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A Spiritually Healthy Family (A Study of the Epistle to Titus) (Part 3 of 5)

I am looking forward to Family Camp at Camp Elim in Woodland Park, Colorado, on May 25-27. I get to preach five messages — and I’ve chosen the theme of the spiritually-healthy family (from the epistle of Titus).

Let’s read carefully the second chapter of Titus:
We have already seen that the spiritually healthy family cares deeply about the local church and that, secondly, it recognizes false teaching in its many forms and opposes it (1:10-16).

Let’s notice thirdly in this chapter that —

The spiritually healthy family —

III. Appreciates and Applies the Clear Instructions of God’s Word (2:1-10)

God’s Word is very specific in speaking to specific groups:

A. The Older Men (vv. 1-2)

Notice the qualities that “older men” are to work on: to be temperate; worthy of respect; self-controlled; and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

B. The Older Women (vv. 3-5)

Who’s going to admit that they belong in the category of “older women”? Personal qualities: They are to be reverent, not slanderers or addicted to much wine. Teaching responsibilities: to teach what is good, urging the younger women to love their husbands and children.

C. The Younger Women (vv. 4-5)

The “younger women” are to focus on family obligations and personal qualities (self-controlled, pure, busy at home, kind, subject to their husbands). Note the reason for the good conduct of the younger women.

D. The Young Men (vv. 6-8)

Note that self-control is the first quality of “the young men.” They are to be examples in doing what is good, in showing integrity in their teaching. They are to be marked by seriousness and soundness of speech. Note the reason for these qualities (v. 8).

E. The Slaves (vv. 9-10)

The last category are “slaves.” Here’s a good article responding to the charge that the Bible supports slavery. God’s Word regulates one’s “ownership” of slaves, recognizing that the gospel will eventually lead to freedom for slave and master! Obedience, a desire to please, and honesty are all qualities of those who are in the category of “slaves.” Note the why of these commands to slaves.

(We will continue this five-part series over the next few days)

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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in CHRISTIAN LIVING


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Time for a Great Quote: Michael Horton on Christianity Is More Than Loving Others!

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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in christianity


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“And that’s just fine with God” — Ray Charles on His Faith

This incredibly talented man, who passed away in 2004, was blind in two ways. He lost his sight as a child to glaucoma. But, if he held to this quote till his death, he was spiritually blind to the specificity of the Christian gospel.  Granted, denominations save no one.  But the gospel of Jesus Christ rules out Judaism and Islam.  And self-defined religion.  Any comments?

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Posted by on August 8, 2018 in Ray Charles


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 143

Psalm 143

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Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

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Posted by on June 17, 2017 in prayers


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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 43)

Psalm 43

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    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in prayer


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 119): Part 5

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33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.[b]
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.[c]
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
    so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life.

Get SPECIFIC with the Lord!

Get SPECIFIC with the Lord!

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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in the book of Psalms


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