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December 1 - Evening

“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
- Second Timothy 1:6-7

Fan Your Gift into a Flame

Paul had been arrested and taken to Rome for his second imprisonment in Rome when he wrote this second letter to Timothy. Paul was not anticipating being released from prison; in fact, his appearances in court so far had not gone well. (2 Timothy 4:6; 4:14; 4:16) Paul begins this letter reminding Timothy that Timothy had “sincere faith” (or, “genuine faith), and because of this solid foundation Paul commands Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” that is in him. The phrase “fan into flame” is a clear reference to rekindling the embers of a fading fire or “to kindle afresh.” Commentators agree that neither Timothy’s faith nor his spiritual gift was fading, but instead Paul was encouraging Timothy to become even more active and to energize his spiritual gift for an even greater flame and more production. It should be noted that Paul says, “I remind you…” which indicates this was not the first time Paul had taught Timothy to stay active with his gift.
Paul then describes what the manifestation of Spirit of God would look like in Timothy’s life.  Paul says a gift of the Spirit of God is not “timid.” The Greek word translated “timid” is deilia which basically means “cowardice.” It is actually a very strong word for the fear of a coward and is frequently used in references to soldiers' failure in battle due to fear and the terror that overtakes them.
The contrast is interesting, especially when it is compared to typical Western Christian standards and what is falsely assumed to be “christ-like” character. Instead of being “timid” (which often is accepted as “christ-like” in church environments), Paul strings together three words: “power,” “love,” and “self-discipline.” All of these are words used to contrast "cowardly" and instead describe the manifestation of the Holy Spirit with words of authority, leadership and conviction to action.
Here is what these words mean:
  1. “Power” is dynamis in the Greek and is used in contrast to “timid” or “cowardice.” Instead of a fearful, timid character in battle, dynamis would refer to a character of influence that can assume authority and direct a situation in a truly Christ-like way. Western churches often have a hard time understanding the prophets and the men of the Old Testament because these men are forced into a passive image in order to fit them into the “timid” model instead of the dynamis model. Any successful minister or believer in the Bible was dynamis, and not deilia. Yet, Christians often praise the character trait of deilia, while criticizing as “un-christ-like” the character of dynamis.
  2. “Love” is agape in the Greek and is here not referring to the “love” that causes a person to actually do ministry or the desire to serve others, but in context how the ministry or service is executed. Agape is referring to the character of the person who is already doing the serving or manifesting the gift of the Spirit. The demonstration of “love” will be the power that enables the person to continue serving in spite of difficulties in the battle and agape will empower the believer to endure the failures and shortcomings of others in order to continue to serve them. “Love” in this context is how the Spirit of God will manifest his gift.  Paul is telling Timothy that the manifestation of the Spirit is not “timid” but “enduring.” Timothy will not become bitter or resentful in the face of the opposition in Ephesus.
  3. “Self-Control” is sophronismos. This is a different word than is used in Galatians 5:23. This “self-control” is more about “sound mindedness" (Titus 2:2, 5). It is the character that causes the person that is manifesting the Spirit’s gift to stay focused on the mission and not be distracted by the deception, accusations, false-teachings, human emotions that come along with typical interactions with people who react positively, negatively or not at all to the gift.
Timothy is to operate in power while serving in love and remain focused through self-control.
Apokatallasso (Gr) - Reconciled (Eng) - apokatallasso is a Greek word built on the verb katallasso which means "to change or exchange something like coins for others of equal value." In Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:20, 21 Paul adds the prefix apo which means "back" to give apo-katallasso the meaning of "to bring back into a state of harmony." The word apokatallasso is only found in the Greek NT and not in classical Greek writting. The word katallasso without the prefix apo is found in Romans 5:10, 1 Corinthians 7:11 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (3x).
Do I know what my spiritual gift is?
Do I keep the flame of my gift burning?
I will fan the flame of my spiritual gift and use it in service to others.

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Property and possessions


An outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Decorative fragment from the New Testament Temple destroyed in 70 AD.
Details of north side of the Temple Mount in 70 AD.

Someone to Quote

"Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak." - John Piper

Something to Ponder

The Muratorian Fragment from 200 AD says the following about Luke's writing of the book of Acts: "The Acts of all the apostles are comprised by Luke in one book...because these different events took place when he was personally present. The principle on which he wrote was to write only of what fell under his own notice. And he shows this clearly by the omission of the martyrdom of Peter, and also for the journey of Paul, when Paul went from the city of Rome to Spain."

Here’s a Fact

Click through the pages of the 350 AD Codex Sinaiticus
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"Do not accuse a man for no reason - when he has done you no harm." - Proverbs 3:30

Coach’s Corner

The words you speak are an extension of yourself. Be careful of what you are putting out there.

2 Timothy 4:6
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For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.
2 Timothy 4:14
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14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
2 Timothy 4:16
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16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
Galatians 5:19-23
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19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Titus 2:2
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Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Titus 2:5
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to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Ephesians 2:16
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16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Colossians 1:20-21
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20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Romans 5:10
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10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
1 Corinthians 7:11
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11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
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18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Romans 7:5
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For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.
1 Peter 4
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Living for God
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,     what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
1 Corinthians 11
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Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
On Covering the Head in Worship
I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.
Correcting an Abuse of the Lord’s Supper
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
And when I come I will give further directions.

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