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Series: Living Ready, Vol. 2
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5
If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Thessalonians. If you've been with us on Wednesday nights, you know we're going through the Book of Thessalonians. We finished 1st Thessalonians right before Christmas and now we are into 2nd Thessalonians, just three chapters.
Second Thessalonians was written right on the heels of 1st Thessalonians, and so not much time has passed since Paul wrote that second letter. So we're going to talk about this subject tonight: ''Shining Through.''
When my kids were little, Debbie and I would play all sorts of Christian music for them. And we'd get Christian videos, and they would love the videos that had songs and things like that and different CDs in the car that we would play. And one of the favorite children's gospel songs was a song that was written right around 1920. It's a little song, ''This Little Light of Mine.'' And, you know, that song was really adopted in churches and everybody started singing it in the children's groups. And they would have little hand motions. ''This little light of mine, I'm going let it shine.'' And it came from Matthew chapter 5, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. And one of the parts was, you know, ''Hide it under a bushel, no! I'm going to let it shine.'' Well, Jesus said this about your little light. He said, ''You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the peck measure (or the bushel), but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.'' ''This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.'' Now Paul, when he writes to the church in Thessalonica that was a church that was letting its light shine. And he was as proud if not the most proud, of this church than any other church that he founded. He founded it on his second missionary journey. And the reason he was so proud of them and he thanked God for them is beca ...
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