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Sunday Stillness – How Can God’s Word Change You?

 Sunday Stillness – How Can God’s Word Change You?

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Thank you for all your prayers and emails during this flu. I am happy to say that I am on the mend.

I am continuing to study Titus using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study and Ed Hird’s book Restoring Health. Today I am working through Titus 1:7b. If you want a PDF of the SIMPLE Bible Study – please click on SIMPLE Bible Study by Janis Cox.

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Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.

S – Say the passage aloud.

– not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain (Titus 1:7b, NIV).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

When I think of the pirates Paul is talking about – yes they were violent and robbed others. How hard must that have been for Titus to speak against. Their whole way of life needed to change.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

What’s the opposite of violent? – peace loving, and grace giving.

What’s the opposite of  pursuing dishonest gain? – living honestly, working for your money, telling the truth.

I began thinking of this world – nowadays. What do we hear and see on TV, movies, books, video games? Violence, murders. What would Paul say to our world? STOP it. If we want to follow Christ, we have to stop this way of thinking and viewing. What we see is then enacted out in real life. I think of this next generation growing up with violent video games – how is that affecting their minds?

And dishonest gain? We see that in all walks of our lives. People cheating on taxes, people trying to get a “fast buck”, people scamming others. Lotteries – aren’t they just trying to get money that wasn’t earned? Look at big companies – CEOs charged with fraud. The crash of 2008 – greed of the banks and lending companies blinded them to what could happen.

What is happening?

Ed writes a wonderful chapter on this verse.

Our glorification of violence makes us our own worst enemy. Our pride naturally leads to anger and aggression.. Loneliness creates anger (Restoring Health – Mind, Body and Spirit, Ed Hird, page 40).

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

It’s always funny (to me at least) what God brings to my mind. It is not always what I think about reading the passage, or writing my questions, or even reading Ed’s thoughts – sometimes it is out of the blue.

1. – Not Violent

I used to read violent books. I wondered why I didn’t sleep well. I used to watch the news before bed. I wondered why I didn’t sleep well. I believe it is good to keep up with what is happening in the world and for that reason I read the news on my IPAD in the morning – never before bed.

I now read good books, with love, redemption, excitement, troubles that are overcome, journeys and struggles.

2 – Not Given to Dishonest Gain.

I don’t think I ever purposefully lied or took money illegally. However, my giving heart had to melt before I could open the door to being generous. One sermon many years ago cracked open the door to giving in my heart. The question was asked: How much do you pay to heat your house? Shouldn’t you pay that amount or more to heat your heart?

Hubby and I now look for God’s leading of where to give. Try it and as Ed says:

Our giving must be out of thanksgiving and love for what Jesus did on the cross (Restoring Health, page 42).

Generosity is a healthy mark of a Spirit-filled ex-pirate (Ibid. page 43).

This also brought to mind taking Dave Ramsey’s course, called Financial Peace, and how this changed our thinking too.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, thank you for showing me the ideal way to live – Your way. Help me as I struggle with keeping peaceful at all times. As I go out into the world help me to pray when I see violence and dishonest gain. Help me to have a generous gentle heart. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Sunday Stillness – How struggles happen in churches

Sunday Stillness – How struggles happen in churches

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This week I am studying Titus 1:6 using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study. It is truly amazing how Scripture can speak to my heart, mind and soul. As usual I prayed before I started to study.

S – Say the passage aloud.

An elder must be blameless, a husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient (Titus 1:6, NIV).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Titus is charged with appointing elders in every town. Paul lays down specific instructions for those elders. Similar instructions were given to Timothy. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV).

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

Our world has changed drastically. Women are not only Elders in some denominations but also Pastors. I am not going to debate that. I think the whole idea rests upon the word – blameless.

Whoever is an Elder MUST be blameless.

That is a very important statement.

And families of Elders  – that is important too. How do the children conduct themselves? I think we can assume that children who have left the home are no longer under the control of the parent. But little ones see how parents react and act accordingly.

