The large and bustling city of Thessalonica wasn’t originally in the Apostle Paul’s itinerary. But God had other plans and rerouted Paul and his team to this strategic city on the coast of Greece. After only a few weeks, a new church was born and Paul was forced to leave because of intense persecution. Soon after this young-faith community was birthed, they found themselves embroiled in challenges and difficulties. And yet, they persevered and prevailed. This little letter is written to teach them (and us) about how to pursue hopeful and holy lives in the midst of difficulty by keeping our eyes on the return of King Jesus.