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1 Thessalonians 1:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, Silasa1 and Timothy,2 To the church of the Thessalonians3 in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.b4

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians' Faith

2 We always thank God for all of you,5 mentioning you in our prayers.6 3 We continually remember before our God and Father7 your work produced by faith,8 your labor prompted by love,9 and your endurance inspired by hope10 in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God,11 that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel12 came to you not simply with words, but also with power,13 with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know14 how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us15 and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,16 you welcomed the message with the joy17 given by the Holy Spirit.18 7 And so you became a model19 to all the believers in Macedonia20 and Achaia.21 8 The Lord's message22 rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.23 Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned24 to God from idols25 to serve the living and true God,26
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