Archive for October, 2015

Tuesday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 4:6-16

Share1 Timothy 4:6-16 St. Paul speaks once again of the need for St. Timothy to be a faithful minister of Jesus Christ.  In particular, Paul is concerned that Timothy, who acted as an early bishop over churches, instruct the brethren.  Those who Timothy teaches are to be nourished by him in the words of faith […]

October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 20th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Share1 Timothy 3:14-4:5 In I Timothy 3:14-4:5, St. Paul teaches what is called a sacramental worldview.  According to the Book of Common Prayer, a sacrament is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us.”  There are two dominical Sacraments, those Jesus Christ Himself specifically ordained: Baptism and Holy Communion.  […]

October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Share1 Timothy 3:1-13 St. Paul continues in chapter 3 with his teaching on authority in the church, only this time he is addressing bishops and deacons in particular.  Like so much of Scripture, if we really believed what God has commanded us, I wonder how it might revolutionize our lives and our churches. As we […]

October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 2

Share1 Timothy 2 We come today to a difficult teaching of St. Paul: his teaching on women in the church. So what does Paul teach?  First, that a woman should learn in silence with all submission.  Second, he does not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man, but to be in […]

October 15, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 1:12-20

Share1 Timothy 1:12-20 Today’s lesson is really very simple.  Though St. Paul has much more to say, and though understanding more perfectly what he does say today will take time, in essence his teaching is a simple but life-changing one. It is this: First, that “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, […]

October 14, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Wednesday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Share1 Timothy 1:1-11 “Teach no other doctrine.” “The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart.” “The law is made for those who act contrary to sound doctrine.” These are the main thoughts St. Paul has in his heart as he instructs Timothy on how to lead a church. What strikes me from […]

October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – James 5:12-19

ShareJames 5:12-19 “Is anyone among you suffering?” – James 5:13 Is anyone among you, reading this, suffering? St. James has some wisdom from God for you today. The first thing James tells you to do is to pray.  Of course, you already knew this, but maybe you have become discouraged in your prayers.  Maybe God […]

October 12, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Monday of 19th Sunday after Trinity – James 4:13-5:11

ShareJames 4:13-5:11 Here come da Judge! I don’t know how many of you remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In from the late 60s and early 70s, but that TV show popularized the saying “Here come da Judge!” We might say that “Here come da Judge!” is James’ message this morning, for he says in verse 9 […]

October 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 4:1-12

ShareJames 4:1-12 In the beginning of Chapter 4, James unveils the lowest layer, the very foundation, of our spiritual warfare: it is the battle within each of us between pride and humility.  All throughout the Bible, the two paths a man may walk are presented in terms of a binary choice.  In Genesis 3, it […]

October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 3

ShareJames 3 Now that James has taught about faith and works, belief and deeds, he turns his attention to our words.  What James has to say, though it is in keeping with the wisdom of the Old Testament and even if it is familiar, is startling. “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” […]

October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More