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“As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me — even Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains. When he came to Rome, he searched everywhere until he found me. May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ’s return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.” (2 Timothy 1:15-18, NIV)

As we can see from today’s scripture reading, even the best people have bad experiences with friends and associates.  Clearly, Paul was grieved by the many desertions of “everyone from the province of Asia” in general; and the desertion of Phygelus and Hermogenes, in particular.  However, he is cheered by the kindnesses of one person: Onesiphorus.

It is telling that Paul uses more than twice the number of words recalling the faithfulness of Onesiphorus than he does in describing the failures of Phygelus, Hermogenes, and all of the other folks in the Asia province.  Although Paul never denied the reality of the negative, he chose to spend a lot more time — and words — dwelling on the positive.  So should we.  – Luther

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“In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” (Psalm 18:29, New Living Translation)

Because of our relationship with our heavenly Father, we ought to be both optimistic (or visionary) and powerful.

A vision without power is like an unplugged electrical appliance.  Power without a vision is a recipe for disappointment.

Living each hour of our day in the strength of the Lord gives us both the vision and the power to “scale any wall.” 

What walls that need to be scaled are facing you?

Fret not.  With God, all things are possible.  – Luther

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