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Today's Christian thought: Tuesday September 30th, 2003

Who loves most?

Jesus once asked a question. The question was addressed to a Pharisee by the name of Simon. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, "say on".

And Jesus said: There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Simon answered and said, "I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most". And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

Those of us who are forgiven the most are oftentimes the ones who are the most grateful to the Lord for the Salvation of their souls through what He did on the cross. One such is the Apostle Paul. Before we read today's Scripture, let me just add one more little comment. Paul loved Timothy like a son and as such Paul was very up front, honest and fatherly with Timothy, much like Rev. Warren Feustal is with me.

First Timothy Chapter One

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious. But I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.

17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Paul refers to himself as the chief sinner, or the biggest sinner if you would. He also reminds us that while he blasphemed, he did it in ignorance. But, because the Lord forgave him, Paul went on to be the boldest of the Apostles, suffering more than the others and covering more ground. Paul's fatherly love for Timothy is repeated over and over again in his letters to Timothy. This love Paul had for "his son" Timothy and the words of encouragement and instruction he gives Timothy makes these letters among the most important we today can read and learn from.

Read carefully the things Paul warns Timothy about and then be aware of these things yourself in your everyday lives, for the time is shorter today than when Paul penned his warnings "Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith".

The Lord our God Christ Jesus be with you all, amen.

The City of Portland, Maine housed two Sherrys. One was Sherry Huber the infamous and much honored abortionist, the other, little 16 year old Sherry Mason who is carrying twin girls in a very difficult pregnancy. While Sherry Huber killed little ones in the womb, Sherry Mason is fighting to give life to her twin little girls. The city thinks of the Sherry Huber the abortionist as a heroine, I know that little Sherry Mason is a heroine.

Join with me in praying for Sherry and her little twins, pray for their salvation and their health. Pray that the Lord will give Sherry Mason the strength to hang in there and that He will open her eyes to the light of His truth. Amen.

Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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