- Paul writes to the Thessalonians giving thanks to God always for them; praising them for staying strong even in the face of persecution.
- Paul gives thanks to God that faith has produced work and love and endurance of hope in the (our) Lord Jesus Christ.
- Faith, Hope and Love are reflective of the Trinity
- Jesus has left the Holy Spirit to guide His people
- Praying one for another in faith in obedience to God
- Jesus rescues and delivers us from the terror of the coming judgment
(v 29) But he replied to his father, "Look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. (v 30) But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him."
- The older brother was angry this his father and won't come in to the party. He had a problem from within himself. He thought a bit more of himself than he ought.
- He had a feeling of self pity because he's family was inside partying with the prodigal son.
- Philippians 2:3-8 (v3) Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. (v4) Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (v5) Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, (v6) who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. (v7) Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, (v8) He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death - even to death on a cross.
- We want to have the mind and spirit of Christ
- If you have no greater cause than yourself [Christians], you are out of the will of God.
- Elder brother had everything he could ever need at home but had the wrong attitude.
- We must be willing vessels.
10 - Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels.
11 - The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.
12 - She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life.
13 - She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands.
14 - She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away.
15 - She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her female servants.
16 - She evaluates a field and buys it: she plants a vineyard with her earnings.
17 - She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong.
18 - She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night.
19 - She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle.
20 - Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy.
21 - She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.
22 - She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
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