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Spiritual Family


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 5:1-8

If you are a follower of Christ, one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your love for Jesus is in how you treat other people.  For most of us, though, we treat people differently depending on how well we know them.  For example, we treat immediate family differently than we treat distant family, and we treat friends differently than we treat acquaintances.  Perhaps the most striking differences occur between the groups furthest apart, so today I would like to look at the differences in how we treat immediate family versus acquaintances.  To begin with, when we see immediate family we will likely greet them warmly, whereas we might not extend the same type of greeting to an acquaintance.  With members of our immediate family, we will stand by them through thick and thin, but we may not do the same for an acquaintance.  For family members we are probably more inclined to forgive than we are for acquaintances.  There are many more ways in which we treat these groups differently, but the last one I will mention in is in terms of salvation.  We are far more likely to talk to our family members about Jesus than we are to talk with an acquaintance about Him.

In today’s key passage, Paul is writing to Timothy and gives him some advice that really made me stop and think.  Paul is talking about the body of Christ and the family of believers each of us are surrounded by in our lives.  What if instead of treating people differently based on how well we knew them, we treated everyone as if they were immediate family members?  What if we treated older men with the same level of respect we would show our fathers?  What if we treated older women with the same level of love we would show our mothers?  What if we cared for and protected younger people as if they were our sisters and our brothers?  How much better would we treat people as a whole if we treated them the same way we would treat our immediate family?  My prayer today is that as each of us go about our lives, we try to treat others the same way we would treat family members.  Forgive others the way you would forgive family.  Love others the way you would love family.  Care for others the way you would care for family.  When we treat others as family, recognizing that we are all children of the most high God, we will do a much better job in demonstrating the love of Christ to others, which is well worth the effort.

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Leading by Example


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

First and Second Timothy are Paul’s letters to a young preacher named Timothy who Paul sent to lead the church in Ephesus.  Paul had a great deal of love and respect for Timothy, and he wanted Timothy to be successful and to remain faithful.  Paul knew, however, that Timothy’s young age might be a problem for some of the members of the Ephesian church.  Some of the believers might take issue with someone so young preaching to them.  In today’s key passage, Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him not to let anyone look down on him because he was young.  He then went on to give Timothy a piece of advice that still echoes with everyone in any kind of church leadership today.  Paul told Timothy to lead by example.  Specifically, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example for the believers in Ephesus in five areas:

In Speech – What we say and how we say it tells others a lot about us.  How are we talking to others?  What kind of things are we talking about?  Our speech is a direct reflection of our hearts.

In Life – How are we living our lives?  What are we doing?  When others look at us, what do they see?  Good or bad, how we live our lives is our witness for God.

In Love – What do our relationships look like?  Do we treat others with love and respect?  How do we act toward our spouses, our children, and our friends?  When the love of Christ is in our hearts, that love will be shown toward others.

In Faith – Obviously, our faith is important, and we demonstrate our faith to others on a daily basis.  Do we exhibit worry or doubt about trying times, or do we remain calm and focused knowing that God will prevail?  Your faith is your testimony to God’s work in your life, and should be unwavering.

In Purity – As followers of Christ, we are called to be pure.  We are called to stay away from sinful things and temptations.  Our level of purity effects all of the other four areas listed above and will be demonstrated in each.  Remain pure, and watch your speech, life, love, and faith improve.

Leaders in a church environment come from many different backgrounds and serve in many different areas.  Leaders can be pastors, deacons, or elders, but they can also be individual believers who simply have influence with others.  By the simplest definition, if anyone else is watching you and taking their cues from you, then you are a leader.  If that is the case, lead by example.  If you are not a leader today but strive to be one day, then begin the process of leading by example now.  All of us can honor God and demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ when we set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Treasures in Heaven


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 5,6; Titus 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 6:11-21

