“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
(2 Thess 2:15)
Today we pause to remember one of the most tragic events in the history of the United States September 11th. As many attend memorials and special services they will remember who they lost, where they were and what they were doing. September 11th is a day that none of us will not soon forget. The sad day that attempted to shake this nation’s foundation also brought a sense of unity and peace among Americans. The intent of the attack was to shake the nation and send it into mayhem. Little did the hijackers know that these tragic events would bring about a spirit of unity among Americans. Though it was meant to shake us it made the nation strong. In the midst of this great tragedy America still stands strong. The Apostle Paul told the church at Thessalonica to stand firm. He knew that others would come after him to try to detour them from living the teachings he had taught them. So he encouraged them to hold on to the faith and the teachings they had received. He did not want them to become distracted by the things that would come to shake their faith in God. And as Christians all of us will face times of personal challenge and adversity the enemies intent may be to shake us but in those times let all us remember the words of the Apostle Paul stand firm. We may feel like buckling under the pressure but God has built us to stand. Apostle Paul told the Church at Ephesus having done all to stand, stand. I encourage you today in the midst of financial crises, unusual weather patterns, violence in our communities and personal challenges keep standing. Let nothing shake your faith because when the dust settles and it’s all over you will remain unmoved.
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