Pastor Mike Frison share some encouragement for being thankful this Thanksgiving Day week, in spite of what may be difficult situations and challenging relationships.
Now just what could make St Paul ooze, as it were, with emotion and longing for a group of people he had only spent two or three weeks, maybe four, with? What could be so special about people? That is the subject of Jim’s sermon from 1 Thessalonians.
In this sermon Pastor Jeff presents part 2 of the story of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. Certainly the interaction with this Jewish man goes nothing like the woman is expecting. And St John tries to make clear that we should see ourselves as the woman in this story. We are as needy as she is; we have as many issues as she has; we chase as many solutions for our needs as she does.
Ever notice in a family how some children readily respond positively to parents’ wishes or directives, and other are a bit [or a lot] less responsive? And have you ever noticed- or experienced -that the obedient child can be castigated by the others for being to good? Jim Scullion pointed out a similar situation from 1 Thessalonians 2 where St Paul tries to encourage the relatively new believers in Thessalonica.