September 17, 2015

Psalms - 79-81
Don’t blame us for the sins our our parent.  Hurry up and help us; we’re at the end of our rope.  You’re famous for helping, God, give us a break.  Your reputation is on the line.  Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins---do what you’re famous for doing...

Then we, your people, the ones you love and care for, will thank you over and over and over.  We’ll tell everyone we meet how wonderful you are, how praise worthy you are!... 
 
Remember how you brought a young vine from Egypt, cleared out the brambles and briars and planted your very own vineyard?  Your vine soared high and shaded mountains, even dwarfing the giant cedars.  Your vine ranged from west to the Sea, east to the River.  So why do you no longer protect your vine.  Take a good look at what’s happened to this vine.  Care for what you once tenderly planted--the vine you raised from a shoot...

Then take the hand of your once-favored child, the child you raised to adulthood.  We will never turn our back on you:  breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!...

Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now?  Israel, will you follow my map?                            

Titus 1 -
 My aim is to raise hope by pointing the way to life without end...

Appoint leaders... As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of?  Is he committed to his wife?  Are his children believers?  Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?  

It is important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs of God’s house, be looked up to--not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry.  

He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.  

For there are a lot of rebels out there,  full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk...They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck...

They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words.