And I agree that an Elder needs to be a very responsible person – not just a warm body to fill a vacancy.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

I certainly agree that if an Elder has a family conflict that person is not going to be in a good position to make church decisions or be shepherds to their flock. I have attended churches in the past where divisions start from power struggles in the Elders’ group. I have gone through trials and tribulations caused by Elders NOT remaining blameless.

And Elder needs to be a committed Christian who is capable of being a good role model for his/her family. And Pastors need to be on the lookout for any weaknesses in their Elders – before a crisis occurs.

Be victorious in the home, and you are victorious everywhere (Dr. E. Stanley Jones, quoted in Ed Hird’s book, Restoring Health, page 35).

This also means that an Elder’s marriage must be blameless too. That is a big challenge in our world today as well as in the time of Titus.

One of the greatest challenges for the Cretan ex-pirates was how to develop healthy marriages, built on harmony and tenderness… God used biblical marriage to transform the relational chaos of the pirate island of Crete. Healthy leaders need healthy marriages.

What might happen if our North American society realized that God’s Church as the key to marital stability and satisfaction? (Restoring Health, Ed Hird, page 35)

How can this apply to me? I think prayer has to be my answer. Putting each of our Elders up for prayer is the way to keep Satan away and God watching over this group of people. We need to pray for all our leaders in the church and their families. Will you join me?

Do you pray for the leaders in your church?

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, in our churches I ask you to watch over the leaders, their families, their children. As we need strong churches we need strong faith-filled leaders who are protected through prayer. Help our churches – Your church – to grow strong, stable and fruit-filled. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Sunday Stillness – How to encourage each other

Sunday Stillness – How to encourage each other

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Today’s thoughts are based on Titus 1:4, using my SIMPLE method of Bible study. I find it amazing how even this short, easy passage can bring so much to light. Always start my studying by praying for guidance.

S – Say the passage aloud.

To Titus, my true son in our common faith: grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus, our Saviour (Titus 1:4, NIV).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Once again Paul is talking to Titus who is left on Crete to fulfill God’s calling. This is a simple but profound greeting that Paul makes in all his letters. He calls Titus, “my true son”. Titus was a gentile convert and that makes this all the more amazing.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

I kept thinking about Christian believers – and why there is so much dissension if we all believe in Jesus as our Saviour. Why are there put downs of other Christians? Why put downs of government leaders – we are called to pray for them.

God gives us rules to follow – gives US rules to follow – not THEM. It is for our benefit to follow them. We need to be together in this fight against Satan. Even those in the world are not our enemies – Satan is.

Paul calls Titus my “true son”. True means sincere – where are the sincere Christians? We need to pray for Christian writers, for Christian churches and for Christian charities that they remain sincere in their faith and lives. We need God’s power in this world to overcome Satan.

Paul, by this greeting, tells Titus that he is important enough to deserve a letter. He took time to write to Titus.

An interesting historical aside: Ed tells us in his book that the Cretans are the direct ancestors of the biblical Philistines.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

Paul took time for what was important to God – to encourage Titus in his ministry on Crete.

Encouragers: Writers for God are encouragers. We take time to write our thoughts, to communicate with one another and to the world.

There is no such thing as a genuine Christian faith that we make up on our own (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 31).

At the very heart of being healthy, of being sound is the gift of GRACE and PEACE ( ibid, my emphasis).

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, help us as followers of Jesus to encourage one another, to build up and not put down, to strengthen writers, pastors and leaders; to look to You at all times, good or bad. We know You are more than able. We and thank You for bringing us together. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

Sunday Stillness – Is this your time to say “yes” to God?

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I am continuing on with my study of Titus – one verse at a time. Today’s thoughts are based on Titus 1:3 using the SIMPLE method of study.

S – Say the passage aloud.

and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me from God our Saviour (Titus 1:3, NIV).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Paul is speaking. He remembered how God spoke to him and entrusted him to spread the Gospel. God does intervene.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

It’s great to know that God has planned all of this. I love, “His appointed season”. And that God entrusted Paul – He knew Paul would do a good job. He chooses those whom He trusts and then He helps them to do the job He has planned.

