1. Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    26 Jan, 2018
    Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.  1 Timothy 3:14-15 I remember being puzzled the first time I read Paul's description of the church as “the pillar and foundation of the truth.”   I was confused by the imagery, but then I realized that a pillar upholds something.  So does a foundation.  And that which Paul
  2. God Our Savior, Jesus Our Hope
    20 Mar, 2017
    God Our Savior, Jesus Our Hope
    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 1 Timothy 1:1  My guess is that most of us think of the first verse of any of Paul's epistles as somewhat unimportant.   I mean, yeah, it's in the Bible, but most of time it's just saying something like, "Hey, y'all.  This is Paul here.  You know . . . the apostle? . . . sent by Jesus?  Well anyway, I'm writing this letter to y'all because I want to tell you some cool stuff." Maybe we're tempted to
  3. How to Think About Riches
    07 Dec, 2016
    How to Think About Riches
    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.    1 Timothy 6:17-19 The funny thing about passages like this one is that most of us think it's not
  4. Pray for Our Leaders
    09 Nov, 2016
    Pray for Our Leaders
    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Well, it has been quite a ride this election year, but it's over. I'm sure some people stayed up late
  5. Grace for the Foremost of Sinners
    06 Sep, 2016
    Grace for the Foremost of Sinners
    The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  1 Timothy 1:15 The apostle Paul is a hero to many Christians.  And why wouldn't he be?   Here's a man who gave his entire life for the kingdom of God. He loved Christ Jesus and wanted to reflect him in all he did.  He was disciplined, faithful, self-controlled.  He was the type of man that when he said "follow my example", he actually had a godly
  6. Praying for those in Authority
    16 May, 2016
    Praying for those in Authority
    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 If you've been following the news at all lately, you know that this period of time in America's