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In spite of their suffering the Thessalonians found joy in the Gospel, courtesy of the Holy Spirit.

BibleGateway: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

KJV Text:

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     1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

     2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

     6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 523 (LSB 756):
Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve me — Organ Audio

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1. Why should cross and trial grieve me? 
Christ is near With His cheer; 
Never will He leave me. 
Who can rob me of the heaven 
That God’s Son For my own 
To my faith hath given? 

2. Though a heavy cross I’m bearing 
And my heart Feels the smart, 
Shall I be despairing? 
God, my Helper, who doth send it, 
Well doth know All my woe 
And how best to end it. 

3. God oft gives me days of gladness; 
Shall I grieve If He give 
Seasons, too, of sadness? 
God is good and tempers ever 
All my ill, And He will 
Wholly leave me never. 

4. Hopeful, cheerful, and undaunted 
Everywhere They appear 
Who in Christ are planted. 
Death itself cannot appal them, 
They rejoice When the voice 
Of their Lord doth call them. 

5. Death cannot destroy forever; 
From our fears, Cares, and tears 
It will us deliver. 
It will close life’s mournful story, 
Make a way That we may 
Enter heavenly glory. 

6. What is all this life possesses? 
But a hand Full of sand 
That the heart distresses. 
Noble gifts that pall me never 
Christ, our Lord, Will accord 
To His saints forever. 

7. Lord, my Shepherd, take me to Thee. 
Thou art mine; I was Thine, 
Even e’er I knew Thee. 
I am Thine, for Thou hast bought me; 
Lost I stood, But Thy blood 
Free salvation brought me. 

8. Thou art mine; I love and own Thee. 
Light of Joy, Ne’er shall I 
From my heart dethrone Thee. 
Savior, let me soon behold Thee 
Face to face, -May Thy grace 
Evermore enfold me!