A few days ago I watched The Star of Bethlehem. An amazing account of the actual star, the actual date, and the actual event. God had prepared it all in “His appointed season”. You can watch the video on You Tube.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

What did I learn from this passage? I learned that we need to say “yes” to God. Paul said, “yes” – and we see all that God accomplished. Why can we trust God?

  1. God works in His appointed season.
  2. God will entrust us with the knowledge and power to do what He wills.
  3. God will command it – it will be strong enough for us NOT to ignore it.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Thank you Lord from choosing us to be your ambassadors, whether through writing, singing, hospitality, caring, loving others, giving or through any other means to spread your Word and love to others. Being the Light of Christ is Your command. Help us to listen and obey. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

The radical message of Jesus Christ hanging on a tree is the wisdom and power of God. Only the cross can transform hardened Cretan and North American pirates into holistically healthy leaders. Only God’s Word can bring light into our pirate hearts. (Ed Hird, Restoring Health, page 31).

Are your hearing from God? Is there something He is calling you to do?

Personally I have said yes to being a part of a new Christian online radio.

Am I nervous? Yes.
Is this stepping into a new venture. Yes.

But I am excited.

And when that happens God is behind it. More information will be coming on this as I know more. So far I have purchase a microphone and downloaded Audacity. My FIRST STEP.

Tell me your thoughts, dreams and visions. What is God telling you?

Let’s pray together. If you have any personal prayer requests, please email me at Janis.

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Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God

Sunday Stillness – How to Team Up with God

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If you read this week’s Friday Features you will know that I am excited again to be working through an excellent book and reading my Bible and praying at the same time.

Ed Hird has written his second book called, Restoring Health – Body, Mind and Spirit, based on Titus. His first book, Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on Timothy, inspired me in such a way that I wrote a Bible study to go with it.

The theme of Ed’s new book is exactly where I am at in my life.

My hubby and I are working on doing regular exercise, we are eating a different way, and I am focusing more and more on what the Bible says through my SIMPLE study.

So I decided to work my way through Titus, one or two verses at a time, along with Ed’s book and the SIMPLE method. For the next few weeks I will share snippets of where God is leading me as I read and study Titus.

I also have decided to try my memory work again.

A couple of years ago I joined Ann Voskamp and her challenge to memorize Colossians. A few days ago I found my video of that exercise and I felt a sense of accomplishment as I watched it. Each week I will work on memorizing a few verses from Titus. I would love for you to join me. I am sharing my video with you now from Colossians.

http://youtu.be/y22LLod4gEQ

Here are my thoughts from the first verses in Titus.

Titus 1:1-2

S – Say the passage aloud.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (NIV).

 

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Ed does a great job explaining the background to Titus’ trip and his working in Crete. An island of pirates, who worshipped gods and goddesses, this was quite a task set before Titus. Paul had worked there previously and knew the deplorable moral level of the people. But Ed explains very well how pirates can become the best leaders when their focus is turned toward God, with righteousness and truth.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

I love the fact that knowledge and faith are tantamount to Paul. He knows the truth can be life-changing.

Truth is conceptual and experiential. The truth is meant to be known both objectively and subjectively (Ed Hird, page 25).

Godliness is biblical healthiness. Godliness is meant to make you more, not less human (Ed Hird, page 25).

So to be Christ-like I have to do that in my body, my mind and my spirit.

Integrated health and godliness are apostolic priorities (Ed Hird, page 26).

I love the hope – and the promise of eternal life. And God “does not lie”. We can trust Him in what He says. I cannot stand lies. I think that is one of the worst things we can do – to ourselves and others.

Imagine what a newfound honesty could do in restoring godliness and health to our North American business and governments (Ed Hird, Page 26).

Satan’s plausible lie is that I do not have time to be holistically healthy (ibid.)

Why do I resist getting well? Are there things more important than my body, mind and spirit? If so, what are they? And how can I affect a change?

