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Thursday, August 27 2009
The 4th chapter of 1 Timothy is a warning to continue in the doctrine.  I believe that the Christian world today is moving away from a strong stance on doctrine to a "softer, gentler and more tolerant" view of the Bible.  This is dangerous and although the pews may fill to hear this doctrine, it does nothing to sustain the Christian.  Let us look at what Paul wrote...

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

He continues to write outlining specific doctrines that will be preached.  Of course, we know from other writings that those that leave the doctrine will preach things that are pleasant to the listener.  2 Timothy 4 states...

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The Bible is full of the love of God.  We know through the scripture that there is great hope and joy in the Holy Ghost.  It is the redeeming message of the Word of God that will ultimately allow us to enter heaven, but it is the same Word that will judge us.  We cannot abandon the doctrine or teachings of the Word no matter how "unpopular" they may become.  Paul warned us...

13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Proverbs 23 states...
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
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Tuesday, August 18 2009
Paul writes in the 3rd chapter of Timothy the qualifications to be a bishop.  The term bishop is used loosely now, but it is translated from a superintendent, that is, Christian officer in general charge of a (or the) church.  We would call them "pastors".  His writings do not need any further explanation...

1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

He continues giving the qualifications of a "deacon"  A deacon is translated from the word "diakonos" and it is defined as an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess).  Deacons are the leaders or pastoral staff of the church.  Their qualifications are as follows...

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Paul was an anointed man of God with a burden and a desire to ensure that the church had an understanding of what God desired of them.  He wrote the following (God's Word Version)...

I hope to visit you soon. However, I'm writing this to you
15 in case I'm delayed. I want you to know how people who are members of God's family must live. God's family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

The closing verse of the 3rd chapter is a reiteration of Apostolic truth....

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

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Monday, August 17 2009
Paul writes to Timothy in chapter 2 encouraging prayer...

FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
3 For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
4 Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. (Amplified Version)

Prayer is the life blood of a Christian walk.  If you do not have a prayer life then you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Prayer is something that should be taught and Paul is giving instruction on who we can pray for...

...on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility.

Despite political affiliation, we should pray for our leaders.  It is their decisions that can change the course of history and directly effect a Christian's way of life. 

As Paul continues to write he emphasizes the truth of the Gospel.  There is no doubt that the Ephesus was dealing with false doctrines
5 There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and humans-a human, Christ Jesus.
6 He sacrificed himself for all people to free them from their sins. This message is valid for every era.
7 I was appointed to spread this Good News and to be an apostle to teach people who are not Jewish about faith and truth. I'm telling you the truth. I'm not lying. (God's Word Version)

The churches of the New Testament had to deal with issues that may seem different then ours, but in reality they are not.  Most pastors would not allow an immature member or saint to teach or influence the church.  This concept seems logical and this is what Paul was addressing in the chapter concerning women teachers.  The women of the time were uneducated and this was their first opportunity to study.  He was instructing the church to not allow immature Christians to teach, but this does not ban women from teaching.  Paul references other women teachers in his writings.  Paul wrote...

8 I want men to offer prayers everywhere. They should raise their hands in prayer after putting aside their anger and any quarrels they have with anyone.
9 I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear.
10 This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.
11 A woman must learn in silence, in keeping with her position.
12 I don't allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. Instead, she should be quiet.
13 After all, Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 Besides that, Adam was not deceived. It was the woman who was deceived and sinned.
15 However, she and all women will be saved through the birth of the child, if they lead respectable lives in faith, love, and holiness.

Paul also speaks of the proper attire for women that "have a reverence for God"This subject has become controversial in "modern" times, but the Biblical instruction is clear. 

I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear.

Our clothes send a message.  An article by Kellie Davis written for the states the following...

"Modesty puts up borders and allows intimacy. When people speak of intimacy, they have no idea of what they are speaking. You can't have intimacy without boundaries. With a lack of boundaries, depth can't be reached within relationships. 

Do people have something to hide? Should they be ashamed of their bodies? The answer is no on both. They value their bodies so they cover them and protect them, becoming too familiar is dangerous as anything left out becomes taken for granted. This is why we have holiday decorations that we don't leave out all year.

While modesty will not keep someone from sinning, it will help a person develop habits and keep them open to intimacy.  Modesty does not exist to hide us from the world, but to preserve our privacy and reserve intimacy."

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Monday, August 10 2009
I understand that people desire to have the scripture apply to their life today.  This is an obvious movement within the Christianity and I fully understand this concept.  Although, the Bible is thousands of years old, its message is alive in the world today. What I do not comprehend is the idea that doctrine is no longer necessary as long as we have love and the "warm and fuzzies".  David said in Psalms 119...

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

Doctrine matters.  In Paul's first letter to Timothy, we find Paul instructing Timothy concerning those that had started teaching false doctrine.  Timothy had been charged with pastoring the church at Ephesus after they had turned away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote (Amplified Version)...

3 As I urged you when I was on my way to Macedonia, stay on where you are at Ephesus in order that you may warn and admonish and charge certain individuals not to teach any different doctrine,
4 Nor to give importance to or occupy themselves with legends (fables, myths) and endless genealogies, which foster and promote useless speculations and questionings rather than acceptance in faith of God's administration and the divine training that is in faith (in that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence)--

The church is designed to reach the lost.  We are to minister to the needs of the individual and families, but if we lose sight of the message then we have failed in our mission.  It is not my eloquent teaching style sprinkled with some scripture that will save you from the despair that this world brings, but the Holy Spirit experienced at the altar of repentance.

If you are in need of a change in your life then you need to do as Jesus said John 5...

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

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