The Giving Tree
Click below for recorded sermon as inspired by Silverstein’s book
click link below to watch/listen to animated version of the “The Giving Tree”
Paul is coming to the end of his life as a Giving Tree –
2 Timothy 4:6-18 in part
6 For I am already being poured out, and the last drops of this drink offering are all that remain; it’s almost time for me to leave. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have stayed on course and finished the race, and through it all, I have kept believing. 8 I look forward to what’s in store for me: a crown of righteousness that the Lord—the always right and just judge—will give me that day (but it is not only for me, but for all those who love and long for His appearing).
9 Come to me, Timothy, as soon as you can. … 11 Luke is the only one left. Bring Mark with you because he is useful in this work and will help look after me…. (for) Everyone abandoned me (may it not be held against them) … [in the text Paul lists those who have left him… after all he had given and taught them, they were not there for him in the end…] he continues: All have left me …17 except the Lord. He stood by me, strengthened me, and backed the truth I proclaimed with power so it may be heard by all. He rescued me….18 And I know the Lord will continue to rescue me from every trip, trap, snare, and pitfall of evil and carry me safely to His heavenly kingdom. May He be glorified throughout eternity. Amen.