1. Divisiveness
    15 Oct, 2018
    Divisiveness
    As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.  Titus 3:10-11  It's honest confession time. The passage above has bothered me on occasion. I get how stirring up division in the church is a bad thing, but this verse has sometimes seemed overly strict to me.   I mean, "have nothing to do with him" seems harsh.  Calling him "warped" seems stern and severe.
  2. Avoid Quarreling
    03 Mar, 2017
    Avoid Quarreling
    Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.  Titus 3:1-2  If I'm brutally honest, I find in myself more than just a little bent to get involved in debating controversies, diving into dissensions, and getting into the middle of quarrels. Yes, it's true that as a pastor I'm called to uphold sound doctrine and refute those who
  3. Small Grace?
    05 Dec, 2016
    Small Grace?
    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 What if I told you that your view of
  4. Can We Handle the Truth?
    18 Jul, 2016
    Can We Handle the Truth?
    Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness Titus 1:1 "You can't handle the truth!" That famous line was uttered by Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men, and it has been quoted and parodied numerous times over the last 20+ years. Truth can be tough to handle, for sure. This is especially true when it comes to the truth of God's Word.  That is why we are called to handle