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Worship the King Eternal!

Scripture reading for September 24th:  1 Timothy 1, Psalm 41, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.  To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

Paul is moved to worship his King, Jesus Christ, as he explains to Timothy that Jesus’ mission of saving sinners had spared his own life.  Paul was the foremost of sinners in that he in self-righteous anger, had sought to put Christ’s followers in prison and even to death.  But Jesus demonstrated God’s great patience by saving Paul and giving him the gift of eternal life.  This should call all who are saved to worship and adoration, now and throughout eternity!

Faith Confession:  I know Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of which I am also foremost.  I thank God for His great patience and grace in giving me the gift of eternal life!  I will worship Him now and forever!

Psalm 41:13 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!  Amen and Amen!”  

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Rejoicing in the One true God!

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Jeremiah 9-13

Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 10:10-12  But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King.  When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath.  “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under heaven.”  But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.”  

Idols are simply objects made in images but without life.  They can do nothing for those who make them or those who worship them.  In fact, they are destined to perish, along with those who hold them.  But God alone is the living God who made the heavens and the earth. He is the eternal King who rules the nations!  In Him we can find true life and One worthy of worship!

Rejoicing in the Living God:  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine Being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.  In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.  For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed.  He has given proof of this to all man by raising Him from the dead.”  (Acts 17:29-31)

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Thankful for the Eternal Throne!

Scripture reading for March 27th:  2nd Samuel 7-10

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 7:8,12-13  “”Now then, tell My servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:  I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel.  .  .When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish His kingdom.  He is the One who will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.””  

David was older and desired to build a house for God.  Nathan the prophet of God gave David this Word of promise.  God would raise up from David’s offspring a King who would have an eternal throne and build God’s house!

Thankful for the eternal throne:  Jesus Christ is the promised ‘Son of David’ who died for sinners and rose again as the ‘King Eternal’ who is now building the ‘house for My Name’!  “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  (1st Timothy 1:17)

 

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The King Eternal!

Saturday December 6th, 2014

The passage for today is Paul’s letter to Timothy chapters 1-3.  Timothy was a young pastor, mentored by Paul, who was a pastor at the church in Ephesus.  Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17

” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:  He appeared in a body; was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1st Timothy 3:16

Paul stood in awe of Jesus Christ, the “King Eternal”!  Paul knew Jesus Christ as “God our Savior” and the only mediator between God the Father and mankind.  Jesus came in a human body, was crucified and raised from the dead.  He is now preached among all nations and is believed on in the world.  He was taken up in glory and will come again!  This is the Gospel Paul preached!

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Unto the King Eternal!

Scripture reading for October 16th: 1st Timothy 1:1-20

Paul’s letter to Timothy, his son in the faith was written to instruct a young pastor in leadership in the church.  Timothy was a pastor of the church at Ephesus.  There were false teachers and other issues in the church and Timothy was a young man who evidently struggled in leadership.  Paul’s experience and ability to teach shine through this first of his ‘pastoral’ epistles.

Some of the false teachers were trying to teach the law.  They were evidently coming out of a Jewish background and thought that adding the law would be logical to please God.  “We also know that the law is not for the righteous, but for the lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers–and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which is entrusted to me.”

The Gospel declares a person righteous by faith in Jesus Christ, not by any works on our part.  When the law is added to faith, the Gospel is made of no consequence.  The only purpose that the law can serve is to reveal sin in sinners.  It is like a mirror that shows sin, but cannot remedy or erase sin.  Paul’s list of the types of sinners who need the law would have included many in Ephesus.

But Paul also told Timothy that sin had permeated his own life as well.  Paul was once a blasphemer and violent man who was a respected teacher of the law!  But God showed him mercy because of his ignorance of faith. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1st Timothy 1:15-17)  God’s grace was available to all, even the worst of sinners!  This amazing God was the King of Kings and deserves worship our worship today!

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The King Eternal!

Scripture reading for December 6th: 1st Timothy 1-3

Timothy was a young pastor who was mentored by Paul.  Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership.  Here are some powerful verses from this personal letter to a young preacher.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Paul reminded Timothy about the purpose of Christ’s ministry here on earth.  He came to seek and save sinners!  And even preachers are sinners–some of the worst!  For God’s grace we must always be thankful and humbly serve by example those who God gives us to minister to.  We are to do all for the glory and honor of our King!  Worship must be foundational for our ministry!

” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5

Prayer is of first importance in pastoral ministry.  God is pleased when we come to Him with everything in a spirit of thanksgiving.  No one can be saved without it and Jesus Christ is the only mediator for all men!

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:  He appeared in a body; was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1st Timothy 3:16

The mystery of godliness is revealed through through Christ’s incarnation, sacrificial death, and resurrection from the dead!   God has commanded that His Gospel be preached among the nations so all might believe!  To Him be glory forever!  Amen!

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Unto the King Eternal!

Scripture reading for October 16th: 1st Timothy 1:1-20

Paul’s letter to Timothy, his son in the faith was written to instruct a young pastor in leadership in the church.  Timothy was a pastor of the church at Ephesus.  There were false teachers and other issues in the church and Timothy was a young man who evidently struggled in leadership.  Paul’s experience and ability to teach shine through this first of his ‘pastoral’ epistles.

Some of the false teachers were trying to teach the law.  They were evidently coming out of a Jewish background and thought that adding the law would be logical to please God.  “We also know that the law is not for the righteous, but for the lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers–and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which is entrusted to me.”

The Gospel declares a person righteous by faith in Jesus Christ, not by any works on our part.  When the law is added to faith, the Gospel is made of no consequence.  The only purpose that the law can serve is to reveal sin in sinners.  It is like a mirror that shows sin, but cannot remedy or erase sin.  Paul’s list of the types of sinners who need the law would have included many in Ephesus.

But Paul also told Timothy that sin had permeated his own life as well.  Paul was once a blasphemer and violent man who was a respected teacher of the law!  But God showed him mercy because of his ignorance of faith. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1st Timothy 1:15-17)  God’s grace was available to all, even the worst of sinners!  This amazing God was the King of Kings and deserves worship for who He is!

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