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Suggested Devotional Reading for Tuesday, September 1:
I Kings 11:1-13 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Series: Facing Jesus: Divine Training
Text: II TImothy 4:1-8
Paul here is giving his final instructions to Timothy. This is, in effect, his last will and testament. Paul compares the Christian life to running a marathon. He is calling Timothy to persist both in proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ and in completing the race of faith. There are dangers and distractions along the way. Some drop out of the race. Some hold back. Yet Paul, even knowing that his death is near, is full of confidence. He believes that it is through him that “the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it’ (II Timothy 4:17). This will lead to the final goal that God will “reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross” (Colossians 1:20).
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The Epistle to the Ephesians
June 3, 2015
Paul in this chapter is offering nothing less than a blueprint, a model of the church not as it is but as it should be. Paul affirms again and again the unity of the church. The unity however is not an end in itself. It is the result of focusing on the truth which is in Jesus alone. Paul mentions the theme of truth several times throughout this chapter (vv. 15, 21, 24, 25). This truth stands over against the darkened futility of the world which is simultaneously a danger and a mission for the church.
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