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Amid all the teaching, amid all the reproving, rebuking, and exhorting, amid all the preaching in and out of season with complete patience as Paul charged Timothy and certainly practiced himself, he takes time to express some needs he has to Timothy, asking Timothy to come to him soon. Paul desires Timothy to bring a fellow servant by the name of Mark, his cloak, some books but especially the parchments. Paul also gives Timothy some further instructions that Paul quite expects Timothy to carry out, depending upon Timothy to minister to him in this way.

As a missionary myself, on and off the field, I cannot express enough how far an encouraging word can go, a refreshing of the spirit, a lifting up of the soul, all by responding to a few requests to a servant of the gospel in need who has labored and toiled in the vineyard against subtle and outright opposition by the seen and unseen. Surely there are rewards from the Lord when it seems all have forsaken us and others practiced evil against us, but to have someone come alongside you in your toils, just to be in your presence, is balm from Gilead like no other.

Do your best as occasion presents itself to go to a fellow-servant in need, long before the “winter" is to set in, strengthening and encouraging him in the name of the Lord...

Grace be with you, ~russ


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God does not (and never will) leave sin and ungodliness unpunished. Jeremiah 44-47 tell us that Egypt, the Philistines and Israel would all be ransacked by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, though God would eventually spare and restore his people Israel.

Similarly in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul understands that sin brings consequences and so he writes to his son in the faith, Timothy (II Tim 3) that “in the last days there will be very difficult times.” Why?  Because evil will be everywhere.  Though written 2000 years ago, doesn’t the following list of behaviors and attitudes sound just like today’s world?: 

“For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride and love pleasure rather than God.”  (II Tim 3:2-4)

Regarding those who simply live in a pattern of sin, Paul says: “Their minds are depraved and their faith is counterfeit…and they won’t get away with this for long….and someday everyone will recognize what fools they are.” (II Tim 3:8-9)

And don’t think that God’s not paying attention or doesn’t know what’s going on - - - The Psalmist tell us loud and clear “Is the one who made your ears deaf? Is the one who made your eyes blind?  He punishes the nations – won’t he also punish you?  He knows everything – doesn’t he also know what you are doing? (Psalm 94:9-10)

But there is good news:  GOD LOVES US AND HAS PROVIDED CLEAR DIRECTION FOR US:  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.  It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” (II Tim 3:16-17 NLT)  

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