Archive for the ‘I Timothy’ Category

Th-th-thanks, God, really….

November 18th, 2014 by Maureen

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them…This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. I Tim 2:1, 3-4

I generally pray for protection from mean, greedy, proud, violent, selfish people rather than thanking God for them. But God in His grace and mercy gave all of us Jesus, even the people who are currently registering zero on our thankfulness meters. His Spirit draws us into one another’s redemption stories. Every relationship has the potential to become mutually transforming through prayer and thanksgiving.

Lord, thank you for all the people in my life. Period.

 

 

Big, big family

May 18th, 2014 by Maureen

I wish that people everywhere pray in all places, lifting kind hands to God, free from anger and disputing. I Tim 2:8 YLT/NIV

It’s cool to think that in churches and home churches all over the world brother and sisters in Christ are worshiping our Savior and King. Whatever our differences, Our Father sees each of us as His children and sees us collectively as His family. We are all connected, for all eternity. Let’s all get along.

Lord, thank you for this big, big family.

Happy Sunday

June 10th, 2012 by Maureen

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. I Tim. 1:5

Most preachers don’t preach and most teachers don’t teach to make anybody feel bad about themselves. Most don’t do it to be fun spoilers. And, despite prevailing rumors, most aren’t in it for the money. Most hope to lovingly lead people to connect with Christ and with one another.

Lord, bless those who encourage my heart and my faith. May the outcome of their efforts be people filled with Your love.

Conversation starters

March 30th, 2012 by Maureen

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace. 1 Tim. 1:2 & 2 Tim 1:2

This is how Paul began both letters to Timothy, who Paul considered his “son in the faith.” Grace, mercy, and peace support and motivate everything else Paul has to say to Timothy. More conversations should begin with mutual prayers for grace, mercy, and peace.

Lord, help me begin what I have to say with grace, mercy and peace.

God’s deep pockets

June 2nd, 2011 by Maureen

Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. I Tim. 6:17

God to shows up even on our hardest days, reaches into His deep pockets and pulls out all the riches we need. If we let God define riches and value what He provides we’ll enjoy what we have and always have enough. Enjoyment and appreciation helps us see a vacation in any given Saturday, an oasis in a friend’s hug,  or “eternity in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower” (thank you William Blake).

Thanks, God, for all the riches You’ve put there for me to enjoy.

God wants to make an example of you

April 1st, 2011 by Maureen

But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. I Tim. 1:19

When people change, other people notice. When we surrender our selfish habits and choices to Christ and follow Him in loving and serving others  it’s like a mini-resurrection. As we experiences positive change our stories become examples that God can use as living parables about His work of restoration.

Lord, make an example of me.

Bottomless baggage check

March 27th, 2011 by Maureen

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. I Tim. 2:8

Church is a place where we check our baggage at the door and hopefully never come back to pick it up. Instead we choose to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow worshippers and agree to make God the center of everyone’s attention. His response to our worship is to draw us into experiences of unity, love, and power that change and equip us and that may be closest we will ever come in this world to understanding what it means to be the Bride of Christ.

Lord, I lift my hands, please make them holy and make us one.

Life is good

January 26th, 2011 by Maureen

Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer. I Tim. 4:4-5

We can overindulge ourselves or unnecessarily deny ourselves when we lose perspective on the stuff we have, the activities we enjoy, and even the people in our lives. God intends for us to enjoy the lives He gave us as we fulfill His great commandment to love and His great commission to reveal Christ’s redemption. When we filter our choices through the Holy Spirit we can discover a good way to enjoy the good things our good God has provided.

Thanks, Lord, life is good because of You!