Follow Our Example

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 You ought to imitate us . . . (v. 7) My Dad and Mom were good examples for me to follow. Perfect? No. Good examples? Absolutely! Their deep love for the Lord was obvious, along with their love for the Word as their authority and guide. I also saw their lives of integrity and their commitment to the ministry of the church and to their family . . . I am grateful for them, and …

God Is Faithful

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 The Lord is faithful . . . (v. 3) Is that really true? Sometimes I wonder: Is God always faithful? Oh, I know, that is what the Bible says, more than once. I recall Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 10:13, “God is faithful, and he …

A Clear Focus

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally brothers and sisters, pray for us . . . (v. 1) Bill Bright was a man with a clear focus for his life. He knew who he was and why he was here. When he died last July, he left behind an impressive legacy. He was the founder and long time leader of Campus Crusade for Christ, the largest Christian ministry in the world. He wrote the little booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws, the …

Stand firm . . . (v. 15)

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 Stand firm. . . During his retirement years, Sir Winston Churchill was invited to be a guest speaker at the boy’s school he had once attended. How exciting for all the teachers and students. Sir Winston was coming to their school! After a flowery introduction and welcome, Sir Winston got out of his chair and slowly walked to the podium. “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never give up!” End of speech. Nobody …

A Chosen People

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 God chose you . . . (v. 13) Are you aware of what God has done for you? Sometimes it is helpful to pause and ponder that question. What has God been doing in my life? Earlier the Thessalonian Christians were reminded that they belonged to God. Good news! Here Paul shares the gospel in summary form. God loved you, and chose you for salvation. The Holy Spirit set you apart and transformed you. Room …

Coming, But Not Yet

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Let no one deceive you . . . (v. 3) I saw her on television the other day. She claimed to have supernatural insight. One by one people from the audience came to this self-described psychic with personal questions. She had a quick answer for all of them. What amazing prophetic knowledge she presumed to have about their future! I must confess I was not impressed. She was assuming a role reserved for an all-knowing …