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Love and War (5 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1st Thessalonians 2:17-20
First Thessalonians chapter 2, we're going through the book of 1st Thessalonians, and our desire is to grow, and to learn, and to fall more in love with the Lord Jesus, and let His life flow through us.
Now I want to talk to you tonight about a message I've entitled, "Love and War." You know, if you do a little Google search on love and war, you'll find that those fit together quite often. There's a very famous saying that's in our vocabulary. It's the little phrase, "All's fair in love and war." Now that is something that's been used for a long, long time, and it basically means, if there are three guys that are interested in the same girl, all's fair in love. There are no rules when it comes to trying to get her to fall for me, You know, if I have to knock your legs out from under you to get to her, then that's fair. And if we're at war, there are not a lot of rules in war, so all's fair in love and war. Well, that's not true in the Christian life. But love and war are key components of the Christian life. And we're going to see that tonight.
First Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul says in verse 17, "But we, brethren, having been bereft (or orphaned) of you for a short while - in person, not in spirit - were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. For we wanted to come to you - I, Paul, more than once - and yet Satan thwarted us. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy."
Paul was in Thessalonica on his missionary journey. He wasn't there very long. He preached three Sabbaths and then he left the synagogue because they didn't want to have anything to do with it, by and large. Not that many Jews believed. And so he went to the Gentiles. And he was there for several more weeks in Thessalonica witnessing to the Gentiles, and winni ...
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