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Jesus of Nazareth, c 30 AD
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Thought for Friday 30th October
(from Rev E. Foggitt)
1 Thessalonians 2:3
“For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.”
In Paul’s day, travelling teachers would arrive in a city and show off their speaking skills, hoping to find paying students. Many considered them a nuisance. We have seen that Paul esteemed the Thessalonians highly; now he’s defending himself from the charge that he’s out to make money like these teachers. Far from tricking them, Paul served the Thessalonians by working his way, rather than accepting their financial support.
Reflection: Pray for healing for those who have experienced hurt in church situations, where leaders have been at fault.