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<< Friday, September 12, 1997 >>
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14
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Psalm 16 Luke 6:39-42
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"...Timothy, my own true child in faith." —1 Timothy 1:2

What does it take to make disciples? It takes a marriage, a pregnancy, labor and delivery, and nurturing.

  • Marriage - Paul said "I do" to Jesus and was baptized (Acts 9:18). He lived not for himself but out of love for the Lord (see 2 Cor 5:14-15).
  • Pregnancy - Paul spent his life birthing communities (see Gal 4:19). Like a mother, he carried, fed, and nourished them at the expense of his own health. He shielded them by taking the attacks of the evil one upon himself.
  • Labor and delivery - Paul had a rough labor in giving birth to Timothy at Lystra. Youthful Timothy would have been stunned to see Paul stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19). He would have been even more astounded to see Paul painfully rise and return fearlessly into the town to encourage the believers! (Acts 14:20) How could Timothy help but be filled with zeal for the Lord after such a display of courage?
  • Nurturing - Paul returned to Lystra a second time and brought Timothy on his second missionary journey (Acts 16:1-3). He personally trained and discipled Timothy. Together, they experienced constant Scripture teaching, the life of prayer, and the joy of building God's Church.
  • Although Timothy caused Paul "labor pains" (Gal 4:19), he brought many to the Lord and gave delight to Paul's heart (see Phil 4:20ff). Be like Paul. "Make" disciples (Mt 28:19).

    Prayer: Father, I want to give You a large family. Make me fertile for You.
    Promise: "Remove the plank from your own eye first; then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye." —Lk 6:42
    Praise: Dr. Walt witnesses gently to his patients and prays with them during office visits.
    (This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
    Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 1, 1997
    Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 1997
    The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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