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Contentment #5— Naked Contentment

Godliness is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we should be content. … But many who have longed for money have wandered away from the faith. … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Training In Godliness

Much is being said these days about how important regular physical exercise is for maintaining good health. According to statistics quoted in a recent Reader’s Digest article, it increases our life expectancy on the average of four years. But much greater benefits come from maintaining another kind of exercise program. Paul urged Timothy, “Train yourself … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Pumping Iron — Spiritually

Today I want to emphasize Paul’s command to Timothy, where Paul said, “Keep on exercising yourself in godliness, pastor Timothy, because godliness holds promise both for this present life and for that which is to come” (4:7–8). The English word “godliness” represents a Greek word used to characterize someone who was very concerned to respect … Continue reading

Godliness #8 — Praised by Godliness

Know that the Eternal has set apart the godly man for himself. The Eternal hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3 Before any of my days began, O Lord, you had ordained them all and written them in your book. This was no whim, nor capricious contingency. I am a thread in your tapestry, … Continue reading

Godliness #7 — Godly Fellowship

Depart from evil, and do good, so you will abide forever. For the Eternal loves justice, and does not forsake his godly ones. Psalm 37:27-28 One of the ways Jesus paraphrases this verse is this: “Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say … Continue reading

Godliness #6 — Godly Timing

I did not hide my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Eternal,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found. In a flood of great waters they shall not reach him. Psalm 32:5-6 Godly … Continue reading

Godliness #5 — Reconciled Godliness

I will hear what God, the Eternal, will say; for he will speak peace to his people, even to his godly ones. And they will not turn back to folly. His deliverance is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85:8-9 In the midst of stressful lives, godly … Continue reading

Godliness #4 — Sustained Godliness

The Eternal kills and makes alive; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Eternal makes poor and rich; he brings low, he also exalts. … He keeps the feet of his godly ones, but the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; for not by might shall a man prevail. 1 Samuel 2:6-7, 9 … Continue reading

Godliness #3 — Profitable Godliness

Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 The term “profitable” sounds like a distinctly secular, 20th century concept. But God has used … Continue reading

Godliness #2 — Enlightened Godliness

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13 What’s worse than being persecuted? Being deceived. At first it doesn’t seem so, but when we consider everything from the perspective of eternity, we realize that … Continue reading