Sunday October 31, 2021

Sunday – October 31, 2021 – 2 Timothy 3:2-5     -----      
3:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
    Happy Sunday to you!  And happy eve of All Saints Day. We may know it better as Halloween, but in the church world it is the day before the traditional celebration of All Saints Day. According to the History Channel this is what we know about October 31st. The tradition originated over 2000 years ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. This day marked the end of both the summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new season, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. It was on this night the Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. Just thought you might like a little history for today!
    In our pick verses for today Paul launches into his teaching about identifying the signs of the spiritual erosion of an evil person. These verses contain a lengthy list of traits or characteristic of those who do not serve the Lord. Self-centeredness heads this timeless list of evil attitudes followed by participation in blasphemous activities that are abusive, irreverent, and without respect for either God or people. Each of these unacceptable traits cover a multitude of actions that only serve to tear down the body of Christ and not build it up. These people may even put on the appearance of being religious, but it is merely a sham to promote their own self-interests. Their attitudes and behaviors clearly indicate they have not personally experienced the transformational power of God in their lives. We are instructed by Paul to not support them nor let them influence the church. Sadly, such people were not confined to the church in Ephesus or found only in the churches in the first century but are still infiltrating churches around the world today. The more we know the truth of God the better we are able to see through those who stand against God.

  Pastor Jim
Monday – November 1, 2021 – 2 Timothy 3:6-7

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 57696). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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Cindy - October 31st, 2021 at 7:33am

And, sadly, these verses apply to nations as well as individuals. God, help us.