Daily Devotional for 23 August 2020 – Titus 3v4-7 – the goodness and loving kindness of God

Titus 3:4-7 In verse 3, which looked at yesterday and the day before, Paul reminds believers of their old life before they knew Jesus.  In verse 4, he shows how we have been saved. Our salvation has happened because of who God is.  Verse 4 says:“But…”  We were like this (“foolish, disobedient…” verse 3), but God … More Daily Devotional for 23 August 2020 – Titus 3v4-7 – the goodness and loving kindness of God

Daily Devotional for 22 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 part 2 – patience and prayer

Titus 3:3 The verse we looked at yesterday starts with the word “for” or “because”.   The message of verses 1-2 is about living as good citizens and good neighbours.  Then verse 3 is saying effectively, “because we ourselves were once like the world.” Often as Christians, we forget what we were once like and we … More Daily Devotional for 22 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 part 2 – patience and prayer

Daily Devotional for 21 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 – what the Christian has been saved from

Titus 3:3 Today’s verse doesn’t make easy reading.  It begins, “For we ourselves were once…” and then gives a list of not very good things. The context of this verse is our attitude to unbelievers (see Titus 3:1-2), which we will look at tomorrow, but it is worthwhile reflecting first on this verse concerning our … More Daily Devotional for 21 August 2020 – Titus 3v3 – what the Christian has been saved from

Daily Devotional for 20 August 2020 – Titus 3v1-2 – Godly citizens and godly neighbours

Titus 3:1-2 God’s transforming grace affects all of life.  To be a Christian is not about being religious and attending church once each week.  Have a look at these two verses: “Be submissive to the rulers and authorities.”  That’s talking about our attitude to government, that we respect our leaders (even if we disagree with them) … More Daily Devotional for 20 August 2020 – Titus 3v1-2 – Godly citizens and godly neighbours

Daily Devotional for 18 August 2020 – Titus 2v14 part 2

Titus 2:14 Over the last few days, we’ve looked at God’s transforming grace. The grace of God has appeared (verse 11), which sets us free to live godly (verse 12) and to look forward with certainty to Christ’s coming (verse 13) and to have the privilege of belonging to His own people (verse 14). Such … More Daily Devotional for 18 August 2020 – Titus 2v14 part 2

Psalms series message 2 – Psalm 1:2-3 – Biblical meditation: nourishment for growth

Today’s message is the second in the new series on the Book of Psalms (and also the second message on Psalm 1). Biblical meditation is has been largely lost to evangelical and reformed churches but, to our puritan forebears, it was essential for Christian maturity. For much of the inspiration for this message, I am … More Psalms series message 2 – Psalm 1:2-3 – Biblical meditation: nourishment for growth

Daily Devotional for 16 August 2020 – Titus 2v13

Titus 2:13 When I waited for my interview to be pastor of Lansdowne, I prepared, I got ready by thinking of the answers to questions I might be asked.  I was actively preparing, not just sitting around. So it is with the coming of Christ.  Today’s verse says: “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing … More Daily Devotional for 16 August 2020 – Titus 2v13