1, is 1st Thessalonians 3:1,5 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

PAUL COVER-KINDLE-“So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens….For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.”

In Thessalonica, there had been a riot, and the man who had given Paul and his helpers a place to live was hauled into court. Paul just couldn’t put his host through that so “when we could stand it no longer” he left the city and went off by himself so he wouldn’t jeopardize anyone else.

Still the great Apostle Paul ~ who went everywhere preaching non-stop for decades; who stood up under beatings, stonings, hunger, and ship wrecks; who explained to church leaders how to lead their congregation; whose letters were prophecy and became scripture ~ the powerful Apostle Paul still felt very tenderly toward his fellow Christians. He worried about how they were getting along spiritually. And when he “could stand it no longer” he wrote back to Thessalonica to find out how they were doing.

Tender love is a powerful love. A strong love. A love that will never, ever let go. Do you feel this way about the spiritual well-being of other people?

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Spirituality ~ From Korea

We, the spiritual, are at all times guided by our conscious submission to and dependence on the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

Header-Jesus' Hands In CloudsPrayers of thanksgiving and requests for help are constantly going up. We live in a state of searching to see the gifts He has bestowed on us, and our thanks is given for each one.

The joy of submission never leaves our heart, and the joy of our soul is to find constant service to others. Our heart is never selfish, and the prayers for those with greatest need are the pleasure of our tongues.

The beauty and cleanness of our Father’s earth is our loving concern. No task is ever too great. We know if the Father has called us to the task, He has also provided the means whereby it can and must be done.

Our love for all has never been greater and is still growing. There are no enemies left in our heart to forgive, and no offense remains greater than what we have not already forgiven. Fear, anger, hate and revenge are not a part of our character.

Each day is awakened to the joy and anticipation of the opportunities and services to Him that await our love and sincere service. Each night finds us prone in thanksgiving for the many challenges of strengthening, challenges with which His Holy Spirit has blessed our soul.

As the world around us fights its many wars, we sleep in the peace that only He can provide. We are His, and He is ours.

~~Malcolm Parsley

From his March-April 2016 Korea News Report

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WORSHIP THE FIRST-CENTURY WAY-COVER-KINDLEThe scripture for today, September 25 (9/25), is 1st Corinthians 9:25f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly….”

Every few years there are world-wide Olympic Games with many races. The racers must eat properly, rest sufficiently, and exercise daily.

The Bible has been called the Bread of Life. As Christians we need to eat our spiritual meal every day to stay fit. We cannot keep up our strength without it. Our time of rest is prayer. We enter a room alone and talk to God every day. We need our rest. We cannot keep up our strength without it.

I Timothy 4:8 says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” We exercise our godliness by being out in the world and being a good example in the face of temptation. We exercise our spiritual muscles daily.

The race is our Christian life. We run every day. How is your race going?