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‘Living in the light of His soon return …’ Part 1


A series of thoughts from Paul’s
First letter to the Thessalonians

Preached at Blyth Community Church ~ Summer/Autumn 2006 ~ by Brian Allenby


First, read for background Acts Ch 17 verses 1 to 9:

Africa Mercy

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In 1978, a team led by Don and Deyon Stephens began the process of finding a suitable vessel to fulfil their dream of a hospital ship that would reach out to the world's poorest people.

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In England's green and pleasant land ...

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that
we embrace each and every god there is - except the God of those intolerant, bigoted Christians and Jews.

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that
we now pursue the important things in life like health, wealth, happiness, a good job and a good standard of living.

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that
we can put such uplifting shows as "Jerry Springer - the Opera" on national TV in despite of those bigoted Christians mentioned above who protested. After all, this Christ person is just a swear word anyway.

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that
we can shop till we drop, visit places of entertainment and generally make merry seven days a week. One day's like any other, except that on one day the shopping hours are fewer.

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that
our old people dare not go out at night for fear of being assaulted - verbally, physically or both - by our liberated young people.

... we have cast off the shackles of superstitious religion to the extent that

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"Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved"

But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way ... "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

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