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No matter how your schedule changes, you can now pick from AM or PM Devotions with our senior pastor Dr. Ricky A. Woods. Early birds can join at 8:15am and night owls can take advantage of our new evening devotion at 7:15pm. Either way, dial the SAME number -- (205) 825-9633 -- a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.
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However, Paul was not thinking of these terms with church growth in mind nor the development of a marketing campaign that would grab religious consumers’ minds and hearts. Paul was thinking of these terms in order to provide encouragement and challenge. Paul was thinking of these terms in ways to help the community know that the gospel was building a beachhead in a hostile world. The church was not to expect the cooperation of Rome nor economic interests to assist them in their work. The church was not to expect acceptance by the various other religious groups that checked the empire.
Paul did not want the church to be confused about the nature of the work nor what to expect as they labored for Christ. Just as they had witnessed the persecution Paul encountered, they needed to be prepared to face their own persecution and remain steadfast.
Recalling was more than remembrance of past fellowship and service. Recalling was a battle cry not to give up nor give in no matter what may come your way. Recalling was to remember the ways that God works with us and through us to achieve his aim to receive glory. Recalling remains important in a pandemic environment where the church has to be reimagined and retooled.
Paul’s way of reclaiming the Thessalonians started with a reminder of who they were. They were not chosen by Paul. They were not selected because of personal merit. They were not recommended with letters from a high ranking official. They were chosen by God.
My brothers and Sisters even in a pandemic, we can be renewed if we will but be imitators of Jesus. For in doing so we go forward not in our strength but the strength He provides. Although the natural person may be decaying every day, the inward person is renewed day by day when we imitate Jesus.