1 Timothy 1:12-20

(1 Timothy 1:12-20) - A Recognition of Grace. So much of ministry is extending the same grace that we've already received. Paul knows that Timothy must appreciate his salvation to stay faithful over the long haul. It is when we recognize how little we deserve to be where we are and do what we do …

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1 Timothy 1:1-11

(1 Timothy 1:1-11) - A loving letter to a true child in the faith. Paul, nearing the end of his ministry, desires to equip Timothy with some direction as he is beginning the ministry God had called him to. This is known as a "pastoral" letter. It shows Timothy some specific things about life in …

Lamentations 4

(Lamentations 4) - "You reap what you sow." There is a negative result that must be expected when repeatedly doing something of a negative nature. If you repeatedly poke a tiger with a stick, there is a good chance that the tiger will eat you in response... Israel had repeatedly sinned against the Lord, and …

Lamentations 3:1-54

(Lamentations 3:1-54) - "This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope." After lamenting vigorously, Jeremiah pauses for a moment of reflection. It's not that he hasn't been reflecting up until this point, but the object of his reflection changes. There is a decided shift in focus. So often as we are thinking through our …

Lamentations 2:11-22

(Lamentations 2:11-22) - Godly grief, sanctified sorrow There are some things that should absolutely break our hearts, things that should evoke strong emotions of sadness. Jeremiah's grief and sorrow over the city of Jerusalem, as described in this passage, is a primary example of what this looks like. I think about the hardness of heart …