Devotional Thought for Today – 05/12/2021

Titus 2

Titus 2 along with the epistles of 1st and 2nd Timothy are letters to church pastors. Written by the Apostle Paul about local church leadership.

Here in Titus 2, we have three (3) basic divisions according to Matthew Henry: The duties which become sound doctrine (here meaning set policy). (1-8) Believing servants must be obedient. (9,10) All is enforced from the holy design of the gospel, which concerns all believers. (11-15).

One of my favorite verses of scripture comes from Paul’s 1st discourse to the church at Corinth 15th Chapter v.19; If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied (AMP). Here too, In my opinion, Paul was reminding us what Christ Jesus had first said in Matthew 6:18-21 that our treasure (hope) is not in this world but in the eternal world to come.

There is something comforting to me, knowing that my future, my HOPE is not dependent upon mankind and its inherent faults. The world today says it is all about me, selfishness rules, (just drive on the highway and look at the folks distracted with cell phones) and getting whatever you want by whatever means is okay.

It is truly a BLESSED HOPE all true believers share awaiting the GLORIOUS appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. His triumphant second coming will make the beginning of the eternal kingdom and the true glorification of all his chosen saints.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible- Titus 2:13, Titus 2:14

Father God,

Thank You for that Blessed Hope that we have in Jesus. I pray that I may be ever looking to Him in the knowledge that He has promised to come to take me to be with Himself in the heavenly realm. In Jesus’ name, I pray that in Your way and in Your time, He will return for His Church and that I would be ready.

Thank You that I have been redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. Thank You that I have been imputed with His prefect righteousness and His abundant life. Thank You that I have been redeemed from sin and lawlessness and been baptised into the body of Christ, so that together we may become a people for His own possession – eager to be used by You …until it is not I that live in this body but Christ Who lives in me, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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Adding up the cost $$$

Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors

Major ministry ends class action with no acknowledgment of guilt and gives board seat to plaintiff.
Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors
Many churches have stopped supporting Western missionaries because it is much more “efficient” to support indigenous missionaries. For every 1 American missionary a church could support, they could support 12 Indian pastors, so said an advert for Gospel for Asia I read about 15 years ago I remember. But now we see the true costs of an unsound methodology and unsound practices:Trevor Christian Johnson
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2:¹ But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine...7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Titus 2:1, 7-8

It is clear that in this the beginning of chapter 2 Paul, is extolling the virtues of sound doctrine to Titus. He says to always teach with sound doctrine, that is use the things you  have been taught that were taught by Christ Jesus. He then lists a bunch of stuff that is completely against this type of sound teaching. In verses 7 & 8 Paul states the reason for always using sound doctrine. That others will look on us as models of integrity and so that no one can ever say evil of us. Oh that many would heed this today. Getting GFA and other indigenous Pastors proper theological training should be the goal to prevent future occurrences.   – Mike

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After three years in court, Gospel for Asia (GFA) announced yesterday that it would pay $37 million and a board seat to settle a class-action lawsuit.

One of America’s largest ministries—in 2013 alone, it brought in about $93.8 million—GFA faced two lawsuits accusing it of sending only 13 percent of its donations to the field instead of the oft-promised 100 percent.

The first of those lawsuits was dismissed so it could go to arbitration. Then its plaintiffs were included in the second lawsuit—along with about 200,000 others who donated between January 2009 to September 2018—when the suit switched to a class action in the fall…

Continued at Source: Christianity Today