Come Before Winter by Rick White

Come Before Winter
Rick White
2 Timothy 4:16-21

2Tim. 4:9 Make every effort to come to me soon; 10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens {has gone} to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. 12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. 16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him {be} the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2Tim. 4:19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus. 21 Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.

1. I have a love for all the season of the year. Winter/spring/ summer/fall.
2. This is Paul's last will and testament to young Timothy. From a prison cell he writes for the companionship of Timothy.
3. Fall is a perfect parable on the passing opportunities of life.
4. I am indebted to Dr. Clarence Edward McCartney, FPC of Pittsburgh, for developing the theme of Come Before Winter.

• Practical necessity of travel.
• Personal circumstances in which Paul found himself.
1. He needed friends and family around him. They don't have to say anything. They ...

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