Christmas Like Never Before: Peace
By Pastor Bill Flavin | Scripture: Luke 1:46-56, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

In the third week of Advent, we focus on peace. Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is instead found in being in God’s Will. God promises a peace that goes beyond our human understanding.

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Sunday June 9:  2 Thessalonians 3:1-15, “If You Don’t Want to Work, You Don’t Eat.”

Sunday June 9: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-15, “If You Don’t Want to Work, You Don’t Eat.”

This week we take a break from Nehemiah and look into Thessalonians. Both of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonian church address either an individual or individuals who are perfectly capable of working but have adopted a rebellious attitude and are refusing to work. This refusal to work places significant weight on the community of faith, and needs to be addressed with pastoral sensitivity (culminating with Paul’s instruction regarding discipline). I will demonstrate how the refusal to work continues to be a relevant issue today, and conclude with how at creation, God invited us to partner with Him in the gift of work, and even though sin has distorted this gift, in Christ Jesus, God has already begun to redeem the gift of work.