986.) 1 Timothy 6

February 11, 2013

A bright yellow sunbeam pattern on vintage paper.

1 Timothy 6   (NIV)

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.

These same principles apply to our occupations today. When we work hard and honor our employers, it glorifies God. But when we are bad workers and disrespectful to our supervisors, it brings shame on the name of Jesus Christ.

–David Guzik (and following notes)

Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing.

There are different ways that people do not consent to the truth of God’s Word.

· Some deny God’s Word.

· Some ignore God’s Word.

· Some explain away God’s Word.

· Some twist God’s Word using it as a toy to be played with in debate and disputes.

One can be surrounded by God’s truth; one can even memorize the Bible, and not have it effect the life for eternity. Curiosity or interest in God’s Word without submission to it is a grave danger.

They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

Very commonly, Christianity is presented today on the basis of what you will gain by following Jesus: personal success and happiness, a stronger family, a more secure life. These things may be true to some degree, but we must never market the gospel as a product that will fix every life problem.

When the gospel is marketed this way, it makes for followers of Jesus who are completely unprepared for tough times. After all, if the “Jesus product” isn’t working, why not try another brand? Also, this sales approach takes the focus off Jesus Himself, and puts the focus on what He will give us. Many have their hearts set on the blessings, not the One who blesses us.

While not ignoring the blessings of following Jesus Christ, we must proclaim the need to follow Jesus because He is God, and we owe Him everything as our Creator. What is right before God, and what glorifies Him, is more important than whatever benefit we may gain.  We need to see Christians who are more concerned with what glorifies God than with what benefits me.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

1Tim6 uhaul-hearse

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1Tim6 Love of Money

Psalm 62:10   (ESV)

If riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Galatians 5:22-23   (ESV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

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Music:

This praise just overflows from Paul’s heart as he thinks about God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!  We can praise God, too — click  HERE  for Chris Tomlin’s “Our God Is Greater.”

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17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

1Tim6 be Rich

This phrase puts it all in perspective. These ones may be rich now, but they must use their riches responsibly if they will be rich in the age to come.

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.

Grace be with you all.

Paul - Signature

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985.) 1 Timothy 5

February 8, 2013

1Tim5 treat

1 Timothy 5   (NIV)

Widows, Elders and Slaves

Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Ephesians 4:32   (KJV)

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted . . .

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1Tim5 Galatians

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

1Tim5 gossip

14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

Leaders who practice favoritism in the workplace have no chance to build a culture of trust.

–Robert Whipple

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.

–William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 3, scene ii

25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

Hebrews 6:10   (NLT)

For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.

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Music:

This chapter gives instructions for how we ought to behave towards others.  Over and over Scripture says we are to be loving, kind, gentle, patient, generous . . . Click  HERE  for the Collingsworth Family and “God’s Family.”

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984.) 1 Timothy 4

February 7, 2013

1Tim4 Jesus temple

1 Timothy 4   (NIV)

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

We find the first demonic doctrine in Genesis 3. There Satan, speaking through a serpent, taught Eve: You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God (Genesis 3:4-5). Since then, every demonic doctrine has found its way back to this root: the idea that we can be gods, and operate independently from God.

–David Guzik

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

1Tim4 mask

The word “hypocrite” suggests “wearing a mask.”  I think of how many leaders–spiritual and political and financial–have been disgraced because they proclaimed one thing, but behaved personally in the opposite fashion.

They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

Training oneself to be godly involves reading and studying the Bible, praying, meditating, witnessing to others, participating in worship and Christian fellowship.  There must be exercise and effort, because we do not simply drift . . . la, la, la . . . into godliness.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1Tim4 young

from Experiencing God Day-by-Day,
by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby

LET NO ONE LOOK DOWN ON YOU

Timothy was a sincere young man who earnestly desired to serve the Lord.  Yet certain weaknesses in Timothy’s life hindered him from serving God confidently.  Timothy was very young to be a religious leader, and apparently some doubted his abilities.  Timothy had a tender nature and was sickly (1 Timothy 5:23).  His was an inauspicious beginning for a young minister of the gospel in an age of persecution!

