Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20 "Fought the Good Fight" 2 Timothy 3, 4

But you must
continue in the things
which you have learned and been assured of
knowing from whom you have learned them. 2 Timothy 3:14

For all Scripture is inspired by God. 2 Tim 3:17.

And Paul breathes some of his last words
I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the course
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7.

Will we be able to say this when death is imminent?
There walked many in Paul's presence who kept not sound doctrine.
There walk many today shoulder-to-shoulder with us---no sound doctrine held.

The Scriptures inspired this guy to truly live and die.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, may we be inspired by what lasts for eternity.


Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19 "Be Strengthened in Grace" 2 Timothy 1, 2

These words are written by a man who knew he was about to die at the hands of vicious men. No mercy for Paul. You know, when you know it is dying words, your heart pauses to linger long.

And these words still speak...thousands of years later. It is for you.
"You, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ."  You! 2 Tim 2:1
And if I keep trying to ask "how" to do just that, I may just package it. And.
You cannot package Christianity.  No 10 steps here.
Just pure pristine perfect purifying pouring Grace.
Be strengthened.  "Be."

Commit what you have learned. 2 Tim 2:2
Endure hardship. 2 Tim 2:3
Consider these words.  2 Tim 2:7

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
"May the Lord give you understanding in all things."  2 Tim 1:7.  Father, there are things in all of our lives that we understand not.  Give us this day, understanding in the way we walk.

PHOTO:  I stood here one time.  Ancient.  Holy Land.  Where King Saul and his three sons lost life.  Mount Gilboa.  They hung Saul on the fence here, so the story goes.  Saul sought witches instead of the words of his God.  Consider these words spoken today.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18 "Fight The Good Fight" I Timothy 5, 6

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called…

I Timothy 6:12

Lay hold of this eternal life. We have to fight for it. This isn't just about knowing; not about reasoning; not about philosophizing; not about knowledge. All about faith. Believing the Captain of our Soul whom we do not see. And when we're shipwrecked at sea, the first person we look to is the Captain of the ship. So to Whom do we look. The Spirit of God who quickens the Word within us, the Life. And that brings new Life, new pages, new desires, new ears, new eyes, new touch, new perspectives. Everything is new. A new life here on earth. Our eternity starts here with New Life. And if it is ours for the taking, lay hold.

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers

Dear Father, help us to fight the right battles, the good fight, the fight of faith. May we be willing to risk anything to lay hold on eternal life, here and now. Not just then. We thank you for positioning our lives in the battle. May we lay hold this day. And may we know exactly how to do that. Laying hold on this eternal life of ours. Paying attention to what stirs within. Make us fully alive.

PHOTO:  It's the little lake next to my classroom.  The place I go to pray and ponder and plead for mercy.  I went today.  I so need to fight this good fight not the bad fight.  I want to fight people and their wrong ideas. That's not the fight of faith.  I so need to lay hold on this eternal life here-and-now.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17 "Pay Attention to Yourself " I Timothy 3, 4

I Tim 4:12-16 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching. Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders. Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all. Pay attention to yourself, and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. 

What is the point here. 
Pay attention to reading, exhortation, teaching. 
Don't neglect the gift. 
Be diligent. 
Give yourself wholly. 
Pay attention to yourself, to your teaching. 

There is no more significant hour than right- now. 

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Thousands of years ago, You told us "pay attention to yourself."  Father, what happened to us?  We are a people who do not listen; who weigh not the words about our lives; who live detached from the reality of how we come across.  How will we know if we do not pay attention to what we are reading, hearing, teaching, saying.  Oh Father, help us!

PHOTO:  It used to be a dump.  Now, it's a landmark.  What happened.  People cared.  They paid attention.  Do I really know how I am coming across to people every day?  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16 "The Captain of our Soul" I Timothy 1, 2

The goal of this command is love,
out of a pure heart
and a good conscience
and sincere faith.
I Tim 1:5
So wage the good warfare.
And the warfare is against sin.
And we have a Captain of our soul,
an Author of our salvation.

Here it is.
A charge.
This church had the Scripture to give them direction how to pray.
And so do we.
Petitions, prayers, intercessions, givings of thanks, made for all men,
especially those who are in authority,
that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness.
I Tim 2:2
There it is again.  Lead a quiet life.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, We love you. We long to make petitions, prayers, and intercessions that we truly may live a quiet life in all godliness.  It's a beautiful thing.  To be able to rest from all the striving to be somebody in this life.  To trust the Captain of our soul.  Thank you for giving us the Word as our counsel and direction for our lives.  This day.  Always.

PHOTO:   This Word of God.  It was the same texts that they had thousand of years ago.  Same counsel.  Same direction.  Same life.  And it is ours for the reading every single day.  We read the Word and the Word reads us.  Photo Credit:  Flickr Commons.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15 "The Lord of Peace Himself" 2 Thessalonians 2, 3

"Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word." 2 Thes 2:16-17

"May the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways." 2 Thes 3:16

It is the Beautiful right-now Grace that ushers in the Peace of God as believe Him. Through faith. And He counts us righteous. He said so to Abraham thousands of years ago for our sake this very day. 

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, You are able to do what You promise. Make this heart believe You for more. Give us peace this day in all ways all times. I love You. 

PHOTO: Oh to have childlike faith. The children feeding the ducks at the Quarries Lake. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14 "Longing for Love" I Thessalonians 5; 2 Thessalonians 1

May we be counted worthy of God's Kingdom, for which we suffer.

May our faith grow in grace exceedingly.
May our love toward one another abound.

To this end we pray always for you
that our God may count you worthy of your calling,
& fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith,
with Power,
that the name of our Jesus may be glorified in you,
you in Him.
2 Thes 1:11

To this end.
We are bound to always give thanks for our "siblings."
2 Thes 1:3

Patience and Faith multiply
in all your affliction.
For you endure.
2 Thes 1:4

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, that we find patience and faith in all our afflictions.  Count us worthy of this calling.  Fulfill every desire for what is right, every thought motivated by good, every longing for love.

PHOTO:  Photo credit:  "Longing" Flickr commons.