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Widow Support



Do not rebuke an older man,
But encourage like a father;
That happened since their life began,
That has taken them much further.

Treat older women as mothers,
Younger women as your sisters;
Younger men as your brothers,
The clergy being ministers.

Treat everyone with purity,
Honor widows being widows;
Respect for their maturity,
With dignity that each one shows.

If a widow has a child,
Let them learn to show godliness;
God is pleased if they are mild,
When they are showing holiness.

Put your religion to practice,
For your family show caring;
Discipline for showing justice,
Rather teaching them in sharing.

She who is truly a widow,
Left alone, set her hope on God;
Supplication with prayers to show,
Enabled to honor and laud.

If she lives in pleasure is dead,
Self-indulgent while she lives;
Encourage to seek God instead,
With confession the Lord forgives.

Command these things in giving charge,
So that they are beyond reproach;
Allows salvation to enlarge,
When you let Jesus Christ to coach.

If anyone does not provide,
For the members of their household;
In the Lord they do not abide,
Their unsealed fate will then unfold.

Copyright © 2021 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Church Instructions 1 Timothy 5:1–8

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Written on September 16, 2021

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Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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