Friday November 12, 2021

Friday – November 12th – 2 Timothy 4:9-12     -----      
4:9) Be diligent to come to me quickly; 
10) for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica--Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. 
11) Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 
12) And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Hello Friday! Another week is almost in the books. What is hard for me to believe is that Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away. Soon families will be gathering, and homes will be filled with celebrations of the things we are thankful for in our lives. This also might mark the first holiday many families have had the chance to gather since before COVID. With some family gatherings comes the occasional awkwardness of having to be around folks we don’t always agree with (politics, religion, current societal directions) or even like. Some gatherings this year may include the reappearance of a “prodigal” member of the family. Whatever the arrangement of your gathering I would encourage it to be preceded with a time of prayer for all who attend. The new two-week teaching series at SunRise will focus on “Lost and Found”, a reminder of how God is always ready to welcome us into the great gathering of all believers. Might be a timely opportunity to learn how to love like God.
   In our pick verses today, Paul begins the wrap up of his second letter to Timothy the young pastor of the church in Ephesus. Paul uses these final handful of verses to give instructions about more personal matters as he writes from his Roman imprisonment. Paul is requesting that Timothy take a momentary leave from Ephesus and come to Rome to be with him in what Paul believes is his final days on earth. Little is known of the man Demas mentioned in verse ten, but this is a serious indictment for any Christian and a stern contrast to the other three men mentioned who were still strong in their faith and serving God in different places. The mention of Mark in verse eleven is significant in understanding the renewed relationship between Paul and him. Mark, having abandoned Paul and Barnabas during the early days of the first missionary journey created a rift when Paul refused to take Mark on the second journey. As a powerful example of grace, Paul set aside their differences and now considered Mark an effective fellow coworker for the Gospel. What differences that we might have with others should we be working to set aside for the sake of the Gospel? God is always ready to welcome us back, shouldn’t we be willing to do the same for others?

  Pastor Jim
Saturday – November 13th – 2 Timothy 4:13-16

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 59828-59829). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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