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Pure Confrontation

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity (1 Timothy 5:1-2, NKJV).

Categories: 1 timothy, conflict, purity

Encouraging Timothy

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Paul to Timothy: Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV).

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Help When We Need It

November 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Suppose a woman is a believer and has widows in her family. She should help them. She shouldn’t let the church pay the expenses. Then the church can help the widows who really need it.

The elders who do the church’s work well are worth twice as much honor. That is true in a special way of elders who preach and teach (1 Timothy 5:16-17, NIrV).

Categories: 1 timothy, Church, Widow

So You Want to Be a Church Leader?

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Here is a saying you can trust. If anyone wants to be a leader in the church, he wants to do a good work for God and people.

A leader must be free from blame. He must be faithful to his wife. In anything he does, he must not go too far. He must control himself. He must be worthy of respect. He must welcome people into his home. He must be able to teach.He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must be gentle. He must not be a person who likes to argue. He must not love money.

He must manage his own family well. He must make sure that his children obey him and show him proper respect.Suppose someone doesn’t know how to manage his own family. Then how can he take care of God’s church?

The leader must not be a new believer. If he is, he might become proud. Then he would be judged just like the devil.

The leader must also be respected by those who are outside the church. Then he will not be put to shame. He will not fall into the devil’s trap (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

Categories: 1 timothy, Church

1 Timothy 4:12

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity (NIV).

Categories: 1 timothy, love

About Prayer in 1 Timothy

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

In 1 Timothy 2 and 4, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving.”

He particularly tells Timothy that people should always pray for their leaders.

I don’t pray for my leaders often.  I should do this more.

Categories: 1 timothy, paul, Prayer, Timothy

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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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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