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Mary Loudermilk

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For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica . . . Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. (II Timothy 4:10-11, English Standard Version) Have you ever wished the Bible told you more of a story? Why did he do that? What happened next? Who else was there? How did it end?  I like details, but Paul only gives the most basic of facts in II Timothy 4:10. Demas, his friend, fellow believer, and coworker in the gospel, left. More than just “leaving town,”…

“The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build, houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – and you eat your fill, be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12, New English Translation) The slavery of Egypt now lay behind…

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17, New Living Translation) According to a report released this summer by the Barna Group and the American Bible Society, daily Bible reading dropped from fourteen percent to nine percent between 2019 and 2020. That’s quite a percentage change in just one year.…