Monday August 23, 2021

Monday – August 23rd – 1 Timothy 1:3-4     -----
 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Welcome to Monday!!  Yes, another beginning of the week is upon us. As fully committed followers of Jesus we are called to always live out the Gospel message both in season and out. We will hear this confirmed in scripture before we complete our study on Paul’s letters to Timothy, but I wanted to throw that thought out now so we can be working on populating the kingdom of Heaven now. One of the great ways we can share our faith is by attending our special “What’s Your Story” gathering on Sunday August 29th at the SunRise O’Fallon campus. The deadline is right now to sign-up to both attend and be included for dinner that evening. We will be hearing the story of my friend Pastor David Fitzmaurice who was hospitalized with COVID last August. David and his wife Patty have a powerful testimony of God’s presence and power throughout this last year of his recovery. We will also provide a breakout time for folks to share their stories of how COVID has affected them directly or indirectly.  Sign-up today at
    Our pick verses today set the stage for overall focus of this letter and for Timothy’s ministry Ephesus. Paul is encouraging Timothy to put his full attention on correcting false teachings in the church before it pulls believers into a corrupt and damaging way of life. Churches were planted by Paul in Macedonia during his second missionary journey and in Ephesus during Paul’s third trip. Almost immediately after Paul’s departure from these communities some sort of false doctrine, or manipulation of God’s truth, was introduced to the people. Paul encourages Timothy to remain steadfast for fear that Timothy might be wavering in this difficult situation. Paul refers to fables or myths that emerged in the theological thinking of the Ephesians which could probably be traced back to those who wanted to add their own agenda to the simple and truth-filled message of the Gospel. Even today the church can be overwhelmed with thoughts that ultimately cause disputes rather than lifting up godly wisdom and instruction. What might you do today to stand steadfast in the truth of God?

 Pastor Jim
Tuesday – August 24th – 1 Timothy 1:5

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 45828-45829). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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