“Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you” (2 Timothy 4:5b NLT).

October 25, 2019

FULFILLING THE MINISTRY GOD HAS GIVEN YOU As Paul faced the real possibility of execution for preaching the gospel, he gave final instructions to Timothy. He wanted Timothy to be unafraid of suffering and willing to work hard for the sake of the Good News. Like a captain issuing orders to one of his men,… Read more »

“Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach” (2 Timothy 2:8 NLT).

October 23, 2019

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS? What was the “Good News” that Paul preached? Answer: Jesus Christ, Son of David, crucified and raised from the dead. This is the news event that we are to proclaim. For the gospel is not good advice, it’s good news. And news is to be announced. Some will believe and… Read more »

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord” (2 Timothy 1:8a NLT).

October 22, 2019

ARE YOU ASHAMED TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS? What causes us to feel shame to speak of Jesus? There are at least three reasons: 1) Lack of spiritual zeal. We don’t feel worthy to talk about Jesus because we are not living as we should. 2) Believing the enemy’s lies. These lies tells us that… Read more »

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 NLT).

October 21, 2019

THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE SHOULDN’T LOVE Money is a means of exchange, a morally neutral thing that is useful when rightly used. Yet, the love of money is idolatry. It puts money in the place of God. Rather than saying “in God we trust,” it puts its trust in money. The one who loves… Read more »

“Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader” (1 Timothy 5:22).

October 20, 2019

LEADERSHIP ADVICE FROM PAUL TO TIMOTHY Good leadership advice. Before elevating someone to leadership, put them through a time of testing. See if they are F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, Teachable), then set them apart and give them some authority. Better to be short on leaders for a little while than to rush to raise up those… Read more »

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT).

October 19, 2019

THE VALUE OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING We are born with a body, yet physical training is necessary to build it up. Similarly, when we are born again, we are made alive spiritually, yet we are called to “work out” what God is “working in” us (see Phil. 2:12-13). Both the physical life and this new spiritual… Read more »

“Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound” (Proverbs 25:20 NLT).

October 18, 2019

HOW NOT TO ENCOURAGE THE HEAVY OF HEART There are those who have never experienced loss that think the way to cheer up the one who has is by distraction. However, this response is not only inappropriate but inconsiderate. The one who would encourage will first seek to understand the feelings of the hurting and… Read more »

“At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet” (Jeremiah 31:26 NLT).

October 17, 2019

JEREMIAH’S SWEET DREAM While Jeremiah slept, the Lord spoke to him in a prophetic dream of the coming Messiah and of a future time of joy and peace for Jerusalem. When he awoke, he remembered every word the Lord had said and he regarded his sleep as being so very sweet that he no doubt… Read more »

“We know that the law is good when used correctly” (1 Timothy 1:8 NLT).

October 16, 2019

THE LAW IS GOOD WHEN USED CORRECTLY Paul taught Timothy the importance of guarding the gospel against those who would misuse the law, claiming its necessity for salvation. Human effort at law-keeping does not save, only believing the gospel saves. Those that teach law-keeping as a means of salvation are not using the law “correctly.”… Read more »

“Give them my entire message; include every word. Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways” (Jeremiah 26:2b-3a NLT).

October 15, 2019

PREACHING THE WORD WHOLE God told the prophet Jeremiah to preach the “entire message” that He had gave him. God’s purpose was to warn His people of their sins, so that they might repent, not to tickle their ears. God’s instruction to Jeremiah is the same to those who would preach God’s Word today. We… Read more »