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1 Timothy 6 | Beware of Nibbles

I was flipping through the channels with my 2 youngest boys the other day when I came across one of the Christian channels. There was a poorly drawn cartoon rat on the screen eating cheese boldly in front of a family who was looking on in terror. It caught my attention so I stopped to see what was being said. The host of the show, a very well-known TV Evangelist, had a guest who was explaining what happens when people…

1 Timothy 5 | May The Real Church Stand Up

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul is writing in a fatherly way to his young protégé Timothy.  He has reminded him of the importance of watching out for false teachers and holding fast to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He also reiterates the value of prayer and the qualifications for those who would be leaders in the household of God. In chapter 4, Paul calls Timothy to live an exemplary Christian life so that those in his care…

1 Timothy 4 | Are You Working Out?

“Train yourself for godliness” I Tim. 4:7 Most people, when they think of living the Christian life, would not compare it to a rigorous program like that which athletes follow in order to achieve mastery in athletic prowess. Yet that is exactly what Paul does when writing to his young son in the faith, Timothy. Paul’s use of the word ‘train’ in the text is derived from the Greek word gymnazo from which we get our word gymnasium or gymnastics.…

1 Timothy 3 | Character Builds

“An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach” (I Timothy 3:2, CSV). A good friend of mine, a brilliant Bible teacher, once made the statement, “What a man builds with his gift he destroys with his character.” That was uttered during a time when many well-known television evangelists and preachers were exposed for sexual misconduct, financial misgivings, and ill-treatment of staff. His point was that while many of these ministers were powerfully gifted individuals who built their entire ministries on their…

1 Timothy 2 | Praying About Everyone and Everything

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, or kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (I Timothy 2:1-2). One thing revealed in the apostle Paul’s writings is how broadly he desires believers to pray with respect to the various aspects of life in which they find themselves. Here in this text, Paul instructs his…

1 Timothy 1 | Grace to Our Sons and Daughters

As we make the switch from Revelation to First Timothy, we really have to switch our brains and our way of understanding these books. Revelation was written in an apocalyptic style with its strange references, visions and symbolism. The epistles are simply letters, written from real people to other real people – friends to friends, you could say.  They are generally much more down to earth, relational and instructional. That is exactly what we find as Paul writes to his spiritual son, Timothy.…

Revelation 22 | Three Trees And The Restoration Of All Things

There is no more hopeful chapter in the Bible than the last. Here is God’s great answer to our human fallen nature and here is the culmination of the truly awesome work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is the chapter that gives us the answer to all the questions that have haunted mankind through the ages. Where did we come from? What went wrong? How can it be made right? How will this all end? The center of…

Revelation 21 | Heaven on Earth

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away … And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Rev. 21.1-2). Sometimes, when we attempt to describe something that is indescribably good, we just end up saying, “It’s heaven on earth”. John, in the last two chapters of the book of Revelation does his best to describe something that is indescribably good.…

Revelation 20 | The End of Sin

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who…

Revelation 19 | The One Invitation You Should Not Ignore

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Rev. 19:9 On occasion, I will receive an invitation in the mail to come to a banquet meal at a pricey restaurant here in Knoxville. The invitation is motivated by an attempt to sell you something or promote involvement in a cause. I usually don’t go. It’s not the food that keeps me away. It’s the fact that I don’t really want to sit through what they’re…