Titus is one of three letters known better as the Pastoral Epistles. The other two letters are both addressed to Timothy. It was written by the elder Paul to encourage the younger Titus. Titus was a pastor on the island of Crete. Paul leaves us instructions that are relevant to pastors and Christian leaders in the present age. We begin our study by focusing on … Continue reading Bible Study: Titus 1:1-4
Recently, I was asked how to get deeper into God’s Word. The inquiry came after a service where I started a sermon series on Jonah. The person was underwhelmed by the basic Sunday school storyline that had frequently been given and was made thirsty for God’s truth through a fuller look at this familiar narrative. The same feeling, no doubt, dwells within many believers. Most … Continue reading Studying God’s Word
C.S. Lewis calls pride the “great sin” and “the essential vice.” Scripture teaches that through the “pride of life” (1 John 2:16) we can be tempted into sin. There are even more passages show a disdain for hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence) and the need for humility. There is a healthy level of narcissism that promotes self-care but left unattended, and it can develop it … Continue reading Protecting ministers from narcissism
One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” The theme of the entire Psalms is God’s abiding presence that gives us comfort and protection. In the middle of our chaos, we can be still or be at peace and know that God … Continue reading Psalm 46:10
Our testimony is that we have access to the throne of God. Many believers have not taken advantage of this beautiful reality, though they should. Several passages in Scripture share this fact. “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” – Eph. 2:18 “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” – Eph. 3:12 … Continue reading Access to the Throne
One of the most loved narratives in the Bible is David and Goliath. A truly inspirational piece of history about the physical underdog proving to be a spiritual giant. One of the neglected parts of this section of Scripture is the conflicted interaction between David and his brothers. When David began to make an inquiry as to why nobody stood up to Goliath, David’s brother … Continue reading Is there not a cause?
I am sitting, waiting on my five-year old daughter in her gymnastics class. She loves and it brings her a lot of happiness. At times, the activity is beyond her skill. Sometimes, she is distracted. There are also times when she forgets to do what she was taught. Hold your horses, that sounds like belivers in spiritual development. 2 Peter 1:5-8 “And beside this, giving … Continue reading Gymnastics: a lesson in spiritual development