Daily thoughts: Titus 1:1

“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness” (ESV)

The Apostle states both the nature of this specific writing to Titus and the Spirit-breathed nature of all Scripture: it is for the faith of every believer. So, it is with great encouragement that we take up the Bible and read it each day, knowing that it was written for the sake of our faith. Take heart, Christian, as we read and study this word to Titus that our faith was in view, not just his.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your gracious gift of the Word to me. Thank you for caring about the faith of me, thousands of years after the fact. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding the apostle to write these words for my benefit, for my faith. Open my eyes to this glorious truth as I seek to find You in the Word.

Compassion Curriculum (for Special Needs Adults)

Paul and Jill Miller have written a great curriculum to help special needs adults understand the compassion of Jesus!

ResourcesLeader’s Manual and Student Manual; Free Starter Pack Download

Publisher’s Description

Compassion is at the very center of Jesus’ being—it is the main way that he relates to people. Jesus shows compassion by incarnating, by stepping into other people’s shoes. It is an entirely different way of approaching people—one that begins by looking.

In this 19-session study, students will learn:

  • How Jesus sees people and shows compassion
  • How our hearts can prevent us from showing compassion
  • How to share Jesus’ compassion with others

Come see the beauty of how Jesus looks, sees, and moves toward people like you and me.

Additional resources can be found at seeJesus.net.

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Free AudioBook: “Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God” (Packer)

Free AudioBook: “Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God” (Packer)

Each month, ChristianAudio provides a free download for those who subscribe to their email newsletter (sent only occasionally).

This month the free audiobook is J.I. Packer’s Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God. It’s one of the best resources on the topic of evangelism, and as you might assume, holds a high view of God’s sovereign grace as the initiator of salvation and man’s gospel proclamation as the means that God often uses to bring sinners to faith and repentance. Check it out… after all, it’s free!

From the Perspective of a Toddler: Absolutely Hilarious

I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve written on this blog. After a necessary reprieve, I’m planning to start writing again. But, as an initial start, I wanted to share a blog post that totally made my day! Enjoy…

Backstory: On Twitter, I follow a lady who writes quippy little posts about her toddler’s life, from his perspective. It’s almost always hilarious. Here’s an “open letter” from her toddler to another child that he punched on the playground. It’s worth your time… Read it as if the Toddler is writing it and you’ll be laughing:

When we are anxious

Peter’s letter contains one of the most quoted and loved verses on anxiety “Cast all your anxieties (burdens) on him, for he cares for you.”

This is wonderful good news to the person who is anxious and worrying but the Word of God does not start with that thought. Instead we find strongly worded command to “humble yourselves, therefore, before the mighty hand of God.” This is key to helping combat worry and anxiety. It is the lesson learned by Job and it is here summed up: humble yourself before the mighty God.

This is the rock solid assurance for our souls, that there is a mighty Creator, a Lord of heaven and earth, bigger and stronger than all of the creation. He is exalted and glorious wonder, seated on a throne, surrounded by thousands of angels and creatures declaring and singing his praises.

When we begin here, at the throne of God, we will be humbled before him. When we recall the deeds and character of God we will bow in humiliation. And it is here that our sorrows, anxieties, and burdens are cast at his feet. The same mighty God who spoke the universe into being is the one who cares for us. Cares so much that he “has called us to eternal glory in Christ” and chosen us of all the created things to be his beloved.

This will begin to spread the light of the Gospel hope into your burdens and anxieties. This will be a lasting cure for the sinful tendency to worry and fret. The God of the universe, enthroned in light, has redeemed you. Rest in him and be well.

 

-joe