In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he provides Timothy with some advice for talking with the wealthy members of the Ephesian church.  He instructs Timothy to command the wealthy members not to put their hope in wealth and to put their hope in God instead.  In today’s key passage, Paul was no doubt referring to Jesus words in Matthew 6 when He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Awhile back, I read a book entitled The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.  This book is all about joyful giving and focuses on the passage in Matthew 6.  I highly recommend this book to all Christians looking to truly understand the principles of joyful giving – which should be all of us.  In his book, Mr. Alcorn outlines six keys to the treasure principle, and I would like to share two of these with you today.  The first key is one that I have spoken about in the past – “God owns everything.  I’m His money manager”.  To be able to give freely, you must not only understand this first key, but you must believe it and hold it as absolute truth.  Nothing that we have is ours.  We do not own it.  God owns everything, and He is simply allowing us to use it for the time being.  He has entrusted each of us with treasures on this earth in the forms of time, money, and talents.  To be able to give of these treasures, we must understand that they are not ours in the first place.  I used to believe that I worked hard for the money I made and deserved to spend it on whatever I liked.  As I continue on my journey with the Lord, he continues to remind me of this key to joyful giving.

The second key is one that really helps us understand giving – “Heaven, not Earth, is my home”.  The Bible says that we are aliens in this world.  Our true home is Heaven.  In the book, Mr. Alcorn uses an analogy that really struck me when thinking about Matthew 6, and I would like to share it here.  Imagine that your home country is France.  You take a trip to the United States and plan to stay in the U.S. for a few weeks.  You know that due to customs laws, you will not be able to take back anything you acquire in the U.S. to your home country, but you are allowed to ship things ahead of you back to France.  If this were the case, would you go out and buy new furnishings for the hotel room you are staying in, knowing that you would not be able to keep them?  Of course not – that would be crazy.  If you wanted to buy anything that you would be able to keep, you would ship it back to France to be waiting on you when you return home.  This is the heart of Matthew 6.  The Earth is like the hotel room in the U.S.  We can decorate it all we want, but when it is time to return home we are going to lose everything we have bought.  Heaven is like France – it is our real home.  Just like the analogy, we can store up treasures in Heaven by sending them ahead of us to our true home.  How do we send our treasures ahead of us to Heaven?  We do this by giving.  When we help the church, the homeless, the needy, the sick, or the elderly, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  When we help missionaries who are spreading the Gospel, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  Every time we turn our money back over to God to use for His perfect will, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  It is His money anyway – let us all use it for His purposes and store up some treasures for ourselves that we will be able to have for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Hiding Our Past


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Prior to his conversion, Paul was known as a persecutor of Christians.  He viewed Christians as a threat to the Jewish people, and made it his mission to punish them.  When the resurrected Jesus confronted him, all of this changed, and he became one of the greatest apostles of all time.  Given Paul’s checkered past, it might seem natural that he would want to hide what he had done, but Paul never denied who he once was.  He spoke about his past to bring to light the miraculous changes that Christ had made in his life.

Most people do not want to talk about their low points in life.  First, it can be pretty embarrassing to admit some of the things we have done in the past.  Secondly, many people are afraid that if they talk about their past sins they might lose credibility in the present.  Both of these arguments against talking about our pasts focus on the wrong thing – they focus on us instead of focusing on Christ.  When we talk about our past, while we may face a bit of personal embarrassment, the more important thing is that we glorify Christ by demonstrating His great love and mercy.  As Paul says in today’s key passage, Christ’s mercy on us as sinners shows, “his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1:16)

When I share my personal testimony, I am not afraid to talk about the low points.  I am not afraid to talk about how I cursed God after my divorce from my first wife and how I thought He had left me.  I am not afraid to discuss how I abandoned the idea of church and thought it was unnecessary.  I am not even afraid to talk about how I felt justified in robbing God by not tithing.  Am I proud of these things in my past? Absolutely not.  Do I wish I could go back and change them?  Of course.  The fact is that no matter how broken I was in my past, God was still seeking me out.  He was still looking for me daily and waiting for me to come home.  When I finally woke up and “got it”, He did not condemn me for all of my indiscretions.  He welcomed me with open arms, just as the father welcomed the prodigal son.

