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God Owes Me – 1 Timothy 4

I don’t think that people necessarily would say this out loud, but I do believe that we certainly think it. The situation goes something like this: I made a sacrifice for God. I go to the church / mosque / temple every day / week / month / year. I read the Bible every day. […]

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Conducting Ourselves in the Church – 1 Timothy 3

Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:14-15 Paul has been writing to Timothy to keep […]

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One God and One Mediator – 1 Timothy 2

Paul is continuing to charge Timothy with his duties as Timothy continues his work in Ephesus. He reminds Timothy of the great truth about God’s desire to bring all people back to himself: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one […]

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The Worst of Sinners – 1 Timothy 1

Paul is writing to Timothy, the first leader that he ever began to develop as part of his traveling apostolic team from the churches that he planted. It seems that his intent is to remind Timothy of the work that Paul has sent him to do, but in starting his reminder of the work, Paul […]

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Pray for an Open Door – Colossians 4

As Paul is wrapping up his letter to the Colossians, in the last chapter, he asks the Corinthians: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians 4:3 Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, the […]

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Set Your Heart and Mind on Things Above – Colossians 3

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then […]

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The Fullness of the Deity – Colossians 2

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off […]

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The Greatest Value

Jesus told a parable of a man who found a treasure hidden in a field and a businessman who found a precious pearl. Here are the stories:  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all […]

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Awesome, Terrible, and the Meaning of It All

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in the middle of reading Romans 9, 10, and 11 during our “Bible time” with my family. We read a little bit each morning and just talk through what we have read as we eat our cereal, or in the case of some of my kids, last night’s […]

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Shaping the Disciples – Mark 6

I noticed something new as I was reading through Mark 6 today, something that I hadn’t seen before. In the early part of the chapter, in verses 7 through 13, Jesus had sent out the 12 disciples 2 by 2 to various villages around to preach and drive out evil spirits. They went out and […]