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1 Greetings from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. To the church (group of believers) that lives in Thessalonica. That church is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [God's] grace (kindness) and peace be yours.

The Life and Faith of the Thessalonians

2We always remember you when we pray and we thank God for all of you. 3When we pray to God our Father we always thank him for the things you have done because of your faith. And we thank him for the work you have done because of your love. And we thank him that you continue to be strong because of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4Brothers [and sisters], God loves you. And we know that he has chosen you to be his. 5We brought the Good News* to you. But we did not use only words. We brought that Good News with power. We brought it with the Holy Spirit* and with sure knowledge that it was true. Also you know how we lived when we were with you. We lived that way to help you. 6And you became like us and like the Lord. You suffered much, but still you accepted the teaching with joy. The Holy Spirit gave you that joy. 7You became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord's teaching spread from you in Macedonia and Achaia. And also your faith in God has become known everywhere. So we don't need to say anything about your faith. 9People everywhere tell about the good way you accepted us when we were there with you. Those people tell about how you stopped worshiping idols* and changed to serve the living and true God. 10And you stopped worshiping idols to wait for God's Son to come from heaven. God raised that Son from death. He is Jesus, who saves us from God's angry judgment that is coming.

Good News The news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever. Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. idols False gods made of wood or stone and worshiped by the non-Jewish people.

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