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A Message of Hope

Tim is an American with the soul of a Roman, the mind of a Berean, the strength of a Colossian, and the heart of a Thessalonian.

An American
Tim was born in Chicago, born again in Florida where he was raised, completed undergraduate work in Tennessee, began professional work in Seattle, and has spent his professional career in the Washington capital area.

His mother was raised in Chicago, and his father is a naturalized citizen. They have been missionaries since the mid 1970s. American flags were an absolutely inextricable part of the home décor. One visitor to our home once remarked she felt like she had entered Colonial America.

Jesus Christ, quoting the Law, told us to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

The Soul of a Roman
Peter tells us the end of the end of your faith is “the salvation of your souls.” Paul tells us the gospel of Christ is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” His heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel was “that they may be saved.” That letter to the church in Rome contains one of the clearest explanations of how to be saved: "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

The Mind of a Berean
The Apostle Paul wrote a sizeable portion of the New Testament. He also spent time in the synagogues teaching, including in Berea. Those folks “received the word with all readiness,” and checked his teachings out against the Scriptures, too. For this, Luke declares they were “more noble-minded.”

The Strength of a Colossian
All of creation was created by Jesus, for Jesus. Amazingly enough, he didn't stop there. He also is reconciling all things to himself. The writer of Hebrews opens by telling us Jesus is upholding all things “by the word of His power.” Paul told the Athenians, “In him we live and move and have our being.” God's Word, the Bible, is applicable to all of life in all circumstances—in everything, in all things. O LORD, open our eyes so we may see!

The Heart of a Thessalonian
The Christians in Thessalonica had “no need” that Paul would write them because they knew “the times and the seasons.” They knew about the day of the Lord and were watching for it. They knew they were appointed “to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” so “store up for yourselves treasure in heaven.” The Thessalonians knew where their treasure was.

Why the number of days?

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 13:2-3
Though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.

Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.