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Are you living the new transformation?


This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! –from 2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you allowed the old you to be crucified with Christ so that the new you can live?

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

–from Romans 6:4

Have you experience baptism yet? Not christening as a baby but full immersion water baptism? As you consider or remember the experience of going into the water and dying with Christ and then coming out of the water reborn with Christ how did or would that impact you?

How has your life changed after starting your relationship with Jesus? Have you shared the experience with others so that they would know the impact of Jesus on your life?

So are you living the new life? Are you ready to live a new life? Are you willing to receive Jesus into your life and be transformed? Is today your day? Are you taking hold of everything that life can be thanks to your relationship with Jesus and all that He has already done for you?

If not, why not start today?


How to Live Your New Life

Day 201: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalms 87, Romans 6:1-14, Hosea 1, Hosea 2

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/201

  1. New song … Psalm 87:1-7
  2. New freedom … Romans 6:1-14
    • You HAVE BEEN saved from the PENALTY of sin
    • You WILL BE saved from the PRESENCE of sin
    • You ARE BEING saved from the POWER of sin
  3. New love … Hosea 1:1-2:23

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that You have planned for it. I thank You Lord for having sent Jesus to demonstrate Your love for us and for His ultimate sacrifice on the cross and resurrection power that conquers both the grave and the power of sin! Thanks You Lord for the truth through Your Word that calls us to live a transformed life leaving the old ways behind and start living out a new life with Jesus! Grant me wisdom for this day Lord that I may accomplish all that You have for me today! Help my light to shine so that You will be seen through me! Help my light shine so that others may see that I am but reflecting the light of Jesus to the world around me. Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You sent Jesus to this world that I can be saved. May this day I glorify You in the name of Jesus by being a conduit of Your truth, Your love, and Your ways to the people around me so that in and through it all that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Looking for answers?


Ever been faced with a decision and needed to figure out how to make it work? Ever had issues come up that you weren’t expecting? Ever had confirmation that everything looked good and then got there and realized “not so much”?

At those moments you start to look for answers. You start to look for solutions. And even though you had the best laid plans and even though you had everything lined up, it didn’t work and you needed to find another way. The answer you get may not be the one you want but it may be the one you need. The answer you get may not be something you would have considered but may be the best outcome possible. The answer you need requires that you have faith in God and that you give it up to Him! If you try to do it all on your own the stress levels go up and the pressure does too. When you give it up to God, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask or imagine! His ways may not be our ways, but one thing you can count on is that they are definitely better than any way would could have gone or come up with.

Today’s reading and devotional call to the surface the following verse…

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

–from Romans 3:23

This is true and we need an answer from God to be able to get beyond this and He has already provide the answer and the answer is Jesus! We need to stop running from God and start to run back towards God!

sin-and-rebellion-separates-us-from-the-love-of-god-christ-bridged-the-gap

So we can’t just be pointing at the other person when something goes wrong. Do you realize that we need to also take responsibility for our piece in this? When you point with your pointer finger do you realize 3 fingers are pointing back at you? Ever considered in life trying to adopt or live using the 5 finger contract no matter what you are about to do?

There are modifications of this I found looking online, but this is the one that I find resonates best with me. Making sure to live with safety in mind, with commitment to what I have been called to do, giving others respect, living with personal responsibility, and to have fun.

Thanks to Jesus my life has been radically shifted! He showed me that with faith all things are possible, that He won’t give me more than I can handle (even when I think it is too big for me), that obedience is better than running, that wisdom comes in the midst of the storm so that He is able to calm the storm or the storm in me, the power of forgiveness which is the key to true freedom and how holding onto unforgiveness just send you down a road you don’t want to be on and just makes you feel worse! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding! In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight! When you are in trouble, call on Him and He will rescue you and you will give Him glory! Allow the peace of God that goes beyond all understanding to guard your heart!

Be transformed today! Ask Jesus into your heart if you haven’t already! If you have then ask Jesus for wisdom for every and in every situation you face today!


God’s Amazing Answer

Day 197: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalms 85:8-13, Romans 3:9-31, Amos 3, Amos 4

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/197

  1. God’s answer gives us his peace … Psalm 85:8-13

  2. God’s answer is a gift we receive … Romans 3:9-31

    • The penalty of sin has been paid
    • The power of sin has been broken
    • The pollution of sin has been removed
  3. God’s answer challenges us to right living … Amos 3:1-4:13


 

TRUST!


Trust what does it mean to you? Is it easy to give? Is it easy to receive? What does it take? How long does it take? Is there criteria for someone to gain your trust? Anything specific? Who can have it? Who can’t? Where can you find it? Why is it so hard? Why is it so easy?

