2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.
Have you ever been warned about something that was pending – something that was going to happen in the future? I had a teacher who would often say – mark my word – and then tell us something that was going to happen – like – mark my word – this will be on the next test. It wasn’t always so – but it did make us study more.
Maybe as a parent you have said something like this or your parents did – mark my word – if you do that again you will get punished. Maybe it was like this – if you don’t stop fighting – if you make me get out of my chair – if you don’t get up now – if you don’t eat all your food – than “whatever” was going to happen. This too didn’t always happen (for some of us) but it probably – for a few times – change our behavior.
Paul gives us warning in today’s passage – 2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Our denomination is facing some tough discussions and decisions right now. General Conference 2016 is taking place as I type in Portland, Oregon. I have been watching the simulcast when time allows, even while on vacation (in the same time zone now). I have kept these proceedings in my prayers as I hope you have as well. Although the future of the Body of Christ is not in question, the future of the United Methodist Church may stand in the balance.
A number of people have quoted today’s passage from both sides of the aisle it seems, on some of the current issues. I can see where both sides are coming from, and the bottom line is that if we are to remain a United Methodist Church, we will need to give some, on both sides of the aisle. In order to get along in any family, some give and take are needed. My family doesn’t understand this right now, as I am writing this while on vacation, lol. They are telling me to stop and be on vacation. Continue reading
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Life keeps changing! Our current sermon series is Discerning God’s Will in an Ever-Changing World. A number of things in my own life have changed. I’ve been married longer than I wasn’t married (36 years this summer verses 25 years not married). I will celebrate 43 years this spring of my High School graduation. I saw a picture of me in High School the other day and I do not look the same today. My children – my babies – are grown. Two have children (my four granddaughters). My wife and daughters are such a blessing to me along with the granddaughters. I’ve been in ministry for 40 years this coming fall. I’ve begun to think about retirement (although I hope to have a few more years left).
Life keeps changing! This past summer the Nationals and the Orioles both played some good ball. The Redskins – Wizards – and Capitals recently won on the same day in many years. The Ravens had a rare bad season and the Redskins had a rare (I hope they become common) good season with a playoff game at home.
2 Kings 6:16
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? Some of my friends are starting new appointments today as pastors of United Methodist Churches. Two specifically start serving churches in Crofton and Annapolis. As they meet new people and Sunday preach and lead worship before a new congregation – I will be praying for them. May God richly bless them as they serve with all of their hearts a new people!
What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? Are our marriages having issues? Are the children facing tough times – are we facing tough times with the children? Is our job a trouble spot? Are relationships caving in around us? Is the news causing us pain? Do we have legal issues facing us? Are we fighting a disease like our governor is facing? Are we fighting an addiction?
What are we facing today? What challenges are before us? And my next question – what are we doing about these challenges? How are we facing them? Do we try to face them alone – on our own power and strength? Continue reading