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

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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. 

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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 Examiner.com 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."




Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 09:42 am   |  Permalink   |  Email