Friday October 15, 2021

Friday – October 15th – 2 Timothy 1:17-18     -----      
1:17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 
18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day--and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Happy Friday and happy mid-point in the month of October. Our inspirational thought today comes from my daily reading which covered the last three chapters of Mark. This part of Mark’s Gospel includes the story of the empty tomb and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Of all the criticism aimed at the four gospels because of their inconsistencies the resurrection story is central to each of these writings. It is important to remember that each of these men came from a different background. Matthew was a tax collector, Mark a missionary companion of Paul, Luke a physician with gentile roots, and John a fisherman. Not only did these three men have different resumes they were also writing their story of Jesus to different audiences. They never dreamed, that as the Holy Spirit directed their words onto paper, they were writing a story that would be told and retold for millenniums yet to come.  
    In our pick verses today, we conclude this first chapter in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. We pick up in mid-thought as Paul continues to speak of the blessing Onesiphorus was to him and his ministry while in prison. Onesiphorus’ arrival in Rome was both a surprise and blessing to Paul. Travel throughout the empire was not an easy thing to accomplish back in the day. Travel papers, checking points, dangerous roads, and miles on foot made any lengthy trip an adventure for only the strong willed. In addition to his physical presence Onesiphorus also arrived bearing material needs for Paul and those who were with him in Rome. As followers of Jesus, we are part of a connected community of faith, ready to step out and step up when a need arises. While Paul and Onesiphorus had a history from Paul’s time in Ephesus, Christians are to help fellow Christians regardless of personally knowing them or not. Who might you be an Onesiphorus to today?

  Pastor Jim
Saturday – October 16th – 2 Timothy 2:1-2

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 54237). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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