1 Timothy

God's Word Is True {1 Timothy 1}

12:00 AM

God's Word Is True  { 1 Timothy 1 }

Timothy, a Galatian born in Lystra, was a young man who after receiving Christ as his Savior, became the Apostle Paul's protégé and part of his missionary team. He was eventually sent out by Paul to advise churches on how to run the body of Christ, how to deal with false teachings, and what the conduct of the minister should be. Knowing the great responsibility he carried, Paul wrote this letter to Timothy to share his love, encouragement, and guidance.

Paul begins by urging Timothy to stay in Ephesus to, "instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give further rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith." (vs. 3-4) Ephesus was a wealthy and influential port city where the temple of the Greek god Artemis was located. It was full of false doctrines, immorality, and cult worship. Outside influences were trying to mislead members of the church away from sound biblical doctrine. Paul instructed Timothy to pay no mind to these false teachings, but instead focus on leading people to Jesus by teaching godly truth.  

Sadly these same influences are still alive in today's culture. Our society is filled with immorality, cults, and false religions. Too many churches claiming to teach the Word of God do anything but. Scripture is taken out of context and twisted to fit the narrative needed to convince people of its truth, or disregarded all together. Throughout the Bible God gives us very strong warnings about adding to or taking away from His Word. In Deut. 4:2 God says, "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I have commanded." And Proverbs 30:6, "Do not add to His words, or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar." We must be very careful that our own opinions and interpretations of Scripture, and those of our Christian teachers line up with what God actually says in His Word. Paul warned Timothy against men who "straying from these things have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions." (v. 7)

We can protect ourselves from falling prey to false teachings by having an intimate personal relationship with God, and studying His Word. For as Psalm 119:160 tells us, "The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting." In this chapter of 1 Timothy the truth Paul wants us to know is this, "That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners among whom I am foremost of all"(v. 15) Paul sure knows of which he speaks. When it came to Christians, Paul was public enemy number one. No one persecuted God's people more fanatically than him. Yet even though Paul was intent on destroying God's church, when he accepted Jesus as his Savior he received God's forgiveness and unmerited grace. "I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life." (v. 16) Paul is saying, "Look at me. If God is willing to save someone as wretched as myself, He's willing to save all of those who believe in Him."

Could there be a more amazing truth? No matter who we are or what we've done, God wants us!  He wants to be our Father and cover us with His loving grace. "See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God..." (1 John 3:1)  And as children of God, we should take our responsibility of sharing the truth of the Good News as seriously as Paul and Timothy did. We live in a world that fiercely opposes God's truth. Even so that shouldn't deter us from sharing the gospel, never giving up, and always fighting the good fight. For God's Word is true, and "to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." (v. 17)

Lisa Moore

Ranch Potato Casserole

3:53 PM

This was a delicious take on regular baked potatoes. I didn't bother to boil the potatoes first, and they still turned out delicious. I also used breadcrumbs instead of cornflakes because that's what I had on hand. Throw in some chicken, and you have a complete meal. 

Ranch Potato Casserole

6 to 8 medium red potatoes (about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds), peeled and quarterered
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup prepared ranch-style dressing
1/4 cup bacon bits or crumbled cooked bacon
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups coarsely crushed cornflakes
1/4 cup butter, melted

Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-20 minutes. Drain.

Combine the sour cream, dressing, bacon, parsley and 1 cup cheese. Place potatoes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour sour cream mixture over potatoes and gently toss. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese. Combine cornflakes and butter; sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. 

2 Thessalonians

Comfort and Hope!

12:00 AM

Welcome to Scripture Saturday!

Today we are memorizing 2 Thessalonians 2:16 and 17…

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Here is the amplified version…

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and encouragement and the good [well-founded] hope [of salvation] by His grace, comfort and encourage and strengthen your hearts [keeping them steadfast and on course] in every good work and word.

God has given us two wonderful gifts…

~eternal comfort: eternal means whatever we may face in this life will pass - our comfort is here to stay. All of our present pains, sufferings, difficult situations are temporary…our future glory will be forever!

~ good hope: His Word gives us hope! We have certainty that what God promises in His Word is true.  It is good because it is beneficial to us morally and practically.

Paul then adds the words, “through grace.” We have grace because we are the objects of God’s love and receivers of comfort and hope.  It is by His grace and never something we deserve, no matter how faithful we may be. Think upon this…it is by His amazing grace that saved us, that keeps us, and it is by this grace that we will enter into God’s presence eternally.  Such an encouragement for our hearts-!  We are comforted!

But remember, as His loved ones, we are to  “keep (our hearts) steadfast and on course in every good work and word.”  Work and word…these are the essential two parts of a believer’s life…our work, which is our walk, and our words. Our lives should reflect Jesus’ character.  A believer must continuously think upon the truth of God’s Word and hold firmly to the teaching of His Word.

“Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Our world needs a Savior and our lives should reflect His nature so much so that others will desire to know Him.

Father, thank you for your amazing comfort and hope, not only for today, but for eternity promised. Thank you for the grace that You have bestowed upon us, though undeserving.  With the strength of the Holy Spirit, guide our entire being, our thoughts, our emotions, and our actions, both in words and deeds, in a way that pleases You and glorifies Your Son.   We desire to keep our hearts and mind on Jesus, Your Son, our Savior, and Your Word.

Have a blessed and precious day everyone!