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April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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Categories: bible, new testament, paul, Silas

Paul & Timothy in 1 Corintians 4

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Paul informs the Corinthian church that he is sending Timothy to remind them of Paul’s “way of life.”

Timothy’s ministry is still a partnership, based upon teamwork and modeling, but he is now being sent out alone.

Paul is gradually giving Timothy more and more independence and authority.

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Timothy times twenty-nine

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

The name Timothy appears in the Bible 29 times.

In Acts 16-20, Timothy appears seven times. In every case, his is part of a group.

There is no need to be a Lone Ranger in service to Christ. Timothy’s early service was completely as a member of a team.

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We Meet Timothy

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

According to the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary Volume 2: New Testament, we first meet Timothy in Acts 16:1-3, part of Paul’s second missionary journey.

It is believed that Timothy first came to faith as a result of Paul’s preaching on his first missionary journey, just two years before Paul recruits him.

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Who Is Timothy?

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Here’s his Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy

I know him best for being mentored by Paul. That makes him a special case study.

Who are my Pauls? Who can I look up to and correspond with so that I can grow in my faith?

Who is your Paul, dear Reader?

Categories: bible, Timothy

Paul’s Benediction

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

“Grace be with you” (6:21b, NIV).

Powerful, short words to conclude this 8-week study.

Do I say more than necessary at the conclusion of matters?

Yes, definitely. I go on and on.

Like I’m doing right now.

Categories: 1 timothy, bible, new testament

Frail

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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Within minutes of picking up Jim Collins‘ leadership classic, From Good to Great, I was struck by the list of model companies:

  1. Abbot: Never heard of them
  2. Circuit City: Bankrupt and liquidated
  3. Fannie Mae: Sadly in turmoil
  4. Gillette: Merged with Proctor and Gamble
  5. Kimberly-Clark: Do they make groceries?
  6. Kroger: Like the Wegmans of the South?
  7. Nucor: Who?
  8. Philip Morris: Yes, I know who they are
  9. Pitney Bowes: Have they handled the digital revolution?
  10. Walgreens: Still successful
  11. Wells Fargo: Here’s one of many negative stories
I immediately recognized some of the eleven for very negative coverage.Paul wisely warned of the passing value of financial success and the mistake many people make relying upon money in1 Timothy 6:10.It’s a lot harder finding positive examples that last than negative ones!
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Hymenaeus and Alexander

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Christians must be evervigilant.

Hymenaeus and Alexander were sincere believers whose faith ws “shipwrecked.”

Paul “handed them over to Satan” to teach them a lesson.

It is vital that believers not engage in sinful actions which require this level of intervention.

But many of us do, in fact, require a strong level of correction.

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John 1 and Greek Thought

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

For the Easter 2009 edition of the Guardian Science Weekly podcast, Alok Jha discusses Christopher Potter’s book, You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe.

The “skeptical audience” to whom Alok Jha refers is those people who are skeptical of a materialistic explaination of the universe.

Christopher Potter’s reply is fascinating and correlates strongly to John 1:1-18.

This exchange correlates closely to a comment I left on change.org in response to Damon Ballard recently. (Please note the high quality of Damon’s reply!)

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Avoid the Wrong Thing

April 21, 2009 Leave a comment

An important theme in 1 Timothy is to avoid the wrong thing, not only to do the right thing.

Do I spend more time doing the right things or avoiding the wrong things?

Is this a 50/50 proposition, or is one task more important than the other?

Categories: 1 timothy, bible, new testament
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