Archive for the ‘Titus’ Category

Changing the filter

May 18th, 2016 by Maureen

Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:15

Perspective is a huge part of how we process what we encounter on life’s journey. Our own particular set of fears, disappointments, prejudices and temptations gunk up the filter on our reactions and attitudes in relationships and life experiences. Jesus replaces the filter on our hearts so that we are free to process life fearlessly, joyfully and wisely. Jesus opens our clogged hearts and minds so that we can love others with pure hearts.

Jesus, give me a pure heart.

Looking for some clarity

October 15th, 2015 by Maureen

Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:15

Perspective is a huge part of how we process what we encounter on life’s journey. Our own particular set of disappointments, prejudices and temptations gunk up the filter on our reactions and attitudes. Jesus replaces the filter on our hearts so that we are free to process life fearlessly, joyfully and wisely.

Jesus, give me a pure heart and a clear vision. Help me see You, myself, and others the way You do.

Imperfect job match

June 29th, 2012 by Maureen

Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. Titus 3:14

Paul is more worried about people sitting around and doing nothing than job satisfaction. We shouldn’t only volunteer when the serving opportunity matches our gifts and talents. Urgent needs are often met through basic tasks anyone can do. We don’t have to be good at something to do good; we just have to be willing to do it and learn. Many jobs simply require following instructions and getting dirty.

Lord, when there’s a writing emergency I’m available. Until then…how can I help?

What was He thinking?

November 27th, 2011 by Maureen

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2:14

Why would God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, take on the frailty and limitations of human flesh and  submit to suffering and death? While His “why’s” are often beyond our comprehension, His “what’s,” His statement of purpose, seems to focus on the “what’s” Christ came to accomplish.

Lord, thanks for accomplishing for me what I could not accomplish for myself. Help me to do the good You have in mind for me to do.

Time to change the filter

June 24th, 2011 by Maureen

Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:15

Perspective is a huge part of how we process what we encounter on life’s journey. Our own particular set of disappointments, prejudices and temptations gunk up the filter on our reactions and attitudes. Jesus replaces the filter on our hearts so that we are free to process life fearlessly, joyfully and wisely.

Jesus, give me a pure heart.

Deliver the good

June 7th, 2011 by Maureen

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2:14

Jesus entered His mission with a vision for what His redeemed people would be like. The redeemed would be free and clean. They wouldn’t be satisfied with avoiding evil and staying out of trouble but would go out looking for good to do.

Lord deliver me from evil and deliver me to the good I can to do today.