Living in Hard Times in 2017 (1 Thessalonians 3:1-8)

Evan Richards, January 1, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

1. Our difficulties are unsettling.
2. Our difficulties are ordered by the Lord.
3. Our difficulties are necessary.
4. Our difficulties are dangerous.
5. Our difficulties can be fruitful.


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1 Thessalonians 3:1-8

1Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 6But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: 7Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. (KJV)

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