Helpers

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Today's reading: Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 21:13; Proverbs 19:17

Psalm 82 gives us a glimpse of God's protective and caring nature in that He gives justice to the weak, afflicted and poor, and He rescues those in need. And God expects us to do the same. He wants us to use the power we have to protect and help others in need.

How aware are you of people who need assistance--families struggling to make ends meet, someone who is suffering physically, those who are homeless? When's the last time you helped someone with a physical, financial or emotional need? Would you ask God to show you how you can be a "helper" today, and then take action? Tami

Profitable

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Today's reading: Titus 3:1-11

As we move on in this short Book of Titus, Paul continues to put before Titus (and us) the message and challenge to do good as a follower of Christ. Paul urges us to be intentional about "devoting" ourselves to good works, and lets us know that when we are intentional about living well for God, it is excellent and profitable for us. (vs. 9).

In what ways has doing good for God been profitable or of benefit to your life? Would you say that you are "devoted" to good works? Tami

Displaying Good

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Today's reading: Titus 2:7-8

"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us" (Titus 2:7-8, ESV)

I love the message contained in verses 6 and 7 of Titus 2 and the direct and plain way in which Paul lets us know that people who are not Christ-followers, and who may adamantly oppose our choice to follow Christ, are watching and taking note of our actions and behavior. Thus the call and challenge to model good works because we are representatives of Christ to the world around us.

In a typical week, what are some ways you "model good works" to others? Would you say that the people around you--co-workers, classmates, neighbors, family--recognize that you are a follower of Christ by your words and actions? Tami

Self-controlled

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Today's reading: Titus 2:1-15

I couldn't help but notice that Paul repeatedly gave the command to be "self-controlled" throughout Titus 2--first for older men, next for older and younger women, and lastly, for younger men. Then as he concludes his instruction, Paul once again, points out that being self-controlled needs to be part of who we are as followers of Christ.

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age..." (vs. 11-12).

There were many other specific instructions given in this passage, but when you think about it, being self-controlled is foundational to us behaving in the manner Paul describes throughout this chapter.

Who do you know who illustrates being self-controlled as they live for Christ? What are some of the benefits of being self-controlled, and why is it so important? Tami

Above Reproach

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Today's reading: Titus 1:5-16

As we start into the Book of Titus, Paul, who has been in Crete with Titus, is now sending back instructions to Titus about appointing and putting in place church leaders. Two times in the span of just two verses Paul uses the phrase "above reproach" to describe to Titus the type of person he should be seeking out to hold these positions.

Those two words--above reproach--speak volumes to me as a follower of Christ. Because whether or not we're looking to be in church leadership, striving to live according to God's Word and doing what we know is right in all situations should be our goal.

What does today's passage reveal and show us about the meaning of the phrase "above reproach"? Is it your heart's desire to do what is right in all circumstances? What impact does praying and taking in God's Word have on your daily decisions? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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