Archive for December 2013

Titus 1:7

 

A pastor or leader of God’s people is supposed to point them towards Jesus. We have nothing good in and of ourselves. Everything that we do is to point people towards Him. 
(1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.)
This is why we have such stringent standards as leaders of God’s people. We are not trying to build kingdoms for ourselves. Read more ...

Published on December 23, 2013 at 1:33 am |

Titus 1:6 (part 3)

We have seen that the standard for Christian leaders is that they be above reproach. After setting that standard, Paul started listing specific ways in which the leader must be above reproach. He must have obedient, God-honoring children, and now, he must be “the husband of one wife.” This particular phrase has been parsed and inspected to a staggering degree, but it is because it is so important. It has many times been declared to mean that a leader must be married, that he must have been married only once (normally this is anti-divorce, but in extreme cases some will even say a man cannot be widowed and remarried), that he must be completely committed, etc. Read more ...

Published on December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am |

Titus 1:6 (part 2)

When my son was about 2.5 years old, we went on a shopping expedition to a mall which had a great indoor playground. While Mom shopped, the kids and I played on a giant pirate ship. At one point a bigger boy (maybe 4) started bullying all the little kids-pushing to the front of the line and even hitting the little kids. His mom kept sighing and muttering, "What are you going to do?" while looking at the other parents for agreement/support.Read more ...

Published on December 12, 2013 at 8:39 am |

Titus 1:6a

Sometimes a phrase or slogan identifies you. Teddy Roosevelt was known for “speak softly and carry a big stick” in his foreign policy. If you hear someone say, “I have a dream,” you know they are quoting Martin Luther King. Certain companies are known for their slogans: “You’re in good hands with…” (I know you said it in your head).  How about, “_______   _______is mmm, mmm good.” (You know you want some soup now) My employer used to have the slogan “You can do it; we can help,” (which I loved) but we have now changed to “More saving, more doing” (which I love a lot less).Read more ...

Published on December 11, 2013 at 1:03 am |

Titus 1:4-5

One of the greatest disservices that we do to those on whom we have influence is not to have expectations. Too many people (and specifically young people—starting as children) never have significant goals or expectations put on them. It is good to avoid unrealistic expectations, but we often avoid any expectations at all. This can lead to general apathy about life and limited initiative.
Paul had a very close relationship with Titus. He had mentored him and guided him in his relationship with Jesus. So, in this letter Paul is seeking to encourage Titus in his faith and reiterate the expectations that Paul had set for Titus. There were several different churches on this island, and Paul had left Titus in charge as a sort of overseer. 
Paul wrote this letter partly to remind Titus of his expectations, and also largely to remind the churches of the role that Titus was supposed to play. 
Have high expectations for yourself, and have high expectations for those under your influence. There is a lot of work to be done in the Kingdom of God—we must all contribute.
Titus 1:4-5  To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.  5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you.

Published on December 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

Titus 1:3

Time is interesting. It is one of my favorite concepts to monitor in my children’s development—when do they understand days, weeks, and months? When will they grasp that I used to be a child and that one day they will be adults? How soon do they understand past, present and future? My four-year-old is starting to get it, though he doesn’t have all the terminology down yet (he says “yesternight,”which is adorable). Read more ...

Published on December 6, 2013 at 3:04 am |

Titus 1:2

God has promised certain things to His children. One of these things is eternal life. God had set this plan in place before He had even created the world (1 Peter 1:18-20) because He knew that He would intervene to save us from ourselves. We know all this is true because God cannot lie. Read more ...

Published on December 5, 2013 at 3:14 am |

Titus 1:1

One of the most powerful moments I ever personally witnessed in sports was in a simple pickup basketball game. I watched a young, brash, mouthy point guard get picked apart and humbled by an older, stronger, more polished guard. During one quick break in the action when the younger player (and everyone else who was watching) had realized he was way overmatched, the older guy quietly told him, “I am who you think you are.” While I am not typically a fan of trash-talk, I thought that statement was apt and funny. A certain basketball hierarchy had been firmly established. The roles were crystal clear. Read more ...

Published on December 3, 2013 at 2:37 am |

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