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2019 Nov 10 Eternal Joy
November 17, 2019
Eternal Peace
Focus Scriptures: 
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13     Luke 21:5-19

In Luke, Jesus fore tells the destruction of the temple and other social/political turmoil in the future for the people of the Ancient Near East. The temple was seen as a sign of God’s presence in the world so to talk of its destruction was very troubling and the people around Jesus would not have wanted to hear this news. Yet Jesus tells them that they should not be worried about the turmoil of this world because of the grace and presence of God that is to come in his coming Kingdom. We do not worry in the temporal world we are in now because of the eternal promise we have in God that is to come. In 2 Thessalonians we learn that we are simply called to “do what is right” in the midst of this world’s chaos. The call is to step into the eternal peace of God’s kingdom not in some far off time but in our lives now.  

Daily Devotion
November 12, 2019
The Glory of Our Lord

“But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  For his purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.”  2 Thessalonians 2:13-15.  Paul gives thanks for these church members as they are chosen by God from the beginning.  He stresses their belief in the truth and uses some big words (like sanctification) to state they are made holy by God.  We too are made holy if we believe in God's truth, his living word found in the Bible.  We are also called to hold onto our traditions and to share God's word and love with all.  We will be tempted by Satan to move away from God's word but must look to the cross, Jesus' sacrifice for us, and his promise of eternal life.  It will, indeed, be a glorious day and we are called to share that good news with others so all may believe and experience his eternal glory.  Prayer: Our hearts long for the day of your redemption, O God.  Sustain us in our daily work.  Give us patience and perseverance through all trials, until the full glory of your kingdom is revealed among us.  Amen 

Written by Mary Anderson


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