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God's 4-Letter Word! (4 of 8)
A Closer Look at the Book: 1 THESSALONIANS
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 3:1-4:8
November 5. 2006
1. The Despair of a Servant!
A) The Absence that Grieved His Heart
B) The Adversity that Gripped His Heart
1. The Force He Identified
2. The Foe He Introduced
2. The Desire of a Shepherd!
A) A Strong Faith
B) A Sweet Fellowship
C) A Sure Future
3. The Duty of a Saint!
A) The Walk that Depicts a Holy Life
B) The Will that Demands a Holy Life
1) A Life Committed to God
2) A Life Clean before God
The average person knows 10,000 words and uses 5,000 in everyday speech. A journalist knows approximately 15,000 and uses around 10,000. Women possess about 25,000 words in their vocabulary, to use every day; and, men possess around 10-15,000 words in their vocabulary.
Someone has said that:
Did is a word of achievement,
Won't is a word of retreat,
Might is a word of bereavement,
Can't is a word of defeat,
Ought is a word of duty,
Try is a word each hour,
Will is a word of beauty,
Can is a word of power.
In Webster's 1971 Unabridged Dictionary there were a total of 450,000 words in the English vocabulary. According to the 2004 Encyclopedia Americana there are now 800,000 words in the English vocabulary, 300,000 of which are technical terms.  The 10 most common words are "the, of, to, and, a, in, is, it, you and that." 
God, who is the giver of all words and vocabularies, has a few choice words of His own. In fact, from this section of Paul's letter we learn that God's 4-letter word, for every Christian, is the word "Holy."
In order to uncover the theme of this section, we must begin at chapter 3 where we find, first of all:
1. The DESPAIR of a SERVANT!
It is no secret that the apostle Paul possessed a deep love for these Thessalonian believers. Twice in this division, in verses 3 and 5, he expressed that "he could no longer forbear." Thus, he sent his young ...
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