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

This has to be a team effort for restoring my health and my hubby’s. With the team of God and us – things can be changed. But we have to encourage one another. It is not just food that will make the necessary changes. We must change our mind sets – to know we are working toward a more healthy way of life. We do a lot of walking but maybe we need to incorporate another type of exercise. And we continue to feed our spirits through discussions, prayer and church services.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Lord, help us focus on what you want us to focus on. Show us how we can change in our bodies, our minds and our spirits. I thank You for leading us and guiding us to a better understanding of our whole health in order to serve You in the best way possible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Let this life be a team effort – God and me.

linking this week with Titus Tuesdays, Still Saturday, Playdates with God

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Friday Features: How I learn so much from Ed Hird’s books

Friday Features: How I learn so much from Ed Hird’s books

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A few years back I had the pleasure to have dinner with Ed Hird and Janet Sketchley before we attended The Word Guild Awards. Ed had just written Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on Timothy. As he talked about his book I got more and more animated and excited. After the awards and the Write!Canada Conference I went home, read through his book and decided to write a Bible Study based on some of the chapters. It amazed me how quickly the appropriate Scriptures for each section came to me, and how the questions made sense. The Bible Study is available for free by emailing Janis – in PDF, mobi and epub.

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Ed now has his second book out Restoring Health – Mind, Body and Spirit. This book is based on Titus. Once again as I read his book I become excited. It is packed full of information and practical suggestions of how to become healthy leaders. I am using my SIMPLE method of study for each of the verses, and then reading what Ed has to say. My excitement is growing. Maybe I will ask if I can do another Bible study based on his book?

Two books – awesome reading. I urge you to check out both of these wonderful spirit-filled books.

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Does what you eat make a difference?

Does what you eat make a difference?

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I am writing over at Family and Faith Matters today. I believe that what you eat makes a difference.

I am reading Ed Hird’s new book called, Restoring Health, Body, Mind and Spirit. I also watched Fed Up, the new movie with Katie Couric. 

From Ed’s book:

Health for Paul [Apostle Paul] was holistic, embracing our whole life in body, mind and spirit.

Read my thoughts on why and how my hubby and I have changed what we eat. Join me at Family and Faith Matters.

 

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

From Sea to Shining Sea

by Jan Cox

Canada Day – July 1, 2011

Hopefully when you read this my hubby and I will be in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), celebrating Canada Day from our boat in the Rideau Canal. We are taking our first trip on the Rideau and are very excited.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) and Prince William (Will) are visiting Canada on that day. Will we catch a glimpse?

Canada, founded in 1867 – is my country. I like everything about it; our freedom, our natural resources, our government, and our people.

Ed Hird wrote a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, Raising up the Emerging Generation of LeadersIn it he gives story snippets of people who made Canada what it is today. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I learned more history in this little book than all through my schooling.

Hird says that is works on several levels, explaining that his primary target audience is spiritual seekers.

His secondary focus is providing a guide to ‘raising up Timothys’ or leaders of tomorrow, based on the devotional commentary on letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy in the New Testament. “Drawing on First and Second Timothy in the Bible, I would say they are the most practical leadership manuals ever written in history. I drew on the wisdom of the two books as the framework and model for our generations,” says Hird.

A third feature is born out of Hird’s passion for Canadian history. One of the common themes is looking at people in the Canadian past and looking at them as metaphors for the future, says Hird. He includes the stories of Canadians, such as Louis Riel, Simon Fraser, and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

This book can help as we pray for Canada. If you haven’t read this book – I encourage you to do so.

For other posts on praying for our country and its leaders:

Praying for Governments

Supplications for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

Intercessions for Governing Authorities

 

A beautiful prayer for Canada

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for Canada. Please watch over our country, our government and our land. Help us to lift our leaders to You. Help us to know that You are the one who is the true Head of all the earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week.

  • Write! Canada conference – my friend can come
  • Summer is here in Ontario (although today’s rain might change my mind)
  • Lessons from Oswald Chambers (June 9)
  • Anticipation of seeing my grandchildren
  • Capris that fit
  • God connection – A Holy moment
  • Snowball in the sink getting a bath
  • Snowball shaking all over
  • Delightful tellers at the bank
  • Great on-line friends

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.