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Balanced encouragement

At the start of a new year, I am often drawn to a place in 1 Thessalonians where Paul is called on to defend his ministry.

Youth Leaders Dave Fenton
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He says ‘You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure’ (1Thessalonians 2.1). Presumably someone had said it was a failure and Paul had to correct that view. He goes on to give us a basis for how ministry should be done and how he had gone about it in Thessalonica.