Based on: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Think about Job for a minute – that man that God allowed Satan to test so severely. Do you admire his faith? Job suffered so much in a short period of time. He lost all his wealth. His children were all killed in one tragic accident. He suffered from a painful skin disease. On top of all that his friends caused even more suffering by telling him that it was all his fault. The amazing thing about Job is that in spite of all his suffering he held on to the promise that the Lord Jesus was coming. He didn’t know that his name would be Jesus, but the coming of his Savior was the one thing greater than all of his suffering. So he couldn’t help but exclaim, " I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God."
Based on: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Rumors and lies can cause many problems. Even worse, false information about God’s Word can harm and even kill souls. In the first century AD, a group of Christians in Thessalonica were concerned about what happened to their fellow believers who had died. Do those who die before Christ’s second coming miss out on the blessings of Christ’s return? Rumors and lies made the problem worse. Christians were struggling with doubt and fear – not at all what our Lord wants for his children.
Based on: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Have you ever had something stolen out of your house or car? I remember a time during one of our many moves when some cash was stolen from us. It wasn’t a large sum of money, but it still doesn’t feel good to know someone took advantage of you. Of course, if I had known it was going to happen I would have put the money somewhere safer.