by Steve Wagers

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A Closer Look at the Book: 1 THESSALONIANS
Steve N. Wagers
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
November 12. 2006

Sermon Outline
1. The Challenge to Love Right!
A) Revealed Love
B) Reciprocated Love
C) Repeated Love
2. The Charge to Live Right!
A) Learn to be Peaceful
B) Labor to be Practical
C) Long to be Profitable
1) The Responsibility We Encounter
2) The Reward We Enjoy

In his book, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, Chuck Swindoll writes, "The world needs me who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who are larger than their vocations; who will be as honest in small things as in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it" because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular; ho can say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says "yes." [1]

It is said that the grand soldier of the South, General Robert E. Lee, waited out his last days in near poverty. One day, some men approached him to offer him an unusual proposition. If he would merely sign a piece of paper, they would not ask him to make decisions not put in office hours. They simply wanted the use of his good name.

General Lee took up his cane and said, "Men, I lost my home in the war; I lost my fortune in the way; I lost everything in the way, except my name. And but I am not ready to sell my good name to anyone, no matter how much it may be worth, especially for a product of doubtful repute. And if you fellows don't get out of here, I'll break this crutch over your heads." [2]

Someone has well said, "Every person has ...

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