Week 48  Day 5

 

Life is so awful sometimes 

            when we see it in others we don't know what to say 

            when it happens to us we don't know

                        what to do 

                        who to blame 

                        how to survive our loses 

 

What does a spiritual giant like the apostle Paul do

            as he nears the end of his life

            and faces so many losses 

                        his freedom - restricted 

                        his friends and fellow workers - gone 

                        his life's work - tarnished 

                        his churches- questionable 

                        his leadership and authority - undercut  

            winter was coming and he was getting cold

 

He had said "I am bound in chains, but God's Word is not"

That is instructive

 

Life is not totally awful 

            there is always something

            to be grateful for

            if we would only look for it 

I believe Paul did want to remain positive

            and he looked for things 

            anything 

            that he could praise God for 

 

It's amazing

            when we start looking 

            how much we can see.

 

 

 

                                      PASSING THE TORCH

Preach the Scriptures, correct those who err, endure hardships.

                                            II Timothy 3 & 4

 

    10You have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, my

purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11persecutions,

and afflictions.  Out of them all the Lord delivered me.  12Yes,

and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer

persecution.  13Evil men and impostors will grow worse and

worse, deceiving and being deceived.  14But you must continue

in the things which you have learned and been assured of,

knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from

childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able

to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

    16All Scripture is inspired of God, and is profitable for

doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in

righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete,

thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    2Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season. 

Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound

doctrine; and because they have itching ears, they will heap

up for themselves teachers 4who will turn their ears away

from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  5But you be

watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of

an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    6 I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and

the time of my departure is at hand.  7 I have fought the good

fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  8Finally,

there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the

Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and

not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

    9Come to me quickly; 10for Demas has forsaken me,

having loved this present world.  Only Luke is with me.  Bring

Mark with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.  13Bring the

cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come--and the

books, especially the parchments.

    16At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook

me.  May it not be charged against them.  17But the Lord stood

with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be

preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. 

    19Greet Prisca and  Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 

21Do your utmost to come before winter.

  22The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Amen.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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