“The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen” 2 Tim 4.18.
The Lord will do the same for all his faithful people. Not the complete absence of evil in the world, but the Lord’s delivery from real harm is what sets him apart as the God who saves forever. Praise to him!
So that we can submit to God’s authority, be holy as he is holy, and fulfill his mission in the world, we have God’s power to give us all the strength necessary.
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for his sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel.
2 Timothy 1.8 NET Continue reading
Modern life has become ever more complicated, so it seems. Laws, requirements, commitments, qualifications all multiply. Today, for example, it’s not enough to speak English, we have to learn Spanish and French and, soon, Chinese. We must acquire greater competitiveness, more talent, and this requires more courses and resources and knowledge.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV Continue reading
Another earthquake in the world yesterday, this time in the eastern U.S., 6.0 on the Richter Scale, happily, with no deaths. Any tremor, and I’ve felt several there and here, reminds us that the earth isn’t exactly terra firma (in Portuguese, that would be terra firme).
However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.”
2 Timothy 2:19 NET Continue reading
Among human powers, one rises only to fall shortly thereafter. This is especially clear in dictators like Kadhafi, who yesterday toppled the previous head of Libya in order to exercise complete power and oppress his own people, but today was toppled by rebels. There is one, however, who has defeated his enemy to never again be challenged.
[Christ] has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!
2 Timothy 1:10 NET Continue reading