Scripture--1 Timothy 4-1 Timothy 6
Observation: Here we go again!
First, in 5:3, does he really say only care for needy widows? I was confused there.
Then we get to chapter 6. This is the chapter that American Christians used to justify slavery. Paul says to teach that slaves should give their masters respect. I'm going to continue to see these scriptures as symbolic. That God is our master, and we should continue to submit to God our master. Does anyone else have ideas on how else to interpret these?
But I did like the warning of false teachers on 6:3-6! "3 If anyone teaches anything different and doesn’t agree with sound teaching about our Lord Jesus Christ and teaching that is consistent with godliness, 4 that person is conceited. They don’t understand anything but have a sick obsession with debates and arguments. This creates jealousy, conflict, verbal abuse, and evil suspicions. 5 There is constant bickering between people whose minds are ruined and who have been robbed of the truth. They think that godliness is a way to make money! 6 Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have."
Observation: Be careful of people who are leading you away from God! Those who say that God will reward you with MONEY just because you are good. Or those who would rather argue than love. Or those who just want the spotlight on them! And keep us leaders accountable! Don't let us fall into evil. Help us stay true to God! Talk to us if we are getting conceited or greedy! We need you as much as you need us! Don't ever forget that.
Prayer: God of forgiveness--Show us the evil in our lives. Forgive us for where we've fallen. Let us go and become better for you! In your son's name we pray! Amen.
August 14--2 Timothy 1-2 Timothy 4
August 15--Titus 1-Titus 3
August 16--Philemon-Hebrews 1
August 17--Hebrews 2-Hebrews 4
August 18--Hebrews 5-Hebrews 7
August 19--Hebrews 8-Hebrews 10
August 20--Hebrews 11-Hebrews 13
August 21--James 1-James 3
August 22--James 4-1 Peter 1