Do not be afraid to talk about your past, even when you are not proud of it.  One of the best ways to demonstrate God’s love and mercy is through sharing our personal testimonies.  A good friend of mine once said, “I have changed and am better than who I was.  I do not care if you judge me by the worst I ever was because the Lord judges me on who I am now and forgave me of my past transgressions.”  I could not have said it better myself…

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Spiritual Family


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 5:1-8

If you are a follower of Christ, one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your love for Jesus is in how you treat other people.  For most of us, though, we treat people differently depending on how well we know them.  For example, we treat immediate family differently than we treat distant family, and we treat friends differently than we treat acquaintances.  Perhaps the most striking differences occur between the groups furthest apart, so today I would like to look at the differences in how we treat immediate family versus acquaintances.  To begin with, when we see immediate family we will likely greet them warmly, whereas we might not extend the same type of greeting to an acquaintance.  With members of our immediate family, we will stand by them through thick and thin, but we may not do the same for an acquaintance.  For family members we are probably more inclined to forgive than we are for acquaintances.  There are many more ways in which we treat these groups differently, but the last one I will mention in is in terms of salvation.  We are far more likely to talk to our family members about Jesus than we are to talk with an acquaintance about Him.

In today’s key passage, Paul is writing to Timothy and gives him some advice that really made me stop and think.  Paul is talking about the body of Christ and the family of believers each of us are surrounded by in our lives.  What if instead of treating people differently based on how well we knew them, we treated everyone as if they were immediate family members?  What if we treated older men with the same level of respect we would show our fathers?  What if we treated older women with the same level of love we would show our mothers?  What if we cared for and protected younger people as if they were our sisters and our brothers?  How much better would we treat people as a whole if we treated them the same way we would treat our immediate family?  My prayer today is that as each of us go about our lives, we try to treat others the same way we would treat family members.  Forgive others the way you would forgive family.  Love others the way you would love family.  Care for others the way you would care for family.  When we treat others as family, recognizing that we are all children of the most high God, we will do a much better job in demonstrating the love of Christ to others, which is well worth the effort.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Leading by Example


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

First and Second Timothy are Paul’s letters to a young preacher named Timothy who Paul sent to lead the church in Ephesus.  Paul had a great deal of love and respect for Timothy, and he wanted Timothy to be successful and to remain faithful.  Paul knew, however, that Timothy’s young age might be a problem for some of the members of the Ephesian church.  Some of the believers might take issue with someone so young preaching to them.  In today’s key passage, Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him not to let anyone look down on him because he was young.  He then went on to give Timothy a piece of advice that still echoes with everyone in any kind of church leadership today.  Paul told Timothy to lead by example.  Specifically, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example for the believers in Ephesus in five areas:

In Speech – What we say and how we say it tells others a lot about us.  How are we talking to others?  What kind of things are we talking about?  Our speech is a direct reflection of our hearts.

In Life – How are we living our lives?  What are we doing?  When others look at us, what do they see?  Good or bad, how we live our lives is our witness for God.

In Love – What do our relationships look like?  Do we treat others with love and respect?  How do we act toward our spouses, our children, and our friends?  When the love of Christ is in our hearts, that love will be shown toward others.

In Faith – Obviously, our faith is important, and we demonstrate our faith to others on a daily basis.  Do we exhibit worry or doubt about trying times, or do we remain calm and focused knowing that God will prevail?  Your faith is your testimony to God’s work in your life, and should be unwavering.

In Purity – As followers of Christ, we are called to be pure.  We are called to stay away from sinful things and temptations.  Our level of purity effects all of the other four areas listed above and will be demonstrated in each.  Remain pure, and watch your speech, life, love, and faith improve.

