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August 25, 2019

The Apostle Paul was the most effective missionary during the infancy of the 1st Century church.  Paul traveled, preached, planted churches and left capable men to lead these churches.  During his time in ministry, Paul wrote thirteen books we enjoy today in the New Testament.  Many of these were letters written to the churches Paul helped start on his missionary journeys.  2 Timothy is the last letter Paul wrote as he was waiting for execution in a Roman cell.  These are his last words to his protégé, Timothy, and to the churches he loved so much. 

If you were in the same situation, what kinds of things would you talk about?  Would you be urgent and passionate?  Would you talk about the weather and who was going to do well in the next NFL season?  Would you spend your last letter talking about trivial matters?  OR would you get down to business?  In 2 Timothy, we hear the wisdom of a man who has served the Lord faithfully pass on to Timothy the ministry of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  This book is raw, emotional, intense, personal, and gritty.  This is what we need in our day.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7
As believers in this World, will we live timid, insignificant lives, or will we live in the spirit of power, of love and self-discipline?