Thursday November 18, 2021

Thursday – November 18th – Titus 1:5-9     -----     
1:5) For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you-- 
6) if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 
7) For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 
8) but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 
9) holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
   Good Thursday to you. Yes, we are not just one week away from Thanksgiving Day. What is on your calendar of celebrations? Will you watch parades or sit on the edge of your seat in full football mode? Do you have big family gatherings, or a quiet day of reflection planned for next week? Our inspirational thought reminds me that whatever I will be doing on Thanksgiving Day, or any day, it needs to be done as a person spiritually connected to God. And all that I say and do needs to be reflective of my relationship with Jesus.
    In our pick verses today from the book of Titus, Paul immediately drops instructions on what makes a great church leader. The island of Crete had a large population of Jews who were probably responsible for the founding of the Christian movement on the island. Some could have been first-hand witnesses thirty years earlier to the death of Jesus and/or in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. It is important to remember that in our verses today Paul is establishing leadership based on the current cultural environment of the island of Crete and the first century Roman world. While today we would expand leadership in the church to include more diversity, the bottom line is that the church is in great need of people who are well respected within their church family and do not have reputation for a wild or rebellious lifestyle. Leaders of any generation must always have a heart that seeks after God in all things.  

   Pastor Jim
Friday – November 19th – Titus 1:10-11

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 60748). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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