Trust is defined as:

NOUN
  1. firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something:
    “relations have to be built on trust” · “they have been able to win the trust of the others”
    synonyms: confidence · belief · faith · certainty · assurance · conviction · credence · reliance
    antonyms: distrust · mistrust · doubt
    • acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation:
      “I used only primary sources, taking nothing on trust”
    • the state of being responsible for someone or something:
      “a man in a position of trust”
      synonyms: responsibility · duty · obligation
    • literary
      a person or duty for which one has responsibility:
      “rulership is a trust from God”
    • literary
      a hope or expectation:
      “all the great trusts of womanhood”
  2. confidence placed in a person by making that person the nominal owner of property to be held or used for the benefit of one or more others.
  3. a body of trustees.
    • an organization or company managed by trustees:
      “a charitable trust” · “the National Trust for Historic Preservation”
    • US
      dated
      a large company that has or attempts to gain monopolistic control of a market.
  4. commercial credit:
    “my master lived on trust at an alehouse”
VERB
trusts (third person present) · trusted (past tense) · trusted (past participle) · trusting (present participle)
  1. believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of:
    “I should never have trusted her” · “he can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation” · “a trusted adviser”
    synonyms: rely on · depend on · bank on · count on · be sure of
    • (trust someone with)
      allow someone to have, use, or look after (someone or something of importance or value) with confidence:
      “I’d trust you with my life”
      synonyms: entrust · consign · commit · give · hand over · turn over · assign
    • (trust someone/something to)
      commit (someone or something) to the safekeeping of:
      “they don’t like to trust their money to anyone outside the family”
    • have confidence; hope (used as a polite formula in conversation):
      “I trust that you have enjoyed this book”
      synonyms: hope · expect · take it · assume · presume · suppose
    • have faith or confidence:
      “she trusted in the powers of justice”
      synonyms: put one’s trust in · have faith in · have (every) confidence in · believe in · pin one’s hopes/faith on · confide in
      antonyms: distrust · mistrust · doubt
    • (trust to)
      place reliance on (luck, fate, or something else over which one has little control):
      “trusting to the cover of night, I ventured out”
  2. allow credit to (a customer).

So what about God? Do you trust Him? Will you trust Him? What would it take for you to start trusting in Him right here and right now? What are the obstacles keeping you from being able to trust Him? To give Him all of your heart? To give Him all control? We all have freewill and because of that we need to choose – individually. He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to be robots but rather to choose on our own.

Unfortunately some people take that freewill and choose to do things that aren’t very nice and can really hurt others. Hurting people hurt people. Will you trust God enough to receive Him and try to make a difference in the lives of the hurting people around you?

God is love! God so loved the world that He sent Jesus, His one and only Son, who came and gave His life on the cross as one sacrifice to cover all and enable us to be reconciled to God! We get to choose if we will receive that gift of God! We get to choose if we will ask Him into our hearts and lives! We get to choose if we will trust Him!

Have you gone thru some pain that has strengthened your faith? Have there been things that have happened to you that in the moment were horrible but built your faith and trust? I know for me the best example I have is around forgiveness. I was on a downward spiral because of what had happened and how I was being treated. I kept receiving message that I needed to give them forgiveness but I had so many reasons for why I shouldn’t and I couldn’t because of what they had done to me. Until that day when I got to my tipping point and listened to what God said. I trusted Him but wasn’t being obedient to Him until that tipping point. 7×70 came on the radio and the process of forgiveness began…first to those who had hurt me and then I heard that still quiet voice say “as you forgive others, I will forgive you” and started asking God to forgive me for not having listened and forgiven earlier. God brought a peace over me that goes beyond all understanding and comprehension, the anger, the bitterness, the frustration, the hate, … gone – all gone, God removed them and repaired my heart and mind and I was transformed and walked out a new me. With God all things are possible! Nothing is impossible with God! I praise Jesus for having taught me the lesson. I would never have asked for it to happen to me, but with the hundreds of people I have been able to share the hope and power of forgiveness, I was able to speak hope, life, and truth into the lives so many thanks to God’s patience with me and being able to help me to forgive others.


Trust in the Lord

Day 190: Bible In One Year 2017

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/190

Devotional, Psalms 82, Acts of the Apostles 27:13-44, 2 Kings 18, 2 Kings 19:1-13


  1. Trust in the Lord in the midst of injustice and oppression … Psalm 82:1-8
  2. Trust in the Lord in the midst of disaster and turmoil … Acts 27:13-44
  3. Trust in the Lord in the midst of evil and distress … 2 Kings 18:1-19:13

Do you see what is going on? Can you see the writing on the wall?


Are you seeing the signs of the times? Are you putting the wrong things first? Are you worshipping someone or something other than God? Do you realize the uncertain times? Are you watching governments and countries starting to quarrel or fall? The writing will be on the wall when we see the signs of the times…

4And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

–from Matthew 24

In Daniel’s time when the king was becoming too proud to the point of bringing out the special items from the temple and allowing the people at his party to use them, this is when the writing on the wall appeared to the King and require he call for Daniel to help interpret for him.

25“This is the inscription that was written:
mene, mene, tekel, parsin
26“Here is what these words mean:
Mene : God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres : Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

–from Daniel 5

We need to walk with humility! We need to keep our focus on the real purpose! We need to be worshipping and glorifying God in all we say and do! Don’t set yourself up for troubles by allowing pride to trip you up! Don’t be an adversary to God! Be an ambassador for Him!

