Today’s readings.. (Joshua 10), (Isaiah 14), (1 Timothy 6)

The Apostle Paul concludes his first letter to “his son” (Phil.2 v.22) Timothy with a survey of the problems and bad influences amongst some of the believers. He stresses the things he should teach adding, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. ” [6 v.3,4]

He warns Timothy of “people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.” [v.5] It is distressing that some appear to give the appearance of “godliness” – the worst example is those who seek to become Priests and Pastors and the like and as a result have a comfortable lifestyle and people look up to them. However note the attitude Paul stresses, “there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”” [v.7,8]

We take nothing out of the world when our journey through life is complete! If we can “leave” an example of true godliness – that is the greatest bequest we can make having followed “the teaching that accords with godliness” . Our world is making a ‘god’ of money – and the possessions and travel experiences, etc it can bring, but Paul warns, “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith …” [v.10]

Look how Paul urges Timothy, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called …” [v.11,12] The phrase “flee these things” highlights the urgent need to get away from wrong attitudes. Let us imagine Paul is writing to us with these words – for in following them we keep ourselves “unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [v.14]

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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