Thursday, November 6, 2008

JOURNEY THROUGH TITUS

Here are some gleanings from my recent read through the book of Titus from The Message Bible.

  • 1:3--God has entrusted the gospel to me. Am I being a faithful steward of what He has entrusted?

  • 1:5-9--After 2000 years this is still a relevant checklist by which to measure church leaders.

  • 1:15-16--Hypocrites in the church is not a new thing. There were folks in Paul's day who claimed to know God but whose actions demonstrated otherwise.

  • 2:1-6--Great picture of a discipleship process with desirable outcomes, covering male and female and young and old.

  • 2:1-6--I believe churches today, including CBC, would be healthier if older couples mentored younger ones.

  • 2:11-14--God calls each of us to pull away from a godless, indulgent life to a God-filled and God-honoring life.

  • 3:3-8--What a difference it makes when Jesus steps into our lives.

  • 3:14--Paul made sure that providing for the needy was a central focus of his ministry.

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THOUGHTS FROM ELECTION DAY

My presidential candidate didn't win Saturday. With the economy in the shape that it is in, I don't think any Republican candidate could have been victorious. The people of America have spoken, and we have a new president. History happened on Tuesday night with the election of our first Black president.

I know that what I'm about to say may not be popular with some folks, but it's how I feel. I'm not one of those in the camp that believes our whole country is going to fall apart now. If I'm not mistaken, our country has been on a slippery slope for some time. The United States is still my country, and I will love it and support it till the day I die. And, yes, Barak Obama is MY new president. And because he is MY president, I will pray for him like the Bible teaches me to. Why wouldn't I?

At 11:00 on election night I don't believe God was up in heaven saying, "Oh, no! What happened? How did this slip under My radar screen?" No, God is in control of the universe. He oversees who sits on thrones and who rules the nations. Nothing surprises Him. Daniel 4:32 says, "The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."

To me, the most important question is not what will happen to our country under the leadership of a new president. I'm more concerned with what the church of Jesus Christ is going to do to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (regardless of who's in the White House). No matter what happens on the political scene, we followers of Christ have an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives by sharing the love of Jesus Christ. I wonder what our nation would be like if everyone who claimed to be a Christ-follower allowed God to break his/her heart for the spiritual condition of our nation. What if every believer knelt before God and pleaded with Him for spiritual awakening? That's when we will really see a difference.

Bottom line--politics and government don't provide the hope and answers we're looking for. Only Jesus does.

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