Three Weeks and a Day — Greetings from Greece, Part 2

Thessaloniki Harbor at Sunset
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After a brief stay in Philippi, the Apostle Paul traveled to Thessalonica, where he faced new opposition – and this time, they weren’t satisfied when he left town. This conflict from about 50 AD has parallels in our super-polarized society today. What was the problem, and what can we learn from it? Pastor Luke looks at Acts 17:1–15 NLT in “Three Weeks and a Day,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Greetings from Greece.”

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Philippi—Greetings from Greece, Part 1

Fira (town on Greek Island of Santorini)
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Paul’s second missionary journey is studied by historians because it shows how the Church first came to Europe. But for people of faith, it answers important theological questions. When we study Paul’s visit to a Greek town called Philippi, we learn who the Gospel is for. Pastor Luke teaches from Acts 16:11–40 NLT in “Philippi,” the first message in a new series “Greetings from Greece.”

Home-Building — In Conclusion, Part 5

blueprints for a house
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Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a promise, but it’s not what we might expect. He doesn’t promise that everything will go well for his followers – their circumstances are likely to be the same as those of anyone else. So what does he promise? And is it something we still want today? Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 7:24–29 NLT in “Home-Building,” the final message in his series “In Conclusion….”

It’s Not About Fruit — In Conclusion, Part 4

Plum on a tree branch

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When Jesus talks about judgment day, it makes us uncomfortable. He says that people will point to their good deeds–even miracles! –and he will tell them to go away. What is the relationship between good works and salvation? Are Christians required to achieve a certain level of good behavior to be saved? If so, what is it? If not, what is Jesus talking about? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 7:21–23 in “It’s Not About Fruit,” part 4 of his 5-part series “In Conclusion….”

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