A Necessary Apology

Most of us have done something wrong, offered an apology and heard, “there is no need for an apology”.  But we thought there was a need and so we made an apology.  An apology is, in some ways, a defense.  When you apologize for something you say “you’re sorry” but there’s usually more to it.  There is usually some type of defense of your action.  “I’m sorry that I yelled at you…I’ve had a rough day”.  The defense is the statement, “I’ve had a rough day”.  It’s your reason for why you yelled. In 1 Peter chapter 3, Paul says […]

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Something to REALLY Be Thankful For!

At this time of you we turn our thoughts to being thankful.  I enjoyed reading all of the posts from Facebook friends listing the things and people for which they were thankful.  I believe that expressing thanksgiving is a very healthy, spiritual exercise for all of us…and we all need exercise after yesterday’s calorie consumption! Today I began 1 Peter and was overwhelmed by how he begins this letter, especially as it relates to thanksgiving.  Let’s read it together:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a […]

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Thankful for Finishing Well

It’s Thanksgiving morning and most of us are thinking about “starting”.  Starting to get the casseroles ready, starting the turkey, starting to watch the parade, starting the ride to Grandma’s house and perhaps starting to get ready for football.  While we are thinking about starting, I’ll talk a little bit about finishing.  Well, actually the apostle Paul is talking about finishing well as he writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy chapter 4.  Paul is in prison, near the end of his life and he writes these words:  7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have […]

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Giving Thanks for the Word of God

It is the day before “Thanksgiving” and I thought I’d talk a little bit about being thankful today and the next couple of days.  in 2 Timothy Paul writes a passage that I recommend everyone memorize.  It is chapter 3, verses 16-17:  16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. What a great promise that we have for which to be thankful!  God has given us His word, which is profitable or beneficial for so many things.  Four […]

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Doing Right When Others Do Wrong

We all have times in our lives when others “do us wrong”.  Or, we are involved in situations and circumstances when those we know are doing wrong to someone else.  What do we do?  If you’ve ever asked that question, the apostle Paul gives godly advice to Timothy that we can apply ourselves.  In chapter 2 of 2 Timothy this is what Paul writes about dealing with those who are in opposition to us:  24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if […]

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A View of Life Through the Bars

Today I started 2 Timothy, probably the apostle Paul’s last letter that we have preserved under the inspiration of God.  This letter was written to a disciple of Paul named Timothy.  Paul wrote this letter from jail…while he was anticipating his death.  The location and circumstances of Paul’s letter makes the content of the letter even more amazing.  One couldn’t expect a letter of encouragement from someone in prison, but that is what 2 Timothy is about, encouragement and exhortation.  One of the most powerful passages in this first chapter is found in verse 12.  Here it is:  “For this […]

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Breakfast with Great Benefits!

I’m taking a break from commenting on God’s word to share something about God’s blessings.  I was so blessed this morning to have breakfast with 10 other guys from Buffalo Valley Church of the Brethren.  We had a great breakfast, cooked by Sam Beiler and then Jim Brubaker led us in a devotion.  It was such a meaningful time.  I mean no disrespect to women by saying this, but there is something special about a group of men gathering around and talking about the word of God, being transparent about their experiences and how they understand God’s word.  We spent […]

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Have You “Exercised” Today?

No, this is not a post about the benefits of exercise.  Though I am “all in” regarding the benefits of physical exercise I am even more “all in” regarding the benefits of spiritual exercise…and by that I do not mean raising your Bible up and down 10 times with each arm.  Nor do I mean dashing quickly to the pot luck food table at the church social.  And I am not alone in my feelings toward spiritual exercise.  The apostle Paul feels the way I do…well, I guess it’s more correct to say that I feel that way he felt. […]

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We Need a Mediator, Whether We Know it or Not

What does a mediator do?  A mediator helps settle disputes between two people or two groups of people.  Mediators are used in contract disputes and marital disputes.  One thing that is true about mediators…if you don’t have a conflict or dispute, you don’t need one.  Look at what Paul writes to Timothy in chapter 2 of 1 Timothy:  5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,  Jesus is a Mediator between God and men.  But I don’t think that a lot of people […]

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Why Did God Give the Law?

Why do we have laws?  We have laws to maintain public order.  We have laws which serve as a discouragement to wrong behavior.  We all understand why we have laws…though at times we might not like them and from time to time we don’t obey them (think speed limit there).  But we can get into trouble if we think that God gave His law for the same reason.  God did not give the “law” primarily to enforce a standard of behavior upon people; yet that is what most people think.  I believe that many people think that the purpose of […]

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