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Saturday, September 5 2016
1 Thessalonians 3: The Men And Women Who Made It Happen
"But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you"
The apostle Paul spent much of the time of his ministry as a Roman political prisoner. As such, he depended on others to keep the lines of communication open to the world (see Paul, The Apostle To The World).
Even when Paul was free, he could only be in one place at one time. There was no means of mass communication such as there is today. So too even then, Paul depended on others to "broadcast" his preaching of the Gospel - as the LORD had commanded him to do (see When Did John The Baptist And The Messiah Rebuke The Apostle Paul? and Paul's Conversion In Syria and The Rising Of Tabitha).
Many people are recorded in the Holy Bible record as the men and women who made it all happen (see Why Did Others Write For Paul? and What Did The Apostle Paul Really Think Of Women?). Examples of just a few:
"16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Also among them was Timothy, from the Greek name "Timotheus," who traveled back and forth from Paul to the church at Thessalonica (see also The Church Of Mount Olympus): "And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith ... But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you."
"3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
Fact Finder: When Paul and Timothy were unable to meet in person, what did Paul write in his letters to Timothy?
This Day In History, September 5
394: The 2-day battle at the Frigidus River in northwest Italy ended in victory for Theodosius; Eugenius was beheaded, Arbogast committed suicide.
1590: Alexander Farnese's army forced Henry IV of France to lift the siege of Paris.
1664: The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam was taken by the British who later renamed it New York.
1666: The Great Fire of London was extinguished after two days. Over 10,000 buildings were destroyed.
1697: During the War of the Grand Alliance, naval forces of England and France fought the Battle of Hudson's Bay.
1800: Napoleon surrendered Malta to Britain.
1836: Sam Houston was elected as the first President of the Republic of Texas (unlike the New England colonies, Texas rebelled against, and declared independence from, Mexico).
1877: The native American warrior Crazy Horse (who led the Sioux at the Battle of the Little Bighorn) was fatally bayoneted by U.S. troops "while trying to escape" (while in chains). Crazy Horse, who surrendered to stop the genocidal slaughter of entire villages of his people, was diplomatically guaranteed that he would be allowed to live free on a reservation - but was instead transported to a prison of common white criminals where he would have spent the remainder of his life in a tiny concrete and steel cage.
1905: The Peace of Portsmouth ended the Russo-Japanese War.
1910: Marie Curie demonstrated the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), the Treaty of London formally linked the British Empire, France and Russia as allies.
1945: Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Canada defected with documents that revealed an active Soviet espionage system in the West. His defection resulted in 20 espionage trials and 9 convictions. Gouzenko lived in Canada under an assumed name until his death in 1982.
1969: During the Vietnam War, U.S. Army Lt. William Calley was charged with premeditated murder for the massacre of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians (old men, women and children, including infants in their mother's arms), in the My Lai Massacre.
None of the U.S. troops who committed the war crimes were punished for carrying out the unlawful orders of their commander ("We were just following orders"). Their commander, Lt. William Calley, was the only one convicted - for which he spent a comfortable 3 years under house arrest - about 2 days for each cold-blooded murder. God's True Judgment yet awaits Calley, and all other war criminals through the ages.
Among the war criminals awaiting justice will not be Hugh Thompson. The former U.S. Army helicopter pilot from Atlanta, Georgia, at age 24, along with his crew, stopped the infamous U.S. massacre at My Lai by landing his helicopter between the Vietnamese men, women and children and the U.S. troops who had already murdered about 500 of them. Thompson ordered his two door gunners to open fire on the U.S. troops if they didn't stop their murders of helpless women and children. Hugh Thompson was ostracized at the time, but is now regarded as an extremely courageous and honorable warrior - a genuine hero. Hugh Thompson died in 2006 at age 62.
1972: At the Olympic Games in Munich, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian "Black September" terrorists.
1977: The Voyager 1 unmanned spacecraft was launched. Just over 20 years later, in 1998, it became the most distant human-made object from earth at 6,500,000,000 (6.5 billion) miles away, while continuing to travel at 39,000 miles per hour. Unless it hits something (unlikely in the great void of space), its journey will never end.
1978: The Camp David peace conference began between Israel's Menechem Begin and Egypt's Anwar Sadat, with U.S. President Jimmy Carter presiding.
1980: Switzerland's St. Gotthard Tunnel opened. At 16.2 kilometers / 10.1 miles, it is the longest highway tunnel in the world.
1984: Western Australia abolished capital punishment, the last Australian state to do so.
1997: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu ("Mother Teresa") died at age 87. The Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun was known for her work with the "poorest of the poor" in India. She was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.