Setting Hopes on God? or Riches?

Setting Hopes on God? or Riches?

Read: 1 Timothy 6:17-21 In the fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the shores of the East Coast of North America, wreaking havoc on much of the mainland Carolinas, New Jersey, and New York. At the time, Grant and I were living in Princeton, New Jersey (about an hour...
Where Are You Weakest?

Where Are You Weakest?

By Grant Vissers Read: 6:11-16 This passage begins Paul’s final instructions to Timothy, where Paul once again speaks over Timothy’s life and straight to his identity in Jesus. I remember the first time someone spoke the word leader over my life. It was a powerful...
Be Content With Who You Are

Be Content With Who You Are

Read: 1 Timothy 6:1-10 In Desiderata of Love, Max Ehrmann writes, “Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.” In this poem, he speaks of quiet contentment. This is not to say never change jobs or...
Guard Your Leaders

Guard Your Leaders

By Grant Vissers Read: 1 Timothy 5:17-20 I feel a little awkward writing my thoughts on this particular passage. Especially when Paul writes, “Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and...
Family Matters

Family Matters

Read: 1 Timothy 5:1-16 Mother Teresa is known to have said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” Peace begins in the home. If you think about it, this path to world peace has the greatest possibility of sustainability. If you act...
Let Your Actions Speak

Let Your Actions Speak

  Read: 1 Timothy 4:11-16 When I was a kid, I was a major thrill-seeker. I loved the scariest roller coasters and exciting activities, but I was rarely allowed to do them. First of all, most theme parks have an age requirement to go on the extra scary roller coasters....
Discipline Yourself

Discipline Yourself

Read 1 Timothy 4:1-10 Paul uses a lot of words throughout 1 Timothy that lend well to an analogy of training for a race or a fight. Have you ever run a long-distance race before? Perhaps you have run a marathon, a half marathon, or a 10 km race. I am much more of a...
Share the Load

Share the Load

Read 1 Timothy 3:1-16 When I read 1 Timothy 3, I feel a bit overwhelmed… “Now a bishop (overseer) must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not...
What?

What?

By Grant Vissers Read: 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Martin Luther, a German theologian, and one of the central figures in the Protestant Reformation is credited to have attempted to remove Hebrew, James, Jude and Revelation from the Bible. He had a couple of different reasons,...
Prayer is Our Best Weapon

Prayer is Our Best Weapon

Read 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Over the course of some of the Mark series, “Inside Out,” we looked at many different types of prayer. In the “Teach Me How to Pray” weeks we looked at adoration, confession, lament, and thanksgiving. These are common types of prayer. Supplication...