Jottings – Encouragement for Those Who are Despised, Illiterate, Ignoble, Unknown, Meek and Quiet in Spirit

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Commenting on Titus 2:2-10:

 

The comment of Chrysostom on these verses is worth quoting: he says that ‘Greeks form their estimate of doctrines, not from the doctrine itself but from actions and life.’ God often gets highest honor from the godly life and testimony of those who are despised by men in general as being illiterate and even ignoble. The meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price, even in cases where a believer is little known or heard of. If slaves in those olden days could bring glory to the name of Christ by the faithful fulfillment of their work, so surely can those whose occupation is in more favored circumstances.

 

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Titus. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – Walking In The Fear Of God

Commenting on Titus 2:6 “Self-restraint is the special need of youth. To gain and retain the mastery over the tendency to indulge in what is prejudicial to moral and spiritual welfare, requires that self-control which is consistent with walking in the fear of God.”

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Titus. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

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Jottings – The Christian’s Character

Commenting on Titus 2:13: “It is the object before us which forms our character. The Christian object is the Lord in glory.”

William Kelly. Bible Treasury – Bible Treasury: Volume 17.

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #15]

Facebook buys InstagramThis week last year the world’s number one social media site purchased the widely popular photo sharing service Instagram for an estimated $1,000,000,000 in cash and stock. [source]

Initial reaction on various social media sites was overwhelmingly negative. However one year later Instagram is still growing as fast as ever with over 100,000,000 active users as of February. [source]

During the 15th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #15 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #10]

Apple App Store 25 Billion DownloadsThis week last year Apple’s App store surpassed 25 Billion downloads– confirming once again, the growing dominance of mobile in general and iOS in-particular. [Source]

During the 10th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

  • Using Technology to Minister to the Elderly by Crawford Paul explores several ways modern technology can be used to help the aged keep in touch with not only family but also with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Interestingly Crawford’s post continues to be very popular with many discovering the post through search engines…. clearly there are many who want to help their elderly friends… check out the post for some helpful tips.
  • This week last year a new series of posts entitled Which Church? started. The series of posts, authored by Brother Jack Hay of Scotland, explores some of the clear patters of how the early Christians gathered in local congregations as recorded in the New Testament.
  • “Titus” was a second new series of posts that launched this week last year. In this series of videos, brother Stephen Baker of England, examines Paul the Apostle’s letter to Titus. You can jump to an introductory post here or to the first post in the series here.

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #10 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Titus 3:15 – No One Excluded

 

 

This is the 42nd and final video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus.

I was interested to notice that Paul tells Titus that Christians need to learn to be kind. We had better get into training for it is one of the ways that the world will see what God is really like.

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Quickly navigate to any Titus video: Titus Series Index

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Titus 3:14 – A Course in Kindness

 

 

This is the 41st video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

I was interested to notice that Paul tells Titus that Christians need to learn to be kind. We had better get into training for it is one of the ways that the world will see what God is really like.

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To be continued…

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Titus: A Video Commentary

The Island of CretePaul the Apostle left his coworker Titus on the Greek Island of Crete for a specific purpose (Titus 1:5). Now Paul is writing to Titus with additional instructions regarding how Titus should go about his appointed task. Although written almost 2,000 years ago Paul’s short, but very powerful epistle still has much to say to God’s servants today.

Over the last ten months Digital Sojourner has been publishing brother Stephen Baker’s video blog series on this wonderful book. Each week brother Baker has been taking us through Paul’s letter with a short, helpful video~~ essentially on a verse, by verse basis.

The following listing of links is presented as an index, or table of contents, to help you quickly navigate this helpful resource.

Thank you brother Baker. To God be the glory!

 


Titus Chapter 1



 

Passage   Link to Video Commentary
Titus 1:1     Intoduction: Who Was Titus?
Titus 1:1     Overview of Paul’s Letter to Titus
Titus 1:1-4     Digging Into Chapter 1
Titus 1:2-4     Why God Called Paul to be an Apostle
Titus 1:5     Tasked With Things To Do In Crete
Titus 1:6-9     A Closer Look At Elders
Titus 1:10-11     Why Such High Standards for Elders?
Titus 1:11-12     Liars, Beasts, and Gluttons
Titus 1:13-14     Faceing Reality
Titus 1:15-16     Faith vs. Religion

 


Titus Chapter 2



 

Passage     Link to Video Commentary
Titus 2:1-10     An Overview of 2:1-10
Titus 2:1-2     Walking the Walk
Titus 2:3     The Power of the Role Model
Titus 2:4-5     Passing on Wisdom
Titus 2:6-8     Timless Principles
Titus 2:9-10     A Job Well Done
Titus 2:11     Salvation Is Available To All
Titus 2:12     The Gospel Training Curriculum
Titus 2:13     The Happy Hope
Titus 2:14a     A Priceless Purchase
Titus 2:14b     The Church – A Purchased and Separated People
Titus 2:14d     Zealous For Good Works
Titus 2:15a     Authoritative Teaching
Titus 2:15b     Do Not Despise Those Who Serve God

 


Titus Chapter 3



 

Passage     Link to Video Commentary
Titus 3:1     Good Citizenship
Titus 3:1     The Delegated Power of Politicians
Titus 3:1-2     Radical Christianity in the Community
Titus 3:3     What We Were By Nature
Titus 3:4     The Reason For The Change
Titus 3:5a     Saved by Grace
Titus 3:5b     New Life & New Power
Titus 3:6     The Holy Spirit in Conversion
Titus 3:7     Heirs With Christ
Titus 3:8     Rock Solid Truth
Titus 3:8b     Christians Should Do Good Works
Titus 3:9     Focus On Truth
Titus 3:9-10     Helping Habitually Disobedient People
Titus 3:10-11     Avoiding Division in the Church
Titus 3:12     We All Need Each other
Titus 3:13     The Lawyer and The Preachers
Titus 3:14     A Course in Kindness
Titus 3:15     No One Excluded

 

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Titus 3:13 – The Lawyer and The Preachers

 

 

This is the 40th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

God saved all kinds of people, even intelligent people!

The world thinks that Christianity is for the simple minded; this theory is blown out of the water by Dr. Luke, the most excellent Theophilus and various others in the New Testament. However, God needs all types and we do as well as we serve God.

Watch and discover how Paul values the company of the eloquent preacher Apollos and the legal brain of Zenas.

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To be continued…

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Titus 3:12 – We All Need Each Other

 

 

This is the 39th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

A touching request from Paul to Titus. Paul would like his company. We all need friends, even the Apostle Paul!

Are you a friend who others long to see?

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To be continued…

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