05 November: Averting Terror

Today’s the day when Britons (and others in the Commonwealth) remember the first terrorist attack on London…

READ 1 THESSALONIANS 5   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


In a post 9/11 world, where terrorism isn’t something to enjoy, it’s not difficult to imagine how, with 30 barrels of gun powder, Guy Fawkes could have got away with his plot to bring down the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. We know that such events have and can happen and yet, oddly enough, we still presume that a sudden and unexpected change to life as we know it, won’t ever happen to us. We’re somehow immune! Or else, the idea of a history-changing event is shelved at the back of our minds and only allowed time in the news.

Paul, a 1st Century Jewish teacher, closed his first letter to Believers in the Roman province of Thessalonica, with a reminder about a future world-changing event. It would be an event that will come suddenly, and nothing will ever be the same again. [v1-11]  But instead of shelving this as Sci-Fi, or something that’ll happen well after our lifetimes, Paul gives his readers twelve things to put “up front and centre” in the meantime. [v12-22]  We may be unsuccessful in averting terror, but as the celebrations of yet another Guy Fawkes Night pass me by, I’m reminded to be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks for what I have. [v16-18]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Struggling to connect with the Father of Hope? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

Wealth and honour come from You, Lord. You’re the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. [1 Chronicles 29:12]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for Believers in Sri Lanka[a]
  • Your Nation: Teachers and Child Care Workers
  • Yourself: Wisdom for Living Life
  • Your concerns for today
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News message to all creation.” [Mark 16:15]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I’ve not departed from Your laws, Father God, for You Yourself have taught me. [Psalm 119:102]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

I humble myself before You, Father God, and ask You for a safe journey through this life, for us and our children, with all our possessions. [Ezra 8:21]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual LIFE

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.” [Romans 8:11]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/sril/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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