Two-Way Trust

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 1:12-14 I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me . . . By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. (vv. 12, 14) Here again Paul seeks to hearten Timothy with a personal testimony. The apostle says he has put his trust in Jesus. He is confident that …

Fresh Fire

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Timothy has received a marvelous gift of God through the “laying on of hands”: the authority and power to proclaim the gospel. Paul likens that gift to a holy fire. He urges Timothy to “stir …

Family Faith

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 1:3-5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. (v. 5) Whenever Paul thinks of Timothy, his dear son in the faith, he feels fresh gratitude. He is always praying for him, and longs to see him. Whenever they meet, the apostle is filled with joy (vv. 3-4). Part of that joy and thankfulness comes …

When We Prosper

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (v. 17) We saw yesterday that money is not evil. And being rich, if our wealth has been gained honestly, is certainly not a crime. If we don’t love it and are willing to share it, money can be a source …

What’s the Root of All Evil?

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 6:7-10 For the love of money is the root of all evil. (v. 10 KJV) What is the root of all evil? I’ve heard many people say, “It’s money!” But that’s not Paul’s view. Money, we remember, is simply a means of exchange, itself morally neutral. Paul says that “the root of all evil,” in the sense of the source of all kinds of evil, is rather “the love of money.” The culprit is our eagerness to …

What Contentment!

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 6:3-7 But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (v. 6) The apostle is grieved that some look upon “godliness” as “a means of gain”—pursuing religion in the hope of financial enrichment (1 Tim. 6:5). Contentment is at the opposite pole from covetousness. The godly and contented are happily satisfied with what they have. They see themselves, while enjoying the Lord’s favor, …