Leaders in a church environment come from many different backgrounds and serve in many different areas.  Leaders can be pastors, deacons, or elders, but they can also be individual believers who simply have influence with others.  By the simplest definition, if anyone else is watching you and taking their cues from you, then you are a leader.  If that is the case, lead by example.  If you are not a leader today but strive to be one day, then begin the process of leading by example now.  All of us can honor God and demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ when we set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Treasures in Heaven


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 5,6; Titus 1-3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 6:11-21

In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he provides Timothy with some advice for talking with the wealthy members of the Ephesian church.  He instructs Timothy to command the wealthy members not to put their hope in wealth and to put their hope in God instead.  In today’s key passage, Paul was no doubt referring to Jesus words in Matthew 6 when He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Awhile back, I read a book entitled The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.  This book is all about joyful giving and focuses on the passage in Matthew 6.  I highly recommend this book to all Christians looking to truly understand the principles of joyful giving – which should be all of us.  In his book, Mr. Alcorn outlines six keys to the treasure principle, and I would like to share two of these with you today.  The first key is one that I have spoken about in the past – “God owns everything.  I’m His money manager”.  To be able to give freely, you must not only understand this first key, but you must believe it and hold it as absolute truth.  Nothing that we have is ours.  We do not own it.  God owns everything, and He is simply allowing us to use it for the time being.  He has entrusted each of us with treasures on this earth in the forms of time, money, and talents.  To be able to give of these treasures, we must understand that they are not ours in the first place.  I used to believe that I worked hard for the money I made and deserved to spend it on whatever I liked.  As I continue on my journey with the Lord, he continues to remind me of this key to joyful giving.

The second key is one that really helps us understand giving – “Heaven, not Earth, is my home”.  The Bible says that we are aliens in this world.  Our true home is Heaven.  In the book, Mr. Alcorn uses an analogy that really struck me when thinking about Matthew 6, and I would like to share it here.  Imagine that your home country is France.  You take a trip to the United States and plan to stay in the U.S. for a few weeks.  You know that due to customs laws, you will not be able to take back anything you acquire in the U.S. to your home country, but you are allowed to ship things ahead of you back to France.  If this were the case, would you go out and buy new furnishings for the hotel room you are staying in, knowing that you would not be able to keep them?  Of course not – that would be crazy.  If you wanted to buy anything that you would be able to keep, you would ship it back to France to be waiting on you when you return home.  This is the heart of Matthew 6.  The Earth is like the hotel room in the U.S.  We can decorate it all we want, but when it is time to return home we are going to lose everything we have bought.  Heaven is like France – it is our real home.  Just like the analogy, we can store up treasures in Heaven by sending them ahead of us to our true home.  How do we send our treasures ahead of us to Heaven?  We do this by giving.  When we help the church, the homeless, the needy, the sick, or the elderly, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  When we help missionaries who are spreading the Gospel, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  Every time we turn our money back over to God to use for His perfect will, we are storing up treasures in Heaven.  It is His money anyway – let us all use it for His purposes and store up some treasures for ourselves that we will be able to have for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Hiding Our Past


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Prior to his conversion, Paul was known as a persecutor of Christians.  He viewed Christians as a threat to the Jewish people, and made it his mission to punish them.  When the resurrected Jesus confronted him, all of this changed, and he became one of the greatest apostles of all time.  Given Paul’s checkered past, it might seem natural that he would want to hide what he had done, but Paul never denied who he once was.  He spoke about his past to bring to light the miraculous changes that Christ had made in his life.

Most people do not want to talk about their low points in life.  First, it can be pretty embarrassing to admit some of the things we have done in the past.  Secondly, many people are afraid that if they talk about their past sins they might lose credibility in the present.  Both of these arguments against talking about our pasts focus on the wrong thing – they focus on us instead of focusing on Christ.  When we talk about our past, while we may face a bit of personal embarrassment, the more important thing is that we glorify Christ by demonstrating His great love and mercy.  As Paul says in today’s key passage, Christ’s mercy on us as sinners shows, “his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1:16)

When I share my personal testimony, I am not afraid to talk about the low points.  I am not afraid to talk about how I cursed God after my divorce from my first wife and how I thought He had left me.  I am not afraid to discuss how I abandoned the idea of church and thought it was unnecessary.  I am not even afraid to talk about how I felt justified in robbing God by not tithing.  Am I proud of these things in my past? Absolutely not.  Do I wish I could go back and change them?  Of course.  The fact is that no matter how broken I was in my past, God was still seeking me out.  He was still looking for me daily and waiting for me to come home.  When I finally woke up and “got it”, He did not condemn me for all of my indiscretions.  He welcomed me with open arms, just as the father welcomed the prodigal son.

