13 November: Desperate Housewives

Even after millenniums, some things remain the same. Being idle, for example, continues to create issues in community, but being helpful creates opportunities…

READ 1 TIMOTHY 5  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


From what I can see, reality TV and modern TV shows, like Desperate Housewives, are all about idle people getting involved in idle gossip. Things seem to deteriorate from there with more issues created and, somehow, it’s a hit TV show! But when I first read the words in today’s chapter: “…they get into the habit of going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to…” [v13], I thought, “Good grief! This first century Jew is a total sexist!” Then, a still small voice inside asked, “Are you sure he’s not speaking the truth?”

I had to admit that he’s probably right. If it is true that “…The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot be hidden forever….” [v24-25], then I think that Paul’s message, in today’s chapter, is more than relevant, even 1,950+ years after he wrote it! It encourages me to switch off the TV and to keep active, creating opportunities not issues…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the One who Created you to be like Him?[a] The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

I give glory to You God, in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom Your favour rests. [Luke 2:14]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of Switzerland[c]
  • Your Nation: University Campus Ministries
  • Yourself: An eternal perspective
  • Your concerns for today 
Now, Father God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. [Daniel 9:17]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

When I sin against You, Lord, justice is far from me, and righteousness can’t reach me. Without You, I look for light but all is darkness; for brightness, but I walk in deep shadows. [Isaiah 59:9]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Return to me, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine[d], the root Your right Hand has planted, the Son that You’ve raised up for Yourself. [Psalm 80:14-15]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[e] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual LIFE

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” [2 Corinthians 5:17]

[a] Genesis 1:26-27

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/swit/owtext.html

[d] John 15:1,5

[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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