Faithful Preaching, Despite Betrayal
Today's reading is the beginning of the second letter to Timothy, which encourages the young associate of Paul to continue the great apostle's ministry. From his youth, Timothy was raised to be a great preacher, following the example of faith given to him by his mother and grandmother. Paul expects that Timothy will continue to serve the church as a preacher and teacher, but worries about the opposition and challenges that he will face. The saddest of these is not persecution from non-Christians, but betrayal from so-called Christians -- which Paul himself has experienced (and has the painful scares to show for it).
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Timothy 1 today.