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One of the most difficult - and critical - questions for believers to settle is “what world arm I a part of?” Jesus, in Matthew 6:21, states that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Whatever place we consider to be our true “home” determines our priorities and our loyalty. It impacts every relationship.

Sundays, at times,  have been some of the most frustrating days of my life. The one day of the week when I'm supposed to be getting rest has often been the most unrestful. Reading through 2 Timothy helps me understand why.

It happens often enough in sports: you are so tired you can't go on - but somehow, you do go on. Your "faith" in your own strength is gone, but you find a way to persist. 

Now imagine that it is not your physical strength that has failed you but your heart, your emotion, your will itself. 

I think this is what Paul has in mind in 2 Timothy 2:11-13. 

I have often told the story of my own faith journey something like this:

Once on vacation, a tennis instructor invited me to his house for a "Bible study." I figured, "I've done stupider things," and decided to go. It was the first time the story of Christ ever made sense. What I saw was that God did not want to hammer me for what I was doing wrong, but that he wanted to help me do what is right. He wanted to forgive me and give me a second chance. 

It's good story, right? But it is misleading....