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Exhausted

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 My kids occasionally mock me for how I spend my down time. I tend to recharge by doing things: hiking, biking, and exercising. I do like my naps, but I don’t sit still very well and when I get home from…
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The Republican Bible Verse

If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 I tend to gravitate towards information that confirms my view of the world. If something supports my opinion, I embrace it. If something contradicts my opinion – even if the evidence is quite convincing – I’m naturally skeptical. This is referred…
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Lazy

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 As a physician, I’ve been paid a couple of different ways. First, I’ve…
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Storms, Flooded Basements, and Hard Work

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness . . . 2 Thessalonians 3:6 As many of you know, we recently experienced significant spring storms, which brought rain, high winds, and a power outage. Our sump pump had…
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Those Who Would Tempt Me

Finally, brothers, pray for us . . . that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 Every day, I pray that God would protect me from my own self-destructive…
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Finding Comfort and Peace

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 With my kids home from college for the summer, we will most likely resume our Sunday…
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Disease as an Excuse

God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel . . . So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 When I first encountered the concept…
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I Believe What I Prefer

. . . They refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 During my early (and unsuccessful) attempts…
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Fake News

. . . We ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Though…
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Promise Me Everything Will Work Out

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power . . . 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 I’ve often gone to God, bargaining with him for my will to be done. When life…
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