Bible Chapter: 1 Thessalonians 5

Mark's wife, son, daughter, and dog, hiking in Rock Creek, California

How Can I Rejoice Always?

Rejoicing always isn’t a matter of pretending. It isn’t denying your feelings of sadness.

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A woman jumping in the air in front of a sunset

Rejoice Always! Rejoice Always? Really?

“Rejoice always” should not be understood as demanding that we never feel or express sorrow.

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A woman giving a coin on a snowy day to a homeless man who has a sign reading "HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS TODAY IS MY 26 B-DAY"

Pursue Goodness

Sometimes we Christians can be so focused on loving each other that we have little love left over for their neighbors.

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A man fishing from a rowboat in an almost empty lake, with a duck a long ways off

Be Patient with All

In yesterday’s devotion I noted that 1 Thessalonians 5:14 teaches us to pay attention to what people really need from us.

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Pay Attention to What People Need from You

All brothers and sisters in the church are urged to care for each other. Pastors can help us do this well.

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Pastoral Care is a Shared Responsibility

All brothers and sisters in the church are urged to care for each other.

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A quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. at the national MLK memorial, reading "If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

Peace is So Much More

Scripture urges us to be at peace among ourselves.

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Caring Leadership

If you’re in a position of leadership in business, education, community, church, non-profit work, and/or family, you should lead by giving direction, teaching, admonishing, and guiding.

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Graffiti on the ground reading "YOU GOT THIS"

Encouragement Through Recognition and Affirmation

You know how good it feels when somebody pays attention to you, sees what you’re doing, and offers affirmation.

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