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“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3: 17-18).

Are there those who try to forge another’s message?  It sure seems so.  We do not know the particulars, for the distinguishing mark is on the original letter which we do not have.  But trust that these things came from the Lord through Paul.  One does well if they listen to the word of the Lord no matter from whom it comes.  Listen and learn what the Lord will teach you.

Be guided by the Lord and do not get into the habit of dismissing something either because you do not understand what they are saying or because they do not make sense to you.  Trust that the witnesses of the Lord, who have stood behind these things, are an authority enough.  You believe other things on much less authority.  The Word of God is forever and the other things you see around you are temporary.

Lord Jesus, You have given us an eternal promise.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of everlasting life so that I may be guided by You in and through all things.  Help me to understand that in You is all hope.  In You is all life.  In You is the way of living.  You are truth.  Guide me, Lord, in the way I need to walk in order that I would trust those whom You send and live into the life which I am being taught how to live.  Amen.