December 17, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Thessalonians 2
Wisps of foul noise blow across our world. Silence seldom sounds. Raucous voices demand to be heard. Abundant confusion spreads misinformation across many platforms.
Writing of Christ’s return and prompted by false rumors an apostle encourages, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us…” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2a).
Since humanity was barred from Eden, life forms a chaotic profile. Turmoil continues to fill news casts from YouTube to the Nightly News. “Breaking News Now reports,” are typically not different in kind, but in degree. Occasionally there is a good-feeling story, apparently delivered with the intention of softening bad news.
Explaining our challenge an apostle provides this insight: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3a). Seemingly, deception’s strength remains strong and effective.
Over the centuries disciples of Jesus have sought solid spiritual support. We do so, as have many in earlier generations, believing Scripture’s direct encouragement which was delivered in the days of a dictatorship and persecution. “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (1 Thessalonians 2:15).
Today, what resources help you to stand firm in the Faith?
As Christmas season strengthens, are there songs of faith you enjoy hearing and singing?
Do songs help you stand firm in the Faith? Two recent articles call disciples to appreciate music’s value. Jen Wilkin’s, “Sing to the Lord a True Song,” p. 30, and Sandra McCrakken’s, “The Songs That Get Stuck in My Head,” p.60 are published in Christianity Today, November, 2021. Article previews are available using the author’s name and the article’s title.
Preview of Wilkin’s article: “Before you read this article, start by reciting the alphabet in your head. There is a reason you just fought a strong temptation to hum. It’s the same reason you can remember jingles from childhood and lyrics to your favorite rock anthem, but not the security password you set up last week. If you can name all 50 states or all 66 books of the Bible, my guess is it’s because of a song. Sunday school teachers, marketers, hymn writers, rock stars, and kindergarten teachers are all well aware that ‘what is learned in song is remembered long.”