by Steve Wagers

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A Closer Look at the Book: 1 THESSALONIANS
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 2: 13-20
October 22, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. The Salvation they had Experienced!
A) The Evidence of It
1) An Appreciation for the Word
2) An Appropriation of the Word
B) The Effect of It
2. The Suffering they did Endure!
A) An Unlikely Enemy
B) An Unrelenting Enemy
3. The Success they would Enjoy!
A) A Better Day
B) A Brighter Day

I recently read an interesting piece that describes an experience that every member of the human race encounters.
"Your world is dark, safe and secure. You do nothing for yourself, and you're automatically fed and waited upon. You meet no sharp objects, no pain and no threats. It's a wonderful existence. One day, you feel and a tug and the walls are falling in on you. Your body is bent double; your limbs are twisted and wrenched. You're falling upside down. For the first time in your life you feel excruciating pain. There is a pressure that's almost too intense to bear. Your head is squeezed flat, and you're pushed harder and harder into a dark tunnel. You hurt all over. You hear groaning sounds, and an awful fear rushes in on you. Your world is collapsing. You're sure it's the end. You see a piercing, blinding light. Cold, rough hands pull at you. Then, a painful slap bombards you. All of the sudden you let out a blood-curdling cry....CONGRATULATIONS, you've just been born."

The truth of the matter is that from the time we're born until the time we die life is filled with pains, problems, perplexities and pressures. Such is true not only with life, but especially with the Christian life. In fact, although contrary to the programming, preaching and propaganda on Christian television, the Christian life isn't an exclusion from problems, but an inclusion to problems.

I love the little poem,

I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chatted all the way,
But left me none the wiser,
For ...

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