Recent commentaries

The Day of The Lord

I Thessalonians 5:1–5:11
Not only were these Thessalonian believers concerned about what would happen to their loved ones who died before the Lord’s return, but they wanted to know something about when this event which Paul had been speaking of would occur. He tries to show them that there are more impor … Read more

The Rapture of The Church

I Thessalonians 4:13–4:18
Evidently some of the believers had misunderstood Paul’s teaching concerning the Lord’s return and because of the terrible persecution they were going through, had concluded that they were already in the tribulation. Perhaps they had sent an inquiry to Paul concerning this matter … Read more

The Rapture of The Church

I Thessalonians 4:13–4:18
Evidently some of the believers had misunderstood Paul’s teaching concerning the Lord’s return and because of the terrible persecution they were going through, had concluded that they were already in the tribulation. Perhaps they had sent an inquiry to Paul concerning this matter … Read more

How Are You Showing Love to Others?

I Thessalonians 4:9–4:10
Though sexual impurity is a danger to be avoided (verses 3-8), loving other Christians is a practice to be cultivated (verses 9- 12). Christians quickly learn that they have a special kinship with other believers that they do not have with those outside of God’s family. You will e … Read more

Goals For Everyday Living

I Thessalonians 4:11–4:12
Paul gives three principles for everyday living that should become goals for our life (v. 11):Lead a restful life - Quiet is the opposite of restless. Christians, in their zeal, sometimes attempt to do too many things. It is possible to attempt so much that we cannot do anything … Read more

A Plea For Purity

I Thessalonians 4:1–4:8
In this chapter Paul deals with morals and conduct toward each other. Sexual standards were very low in the Roman Empire and in many parts of our society today they are not any higher. These Thessalonians lived in a pagan environment where sexual looseness was not only pract … Read more

Remember Where You Came From

I Thessalonians 3:6–3:8
The Bible is not simply a book of religious ideas or good moral advice; it is the very Word of God. It is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). Someone has said; doctrine tells us what is right, … Read more

Prayer Changes Things

I Thessalonians 3:9–3:13
It is especially tragic when Christians fail to say thank you to Jesus Christ and just take for granted what He has done for us. He gave everything; He suffered, He bled and He died on the cross for our sins and yet as Christians, we tend to forget. The least we can do is to … Read more

Paul’s Concern For The Believers

I Thessalonians 3:1–3:5
The ‘wherefore” (v. 1) that opens this chapter refers back to where Paul expressed his great love and concern for the believers (2:17-20). These new believers must be taught and established in the faith. A key word in this chapter is establish (v. 2). Paul was not only … Read more

Persecution is Bound to Come

I Thessalonians 2:13–2:16
This passage can be divided into two topics:The Word of God within you (v. 13). We must never treat the Bible as we would some other book. This verse communicates the idea that the Word of God is to be taken by us. It means to welcome eagerly. When we receive the Bible, we’re say … Read more

Three Motivations For Christian Growth

I Thessalonians 2:17–2:20
In this section of Paul’s letter he allows us to understand his heart-beat as he focuses on some of his personal feelings and emotional reactions. When the Word of God is within us, the enemies of God will be upon us. This brings us to three motivating factors for Christian growt … Read more

David anointed the new King

I Samuel 16:14–16:23
When you are depressed how do you spell RELIEF? It seems that the Holy Spirit had left Saul and God allowed an evil spirit to enter him and torment him (vv. 14-15). Since he could not function in this deep depression, he asked that a musician be brought to minister to his trouble … Read more

The Concerned Father

I Thessalonians 2:9–2:12
This passage gives us a beautiful example of New Testament follow-up. Paul shows us how to raise baby Christians. He considered himself a “spiritual father” to the believers at Thessalonica. Paul, Silas and Timothy not only told the Christians at Thessalonica how to liv … Read more

Paul, Silas And Timothy Were Bold

I Thessalonians 2:1–2:2
In the margin of my Bible I have chapter two outlined as follows:Be Biblical - (verses 1-4)Be Real - (verses 5-6)Be Gracious (verses 7-11)Be Practical - (verses 12-13)"Our coming to you” refers to Paul’s first visit to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9). The boldness with which … Read more