Category: 1 Timothy

Measuring Disunity and Modesty by the Standard of the Gospel

I grew up in a church that handed out a modesty checklist to young girls. Some of the rules were: You can’t wear shirts with spaghetti straps unless you wear something under it or over it. You cannot wear any prints or fabrics that drew attention to your chest. Your tank top straps should measure four fingers wide or else pitch it. You must always wear board shorts over the bottoms of any bathing suit (even a traditional one piece). We tried to follow and enforce these rules. And it all bred severe criticism, judgment, legalism, and self-righteousness. We...

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A Call to Persevere in Prayer

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as...

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Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Recently, my wife and I bought a gazebo to put outside our house. Unfortunately, it came in one of those boxes that says, “Some assembly required.” Knowing my limitations with being handy, I had hoped it would come just as it looked set up in the store! I have yet to open the box, but when I do, I hope to find instructions there that will be clear enough for this dense assemblyman, that I can pass it off to my two sons to put together! The book of 1 Timothy is a spiritual father talking to a spiritual...

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Yahweh: There is None Like Him

1 Timothy 1:17, “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” I love declarations in Scripture that speak to the attributes of the Lord. One such passage is 1 Timothy 1:17. In this verse, the Apostle Paul provides us a summation if you will of who it is we pledge our allegiance and what our response should be to this Elohim of Elohim. The first description given by Paul of the Lord is He is the King of the ages. The word King is the Greek noun basileus, meaning “leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of...

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The Example of Paul

1 Timothy 1:12-16, “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in...

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