Daily Devotionals

The Power to Sustain

The Power to Sustain

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (Heb. 1:3) Having a pet means you take on the responsibility of their livelihood. They do not have the ability to find their own food...
Pavement and Hard Places

Pavement and Hard Places

May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. (Ps. 119:173) He thought this was going to be easier. Really, it had started as a bet, but it had lit some sort of internal fire in him he hadn’t experienced before. All of a sudden, the jump...
Cool Water in the Heat of the Day

Cool Water in the Heat of the Day

These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:8) The hot sun pushed daggers into their weary flesh as they continued to dig. This was becoming a much more complex project than they had envisioned. Truly, through all the preparation meetings,...
If You Give It Away

If You Give It Away

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. (Titus 3:14) It had been Jacob’s prize possession since he was two years old, so now that he was four, he’d had it for...
The Split

The Split

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. (Titus 3:9) It certainly wasn’t the first time a pair of roommates sat, steely eyed, across the table from each other. The dorm...
Watching Out the Window

Watching Out the Window

I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. (Titus 3:8) He realized he was going to have to lead by example, but it didn’t thrill him at all. When he’d taken on the...
The Glass Floor

The Glass Floor

So that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7) Veronica wasn’t sure this was a good idea anymore. The brochures had made planning their visit to the French Alps so exciting, but as they began the...
Scribbles and Solos

Scribbles and Solos

When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:4–5) As hard as she tried, it seemed as though little Adriana just couldn’t do it. She wanted nothing more...
Persistence Yields Blessings

Persistence Yields Blessings

I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands. (Ps. 119:166) She was a widow, and she was desperate. She needed a miracle! The woman was facing an unjust judge who did not fear God or care about people. Because he had no scruples and no fear of God, he...
Generations Reaching Generations

Generations Reaching Generations

Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure. (Titus 2:4–5) Some cultures treasure tradition, and the best way to keep their traditions alive is by having the older people in the community share them...
Encourage and Rebuke Like Jesus

Encourage and Rebuke Like Jesus

These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. (Titus 2:15) Encourage and rebuke. These two words may seem like they cannot go together in the same sentence, but indeed they can. As we need...
Transformed by Grace

Transformed by Grace

For the grace of God has appeared that brings salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions. (Titus 2:11–12) “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now...
A Good Role Model

A Good Role Model

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. (Titus 2:7) Are you a role model? When I was a child, I often spent time at my dad’s office observing him as he worked. Dad was a business owner, so I had the privilege to come and go at any time. More...
Teaching by Example

Teaching by Example

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. (Titus 2:6) Since the times recorded in the book of Genesis, mankind has been fallible, and the reason for this fallibility has been the fact that we often do not practice self-control. The first man, Adam, and...
Sound Teaching Yields Sound Results

Sound Teaching Yields Sound Results

You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1) The Apostle Paul addressed Titus in an emphatic manner. He wanted Titus to understand the utmost importance of teaching others to live a life that was honorable, unlike that of the Cretans at...
The Power to Sustain

Standing Firm During Persecution

Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. (Ps. 119:157) The testimonies were emotionally stirring. The speakers were sharing about being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ. In graphic detail, each presenter described...
Pavement and Hard Places

Treating Others with Respect

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. (Titus 1:16) I grew up being taught that the Chinese nationality was the best. One reason, I was told, was because Chinese are some of the smartest people around. Another reason is because those of Chinese...
Cool Water in the Heat of the Day

Room to Lead

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town. (Titus 1:5) When my wife and I were approved for missionary service, we had to go through five weeks of missionary training. During this time,...
If You Give It Away

Bridging the Gap

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (Titus 1:4) The title of a painting that hangs in one of England’s museums is simply Through. One has to understand the story behind this painting before being able to grasp what the artist was...
The Split

Getting Ready for Heaven

The hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time. (Titus 1:2) I was getting ready for bed when the phone rang. When I picked up the receiver, I heard an excited voice, “Pastor Jim, Mike here. God just used me and my...
Watching Out the Window

The Right Motive for Service

A servant of God . . . to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. (Titus 1:1) I loved to sing in front of an audience when I was in high school. Perhaps what I especially liked was the flow of adrenaline I felt...
The Glass Floor

The Significance of a Name

Paul . . . an apostle of Jesus Christ . . . (Titus 1:1) In many cultures, one’s name has significant importance. It is supposed to represent who the person is. My Chinese name means “one who is healthy.” My mother gave me this name because I was a...
Scribbles and Solos

Crying for Help

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. (Ps. 119:147) “If you don’t understand,” my high school soccer coach would say, “you can always ask.” Soccer is a sport of many natural movements—we learn...
Persistence Yields Blessings

Delivered from the Lion’s Mouth

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed. (2 Tim. 4:17) My two-year-old son is mean to his younger brother sometimes. The first time I saw him push the six-month-old, I was overwhelmed with emotions....