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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

Prayer and Work

A minister who was conducting worship services in the White House quoted a maxim of Augustine: “I will work as if everything depended on me; I shall pray as if everything depended on God.”

Prayer and work naturally go together. Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Prayer is important but prayer is not a substitute for work; it is a desperate effort to work further and to be efficient beyond the range of one’s powers. It is not the lazy who are most inclined to prayer; those who pray most care most, and who, having worked hard, find it intolerable to be defeated.

While the Bible repeatedly urges us to pray, it also urges us to work. For example, it says, “Let us abound in the work of the Lord” and “Let us not be weary in well doing.” Work and prayer are an unbeatable combination. To live life at its best give both of them a prominent place in your life.

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