Monthly Archives: October 2011

Taking It In the Chin

Taking It In the Chin “When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did.” (2 Timothy 2:3, The Message). Jesus told us plain enough that in this world we would have trouble. In the same breath He said, “But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” There… (more…)

Guarding the Precious Treasure

Guarding the Precious Treasure “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you.” (2Ti 1:14, Contemporary English) In the first letter Paul wrote to Timothy, he urged him to “guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life.” (1Ti 6:20, Message). He reiterates it again in… (more…)

Finishing the Picture

Finishing the Picture “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” (2Ti 1:13, NKJV) There is a story told of Leonardo Da Vinci and one of his students. The Master had prepared a canvas, mixed the palette, sketched in the picture of what he was going… (more…)

A Life With No Regrets

  A Life With No Regrets   “But I have no regrets.” (2 Timothy 1:12, The Message).   While we may not have all the answers to Life’s many unsolved mysteries, we nevertheless have no regrets about where we have placed our Faith — in Jesus Christ — nor about the life which that Faith has emboldened us to live… (more…)

The Triumph of a Gifted Life

The Triumph of a Gifted Life “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Nothing would be more incongruous than for a follower of Jesus to be found groveling at the footstool of Caesar. And Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy knew exactly… (more…)

Every Time I Say Your Name in Prayer

Every Time I Say Your Name in Prayer “Every time I say your name in prayer — which is practically all the time — I thank God for you.” (2 Timothy 1:3, The Message). Who do you pray for — practically all the time? Notice the question is not “WHAT do you pray for, but WHO?” Many people pray for… (more…)

The True Wealth of a Devout Life

The True Wealth of a Devout Life “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22, NIV). Wealth must be measure by more than one’s bank account, for the value of a man’s life is not in what he possess — it is seen in the difference he made for the better… (more…)

A Word from God to Wealthy People

A Word from God to Wealthy People “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11, KJV). It pays well to listen to the counsel of those who are seasoned in life with rich experience, and filled with the wisdom… (more…)

Delivered into Delight!

Delivered into Delight! “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19, KJV). The Psalmist is overwhelmed with wonder at not only how the Lord acted on his behalf — but why. When we read about how the Lord dramatically delivered him from his enemies we are stirred more deeply… (more…)

Enlarged in Distress

Enlarged in Distress “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” (Psalm 4:1, KJV). The poetry of this verse is too beautiful to overlook. David is deliberately placing two extremes side by side to demonstrate the profound difference that God’s power makes in our lives when we call out to Him for mercy. Distress means “a tight spot.” Enlarged… (more…)