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    What it Means to Pursue Righteousness

    By Jennifer Slattery

    "Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace …" 2 Timothy 2:22

    I've always wanted to play the piano. But I'm tone deaf and have never taken lessons.

    I'd love to be fit and strong. Except I hate weight training.

    If only I could speak French fluently. Or Russian. Or even Greek. Only I've never taken a class, purchased a foreign-to-American dictionary, or any language learning software.

    Obviously, wishful thinking won't get us far, whether our goals are concrete, like losing weight or mastering a new skill, or far more profound and eternal, becoming more like Christ.

    Today's verse was written sometime between 63-65 AD. The cruel and tyrannical Nero had been in power for ten years. Recently released from prison, Paul, a first century evangelist, left one of his dearest companions, a young man named Timothy, to oversee a church in crisis 

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