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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. 

It shouldn't surprised me any more, but it still does. Every time I plunge into some passage of the Bible that isn't making sense to me, I get nervous, especially when it is some well know passage that gets quoted often. But when I do, wow! What treasure! Here are two I've dug into recently.

With Jesus, “and” is almost better than “or.” He spoke the truth and spoke gently to the guilty. He rebuked the Pharisees and quietly explained things to them.

In but not of is a poor way to live....