Paul urged Timothy not to allow his youthful insecurity to blunt his zeal and faithfulness in doing what God had told him.  Rather than arguing with those who criticized Timothy, Paul urged him to live as an example of godliness.  Paul advised Timothy to live a life that was so spotless in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity that his life could serve as a model for others in the church to follow.  Timothy’s life was to be the evidence that God had called him.  God looked beyond Timothy’s youth, timidity, and physical weakness and saw his sincere heart.

As you seek to follow God’s will, you may identify with Timothy.  Perhaps some things about you seem to disqualify you from serving the Lord effectively.  You may be sensitive because you are a new Christian or because you come from a sinful past.  Perhaps you have little education or money or social status.  You may have previously experienced failure in your service for God.  don’t allow this to intimidate you from following God’s will.  Your area of weakness may be God’s means of demonstrating His strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).  Allow God to demonstrate His call upon you by transforming your life into a model of godliness.

13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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Music:

I remember that when I first heard this piece by Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon, I was moved to tears.  For all the children who have no one to help them grow into a full life, to give them love and to teach them well — Lord, have mercy.   Click  HERE  to hear the Baylor Men’s Choir singing “The Prayer of the Children.”

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983.) 1 Timothy 3

February 6, 2013

1Tim3 Church_Pillar

1 Timothy 3   (NIV)

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

Only the Holy Spirit of God can make a man an elder.  This is clear in Acts 20:28 — Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  The Holy Spirit lays a burden on a man’s heart to take up this important work and also equips him for it. 

–William MacDonald (and all following notes)

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

1Tim3 good-leader

One does not lead by lording it over others, but by providing a good example.  Qualifications include personal character, the witness of the home, teaching aptitude, and a measure of experience.  These are God’s standards for any who would exercise spiritual leadership in the local church.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

In the New Testament, it is generally understood that a deacon is one who cares for the temporal affairs of the local church, whereas bishops (overseers) care for its spiritual life.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

There were women deacons in the early church:

Romans 16:1-2   (NIV)

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household . . .

1Tim3 behave-yourself

The theme of the book of 1 Timothy is set forth quite clearly in verses 14 and 15.  Paul states here quite simply that there is a standard of behavior for the church of God and that he is writing to Timothy to enable him to know it.

It is not enough to say to a child who is misbehaving, “Behave yourself!” if the child does not know what is expected in the way of good behavior.  He must be told first what good behavior is.  1 Timothy does this for the child of God in relation to the church of God.

. . . in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.

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Music:

The last verse tells us that the previously unknown truth concerning who Jesus is and what he does is now known, and it is marvelous and wonderful!  The lines which summarize Jesus’ life sound almost like a fragment of a hymn, and remind me of a song:  “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.”  Click  HERE  to listen.

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982.) 1 Timothy 2

February 5, 2013
"Mary comforts Eve."  Crayon and pencil by Sr. Grace Remington, OCSOCopyright 2005, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey

“Mary consoles Eve.” Crayon and pencil by Sr. Grace Remington, OCSO. Copyright 2005, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey

1 Timothy 2   (NIV)

Instructions on Worship

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

The early church leader Tertullian explained:  “We pray for all the emperors, that God may grant them long life, a secure government, a prosperous family, vigorous troops, a faithful senate, an obedient people; that the whole world may be in peace; and that God may grant, both to Caesar and to every man, the accomplishment of their just desires.”

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

1Tim2 pray for world

So it is both our privilege and our obligation to pray for “all people” — a privilege to approach God’s throne in behalf of others, and an obligation to the sacrifice that Jesus has made for us.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

1Tim2 cross bridge

In the modern world most people think that any road leads to God, if followed sincerely or with a good heart. The Bible does not support this idea.  Jesus said, in John 14:6 :  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” 

And David Guzik has another perspective:  Many people think that God would be unfair or narrow minded to have only one way to salvation; but the thought needs to be turned over. To say that God is unfair for this, one would have to look at Jesus dying on the cross – the spotless Son of God, came from heaven and lived humbly and died in horrific agony, both physical and spiritual – to look at Jesus on the cross and say, “Thanks God; I appreciate the gesture, but that isn’t enough. You’re going to have to do a little more than that, because that is only one way and if You are fair You will make several ways.”

And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Mother Teresa wore a sari that cost $1 but clothed herself with good deeds done in Jesus' name.

