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Paul’s description of the false teachers needs something to compare it to. He shares a reference to an Old Testament event that most people are familiar with, although these particular names are not mentioned in that account. You can see this week’s passage, found in 2 Timothy 3:8-9: Paul gives Timothy a reference for comparison as he deals with the false teachers in Ephesus. He refers back to the Old Testament account of the Exodus, and Ph»
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1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. I have had the privilege of taking two mission trips to Panama with 80 high school students and youth leaders from our church. We have shared the gospel to elementary, junior high, and high school students. We have spent afternoons with orphans, shared Christ at hospitals, ministered»
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Paul has been encouraging Timothy to endure for the sake of the gospel throughout the letter of 2 Timothy. In a fitting conclusion to that appeal, he draws everything back to the foundational element of the message of the gospel: Jesus Christ. You can see this week’s passage in 2 Timothy 2:8-10: The second chapter of Paul’s letter is full of different images of the believer who serves or ministers, whether that person is on staff at a church»
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In last week’s passage, Paul indicated that his time on earth was drawing to a close. However, he is not fearful. Instead, his demeanor is one of hopeful anticipation, looking forward to the time when he will be in the presence of the Lord, along with all those who have partnered with him in longing for the second coming of Christ. Take a look at this encouraging passage in 2 Timothy 4:8: Paul continues his athletic metaphor in this passage, d»
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  5 Ways to Love Your Wife Every Day Like It’s Valentines Day – Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Editorial Comment: This post has been waiting for me to post it since April.  I’m not sure why I procrastinated on posting until now.   To be perfectly frank and transparent, my wife and I yesterday had a silly but significant fight over unimportant things.I  We made up quickly but it reminded me how much I need my Savior»
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As we begin the fourth and final chapter of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, we see Paul turning to a more personal charge for Timothy and his ministry. Paul senses his death is imminent, and he is ready to pass on the torch to a young man in whom he has invested much. Look at this week’s passage, found in 2 Timothy 4:1-2: Paul is certain that his death is at hand. And he is ready to go. However, before that can happen, he must pass on a per»
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It’s been 2 months since Valentines Day. The red and pink mylar balloons are still floating around our house but are starting to look a little saggy I’m surrounded by beautiful ladies at my house.  This year, for Valentines Day I decided to bring home something special not just for my wife but for my 3 daughters as well.I felt great seeing all their faces light up when I came home and the hugs and kisses didn’t hurt either. The chocolates»
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Hosea 8:7 They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. I heard someone say the other day, “Well, since God is sovereign it really doesn’t matter what I do. I am His child and He will make everything I do work out for good.” My response to that statement is, “What have you been smoking!” Today’s passage is clear that if you sow the winds of sin, you will reap the whirlwind of consequences. In case you need convincing, check out these pa»
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After finishing his statements about his impending death, Paul begins to wrap up his letter with some concluding remarks. However, everything he has written to Timothy up to this point provides the foundation for these final paragraphs. He begins by listing three different people in 2 Timothy 4:9-10: Paul’s letter to Timothy follows the usual structure of most of his letters, and is typical of letters from this time period in general. He moves»
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In last week’s passage, Paul gave a very dark description of the false teachers and those who prefer their teachings. In these two verses, Paul continues his critique and then compares that to how Timothy is to handle himself, giving four positive descriptions for Timothy to follow. Take a look at this week’s passage in 2 Timothy 4:4-5: In the previous verse, Paul gave a description of those who turn away from the truth and seek to justify t»