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Be Careful Against False Teaching

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Timothy 2:14-26.  Let’s go!

2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV) 
20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 

On verses 14-26:  The background behind these verses is that Timothy is still dealing with the threat of false teaching influencing his church.  Individuals like Hymenaeus and Philetus were teaching that the resurrection “had already happened” (v18). 

思慮

馬太福音6:27_思慮

27 你們哪一個能用思慮使壽數多加一刻呢?

最近有個朋友88歲,身體一向很好,兩星期前跌了一下,兩星期後就回天家了。她不是第一個,也不是最後一個,身體保持得很健康,但是跌了一下就不再醒過來的人。我們都是努力在維持自己健康的人,但是不管我們怎樣努力,也不能使我們的壽數多加一刻,就是這樣的意思。所以我們要注重自己的靈魂甚於自己的身體,要注重神和自己的關係甚於積存地上的財富。

Everything We Need Is In Jesus

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Timothy 2:1-13.  Let’s go!

2 Timothy 2:1 (NIV) 
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 

On verse 1:  No matter how difficult your situation is today, praise God that there is grace in Jesus Christ so that you can be strong.  Regardless of the trial you’re facing, God’s grace is always sufficient for you.

看那天上的飛鳥

馬太福音6:25-26_看那天上的飛鳥

25 所以我告訴你們,不要為生命憂慮吃什麼喝什麼,為身體憂慮穿什麼。生命不勝於飲食嗎?身體不勝於衣裳嗎? 26 你們看那天上的飛鳥,也不種也不收,也不積蓄在倉裡,你們的天父尚且養活牠,你們不比飛鳥貴重得多嗎?

我有走森林的習慣,有時會聽到啄木鳥在啄樹木的聲音,有時可以看到牠在殷勤地工作和覓食;有時會看到在樹顛之上有老鷹盤旋,似乎在尋找食物。神在創世的第五日造了雀鳥,讓牠們飛在地面以上,天空之中。神從來沒有忘記牠們的需要,也不讓牠們為食物憂愁。

神沒有要求飛鳥去耕種或收成或積蓄,但是神給牠們本能去覓食得以養活自己,甚至嗷嗷待哺的小鳥們。神又賜給牠們有知天候的本事,何時飛往天氣溫和的地方以避寒存活,時候到了又會往回飛。這就是神為人預備的,當我們往天上看時,看到飛鳥就會想到天父的信實。

Guard What God Has Given You in Christ

Hi GAMErs,

There are so many lessons we can learn from this passage, 2 Timothy 1:8-18.  Let’s go!

2 Timothy 1:8 (NIV) 
8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 

Verse 8:  In Paul’s time it was politically incorrect to be a Christian, so much so that identifying yourself as a Christian was to invite serious persecution, even execution.  Under these circumstances, a much more worldly father would tell his son, “Take the easy way out. 

侍奉的對象

馬太福音6:24_侍奉的對象

24   一個人不能侍奉兩個主,不是惡這個愛那個,就是重這個輕那個。你們不能又侍奉神,又侍奉瑪門(財富)。

從《聖經》的教導來看,神一點也不反對人擁有財富。在〈申命記〉28章11節-13節裡,摩西說到神對以色列人的應許,他們若遵守神的律法和誡命,「祂必使你身所生的,牲畜所下的,地所產的,都綽綽有餘。耶和華必為你開天上的府庫,按時降雨在你的地上,在你手裡所辦的一切事上賜福於你。你必借給許多國民,卻不致向他們借貸。」這裡說的便是神的供應使家產富足。

神願意供應祂的子民,使他們富足。但是主耶穌要我們注意的是,其一,積儹財富的地方。因為神給的富足不是只為了我們和家人的享受,更是為了祂的子民和祂在地上的家之需要:「你們要將當納的十分之一全然送入倉庫,使我家有糧…」(瑪3:10a)。神提醒我們,我們是財富的管家,管理今生祂交給我們的。

When You’re Facing Death’s Door

Hi GAMErs,

Today we begin the book of 2 Timothy, a letter written by Paul to his disciple and fellow pastor Timothy.  2 Timothy is very likely the last letter that Paul wrote before he was executed (beheaded by Caesar Nero).  When you read 2 Timothy, you’ll notice clues that Paul himself knew that his days on earth were coming to a close.  As such, this letter is very tender and heartfelt, like a last letter from a father to his son.  

2 Timothy 1:1 (NIV) 
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 

On verse 1:  Paul would often begin his letters by identifying himself as “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God”. 

身上的燈

馬太福音6:22-23_身上的燈

22 「眼睛就是身上的燈。你的眼睛若瞭亮,全身就光明; 23 你的眼睛若昏花,全身就黑暗。你裡頭的光若黑暗了,那黑暗是何等大呢!

當外子做完白內障手術,眼睛復原後,他第一個反應是:家裡怎麼那麼髒?於是他就開始打掃,直到他滿意為止。因為我還沒做白內障手術,所以目前對看到的一切都很滿意。

但是我也有個好習慣,看到哪裡髒就會把它弄乾淨,只是近視眼加上老花眼,看得是否真切就馬馬虎虎了。不過,眼睛就是這樣,能耐它何?看不到就是看不到,除非天天拿個放大鏡滿屋走,那就太辛苦了。所以我很贊同耶穌的話:“眼睛就是身上的燈。你的眼睛若瞭亮,全屋就光明。”你有沒有發現我哪裡寫錯了?

Fight for Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 6:11-21. Let’s go!

1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV) 
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 

On verse 11:  Paul tells Timothy: instead of being swept up by false teaching (v3-5) and a love of money (v9-10), flee from all that and instead chase righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (v11).  What can we learn from this?  The quality of your life and the legacy you leave will be determined by what you chase.  Chase money and false teaching, come up empty.  Chase Jesus, come up full.

財寶存在哪裡最安全

馬太福音6:19-21_財寶存在哪裡最安全

19 「不要為自己積攢財寶在地上,地上有蟲子咬,能鏽壞,也有賊挖窟窿來偷。20 只要積攢財寶在天上,天上沒有蟲子咬,不能鏽壞,也沒有賊挖窟窿來偷。 21 因為你的財寶在哪裡,你的心也在哪裡。

在主的教導裡,你有沒有發現,主耶穌並不反對人積攢財寶,祂要我們注意的,是把財寶積攢在什麼地方。祂提醒我們,積在地上的財寶並不安全。

朋友說她認識一位朋友,在一個貪官家裡打掃,貪官搜刮來的錢不敢存在銀行,在家裡到處藏。那位打掃的女工在地毯下發現好多錢,每次拿走一些也沒人知道,即使知道也不敢說。