Mother Teresa wore a sari that cost $1 but clothed herself with good deeds done in Jesus’ name.

Being overdressed is inappropriate; being expensively dressed is not a spiritual gift; the best garment is action which reflects the love of Christ.

11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

v.13 – Both Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, and Eve clearly sinned first. Yet, the Bible never blames Eve for the fall of the human race, but always blames Adam (through one man sin entered the world, Romans 5:12).

v.14 – In the original Greek language, the verse reads she will be saved in the childbirth. This has the sense, “Even though women were deceived, and fell into transgression starting with Eve, women can be saved by the Messiah – whom a woman brought into the world.”

The summary is this: Don’t blame women for the fall of the human race; the Bible doesn’t. Instead, thank women for bringing the Messiah to us.

–David Guzik

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Music:

From An Indigo Christmas with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a Canadian choral group that specializes in Afrocentric music of all styles — Melissa Davis leads “Mary Had a Baby.”  You have a heart of stone if you do not enjoy this rendition!!  Click  HERE  and thank the Lord for Mary and all mothers, and for God and all earthly fathers, and for Jesus and all sons and daughters.

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981.) 1 Timothy 1

February 4, 2013

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1 Timothy 1   (NIV)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

Paul, in his self-description, emphasized his credentials (apostle) and authority (by the commandment of God). He did this both as a personal encouragement to Timothy and so the letter could be used as a letter of reference before any erring Ephesian Christians.

It seems that 1 Timothy was written by Paul to Timothy sometime after his release from Roman imprisonment as described at the end of Acts, and written from Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3).

Apparently, after his release (hoped for in Philemon 1:22 and Philippians 1:25-26 and Philippians 2:24), Paul returned to the city of Ephesus. There he discovered that during his absence Ephesus had become a storm center of false teaching (a sad fulfillment of the prediction he had made to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:29-30).

Paul probably dealt with the leaders of the heresy personally, but soon found it necessary to leave for Macedonia. He then left Timothy in charge of affairs at Ephesus, as his own personal representative. He knew that Timothy had a tough job to carry out, so he hoped that this letter would both equip and encourage him in the task.

–David Guzik (and following notes)

To Timothy my true son in the faith:

Paul could consider Timothy a true son in the faith because he probably led him and his mother to the Lord on Paul’s first missionary journey (Acts 14:8-20 and Acts 16:1).

Timothy was a resident of Lystra, a city in the province of Galatia (Acts 16:1-3). He was the son of a Greek father (Acts 16:2) and a Jewish mother named Eunice (2 Timothy 2:5). From his youth he was taught in the Scriptures by his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Tim 3:15).

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.

Paul left the Ephesian Christians with a particular set of teachings (which he had received from Jesus and the Old Testament). He was concerned that Timothy did everything he could to make sure the Ephesians continue in that doctrine.

Paul did this because doctrine is vitally important to God. Today, what one believes – that is, their doctrine – is staggeringly unimportant to most people. This spirit of the modern age has also heavily influenced Christians. We live in a day where Pilate’s question What is truth? (John 18:38) is answered today, “Whatever it means to you.” But truth is important to God, and should be important to us.

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

1Tim1 words of my mouth

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Paul tells Timothy that sound doctrine and right conduct are vitally connected.

The Lord’s Grace to Paul

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

We often see our Christian service as a matter of volunteering.  Yet as Christians, in regard to Jesus and His church, we are not volunteers.  We are slaves.  We are duty bound servants of Jesus, and faithfulness is expected of such servants.  You don’t have to be smart to be faithful; you don’t have to be talented or gifted.  Faithfulness is something very down-to-earth, and every one of us can be faithful in the sphere God has given us.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1Tim1 immortal invisible

The Charge to Timothy Renewed

18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

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Music:

From verse 17:  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

HERE is a hymn (one of my favorite hymns!) based on this verse.

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Paul’s letter to the disciple.    http://40daysofstudy.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/1-timothy-1.jpg
Let the words of my mouth.    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gyIJ7p-fQ-0/UKNbJrbU0_I/AAAAAAAAJeA/kBi3UyIUINk/s1600/Psalm19-14+%281%29.jpg
immortal, invisible.    http://cccooperagency.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/ss_1timothy1-17.jpg