Monthly Archives: February 2012

Morning Devotion – Titus 1:8b

…one who loves what is good (Titus 1:8b)  Our culture has lost the beauty of wholesome.   Let me clarify where I am coming from, so you don’t think I am just boring.  Wholesome is not a synonym for “no fun.”  … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:8a

…rather he must be hospitable (Titus 1:8a) What is hospitality?  Most people associate it with inviting others into our homes.  But I know from experience the mere act of giving someone a place to eat or sleep doesn’t fully describe … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:7e

…not pursuing dishonest gain. (Titus 1:7e) I want to offer a disclaimer before I begin.  Sometimes we unwittingly reinforce unfair stereotypes in our effort to teach a truth.  Nowhere is this more so than with the subject of leadership.  My … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:7d

…not violent (Titus1:7d) Sometimes other translations of the Bible have a way of rounding out our understanding of a passage.  This is because translators must sometimes decide between a primary or secondary meaning of a word, depending on the context.  But … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:7c

…not given to drunkenness (Titus 1:7c) As they say in the country, “Now you’ve gone to meddling!  Alcohol has never been a part of my family or personal life.  Well, this may not exactly be true.  You see, my father’s … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:7b

…not quick-tempered (Titus 1:7b) And elder must be “not quick-tempered.”  Notice, Paul doesn’t say an elder should never get angry, but rather that he should not be quick to anger.  A “quick-tempered” person can go from “0-60” on the anger … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:7a

Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing (Titus 1:7) In an earlier devotion on Titus 1:5 we reminded ourselves of three New Testament words for “elder.”  This is the verse where Paul said he … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:6c

…a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. (Tit 1:6c) Once again, we come to a character profile point that has been the subject of much discussion.  As with the “husband of … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:6b

…the husband of but one wife, (Titus 1:6b) If you are just joining our study, we are breaking down the character profile of a church elder, as given by the Apostle Paul to Titus, whom he left in Crete.  Titus … Continue reading

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Morning Devotion – Titus 1:6

An elder must be blameless, (Titus 1:6) Paul creates a character profile for Titus to use in the selection of elders on Crete.  You may be familiar with a similar list the apostle gave to Timothy (1Timothy 3:1-7)).  The list … Continue reading

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