Clothe Yourselves with Humility

Peter closes his first letter in today’s Bible reading. He reminds the elders how they should lead their churches: with humility. Humility goes a long way in leading people! Humility recognizes accountability to someone else. In any organization, everyone is accountable to someone else. Unless you’re working for yourself, someone else has the ability to…

Using Spiritual Gifts for God’s Glory

Several months ago, we read through Paul’s letters to the Church at Corinth. We saw that one of the Corinthians’ biggest problems was their focus on themselves. They were consummate narcissists. As a result, the Corinthian church was extremely dysfunctional in the way it ministered to itself. In today’s Bible reading, Peter echos Paul’s concerns…

Don’t Be Naive

Did you know that the antichrist is already here? John says he’s already in the world. And he wrote that during the last half of the First Century. John begins 1 John 4 in today’s Bible reading with a warning to test the Spirits. (1 John 4:1) So how do you know which spirits to…

Honor the Elders

When Paul talks about honoring the elders in today’s Bible reading, he isn’t talking about honoring your parents or honoring people who are older than you. He’s talking about honoring church elders. Elders in the First Century church were pastors and mature men who had been called to provide spiritual and financial leadership of the…

Set an Example

In today’s Bible reading, Paul tells Timothy to guard against people looking down on him because of his youth. We don’t know how old Timothy is. There may have been some concern that this young pastor may not have enough experience or maturity to fulfill his ministry. There’s a lot to be said about someone…