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First Called Christians – Acts 11:26

The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. – Acts 11:26b NIV There is some debate as to what the name Christian means, little Christ or Christ followers, and who coined the name, whether the disciples themselves or those around them. But most scholars seem to believe that it was a term applied by outsiders and that it was at least somewhat derisive. If that is the case then the disciples must have really stuck out in their society; after all, if they had blended in there would be no reason for calling them names. I wonder; if we did …

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Pleasing God – 1 Thessalonians 2:4

We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV As much as I might like to pretend otherwise, I do care about what others think of me, and it affects how I relate to them. But God, who knows my heart and my motives, is the one I should seek to please. He is the one I will have to give answer to. And I cannot fool him.