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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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01/22/2014

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"You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim.3:14-15).

About a millennium and a half had passed from the writings of Moses in Deuteronomy to the letters which the apostle Paul penned to Timothy. During those years, mothers and fathers in Israel were to have been teaching their children the truths found in God's Law. Sometimes they were successful, and sometimes not, and through these experiences God blessed them when they were obedient, and chastised them when they were not...We know from today's verses, that Timothy was the product of successful teaching. "For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure it is in you as well" (2 Tim.1:5). Although Timothy's father was Greek, (Acts 16:1) his mom and grandma did their jobs in teaching the way. Timothy had heard the lessons and exhortations, and had obviously heard about Jesus' life and death. What we have here, is God being active in the hearts and minds of those who hear and accept Jesus' teachings. We do not know whether or not Timothy ever got married and had children, but we know who it was that taught him. Just as Jewish parents were to pass along the truths to their children, Paul wanted to let us know that Christian parents were to teach their children the way also... The Christian story has it's roots in old Israel, and the principles remain the same. In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young released a song written by Graham Nash, entitled "Teach Your Children." The beginning words are these: "You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by. And so, become yourself, because the past is just a goodbye... Teach your children well...." The Lord's ways are to be our code. It is our responsibility to pass that code on the others, especially our children... The Christian story is about a message of redemption. We are, as Timothy, to continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of... We are to pass them on so future generations will know them... Teach your children well....

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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