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Wholehearted Thanks to the Lord

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/27/2022

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David wrote Psalm 138 to thank the Lord for His help to him as Israel’s king. The following is a section-by-section summary of David’s thoughts, applied to us today. We learn from him that we must…

First, give thanks to the Lord (Psalm 138:1–3). David begins by giving thanks to the Lord from his whole heart (Psalm 138:1). Similarly, he declared his praise to the Lord “before the gods” (Psalm 138:2). David’s meaning for “the gods” could have been the false gods of Israel’s e

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Allegiance to Jesus Christ Alone

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/20/2022

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Paul dealt with sinful division in the church at Corinth. In writing the Corinthians, he began with an imperative: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor 1:10). Factions of people jockeyed to follow one leader over another (cf. 1 Cor 1:11–13), so Paul more narrowly commanded, “Let no one boast in men” (1 Cor 3:21)

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The Premillennial, Pretribulational Rapture of the Saints

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/13/2022

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The rapture is the event in which “the dead in Christ will rise first” and “then we who are alive, who are left” are “caught up together… in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). We can never know when exactly the rapture will take place, but Scripture at least indicates that it precedes a coming 1,000 years, as well as another seven.

We describe the rapture as premillennial because it takes place before the Millennium, the thousand-year rule of

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Our Blessed Hope

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/06/2022

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The passages below speak of the appearing, revelation, and coming of Christ. We could also speak of Christ’s epiphany (appearing), apocalypse(revelation), and parousia (coming). A quick study of these terms encourages us as we are “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:7).

We should not question “the promise of his coming,” as do false teachers who do not recognize that Christ’s de

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Moral Purity: God’s Will for Your Life

by: Pastor David huffstutler

10/16/2022

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God washes, sanctifies, and justifies everyone that trusts in Christ, and they will inherit the kingdom of God. The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals—“such were some of you,” says Paul, but a change came “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11). 

These titles above characterize people who were given over to sexual sin. Even after faith in Christ, people can continue to struggle with these sins. So, just af

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Why Holy Ones Refers to God’s Holy People in 1 Thessalonians 3:13

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

10/09/2022

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1 Thessalonians 3:13 refers to “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His holy ones” (literal translation). Are these holy ones angels, God’s people, or both?

Though some hold holy ones to be angels or both angels and holy people (see my website for a survey of these positions), I hold that holy onesrefers only to God’s people for multiple reasons.

First, when Paul uses the Greek word for holy ones (hagios) to refer to beings, he always refers to holy people. Of Paul’s 76 us

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Faithful to the Finish: Overview of 1 Thessalonians

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

10/02/2022

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The author of 1 and 2 Thessalonians is Paul (1 Thess 1:1; 2:18; 2 Thess 1:1; 3:17). He wrote both of these letters during his during his 18 months in Corinth (cf. Acts 18:1–18a, esp. 18:11). In hearing of their welfare from Timothy (cf. 1 Thess 3:1–10), Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians. Paul then wrote 2 Thessalonians, perhaps after the courier of 1 Thessalonians returned and told Paul of how they continued to fare.

A snapshot summary of 1 Thessalonians is given below along with

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Joseph: An Example of Suffering and Patience

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

09/25/2022

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James repeatedly commands patience in suffering and points to the prophets and Job as examples. They were blessed for their steadfastness, and God showed them compassion and mercy (James 5:7–11). One such a prophet is Joseph who received and interpreted dreams from God. A survey of Genesis 37–50 shows us Joseph’s suffering, patience, and steadfastness, and it shows us God’s compassion and mercy.

Suffering and Patience: When Joseph was “seventeen years old” (Gen 37:2), he wa

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How to Raise a Worthless Child

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

09/18/2022

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The book of 1 Samuel begins with a contrast between Samuel and the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas. Whereas Samuel would grow to be a godly boy and young man (cf. 1 Sam 1:28; 2:11, 18–21, 26; 3:19–4:1), Hophni and Phinehas were very sinful. 

Notice the sins of these sons. They were generally “worthless men” and “did not know the Lord” (1 Sam 2:17). They showed themselves irreverent bullies and gluttons by eating sacrificial meat with its fat and taking it by force (1 Sam 2

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A Ministry of Integrity: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

09/11/2022

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Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians briefly describes how the messengers delivered the gospel with power, Spirit, and conviction (1 Thess 1:5). Paul describes his ministry again in detail in 1 Thess 2:1–12. Several themes stand out.

First, in speaking about himself and his fellow missionaries, Paul’s primary concern was to uphold the integrity of the gospel of God. He spoke of “our coming to you,” which involved “boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God”

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Discerning the Will of God

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

09/04/2022

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What is the will of God? Will He tell me? Can I find it? How do I figure it out? These questions press upon us when we need to make significant decisions, and I’ve found it helpful to speak of God’s will in the terms you find below. 

Decree: God decreed all things in eternity past, whether good or evil. 

God decreed all things in the counsel of His will in eternity past (cf. Eph 1:11). Everything that happens is His will by His decree. Whatever His reason may be for allowing

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Why God’s People Need Passionate Preaching

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

08/28/2022

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One of the reasons that Paul expressed thanks to God for the Thessalonians was that he knew God loved them and had chosen them for salvation (1 Thess 1:2, 4). Paul based his knowledge of God’s love and choice on their exemplary conversion (cf. 1 Thess 1:6–10). He also based this knowledge on how the gospel came to them. He knew God chose them “because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction” (1 Thess 1:5). 

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1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Timeline of Acts 16–18

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

08/21/2022

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Acts 15:36–18:22 records Paul’s second missionary journey in AD 49–51. Paul and Silas were the only two when the journey began (Acts 15:40–41). Timothy joined them in Lystra (Acts 16:1–5), and Luke joined them in Troas as well (Acts 16:10, notice Luke says “we”). The four went to Philippi, apparently left Luke behind (cf. Acts 17:1, “we” becomes “they”), and arrived in Thessalonica in AD 49. 

While in Thessalonica, Paul spent three Sabbaths in the synagogue (Acts 17:2). Dur

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Forsaking Sinful Ambition and Fostering Humility Instead

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

08/14/2022

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Imagine telling a group of people that you had a month to live. Instead of comforting you, some of them ask for your most valuable possessions, angering the others because they didn’t ask first. Or, imagine that after your death, everyone started looking for your wallet or figuring out who would take your television. As a police chaplain, I’ve seen some interesting responses to the news of someone’s death. 

Jesus experienced something like this once upon a time. For a third

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What’s in a Name?

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

08/07/2022

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This past week, on the basis of Paul (and others) introducing himself by his first name (e.g., Colossians 1:1), mentioning his office along the way (apostle), and then closing his letters with his name (e.g., Colossians 4:18), all of that was to say—any adults can call me “Dave” in personal conversation as you so desire. Kids, I suppose you can call me Pastor Huff or Pastor Dave. Funny thing, nobody called me anything for the rest of the day after I said what I said. Ha!

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