A Real Life Faith

In this series, we walk through the book of 1 Thessalonians. My intent is to have by the end of this journey a devotional commentary on the entire book.

I will compile them in textual order (with the text noted) as a functional table of contents. The entries listed in bold were Sunday sermons and (should) include a video of the message.

It Begins And Ends With Grace (1.1)

Well-Remembered (1.2-3)

Preponderance of Evidence (1.4-5)

Forged In Fire (1.6-7)

A Contagious Faith (1.8-10)

The Good, The Bad, And The Bold (2.1-2)

I Just Work Here (2.3-6)

Raised In Relationships (2.7-12)

Consider the Source (2.13)

Just Like Your Sisters (2.14-16)

Separation Anxiety (2.17-20)

Moving To The Immovable (3.1-3)

We Saw It Coming (3.4-5)

Where Do I Start? (3.9-10)

More Than Enough (3.11-12)

Blameless Wonder (3.13)

Yet Unfinished (4.1-3a)

Fire and Duct Tape and Sex (4.3b-5)

The Collateral Damage of Sex (4.6)

Who Came Up With All of This Sex Talk? (4.7-8)

The Urge of Love (4.9-10)

Yo, Grow Up (4.11-12)

Like A Thief In The Night (5.1-3)

Awake and Sober (5.4-8a)

To Finish Well (5.8-11)

What Are We Waiting For? (1.9-10)

Like Flowers For Mom (2.19)

He’ll Finish What He Started (3.13)

A Hope For The Future (4.13-18)

Forged In Fire (Reprise)

Raised In Relationships (Reprise) (5.12-15)

Enduring Together (Reprise) (5.16-22) [note: the original message was lost in a technical problem, but I hope to re-record it soon]

Yet Unfinished (Reprise) (5.23a)

To Finish Well (Reprise) (5.24)

Hope For The Future (Reprise) (5.23b)

The Good Parts

Is it possible that the good parts are really the difficult places in life that shape our stories and give depth and gravity to the peaceful moments?

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Close the Gap

Every day we come across more and more evidence that things are not the way they are supposed to be. What can we do about it?

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Excruciating Love

Jesus stepped down into our mess and took our guilt and agony upon Himself so that I could have a better life… forever. We tried to do the same for two little lives that I still expect to see every time I look out the window at the swings shaken only by the breeze.

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I Choose You

If you have made one of those lifetime promises (that we usually call wedding vows), go back and listen to this great song again. What does choosing your partner look like today?

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Take The World

I’m enamored with the intimate stylings of Johnnyswim. In case you’re not acquainted, this is a husband and wife duo that makes some really great music together (and some absolutely beautiful children). Their song, “Take The World,” is a breath of courage to me in a season of weariness and desire to keep growing in my marriage.

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Like We Do

I don’t expect anyone to pattern their marriage after mine or compare theirs with ours. We have our own unique way of doing “I do” together. I’m not suggesting ours is better. I’m just saying it is ours… and it’s a work in progress, a relationship still growing, refining, reforming.

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Higher And Higher

My beloved has a way of encouraging me, helping me, motivating me to reach for more. Just like Jack Nicholson’s neurotic character blurted out in the romantic comedy, As Good As It Gets, “You make me want to be a better man!”

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