Despite their differences – they’re mostly Gentiles rather than Jews – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians are loved and accepted by God, just as I am equally confident that the same can be said of you, my LGBT brothers and sisters in Christ.
Like the church at Thessalonia, our own churches still aren’t really typical of many churches today. Nevertheless, I believe that these churches represent God’s ideal—the type of church God wants every church to become: wonderful places to be!
There’s a church located in one of the largest cities in the country, both in terms of geographic size and population. A coastal area with beautiful, sandy beaches and a treasure trove of history close-by, there are those who consider it “chic” and “hip,” a rather cosmopolitan city, even with its small-town roots and flavor. Some say it’s a special place, with its strategic seaport and major highway to other places that runs right through it.
Chicago on the banks of Lake Michigan? Portland, Maine? Jacksonville, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida? Long Island, New York?
No, not quite. But we can find quite a few parallels between these American cities and Thessalonia, one of the few New Testament cities that still is around today … as well as between the church at Thessalonia and some of our churches here and now.
Each are worthy of praise and thanksgiving to…
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