In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Eastern modes of salutation are not unfrequently so prolonged as to become wearisome and a positive waste of time. The “profusely polite Arab asks so many questions after your health,” “your happiness, your welfare, your house, and other things, that” a person ignorant of the habits of the country would imagine there must be some secret ailment or mysterious sorrow “oppressing you, which you wished to conceal, so as to spare the” “feelings of a dear, sympathizing friend, but which he, in the” “depth of his anxiety, would desire to hear of. I have often” “listened to these prolonged salutations in the house, the” “street, and the highway, and not unfrequently I have experienced” “their tedious monotony, and I have bitterly lamented useless” “waste of time” (Porter, Through Samaria, etc.). The work on” “which the disciples were sent forth was one of urgency, which” left no time for empty compliments and prolonged greetings (Luke 10:4).
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