Good morning Calvary family!

This coming Sunday, we will study another letter by the Apostle Paul to his spiritual son, Timothy. And as I have been preparing, one of the things I am continually grateful to God for is how he keeps granting fresh readings of his Word, for I have seen things here I’ve never seen before.

You see, Paul is near death. He is in prison. He exists in the shadow of the executioner. He is tired, he is cold, he is alone, and he is feeling the bite of loneliness and desertion of all those close to him. It is likely this is the last letter of his life. Among other reasons, these realities make this one of the most emotional and moving portions in all of Scripture.

As you read and prepare for the service this Sunday, keep that picture of Paul in your mind. Put yourself in the place of Timothy, hearing the words of an older father, pouring out his heart to you and calling you to the great mission of the Good News of Jesus. For Paul is a dying man pleading with dying men to grasp Christ.

I am praying for you, dear friends, and for us. May God grant us the grace to see marvelous things in his Word as we gather this coming Sunday. And may he use our time together to equip us, so that we can help at least one other person move one step closer to Jesus.

I love you,

Pastor Matthew