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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.

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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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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?

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What Controversy

April 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I thought Paul’s teaching on gender roles would be much more difficult to process, but he says that these are his opinions.

First Timothy is not where we find unnegotiable descriptions of the differences between men and women.

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Review of 1 Timothy

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Paul emphasized in this letter that church leadership is all about relationships.

There really isn’t anything new under the sun!

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Avoid Pointless Arguments

April 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Part of keeping our faith strong is avoiding pointless arguments.

This is not the same thing as avoiding thoughtful conversation. But debate is futile in the arena of science vs. religion.

So don’t bother.

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