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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 2 Timothy 3

There is nothing new about living in difficult times.  Surrounded by selfish and immoral people outside the church and sometimes inside church too, we find if we love God and want to live like Him we stand out from others and that can be painful.  Paul refers to some serious opposition he suffered.  He was […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 2 Timothy 2

Paul reminds Timothy in this chapter of many important things but perhaps the key is in verse 2.  Timothy’s life and godliness have been shaped by Paul’s example – Paul allowed him to get close and see the ‘real Paul’ and what made him tick.  Now he urges Timothy to do the same – to […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 2 Timothy 1

Paul prays for Timothy to keep burning and encourages him to do so – “fan into flame the gift of God.”  Maybe Timothy was wrestling with disappointments and pressures, or maybe it is a general reminder of the most important thing in life – passion for God. Either way the key is to go on […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 6

By Ps Simon Smailus Sound teaching is not just ideas and words to inform our minds but carries grace to encourage and challenge us to live godly lives.  Sound teaching is about godliness, not philosophy.  It is about being good employees.  It is about loving God not money and handling money wisely as stewards. Paul […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 5

By Ps Simon Smailus Paul moves on to the importance of relationships in the church and gives some great advice: we are to treat everyone as part of our family.   After all the church is Christ’s body. Quite often when we have difficult things to discuss it is not the subject that is the […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 4

By Ps Simon Smailus Paul again focuses on truth – a theme interwoven through this letter to Timothy. Remember Jesus’ statement in John 8:32-33 that the truth will set us free. But truth is not just ideas and words – Jesus Himself is the Truth.  Truth brings us into freedom when it is obeyed. Paul […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 3

By Ps Simon Smailus Paul continually emphasises in this letter the importance of conduct. We are told by some not to judge a book by its cover, but Jesus is clear that our actions are an indicator of what lies in our hearts. It’s time to look carefully at our conduct. I am referring to […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 2

By Ps Simon Smailus Paul’s instructions are to Timothy, the leader of the church in Ephesus, and in turn Timothy will instruct the people with the teaching. What does Paul teach first of all?  We are to talk to God on behalf of all people. This what intercession means.  It pleases God so if you […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 1 Tim 1

By Ps Simon Smailus How should leaders manage the ministry of the local church?  This letter focuses on aspects of Timothy’s personal life – godliness is a theme that continues to surface throughout the letter. This is important to understand, because eternally fruitful ministry flows out of a life right with God not just effective […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – Ephesians 6

How we live at home and at work – or wherever we are with other people – really matters.  If our faith does not work at home it is not faith!  If we love and respect others, whatever our relationship with them might be from a human perspective, we are actually serving the Lord. Paul […]

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