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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

On Faith and Works

One of the common denominators of all world religions except Christianity is that they do not correlate faith and works. In Christianity there is the closest correlation between them. In fact the Bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

The Bible is clear: a workless faith is worthless faith. 

Faith and works must be balanced in true religion. Faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ are foundational. No man becomes a Christian merely by being good. Faith is the soil from which good works must grow. Real Christian faith always brings forth the fruit of good works. The true follower of Christ first believes, then he serves. As Dr. Perry Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, once said, “A religion that does not look out and reach out and help out is washed out.”

Let us then put our faith into action and thus prove to all the world that it is not dead. 

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