Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency , whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching , they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already about to be sacrificed ; the time of my release is at hand and I will soon go free.
I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness , which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that day--and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return).
Make every effort to come to me soon.
For Demas has deserted me for love of this present world and has gone to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very helpful to me for the ministry.
Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
you come, bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, also the books, especially the parchments.
Alexander the coppersmith did me great wrongs. The Lord will pay him back for his actions.
Beware of him yourself, for he opposed and resisted our message very strongly and exceedingly.
At my first trial no one acted in my defense or took my part or stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them!
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion.
the Lord will certainly deliver andJoseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: A primary meaning of the Greek ruomai: ``draw to one's self."draw me to Himself from every assault of evil. He will preserve and bring me safe unto His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila and to the household of Onesiphorus.
Erastus stayed on at Corinth, but Trophimus I left ill at Miletus.
Do hasten and try your best to come to me before winter. Eubulus wishes to be remembered to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace (God's favor and blessing) be with you. Amen (so be it).
Summary: Paul calls us to count the present as a gift of God, make peace with the past, and rest assured in the future God has in store for those who are his. (This sermon could easily be modified into a funeral/memorial service message.)
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Summary: There is an absence of sound biblical teaching in the modern church. People who are hungry for strong preaching from God’s Word are often left wanting for old-fashioned preaching that stirs your bones.
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Summary: Quitting can cost more than you desire to pay. Demas quit under a heavy load. John Mark quit and considered the stupid tax and returned to God's work. Quitting has consequences --- PRESS ON...