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November 30 - Evening

"Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever."
- First Timothy 5:22, 24-25

Avoid Participation in the Sins of Unqualified Church Leadership

To explain the “judgment,” “sins,” and “good deeds” of First Timothy 5:24-25 it is necessary to get the context from verse 5:22 where Paul is giving Timothy advice concerning selecting elders and leadership within the church of Ephesus. Many problems in the local church can be avoided by simply refusing to give positions of leadership in the church to men who are unqualified. So, Timothy is told not be “hasty” or “quick” to give positions of leadership (“laying on of hands”) to men, otherwise Timothy will have to “share” (koinonei meaning “to have fellowship” or “to participate”) in the sins of these leaders. This means that Timothy should avoid putting unqualified, unprepared, sinful, incompetent, arrogant men in leadership positions otherwise Timothy (and, ultimately, Paul himself) will be left to clean up the mess (or, sharing and participating in the sins of others.) Timothy can keep himself pure by surrounding himself with good leaders who will not drag him through a series of disastrous decisions and internal church conflicts that waste time, drain emotional energy, and cause people to leave the church.
“Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.” – First Timothy 5:22

Paul tells Timothy “keep yourself pure.” And, then in a side note on “purity” Paul seems to add a parenthetical statement as a personal note concerning Timothy’s pursuit of “purity.” Paul tells Timothy to “drink a little wine.” Timothy may have slipped into an ascetic view of wine in his attempt to keep himself pure.  Paul gives the imperative command:
                “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach.”

It is tempting to think that church conflicts that Timothy had to deal with in Ephesus and had attempted to manage in Corinth were wearing on him and causing physical problems.
Many of these problems can be avoided by appointing qualified men. Paul continues (5:24-25) to talk about evaluating and selecting men for church leadership. Paul points out that some sins of the potential elders are obvious, making it easy to reject them for positions of leadership, but in the case of others, the sins of the elders that are chosen come dragging in behind their appointment to office:
“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.”

The “judgment” that is being discussed here is not God’s final judgment, but Timothy’s judgment of men’s qualification to serve as elders in the church of Ephesus.  Timothy is told to take his time in finding help in leadership, because a mistake upfront could cause him serious damage on the backside.
Hilasterion (Gr) - Propitiation (Eng) - hilasterion is Greek word that means "propitiation," The root word of hilasterion is hileos which means "appeased" or "merciful." Hileos was used to refer to gods who had been appeased with gifts, and because of this, they would respond with mercy. Romans 3:25 ("sacrifice of atonement") and Hebrews 9:5 ("atonement cover," or, "mercy seat") use the Greek word hilasterion.
Do I feel Christians should not "judge" or think critically concerning other Christians who have an influence in my life?
I will be careful to evaluate the actions and words of others in order to avoid becoming entangled in their sins and their poor judgment.
Practicing discernment and possessing the wisdom to avoid problems is not the same thing as the sin of being negative and having a critical, judgmental spirit.

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Freedom of Speech

Memorial stones and a stone box that held a covenant or agreement between tribes remains set up at Gezer (There would have been a stone lid that covered the stone box and sealed its contents. Many years ago these stones would have been set up at a public ceremony for one of several reasons: 1) Remember an important event as Joshua set up stones from the Jordan in Joshua 4:1-24 2) As a sign of a treaty or covenant with a people. 3) As images to represent the local deities they worshipped.
Details of the locations that produced the four families of manuscripts of the New Testament text.

Someone to Quote

"Cause and Effect - Failure to inhale Bible doctrine is followed by the inability to exhale a mature spiritual life." - Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

Try this online test of diagrams and facts from Exodus through Solomon:
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Here’s a Fact

Early in his reign Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD) reversed the policy of Caligula (37-41) by letting Jews observe their laws and traditions throughout the empire. But, something happened around 49 AD according to Acts 18:2 and the writings of Suetonius when Claudius did a 180 degree turn and expelled all Jews from Rome because of "their continual tumults instigated by Chrestus (or, "Christ"). Apparently there were riots in the synagogues and in the Jewish community concerning the "anointed One" called "Messiah" in Hebrew and "Christ" in Greek. This is possibly the result of the Gospel reaching Rome and gaining momentum in the Jewish synagogues from the Jews who had been in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost in 30 AD. (HERE)


“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman."
- Proverbs 30:18-19

Coach’s Corner

In order to create a life that you can maintain, be yourself. Once you start acting you are creating an unsustainable life that will ultimately frustrate you and disappoint others.

Romans 3:25
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25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
Hebrews 9:5
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Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
1 Peter 2
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Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,     a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him     will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected     has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble     and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,     and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Corinthians 7-8
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Concerning Married Life
Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Concerning Change of Status
17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
Concerning the Unmarried
25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
36 If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.
39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

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