Entries by suzie

Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Would you consider yourself an ideas person, a visionary, or maybe a details person, more comfortable with the behind the scenes perhaps. I am struck by Paul’s combination of vision/encouragement /exhortation vs these verses of practical ’housekeeping’. Bottom line we need both. Whether that is in a team or with in our own lives. The […]

Monday 21 June, 2021

This passage starts out with a “dos” and “don’ts” list with respect to Christian behaviour.  Paul reminds us what a Christian is supposed to look like.  Paul then goes onto explain why Christians behave differently.  We are reminded of God’s mercy and grace and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our sins […]

Sunday 20 June, 2021

“a people that are his very own”(v14) . These are such powerful words – we, the church, are God’s very own, we belong to him, we are special in his eyes. Knowing I am valuable to God is so comforting, it shapes who I am. God’s grace demands I live a life honouring to this […]

Saturday 19 June, 2021

When I was a 1st year apprentice my instructor said “the Qantas Jet base has eyes – they see everything”. Paul is saying something similar to Titus – let everything you DO reflect your TEACHING, because people are watching. This is not about practicing what we preach, this is preaching what we practice. This is […]

Friday 18 June, 2021

Paul continues instructing Titus to correctly teach believers the word of God. He outlines what should be taught and that it should be passed from one generation to the next. He wants this teaching to be intentional. Then as the word of God gets in our hearts, it does its transformational work within us. How […]

Thursday 17 June, 2021

I must admit that, on first reading, this seemed like a strange passage of scripture that must be read in context to understand it’s meaning. The Apostle Paul is writing to his co-worker Titus regarding the church that they established together in Crete. Paul has left Titus behind to look after this new church, and […]

Wednesday 16 June, 2021

Throughout the bible, there are many aspirational behaviours discussed. That is, God has set a very high standards for anyone who follows him. But the standard of behaviour for entry to the kingdom is non existent. The bible says that while we were still sinners, He (Jesus) came and died for us. When I look at my own salvation, I know […]

Tuesday 15 June, 2021

I always appreciate the way Paul opens his letters. Our written communications today are so rushed and instant that we rarely consider our word’s impact or bearing, let alone reflect back on what we wrote. Yet we know how valuable a kind word of encouragement can be, and how a loving response can warm us […]

Monday 14 June, 2021

Prayer is an essential part of Paul’s life and as he does in other letters, he has let the Ephesian believers know that he prays for them (see chapter 1), and now encourages and requests prayer support from them. Much has been written about praying in the Spirit, one of the best things to do […]

Sunday 13 June, 2021

I love this passage. It clearly sets the cosmic scale of the conflict we find ourselves in – well beyond what we can see. It has brilliant images of the armour and weapons God gives us. They not only keep us safe as we take our stand but take the fight to the enemy with […]