Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Daily Devotional: Monday, July 26 - Preserving Memories

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” — 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Honeyboy Edwards and Johnny Winter are some of the musical artists featured at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Rhythm and Blues music started in the 1940s and included the driving rhythms of jazz music. Often, Elvis Presley gave credit to R&B performers for their influence on his appealing and popular style.

It is good to preserve the music of great artists. Similarly, we do well if we study the good lives of ancient people in Bible times. We must continue to rehearse the mighty works of God throughout the generations. For this reason, God told Joshua to set up a pile of stones near the spot where God parted the Jordan River.

“He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their parents, “What do these stones mean?” tell them, “Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.” For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” — Joshua 4:21-24

In a similar way, Paul passed the torch to Timothy and encouraged him to keep the Gospel train rolling until Christ returns. “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

Are you studying the Gospel and passing it on to the next generation?

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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