Jesus severely warns us about JUDGING others. Our words have the power of life and death in them, so “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, that is bless, affirm and build others up with our words.
Where is wisdom to navigate our lives in this complex world? Answer: the message of the cross. We find our lives when we lay them down for others.
Without a CENTER, we live manipulated, unfocused lives. For the lukewarm church at Laodicea John is given a vision of the throne of God and all creation centered around it, worshipping the One who sits on the throne. Chaos does not reign; the Lord reigns! Amen!
We don’t believe the Gospel. Most days we lean into legalism: when we’re good, God will bless us and when we fail, God will afflict us. Jesus at Matthew’s dinner party is critical to understand who Jesus is – and who He enjoys hanging out with!
“The only way we can live these new lives in Christ is to walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:16). To use our August Training Camp analogy: the only way to play the game, the only way to still be standing at the end of the 4th quarter is “to walk in the power of the Spirit”.
“Timothy, I’ve run my race, now I’m passing the torch of Gospel ministry on to you. Preach the Word! Run your race.”
Saul received mercy as a display of God’s perfect patience as an example for all of us (I Tim. 1:16).
Mothers give life as well as give birth: Timothy’s faith was passed to him from his grandmother and his mother.