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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.


“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.


“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.


Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.


God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.


“The Lord Shall Deliver Me From Every Evil Work and Will Preserve Me Unto His Heavenly Kingdom.”   1 comment

Lord Shall Deliver Me

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor



The problem of life is fraught with grave possibilities of good and of evil.

What snares beset our unwary feet.  Many lives are wrecked.  Others are blest.  How shall we successfully meet its problems?

(1)  Temptations.  They often are exasperating, vexing, very trying.  Left to ourselves we are unable to meet and overcome.  He can succour, sustain us, give us victory.

(2)  Unjust treatment, unkindnesses, slights.  They are not pleasant.  But they need not touch and harm our souls.  We can keep sweet and escape all hurt, all scars.  Jesus did; so did Paul and many through the ages.  It takes grace, but that is what grace is for, to keep when we are in need.

(3)  Low ideals.  We can spurn them and cleave to the highest and best.  The low is beneath the dignity of an immortal soul.

(4)  Sorrow.  It must come, but we can triumph over it by grace.  Abide in Christ and all will be well.


Preserve me to his heavenly kingdom.  What will it matter then?  Toil will be forgotten.


2 Timothy   1 comment

2 Timothy

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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Posted November 16, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Timothy, Guide Posts K-Z

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The Good Soldier and His Reward   4 comments


Above:  A Celtic Cross in Church Ruins, Estonia



St. Paul the Apostle certainly did not write 2 Timothy.

And my great-grandfather had a higher opinion of Martin Luther than I do.  Of course, I have a higher (although mixed) opinion of Roman Catholicism than my great-grandfather did–his was subterranean.




2 Tim. 4, 7-10

1.  Paul had his own battles to fight and obstacles to overcome.  They had to be fought by himself.

(1)  Internal struggles.  Breaking away from his life-long training.

(2)  Preaching the new gospel of salvation by faith and of resurrection, and defending it dogmatically and in “perils” constantly (2 Cor. 11, 22-33) besides the cares of all the churches.   He was put on his metal–soldier spirit was in great demand.

Such is our case.  We, too, have our battles to fight as good soldiers–as did Athanasius, [Martin] Luther, [John] Wesley, etc.

2.  We have help if we will first receive it.  “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12, 2).  “There I take my stand; I can do no otherwise.  God help me.  Amen.”–Luther.  “God is…our strength.” (Psalm 46, 1)

3.  It is not in vain.  There is a present reward.  No labor of love is lost.  “Tis better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.”

There is an eternal reward.  “I have fought the good fight…there is…a crown of righteousness laid up for me.”  This reward is all any heart could wish!

4.  Will we “fight the good fight of faith”?  Will we be true?  Cross-bearers shall become crown wearers.


The Christian’s Confidence in Death   1 comment


Above:  A Cemetery, Between 1904 and 1920

Photograph Created by the Detroit Publishing Co.

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-25 X



It is certain that St. Paul the Apostle did not write 2 Timothy.




2 Tim. 4, 8 & 18 (Revised Version of 1881)

1.  Paul, at the end of his pilgrimage, looks with confidence to the future.  He had lived well and now trusts God for the beyond.  He stands not aghast; is confident.

2.  He will live beyond the grave.

(1)  God’s word assures us of heaven and a fuller, happier life.  Jesus is there and he is our humanity.  “In my flesh shall I see God.”  Lazarus and Dives are conscious beyond the grave.

(2)  Man’s life on the moral basis suggests more than life here.

(3)  Man’s influence dies not with him.  When the horse dies he is dead; man lives on in the influence he still has over others.

(4)  Living and dying he is conscious of a future.  The body totters, the mind is young and reaches out after God.  Christ spoke of his “exodus.”

3.  The reward for conduct here awaits him there–“a crown of righteousness”–the results of right living–heaven’s eternal joys.  “And for all that love his appearing.”

4.  To the righteous dying is but going home–“Safe at home forever,/And that’s enough for me!”