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Be a Humble Servant, Not a Distraction

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 2:8-15.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV) 
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 

On verse 8:  Some people stereo typically think, “It’s the man’s job to work and the woman’s job to pray”.  But here Paul affirms that one of the most important things a man can do is to devote himself to prayer.  When a man devotes himself to prayer, he is much better able to lead in his home, to see things from God’s perspective, to bring God’s wisdom to situations and to model Christ to those in his care (especially his own family). 

论祷告

马太福音6:5-8_论祷告

5 「你们祷告的时候,不可像那假冒为善的人,爱站在会堂里和十字路口上祷告,故意叫人看见。我实在告诉你们:他们已经得了他们的赏赐。 6 你祷告的时候,要进你的内屋,关上门,祷告你在暗中的父,你父在暗中察看,必然报答你。 7 你们祷告,不可像外邦人用许多重复话,他们以为话多了必蒙垂听。 8 你们不可效法他们,因为你们没有祈求以先,你们所需用的,你们的父早已知道了。

假如你要和好朋友或情人讲话,你会在大庭广众好像演讲那样对他(她)说吗?我想祷告就是这样,是在跟一个很亲密的朋友说心里话,所以你会找个僻静的地方,两个人倾心吐意。

进入内屋,关上门祷告,可以使人脱下虚伪的外表,不必惺惺作态,不必油嘴滑舌,不必思考要有华丽的辞藻,就是把心里的话告诉神。进入内屋祷告,也可以说进到心里的内室祷告,因为有许多时候我们不能等到找到一个内室才祷告,我们希望随时可以跟神说话,就在我们的心里,我们可以安静的,在心里说,只有神听得见。

耶和华是一位自隐的神(赛45:15),但是祂存在。在每一次的祷告后,我们的心里都会得到平静,增加信心和力量,因为神垂听了我们的祷告。重复祷告不是因为神耳背,而是因为我们信心小,以为神也需要不断的叮咛才会去做事,这样的心态就把神当成仆人了。

Devote Yourself to Prayer

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 2:1-7.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV) 
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– 
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 

On verses 1-3:  It is good and pleasing to God when we devote ourselves to prayer. In fact, when you read Paul’s letters, a running theme is his devotion to prayer (see for example Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 4:2-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2; and Philemon 1:4-6).  These verses are a reminder that we ought to devote ourselves to prayer, praying often and praying for everyone we meet or think about, including our leaders.

论施舍

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1你们要小心,不可将善事行在人的面前,故意叫他们看见。若是这样,就不能得你们天父的赏赐了。 2 所以,你施舍的时候,不可在你面前吹号,像那假冒为善的人在会堂里和街道上所行的,故意要得人的荣耀。我实在告诉你们:他们已经得了他们的赏赐。 你施舍的时候,不要叫左手知道右手所做的, 4 要叫你施舍的事行在暗中,你父在暗中察看,必然报答你。

主耶稣在这段教导里说出一个很严重的警告:若将善事故意行在人前,施舍时在面前吹号,就和假冒为善的人一样了。这些己经得到世人掌声的,很可能就得不到天上的赏赐了。为何不可将善事行前,又为何不可在施舍时吹号呢?那不是做好榜样吗?要记得光和盐都是不讲话的。

How to Protect Your Faith and Keep a Good Conscience

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 1:12-20. Let’s go!

1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.

On verses 12-15: No matter how far Paul advanced as a leader in God’s kingdom, Paul never forgot where he came from, how he once was a persecuter of God’s church, “the worst of sinners” he calls himself. Likewise, may you never forget the depths from which God saved you, so that you will never take for granted His forgiveness, His acceptance, and the opportunities He has given you to serve Him since.

爱仇敌

马太福音5:38-47_爱仇敌

38 「你们听见有话说:『以眼还眼,以牙还牙。』 39 只是我告诉你们,不要与恶人作对。有人打你的右脸,连左脸也转过来由他打; 40 有人想要告你,要拿你的里衣,连外衣也由他拿去; 41 有人强逼你走一里路,你就同他走二里。 42 有求你的,就给他;有向你借贷的,不可推辞。

43 「你们听见有话说:『当爱你的邻舍,恨你的仇敌。』 44 只是我告诉你们,要爱你们的仇敌,为那逼迫你们的祷告, 45 这样就可以做你们天父的儿子,因为他叫日头照好人也照歹人,降雨给义人也给不义的人。 46 你们若单爱那爱你们的人,有什么赏赐呢?就是税吏不也是这样行吗? 47 你们若单请你弟兄的安,比人有什么长处呢?就是外邦人不也是这样行吗? 48 所以你们要完全,像你们的天父完全一样。

最近正好有一则打人的新闻。在今年1月22日,有位台湾资深艺人因为心里怀着对某些事的怨恨和不满,在关怀演艺人员春节餐会里,掌掴在场问候的文化部长。文化部长当然吓了一大跳,忘了把另一边脸也转过去给艺人再打一次。不过她默默回到自己的桌上,连同桌的人都不知道发生此事。她虽然不说,但是当场那么多人,这事一下子就成了头条新闻。假如你是那位文化部长,你会不会把左脸也转过去由她打?在这条新闻的下面,有很多人回应该提告,免得邪风恶长。

3 Friends Every Christian Needs

Hi GAMErs,

Today we begin the book of 1 Timothy. 1 Timothy is a letter written by Paul in approximately 63-66 AD to one of his disciples, Timothy. At the time, Timothy was leading a large church that Paul helped to start in the city of Ephesus. Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 1:1-11. Let’s go!

1 Timothy 1:1-2 (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

On verses 1-2: In these two verses we see the 3 friends you can’t live without, 3 friends that every Christian needs. First and foremost, we all need Jesus Christ as “our hope” (v1) and “our Lord”) (v2). Second, we all need a Paul, a pastor and spiritual father in our lives who teaches us God’s Word and models what it means to follow Jesus.

说真话

马太福音5:33-37_说真话

33 「你们又听见有吩咐古人的话说:『不可背誓,所起的誓总要向主谨守。』 34 只是我告诉你们,什么誓都不可起。不可指著天起誓,因为天是神的座位; 35 不可指着地起誓,因为地是他的脚凳;也不可指著耶路撒冷起誓,因为耶路撒冷是大君的京城; 36 又不可指着你的头起誓,因为你不能使一根头发变黑变白了。 37 你们的话,是就说是,不是就说不是;若再多说,就是出于那恶者。

一说到起誓,我们可能就连想到那些想取得人信任的信誓旦旦。但是毕牧师把它译为Empty promises空洞的应许,也就是信口开河。例如,我们有时会跟人说:“我会为你祷告”但是一回家就忘了。有时我们跟人家说:“愿神与你同在”,实际上心里并不这么想。我们习惯用宗教用语来美化日常的对话,使我们显得高尚有义。但是相反的,这样的说话却使我们成了虚伪的人。

When Mercy Triumphed Over Judgement

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Today’s passage is Hosea 14:1-9. Let’s go!

Hosea 14:1-2 (NIV) 
1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. 

On verses 1-3:  Like a mediator between God and Israel, here Hosea suggests words that Israel can speak to return to God.  He urges Israel to plead with God for forgiveness (v2).  He also tells the Israelites to acknowledge that all those idols they had previously worshiped cannot save them (v3).