Posts with the tag “september”
1 Timothy 6
by Audrey Rogers on September 30th, 2020
1 Timothy 6:6Godliness with contentment is great gain. Discontentment says, “In order to be happy, I need more!” However, Paul says, “Those who have enough, do have more.” It’s an attitude thing. If you don’t appreciate the little that you’ve got, you won’t appreciate it when it grows. Because you take your attitude with you. Contentment allows you to say, “I have enough.” And you can’t say that u...
1 Timothy 5
by Audrey Rogers on September 29th, 2020
1 Timothy 5:14Give the adversary no occasion for slander. Paul encourages us, as representatives of the gospel, to consider living your life in such a way that doesn’t invite slander. You might choose to do something based on your preference or freedom, but Paul constantly reminds us to be thoughtful of what appearances may bring. As Christians, you will have your critics in life. They will take a...
1 Timothy 4
by Audrey Rogers on September 28th, 2020
1 Timothy 4:16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.This verse is a critical call to self-care. When you’re in the ministry you love taking care of others. But if that’s all you’re doing you won’t be doing it for long. You’re liable of burning out, or, God-forbid, suffering a moral failure. To the extent that you watch your ministry, make sure to watch yourself. If you hold others acc...
1 Timothy 3
by Audrey Rogers on September 25th, 2020
1 Timothy 3:1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Have you ever felt guilty for having a noble aspiration? Oh, I shouldn’t think of myself in such terms. I’m probably just being vain. So, to get in touch with our humility again, we suppress our “lofty thinking.” That is why I find it refreshing that Paul encourages noble aspirations. If...
1 Timothy 2
by Audrey Rogers on September 24th, 2020
1 Timothy 2:3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. God has desire. Think of that. He craves, He longs, He thirsts. He wants people to be saved. He wants people to know who He is. And that extends to every soul on the planet. And sometimes desire can lead to pain, especially if it goes unmet. Th...
1 Timothy 1
by Audrey Rogers on September 23rd, 2020
1 Timothy 1:15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the foremost. If you know you’re a failure—good news, Jesus came for you! However, if you’ve got it all put together and abide perfectly by the rules—Jesus passes you by. Cause you don’t need any help. So, what will it be? Are you going to be self-sufficient ...
2 Thessalonians 3
by Audrey Rogers on September 22nd, 2020
2 Thessalonians 3:1Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored. I love the high regard Paul has for the Word. He asks for prayer, not for the purpose of provision, not for the desire for safety, not for the hope of direction, but that the Word of the Lord would have free course. That was central to his ambition. Is it central to yours? May the Word be s...
2 Thessalonians 2
by Audrey Rogers on September 22nd, 2020
2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no one deceive you in any way. Scripture says that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, so it is no surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:14-15). The New Testament constantly calls us to be on alert for spiritual deception. The enemy is at work. And you should know that his methods are not by frontal assault, but b...
2 Thessalonians 1
by Audrey Rogers on September 18th, 2020
2 Thessalonians 1:6God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you. What a relief! God is keeping track of things, which means I don’t have to. Sometimes when our family plays pinochle it’s kind of nice when someone else manages the points. That way I can just play the game. I don’t need to worry about keeping score. Someone else is doing that for me. This verse gives me simil...
1 Thessalonians 5
by Audrey Rogers on September 17th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. If you want to be in the will of God for your life do not miss verses 16 through 18. God’s plan may be different for each one, but in this regard, it is the same for all. RejoicePrayGive Thanks Practice it today – over and over – and see if you don’t l...
1 Thessalonians 4
by Audrey Rogers on September 16th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 4:10-11We urge you… to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. These verses run counter to our modern-day preoccupation with social media. It can be hard to turn off our feeds because we would rather indulge our vanity and gratify our curiosity than accept the humdrum pace of everyday life. Have you ever felt like...
1 Thessalonians 3
by Audrey Rogers on September 15th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father. Jesus has taken it upon himself to make you holy. Think of it. One day you will be blameless. Clean, clear, and perfect. No tinge of guilt. No speck of shame. No condemnation. Utterly radiant. S...
1 Thessalonians 2
by Audrey Rogers on September 14th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 2:13And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. Why don’t we stand up on Sundays and read from Moby Dick or To Kill a Mockingbird? Because, although these books might be eloquent and full of insight, ul...
1 Thessalonians 1
by Audrey Rogers on September 11th, 2020
1 Thessalonians 1:5You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. When I was preparing to get married, somebody offered me some great perspective. They said, “You’re not just getting a wife, but giving a husband.” Wow. That was a paradigm shift. And it carries over into so many areas of life. I’m giving a mom, I’m giving a dad, I’m giving a role model, I’m giving a friend, I’m ...
by Audrey Rogers on September 10th, 2020
Colossians 4:18I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. What a disturbing way to close a letter. Remember my chains. Sometimes (oftentimes) when a person’s pain is not our own, we forget. We have our own schedules and challenges. We get busy. So, another person’s troubles can easily fade – out of sight, out of mind. That’s why I appreciate Paul’s reminder. Each of us have...
by Audrey Rogers on September 9th, 2020
Colossians 3:23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Some people are waiting around for God’s will – loitering in their current context. Not sure if they’re in the right place, not certain if they’re doing the right thing. God’s will for their life seems like a misty fog. But verse 23 makes things a bit clearer. It simply says, “whatever you do” give it your all. Put you...
by Audrey Rogers on September 4th, 2020
Philippians 4:11For I have learned in whatever situation, I am to be content. Have you ever gone shopping when you’re hungry? Bad idea!!! You can make some of the worst decisions when you are hungry because everything looks good! Same thing in life. You don’t want to go through life hungry. Hungry for love.Hungry for attention.Hungry for significance.Hungry for security.If you do you will make som...
by Audrey Rogers on September 3rd, 2020
Philippians 3:7Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Before meeting Christ, Paul had what you would call resume righteousness. His accomplishments were impressive. And maybe yours are as well. Sometimes church is your resume. Sometimes your children are your resume. Sometimes how well you keep your house is your resume. This is resume righteousness. It’s the thought that m...
by Audrey Rogers on September 2nd, 2020
Philippians 2:8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. This might be one of the most important texts on humility we could ever study. Our society stresses the concept of upward mobility. It’s the capacity to rise higher and higher in our social status. Keep stepping up! It’s the American way - achievement, advancement, su...
by Audrey Rogers on September 1st, 2020
Philippians 1:12I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Opposition never hinders the gospel! If anything, it only accelerates it. Think of communist China. China is officially an atheist country, yet it’s on course to be the world’s most populous Christian nation within 15 years. Chairman Mao wanted to eliminate religion, but isn’t it iro...
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