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Friday, June 24th

As for you, always be sober-minded…  2 Timothy 4:5 It would be convenient if Paul were speaking of alcohol or drugs here, but I think he was getting at something beyond literal intoxication. In the context, Paul is teaching that we need to strive for truth. To me, it seems that he is insisting on…
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Thursday, June 23rd

Itching Ears Part Two For the time is coming when people will have… itching ears… and will turn away from listening to the truth.  2 Timothy 4:3,4 Yesterday I wrote about itching ears. I wrote that crucifying the defects of others may feed my own ego but it will not make me closer to God…
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Wednesday, June 22nd

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth.   2 Timothy 4:3,4 At first glance at this passage I am tempted to look outward. It would be…
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Tuesday, June 21st

I charge you…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season… 2 Timothy 4:1,2 I have disliked these verses in the past. I felt like Paul was insisting that I needed to sermonize everyone I met. I’m no preacher. My father is (though he would never use the term), and a rather excellent one I…
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Monday, June 20th

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16,17 Have you known those who insist that God talks to them? My internal response has always been part jealousy…
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Sunday, June 19th

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant… without self- control… swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness…   2 Timothy 3:2-6 It is easy for me to see the flesh nature defects in others. I read passages like this and I…
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Saturday June 18th

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone…   2 Timothy 2:23,24 I have been quite guilty of being a quarrelsome/hypercritical Christian (only long ago of course). I have (OK, I still do sometimes) accepted the deception…
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Friday June 17th

2 Timothy 2:22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Many see following Christ as a joyless surrender of everything pleasurable in life. Following God will mean giving up my freedom to pursue my own passions. If you find…
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Thursday June 16th

2 Timothy 2:20,21 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master…
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Wednesday June 15th

2 Timothy 1:6,7 …fan into flame the gift of God… for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Through Jesus, we have the gift of God’s Spirit. The One who spoke the universe into existence dwells with us and in us. He is constantly present and working…
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