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Urgent Words from a Dungeon, Part 2

6 hours 42 min ago

Second Timothy is Paul’s “swan song.” He wrote nothing more once he completed these words to Timothy, his “son in the faith.” The aging apostle, spending his last hours in a Roman dungeon, could feel the hot breath of death on the back of his neck. He is lonely, cold, abandoned, and flooded with memories…but not timid or desperate. These may be Paul’s final words, but there’s no self pity or bitterness—only candor and urgency.

 

The letter is emotional, personal, and passionate. Writing by candlelight, he expresses deep affection mixed with strong exhortations, insightful instruction, and intimate reflections. He’s passing the torch to a man who is younger than he, whom he hopes will grasp it firmly, and carry it for the rest of his life and ministry with confidence and conviction. Here is a powerful letter for the ages, written by a rugged, battle-weary warrior, preserved for all of us to read and heed so that we might finish the race strong and well.

Urgent Words from a Dungeon, Part 1

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:00am

Second Timothy is Paul’s “swan song.” He wrote nothing more once he completed these words to Timothy, his “son in the faith.” The aging apostle, spending his last hours in a Roman dungeon, could feel the hot breath of death on the back of his neck. He is lonely, cold, abandoned, and flooded with memories…but not timid or desperate. These may be Paul’s final words, but there’s no self pity or bitterness—only candor and urgency.

 

The letter is emotional, personal, and passionate. Writing by candlelight, he expresses deep affection mixed with strong exhortations, insightful instruction, and intimate reflections. He’s passing the torch to a man who is younger than he, whom he hopes will grasp it firmly, and carry it for the rest of his life and ministry with confidence and conviction. Here is a powerful letter for the ages, written by a rugged, battle-weary warrior, preserved for all of us to read and heed so that we might finish the race strong and well.

What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 3

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 2

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00am

Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

What If You Were to Die Tonight? Part 1

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:00am

Death. The topic is strewn with the litter of fear, ignorance, denial, and superstition. For many, death is viewed as an unsolvable mystery, a vague departure from this life that leaves those who remain disillusioned and confused. Others hold erroneous beliefs about death, including soul sleep, reincarnation, and the possibility of making contact with the spirits of the departed. For most, it’s one of those socially unacceptable subjects—something nobody wants to discuss. Therefore, it surprises many that, rather than ignoring the subject and skirting the issues surrounding it, the Bible—like no other book—faces death head-on. It offers reliable, God-inspired information that answers most of our questions and calms our fears. In fact, the Bible not only addresses heaven, the death-related subject everybody wonders about; it also speaks openly and authoritatively about the death-related subject most choose to deny altogether: hell. During His earthly life and ministry, Jesus taught clearly about both heaven and hell. In the passage we’ll consider in this message, He brought both to the surface in an amazing story we cannot forget.

What If Your Boss Is Unfair and Disrespectful? Part 3

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:00am

If you’re currently employed or were once engaged in the workforce, you understand what it means to answer to someone in authority over you. Since that’s true, you need no convincing of the value of a great boss . . . one who is caring, equitable, and respectful. In many ways, the relationships we have with those in authority over us determine whether we enjoy (or don’t enjoy) our work. It’s safe to say that all of us are aware of how difficult it is to carry out our responsibilities when the one we work for lacks thoughtfulness, understanding, and ethical integrity. This is intensified if the boss claims to be a Christian but does not carry out his or her responsibilities as a Christian should. When essential characteristics are lacking in those at the top, our otherwise enjoyable jobs (or callings) can become unpleasant and unsatisfying tasks, which creates a challenge to our attitudes. Being caught in the midst of that awkward dilemma forces us to ask: How should I respond to this kind of leader? To discover the surprising answer to this question, we must first examine the truth about our work as set forth in Scripture.