Saturday November 13, 2021

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

4:13)  Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come--and the books, especially the parchments.
14) Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 
15) You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. 
16) At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Welcome to Saturday! What a powerful inspirational thought today. Even though the official SunRise commitment series has ended the depth of our own personal generosity is an ongoing day by day process. We make decisions everyday of giving ourselves in service to advance the Kingdom of Heaven. We make choices how we commit our income to help build the Kingdom. We careful schedule our time to include quality time with God as we gather in our faith communities. If our only focus is on the “getting” our lives are far from complete without the corresponding act of “giving”. How is it with your balance?

     In our pick verses today, we continue reading Paul’s closing words of personal instructions and warnings to Timothy. These four verses comprise an interesting, yet important treasure of information. Paul’s request of Timothy to bring along left behind personal items suggests the sudden and unexpected removal of Paul from the day-to-day work of a field evangelist. His warning to avoid Alexander probably stems from this otherwise unknown person who may have testified against Paul. Such actions speak to the directly to the scope of those who opposed the work of the Gospel. For the unrepentant Alexander, Paul leaves this man’s fate to the divine judgement of God. These verses indicate that there was a preliminary hearing when Paul was called to answer the charges against him. Even though no one stood in his defense at the preliminary trail, Paul was still filled with grace that he desires nothing be held against the fainthearted who did not speak up. With that part completed, the formal trail was now imminent with Paul already anticipating a death sentence as the verdict.

   Pastor Jim
Sunday – November 14th – 2 Timothy 4:17-18
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 60001-60002). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.  
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