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An Example to Follow

2 Timothy 1:1-18

In all of this book Paul is encouraging Timothy, motivating Timothy, spurring Timothy on to do all that he ought to be doing for Jesus Christ. In verse 6 is his first admonition, “Do the best you can with what you’ve got, where you are for Jesus today.”

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Three Commitments

2 Timothy 1:12-14

Open your Bibles to the book of 2 Timothy. Underscore in your minds, and perhaps in your Bibles, 2 Timothy chapter 1, verse 12, where Paul says, “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him.” 

I believe that Joseph Stalin said, “All I need to change a nation is one committed person i...

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The Gospel

2 Timothy 1:6-12

In the Presbyterian Journal, John Jeske said, “If the Christian church today is losing its influence, the reason may very well be that the church consists of soft pews, soft music, and soft soap.”

We must always avoid the temptation to so water down or weaken the message of Jesus Christ that...

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Spiritual Burnout

2 Timothy 1:2-6

A lot of spiritual burnout is going on nowadays. That word burnout is becoming more and more common. It describes the state of fatigue that comes on a person who has been pushing too hard in life. Usually it is experienced by a person who is idealistic, or a person who has an attitude of high achievement. T...

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A Trust to Keep

2 Timothy 1:12-14

Mr. Duke, of the Duke & Ayres dime stores, was a dedicated Christian. He was at one time a farmer, and he and his wife saved $700 and bought a bunch of five- and 10-cent dolls and opened a store. He saw that store grow to a chain of 42 stores before he died. Because of his devotion to Christ and his commitment to Christia...

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Our All for Christ

2 Timothy 2:3-6

  The apostle Paul is calling us to that hardness of life that is able to endure its difficulties and its hardships when he writes in the book of 2 Timothy 2:3, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Now that verse is the introduction to a clear call to a complete and wholehearte...

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The Essential Memory

2 Timothy 2:7-14

There is nothing in all of this world quite like old-fashioned dependability. The willingness just to hang in there, to stick in there when the going gets tough. That quality of life can make up for almost any other deficiency that a person may have. It can make up for the brightest and keenest of minds, for a lack of talent,...

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The Sure Foundation

2 Timothy 2:15-19

 Many years ago Billy Graham paid a visit to #10 Downing Street in London, England to visit with Winston Churchill. After they had visited a while Mr. Churchill said to Billy Graham, “Young man, do you have any hope for this world?” And Graham picked up his Bible and said to him, “Sir, this is a book of...

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Four Rules of Life

2 Timothy 2:22-26

You heard about the lady who married four times. She married a banker, an actor, a preacher, and a mortician in that order. And they asked her why. She said, “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to make ready, and four to go.”

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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