How teens and adults can respond to peer pressure – Characters: Daniel, Part 3

How do you handle societal pressure? Whether you are a teenager facing peer pressure at school, perhaps to try drugs and alcohol, or whether you are an adult tempted to misreport your taxes, there are multitudes of pressures in life, pressures to turn away from living in a way that is honorable to Jesus. WillContinue reading “How teens and adults can respond to peer pressure – Characters: Daniel, Part 3”

How to build others up in the faith – Jude 17-25, Part 2

Are you building others up? What does it mean to build others up? In th previous post I mentioned that there are Christian phrases that we use but maybe don’t fully understand. Today we’re looking at the phrase “build each other up.” Are you building others up in the faith? Yesterday we began our seriesContinue reading “How to build others up in the faith – Jude 17-25, Part 2”

What Christians need to say “No” to – Titus 2:11-15, Part 3

How are you with saying “No” to people or opportunities or temptations in life? It can be difficult, especially for those of us who have people-pleasing tendencies or addictive personalities. Being able to say “No” is vital in many areas of life, and in our series on Titus 2:11-15, Paul brings it up. In verseContinue reading “What Christians need to say “No” to – Titus 2:11-15, Part 3″

How older people can impact younger people – Titus 2:1-10, Part 4

Older people, are you irrelevant? Out of touch? Maybe you feel that way. But know this, you can and should have an impact on the younger generations. They need you. But how can you connect with them? Thus far in our series on Titus 2:1-10, Paul has taught older men and women how to ageContinue reading “How older people can impact younger people – Titus 2:1-10, Part 4”

How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3

I’ll never forget the time, as she in hospice and weeks away from passing, when my maternal grandmother admitted to me, through tears, that she was afraid she was becoming a bad Christian. She was referring to the aging process, and how she could become impatient and angry, or judgmental. No doubt she was alwaysContinue reading “How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3”

How not to become a grumpy old man – Titus 2:1-10, Part 2

I wonder how I will age. Obviously, my body will get older and change. It already is, as more and more gray hair pops out of my chin and head. I’m also feeling new aches and pains as the years go by. That is all inevitable. What is under my control is how I willContinue reading “How not to become a grumpy old man – Titus 2:1-10, Part 2”

How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1

Actor Brad Pitt, now 55 years old, recently commented that acting has become a younger man’s game.  Increasingly, so is much about our culture in America.  Where does that leave those who are older?  Retirement homes?  Are you only worthwhile if you are young?  For a number of years now, America has been in aContinue reading “How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1”

The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2

What one word do you think should define church leaders? In part 1 of this week’s posts on Titus 1:5-9, we learned that Paul had sent Titus to the Island of Crete to appoint leaders in the churches there. So what kind of people should Titus be looking for to be leaders of the church? Continue reading “The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2”

What Christians need: Grace, Peace…and Titus? Titus 1:1-4, Part 5

What do you need? A million bucks? I often daydream about how a million dollars would free up my life. But that’s not really what I need. What do we need? We conclude this week’s blog posts on Titus 1:1-4 today looking at what Christians need. If you haven’t read the previous four posts, IContinue reading “What Christians need: Grace, Peace…and Titus? Titus 1:1-4, Part 5”

Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4

Take a look at Titus 1:2.  There is a repeated word in the original Greek in which Paul wrote, but for some reason the English translations I looked at don’t repeat it.  Here is how verse two would look if that word were repeated: “in hope of life eternal, which was promised by God, whoContinue reading “Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4”