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Golden Nuggets from Titus

I just recently read through the book of Titus. I can tell you it is chalked full of really REALLY good information or what I call “Golden Nuggets”.

Paul reminds us of several things in his letter to Titus:

Elders/Overseers: These men must be above reproach and must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:7-9).

Older Men & Women: But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:1-5). I personally fit into this category and need to be reminded about how important it is to speak into the lives of others. 

Younger Men & Women: Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” (Titus 2:6-8). This reminds me of how important it is for young people to model good works, have integrity, dignity and sound speech. What you do in your youth affects your whole life even if you don’t think it will. 

Workers: Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” (Titus 2:9-10). I understand we no longer have Bondservants but we can defiantly put this to practice in the workplace.

How we should act: 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). “The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 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 3:8-11).

The verses that really stood out to me where about what God did for us and why we should act according to what He says:

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7).

“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).

Take the time today to read through the book of Titus. It isn’t long but again, is chalked full of golden nuggets for us to glean from.

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No Other Name

This morning as I read through this chapter in Acts I came across a verse that I know is the truth – that there is no other way to eternal life but through Jesus. This is not a popular idea today as people are choosing to find their way to heaven through every “spiritual” avenue but the one true way.

Jesus Himself said,I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Acts 10:43 says,  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

I Timothy 2:3-6 says, This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

No other person in history did what Jesus did for us. No other person in history could have done what Jesus did. Do not be deceived by today’s “spiritual” practices that mislead you into thinking you can obtain eternal life through yourself or anyone but Jesus.

If you don’t know Jesus and would like to know what He did for you I encourage you to go to read through the verses in the Want to Know Jesus section. Read for yourself  why we believe that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”


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“Bears our Burdens”

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19

Are you heavy burdened today? I want to encourage you and let you know that the Lord God is right by your side ready to help bear your burden for you. Jesus told us to come to Him, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If you are weighted down by a heavy burden I pray that you will immediately turn to the Lord and allow Him to bear it for you.

Krista Jones – 9.18.17


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Investing In & Supporting One Another

This morning I want us to read through a few passages of how the people in the early church supported each other. I think these passages are a great reminder of how we need to be loving, caring and supporting each other. It is also a great reminder of how important it is to worship together. The early church got together regularly. In doing so they were constantly growing and learning about their faith but they also began to invest in each other.

I don’t know what this will look like for each of us or how the Lord directs you to support others. I pray that these passages will open all of our eyes to the needs of the communities we live in as well as those who are within our own congregations.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:32-35

Krista Jones – 8.6.17


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Forgive & Forget

This morning we will be reading a portion of scripture that will remind us of the importance of forgiving and forgetting. I know this is hard for some of us. Hard because the hurt lingers. But what I’ve learned, or I should say still learning, is that when we cling to past hurts we allow unforgiveness to seep into our hearts. Once this happens it can turn to bitterness and resentment. This, my friends, will only bring more pain into our lives.

I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself. Read Matthew 18:21-35.

Krista Jones – 5.26.17


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Remember To Be Thankful

This morning while I was reading through Luke 17 I came across the story of the ten lepers who were cleansed. Let us review the story now, Luke 17:11-21.

In this story we read that Jesus is passing through Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem. As He entered the city He passed a group of leprous men. We know from this passage that Jesus heals all ten of them but only one comes back and worships and thanks Him, “Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him” (verses 15-16).

This morning as I read this story I was reminded to be thankful for what the Lord has done in my life. When the Lord blesses you don’t forget to go back to Him with a thankful heart.

Krista Jones – 7.5.17


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The Love Test

I just recently read another chapter of the book my best friend and I are going through this summer called “Faith is Not a Feeling” by Ney Bailey. The chapter was on having a hard time loving someone because of a broken relationship from the past that has caused you to become bitter towards this person. I know we probably all suffer from broken relationships and past hurts. These hurts can fester if they aren’t dealt with and forgiveness given.

Here is a little exercise she learned about during a message that she found very helpful for her situation. I will call it The Love Test. Take I Corinthians 13:1-8 and insert your name whenever the verses mention “love”. She wrote it out like this (I will insert my name as an example):

God’s love towards Krista is kind,
God’s love towards Krista is patient,
God’s love towards Krista is not provoked,
God’s love towards Krista does not take into account a wrong suffered,
God’s love towards Krista will bear all things,
believe all things,
hope all things,
endure all things.
God’s love towards Krista will never fail.

Okay, now that you’ve done that take the time to ponder how much God loves you even when you sin or hurt Him. If you have a hard time loving and forgiving yourself you might want to stop here and pray about it. Work through it until you can fully grasp how much He loves you. If you are ready to move on try inserting the name of someone who has caused brokenness in your life.

I don’t have an answer as how the Lord will change our hearts towards those who have caused brokenness in our lives. This is something that you’ll have to work out between you and God. I pray that your eyes will be opened and your heart will be softened along with mine.

Krista Jones – 8.14.17

Note: The Love Test taken from, “Faith is Not a Feeling” by Ney Bailey, pg. 51.