Stand up for what is right! Stand up for what is just! Do what is good and what is just! Stand up for what you believe in! Consider Daniel who first got thrown into the fiery furnace with his friends and then as we read in today’s reading from Daniel 6, gets thrown into the den of lions because of people trying to manipulate the situation and the king. Be careful of people who try to sweeten you up in order to manipulate you into doing something that will have grave consequences! Put and keep your trust in God no matter what happens! Put your hope and trust in God even when the world seems to be coming against Him! God’s got a plan and a purpose and we know that in the end, victory and justice belong to the Lord! Even when man can’t rescue you, God can! So let’s live in alignment to God’s will and purpose! Let’s not be swayed but rather let’s live in a way to glorify Him and also be found right in His eyes. Others may look for ways to convict you and some may even try to setup rules that would try to trip you up, but God knows and can hear your calls and cries. God is our salvation! God is with us! There is but one God! His love endures forever! Let us not forget! Let’s share so that others will remember!

Let’s not be proud or haughty! Be at peace and be calm and quieted so that you can be content! Put your trust in God!

Let’s praise the Lord! Let us all praise Him! Let’s praise Him for He is good! Let’s praise the God because He is great! Let’s praise God all the earth! Let’s praise the God for He is good His love endures forever! Let’s trust in God and praise Him!

Let’s be prepared! Let’s hold tight to the truth rather than what others try to find and hear!

So let’s read together the last 2 parts of our reading from the New Testament…

1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Personal Remarks

9Do your best to come to me quickly, 10for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
14Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
16At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lionʼs mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

19Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 21Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.
22The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.

–2 Timothy 4

The writing’s on the wall! Don’t you see how people turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths! There are so many who don’t want to hear or believe in the truth! So don’t give up! Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. Finish the race! Press on to the end! Trusting in God thru it all in Jesus name I pray!

1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lordʼs people.

Paulʼs Plea for Onesimus

8Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
12I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.
17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

–Philemon 1

Let’s serve the people God has brought into our lives so that we can point them back to Jesus and be restored!


Today’s Reading: Daniel 5, Daniel 6, Psalm 131, Psalm 135, 2 Timothy 4. Philemon 1

Let’s be on the lookout!


Do you see something? Did you say something? When you see something, will you say something? Don’t keep silent! Speak out so that people can be forewarned!

Do you want to say nothing and then be responsible for what happens to someone else who could have been saved or rescued?

Will you say something so that they are at least aware of what’s going on and then if they choose to not respond or answer then at least it isn’t on your head?

We are to be watchmen! We are to sound the alarm! We are to stand in the gap!

Will you speak into the lives of the people around you so that right and wrong are known?

Will you speak into the lives of people around you so that they will be warned if or when they are going down the wrong path?

Hear this warning:

‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?” ’

‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’

‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that personʼs former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that personʼs former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’

–from Ezekiel 33

So will you turn back to God? Will you not walk away from God? Will you humbly come before God and repent of the wicked things? Will you stick close to God so that you won’t lose your reward?

God is  just! His will is that nobody would perish but rather that all would repent and be saved! The decision how to respond to God’s offer is in our hands!

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! We need to be living our lives in a way of a humble servant! We need to be good stewards of what God has given us so that we provide a good return to Him! Let’s not be selfish and try to do everything for ourselves! Let’s consider how we can take what God has given us in order to multiply it and so that many others can be pointed back to God and they can be saved! It’s not all about stuff! It’s not all about control! It’s not all about receiving! It’s better to give than to receive! So let’s walk in humility! Let’s look for ways to serve people and point them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

We need to be more than just hearers of the Word, we need to be doers of the Word! We need to choose to do more than just listen to what God has instructed us, we need to start living it out in the world around us so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!

We need to love God and love people! We need to lead with love! We need to think  before we speak and consider if our words are true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind!

The Lord is our shepherd!

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

–Psalm 23

Have you been put into a position of leadership? Have you been put into a position where you are to provide for others? Have you been put into a position where you are to protect others? Have you been put into a situation where you are to encourage and restore others? Have you been put into a situation where you are to guide and correct others? Have you been put into a situation where you are to show others goodness and mercy?

How are you doing with this calling? Consider this warning:

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? 3You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. 4You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. 5So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. 6My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.
7“ ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 8As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, 9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 10This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
11“ ‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
17“ ‘As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats. 18Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
20“ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken.
25“ ‘I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forests in safety. 26I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. 27The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them. 28They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid. 29I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of the nations. 30Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the Israelites, are my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. 31You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.’ ”

–from Ezekiel 34

Jesus came to set us free! Jesus came to break the bondage of sin! Jesus came to pay the ultimate price! Jesus came so that thru Him we could be saved!

We all face the choice! We all need to make the decision for ourselves! Choose wisely!

Live today pointing people to Jesus! Let’s reflect on this through today’s reading from the New Testament…How can we live our lives so that in and thru all we say and do  lift up God so that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!

Instructions on Worship

1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

–1 Timothy 2

How can we point people towards the truth? towards love? towards hope? towards grace?

The Man of Lawlessness

1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Donʼt let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in Godʼs temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5Donʼt you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Stand Firm

13But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

–2 Thessalonians 2

 


Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 33, 34, Psalm 114, 1 Timothy 2, 2 Thessalonians 2