II Timothy is possibly the very last letter that the great apostle Paul ever wrote. We come to the end of the thrilling life of a man who had served Jesus with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. It is clear that this letter was written when Paul was a prisoner. What would be his final instruction to the Church?
The Book of Daniel shows us how to hold onto the reality of Christ in a world that we don't control, a world that is full of values and assumptions that are hostile to the ways of the Living God.
Job is constantly accused by his friends of sin or pride or selfishness. They believe that suffering is always our own fault but that there is a way to avoid suffering if only we are holy enough or repent enough of our sins. The book of Job wants to teach us to think again about suffering, as suffering may contain some of the deepest treasures from the Living God.