Saturday November 20, 2021

Saturday – November 20th – Titus 1:12-13     -----     
1:12) One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 
13) This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 
14) not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Hello Saturday and hello weekend. What great plans do you have for the next couple of days? Does it include family time, early thanksgiving gatherings, yard work or vegging out with college and pro football? Whatever may be on the schedule I would encourage you to make time for SunRise worship this weekend. We are finishing our two-week Lost & Found series with part two of the story of the Prodigal Son. Hear the story of moving from slopping the hogs to b-b-q the fattened calf. Join us either online, on-demand, or in-building to hear the rest of the story.
    In our pick verses today, Paul continues his harsh indictment of the false teachers and their lies which had infiltrated the church in Crete. Biblical scholars identify a sixth century BC Cretan scholar named Epimenides as Paul’s “one of them”. He was still revered as an inspired “prophet” and was highly regarded for his teachings. Epimenides had labeled the inhabitants of the island as being liars. So notorious was the reputation of the people of Crete that the verb “to cretize” was a slang expression meaning lie or cheat. Paul pleads with Titus and the church leadership to encourage the false teachers to rethink their philosophies and instead to purse the freedom found in the Gospel of Jesus. Paul was also aware of the danger of mixing Greek philosophies with the ongoing attempts to pervert the truths of the Jewish faith. Such mixing of truths and lies could easily confuse those “new to the faith” Christians. The devil is highly successful in sprinkling just enough truth to make his lies seem acceptable and even appealing. We must always be on guard for the temptation to adjust the gospel to fit our personal agendas or validate our choices.

  Pastor Jim
Sunday – November 21st – Titus 1:15

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 61238-61239). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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