Anthony Gammage – 2 Timothy 1:1-7
2 Timothy 1:1–7
 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,  To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,  for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.  He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.
 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:
“If grace is God’s kindness to the undeserving, mercy is shown to the weak and helpless who cannot help themselves. Peace is reconciliation, the restoration of harmony to lives spoiled by discord…We may summarize these three blessings of God’s love as being grace to the worthless, mercy to the helpless, and peace to the restless…While ‘God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord’ together constitute the one spring from which this threefold stream flows forth.”
 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
1 Timothy 4:14
 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.