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Sunday Stillness – How to live like Sons and Daughters of God

Sunday Stillness – How to live like Sons and Daughters of God

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This week I look at Titus 1:5 using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study. I am also trying to memorize as I go. I have memorized this far. So far – so good.

S – Say the passage aloud.

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town as I directed you (Titus 1:5, NIV).

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

Paul had to leave Crete (we are not told why). He left Titus in charge. That was a big undertaking. Paul trusted Titus and found him dependable. The two of them must have started to spread the Gospel but had not begun to build churches so the first step would be to appoint elders.

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

What is an elder? How were they appointed? Did they all come from one church? Where was that? How did they start a new church? What needed “straightening out”? What was left unfinished?

From Ed’s research I found out that during the time of Pentecost many Cretans were present and were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:11). Those people had gone back to Crete as spirit-filled believers, filled with hope. But trying to “fix” the pirates needed some straightening out. This takes time.

Building a church is no easy task and cannot be competed in a moment. (Paul) was naturally exceptionally talented, he never grew tired in all his work, and yet he confesses that he left the work half done…. it takes more than just a year or two to restore a fallen church (John Calvin from Restoring Health by Ed Hird, page 34).

The Cretans had met Paul – he had begun the ministry but it was up to Titus to build strong healthy leaders from the ex-pirates.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

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

Many of us come from backgrounds we may not be proud of or actions we wish we had not done, words we wished we had not said. But we must remember that our “pirate pasts” were left on the cross. God uses each of our pasts for His glory and to spread His Word.

We are on a level playing field in God’s eyes.

 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you (Romans 12:3, NIV).

That’s why we need to band together and encourage one another.

We are Sons and Daughters of a mighty God – Let’s live like that.

Personally, I love the words in my Bible that said – straighten out. Other NIVs said – put in order.

But really God needed to straighten me out.

For someone who used to lose her temper all the time when I didn’t get my way – I have changed. I still have control issues but they are much less than before.

My daughter gently asks her 2 year old when he find things not going as planned – “Is it a big deal or a little deal?” This seems to stop him in his tracks to consider his options.

We need to ask that question when we feel anger, worry or fear. If it’s a little deal – let is go. And if it is a “big deal” then we need to find out how to react in Christ.

God loves to be in all the details, big or little. But if we can remember to act in TRUST and HOPE at all times – big deals can become smaller ones, because God can works through all deals.

I love the quote: God is not finished with me yet. (Philippians 1:6)

So when we are in a temper state, a confused state, an uncontrollable state – STOP – reconnect with our Saviour. Let Him bring the peace and grace needed to work out a situation.

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

Lord, you took me from Titus and straightening out ex-pirates to straightening me out. Once again your Word has a life application. Thank you for reminding me that I am a work in progress. Continue to teach me and remind me to live in grace and truth every minute of the day. Open doors of knowledge – WIDE – from Your Word to excite, encourage and strengthen all believers. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


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The Pentecostal Church

Preached by Rev. Harold Morgan Video Podcast Part 1 and Part 2

I have to admit that during the sermon today I was a little distracted. My grandson (2 1/2 months old) and my daughter were attending with Wayne and me. So my little one kept me from completely listening to Harry’s sermon.

However, I think I came away with a sense of what he said. I am sure some of this is my own words that flowed as Harry spoke.

Here goes:

May 27, 2012 is Pentecostal Sunday – 50 days from when Jesus rose to Heaven. In the Jewish calendar Pentecost was a feast that came 7 weeks after Passover. It was a dramatic day. We read in Acts 2.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them” (Act 2:1-4 NIV).

Harry told us that in Heaven we will all be “United” but while on earth we are “Pentecostal”.

In 1906 there was a movement at the Azusa St. Mission, L.A. where quite a few years there was a spontaneous outpouring of the Holy Spirit – tongues, prophecy, healings, testimonies, singing. This movement made a great contribution to our Christian faith. It has become stodgy and needed a burst of energy. From this came Spirit empowered preaching, awesome music, and Scripture put to music. This was definitely for the betterment of the Church. God injected LIFE into the church through this movement.

Life with Christ can be dramatic and life changing. Look at how the disciples were affected. And we can be affected the same way if we let Jesus instill LIFE into us.

Harry talked about TRUTH and how this TRUTH that the Holy Spirit can impart to us will change our lives and will allow us to use the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to us.

We ended the service with Communion – our way of celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus so we can live in joy and grace.

Harry challenged us to walk even closer to Christ; for more spiritual strength, healing and restoration of our souls.

There is MORE to do as well – let us use the Holy Spirit gifts in our churches – each and every one of us as we are able. Let us spread the Good News of Jesus to everyone we meet.




An old couple sat by the fireside. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” The wife’s hearing wasn’t very good, so she said, “What?” He repeated, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” “After fifty years, I’m tired of you too,” she replied. (Adrian Rogers, Ten Secrets for a Successful Family  (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1996, p. 115).

Scripture reading is from Psalm 128:1-6 The Message

1-2 All you who fear God, how blessed you are! how happily you walk on his smooth straight road!
You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming.
Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!

3-4 Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes,
your household lush as a vineyard,
The children around your table
as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.
Stand in awe of God’s Yes.
Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!

5-6 Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem
every day of your life.
And enjoy your grandchildren.
Peace to Israel!

We spent the weekend with our family. This meant we had 11 adults, three young grandchildren and four dogs at the cottage. It made me think of families, and how important they are to us. What a wonderful God we have that He planned to place us in groupings where we can learn to live, love and respect one another. Of course, it means, too, that we have to learn to have forgiveness and understanding as well.

Another family that God gave us, in Christ, is our spiritual families. How wonderful to be able to move to a new town and find sisters and brothers in Christ. Even in travelling we have met people who know Christ and have blessed us in our temporary association.

The church celebrated Pentecost a few Sundays ago. Here is the first day of “Christ’s church”, the day when the Holy Spirit came upon those who believed. As we continue to pray and give thanks and praise, let us remember we are a family in Christ. We were put together by God to work for Him. Let us press on and work towards that goal.


Father, we thank you for making family groupings. We ask you to protect and bless our earthly families. We also thank you for our spiritual families. Help us to work together with the Holy Spirit to guide us. Help us to be open, honest and caring with one another. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.


Simply Saturday – Wonder

Piggy-backing on The Gypsy Mama’s post from yesterday – Topic: Wonder

I have five minutes to write about “wonder”.

Here goes:

I always wonder about the Holy Spirit. I think of how incredibly wonderful it is that we can feel and know God through the Holy Spirit.

Forty days after Jesus had left this earth, at Pentecost, He unleashed His Spirit on the earth. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.

A few times in my life I have been touched by His Spirit. Powerful experiences.

And many times the Holy Spirit helps me find the right words in a situation. I haven’t been hauled before the police but I still have had the proper words come out of my mouth in tough situations.

“When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves—what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes” (Luke 11-12 The Message).

I wonder, too, what heaven will be like. I don’t want to leave this world or my friends and family. But it is comforting to know that I will be with God. I love this picture of heaven and wonder.

 “The main street of the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. But there was no sign of a Temple, for the Lord God—the Sovereign-Strong—and the Lamb are the Temple. The City doesn’t need sun or moon for light. God’s Glory is its light, the Lamb its lamp! The nations will walk in its light and earth’s kings bring in their splendor. Its gates will never be shut by day, and there won’t be any night. They’ll bring the glory and honor of the nations into the City. Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in” (Revelation 21:21-27 The Message).


What do you wonder about? You can comment below or link your own post to The Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Fridays.