The Disciple and Stress Most Americans are suffering from high levels of stress, with a large number reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. We struggle with marriage and family, money, and health issues, in fact the list of causes of our stress is probably endless. The church in Thessalonica not only was dealing with the stress of life but also persecution. The Apostle Paul begins to write to this church to bring comfort and to assure them that they were not forsaken by God. Under stress we are prone to accuse God of being unfaithful to His word. Join us in this study of 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, to learn that God is even at work in our times of struggle.