Do not be afraid to talk about your past, even when you are not proud of it.  One of the best ways to demonstrate God’s love and mercy is through sharing our personal testimonies.  A good friend of mine once said, “I have changed and am better than who I was.  I do not care if you judge me by the worst I ever was because the Lord judges me on who I am now and forgave me of my past transgressions.”  I could not have said it better myself…

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Spiritual Family


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 5:1-8

If you are a follower of Christ, one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your love for Jesus is in how you treat other people.  For most of us, though, we treat people differently depending on how well we know them.  For example, we treat immediate family differently than we treat distant family, and we treat friends differently than we treat acquaintances.  Perhaps the most striking differences occur between the groups furthest apart, so today I would like to look at the differences in how we treat immediate family versus acquaintances.  To begin with, when we see immediate family we will likely greet them warmly, whereas we might not extend the same type of greeting to an acquaintance.  With members of our immediate family, we will stand by them through thick and thin, but we may not do the same for an acquaintance.  For family members we are probably more inclined to forgive than we are for acquaintances.  There are many more ways in which we treat these groups differently, but the last one I will mention in is in terms of salvation.  We are far more likely to talk to our family members about Jesus than we are to talk with an acquaintance about Him.

In today’s key passage, Paul is writing to Timothy and gives him some advice that really made me stop and think.  Paul is talking about the body of Christ and the family of believers each of us are surrounded by in our lives.  What if instead of treating people differently based on how well we knew them, we treated everyone as if they were immediate family members?  What if we treated older men with the same level of respect we would show our fathers?  What if we treated older women with the same level of love we would show our mothers?  What if we cared for and protected younger people as if they were our sisters and our brothers?  How much better would we treat people as a whole if we treated them the same way we would treat our immediate family?  My prayer today is that as each of us go about our lives, we try to treat others the same way we would treat family members.  Forgive others the way you would forgive family.  Love others the way you would love family.  Care for others the way you would care for family.  When we treat others as family, recognizing that we are all children of the most high God, we will do a much better job in demonstrating the love of Christ to others, which is well worth the effort.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Leading by Example


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

First and Second Timothy are Paul’s letters to a young preacher named Timothy who Paul sent to lead the church in Ephesus.  Paul had a great deal of love and respect for Timothy, and he wanted Timothy to be successful and to remain faithful.  Paul knew, however, that Timothy’s young age might be a problem for some of the members of the Ephesian church.  Some of the believers might take issue with someone so young preaching to them.  In today’s key passage, Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him not to let anyone look down on him because he was young.  He then went on to give Timothy a piece of advice that still echoes with everyone in any kind of church leadership today.  Paul told Timothy to lead by example.  Specifically, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example for the believers in Ephesus in five areas:

In Speech – What we say and how we say it tells others a lot about us.  How are we talking to others?  What kind of things are we talking about?  Our speech is a direct reflection of our hearts.

In Life – How are we living our lives?  What are we doing?  When others look at us, what do they see?  Good or bad, how we live our lives is our witness for God.

In Love – What do our relationships look like?  Do we treat others with love and respect?  How do we act toward our spouses, our children, and our friends?  When the love of Christ is in our hearts, that love will be shown toward others.

In Faith – Obviously, our faith is important, and we demonstrate our faith to others on a daily basis.  Do we exhibit worry or doubt about trying times, or do we remain calm and focused knowing that God will prevail?  Your faith is your testimony to God’s work in your life, and should be unwavering.

In Purity – As followers of Christ, we are called to be pure.  We are called to stay away from sinful things and temptations.  Our level of purity effects all of the other four areas listed above and will be demonstrated in each.  Remain pure, and watch your speech, life, love, and faith improve.

Leaders in a church environment come from many different backgrounds and serve in many different areas.  Leaders can be pastors, deacons, or elders, but they can also be individual believers who simply have influence with others.  By the simplest definition, if anyone else is watching you and taking their cues from you, then you are a leader.  If that is the case, lead by example.  If you are not a leader today but strive to be one day, then begin the process of leading by example now.  All of us can honor God and demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ when we set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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