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Godly Grandmas

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:3–5)

Commissioned by God to preach His Word, Titus faced a huge responsibility as the overseer of all of the churches on the Island of Crete. This young pastor still had a lot to learn, so God had Paul write a letter to Titus to instruct him how to handle the various issues and problems that would arise in the churches. In chapter two, Paul exhorts Titus to “speak the things which become [are appropriate for, or give evidence of] sound doctrine” and gives him a list of things to teach each age group.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a young pastor to do is authoritatively teach those who are older and more mature than he is


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How Love Behaves

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:4–8)

  1. Love suffereth long (v. 4). Love is slow to become angry, slow to become offended, slow to become indignant.
  2. Love is kind (v.4). Love is positive. Love shows gentleness, tenderness, goodnesss of heart, and is pleasant.
  3. Love envieth not (v.4). Love does not begrudge; therefore it will not be jealous or selfish of another.
  4. Love vaunteth not itself (v.4). Love is not rash or boastful; therefore it is not guilty of vainglory.
  5. Love is not puffed up (v.4). Love does not become inflated with pride or self-importance.
  6. Love does not behave itself unseemly (v.5). Love is never discourteous or impolite, and is not lacking good manners.
  7. Love seeketh not her own (v.5). Love insists on no rights of its own but will forfeit all for the one it loves.

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I Know That My Redeemer Lives!

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reigns be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25–27)

Job was a man of great character and faith. He was determined to trust God and do what was right, no matter what. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15–16)  Although he could not understand why God was allowing the trials he was experiencing, Job believed that God’s ultimate plan was for his good. “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Job had far less knowledge of God and His ways than we do today, but he did have a special relationship with God and knew several important truths  about the resurrection that had not yet been revealed in Scripture.


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Hosanna!

“And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (Matthew 21:6–9)

One of the Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ was the fact that He would come into Jerusalem riding on a young donkey. The prophet Zechariah prophesied: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9)

Another less well-known passage of Scripture


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Bad Laws Make Good Citizens Lawbreakers

All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counselors and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions… Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.” (Dan. 6:7,9)

Daniel, the prophet of God, was a faithful, loyal, and good citizen in the Medo-Persian Empire. Unfortunately, there was a bad law passed that made this good citizen a lawbreaker. Daniel lived by principles—principles based upon the perfect law of God. His enemies came up with a plan to make him a lawbreaker, by making it illegal to ask any petition of God or man for 30 days (Daniel 6:7). These men feigned wanting to honour the king by this proposed law. King Darius unwittingly fell into their trap and passed the law (Daniel 6:9).

Being a man of prayer and principled living, Daniel “prayed and gave thanks before his God as he did aforetime” (Daniel 6:10). These jealous leaders reported Daniel, as a lawbreaker, to the king: ” (Daniel 6:13). Try as hard as he possibly could, King Darius could not deliver Daniel from the consequences of this bad law (Daniel 6:14-15). Daniel was thrown into the den of lions.

God has ordained human government for the primary purpose of “the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (1 Peter 2:14). Governments are to punish evildoers by upholding the law of God, which is summarized in the Ten Commandments. Further, governments are to praise those who do well by acknowledging the good they do by awards, medals, feasts, and proclamations. No government has authority from God to pass laws that are evil or violate His laws.

Some examples of bad laws in Bible times would be the command by Pharaoh to kill all the male Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:16-22). This command made the Hebrew midwives and Moses’ parents lawbreakers. Another was the law by King Ahasuerus to kill all the Jews in his kingdom simply because they were Jews (Esther 3:8-14). This command was a death sentence for Mordecai and Queen Esther. Further, the decree by Nebuchadnezzar that forced all people to bow down and worship his golden image made Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego lawbreakers (Daniel 3:4-7). Additionally, the command of the Sanhedrin not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus made Peter and John and the rest of the disciples lawbreakers (Acts 4:16-21; 5:27-29).

Today, laws that endorse confusion can make good citizens who do not support immorality lawbreakers. Laws that prohibit the free exercise of religious belief such as public praying, Bible reading, or preaching on certain issues, can make good Christian citizens lawbreakers. Hate speech laws can make a good citizen a lawbreaker as he expresses his beliefs and exposes error. Disagreement does not equal hate. Let’s pray that for our leaders that they will pass good laws and rescind bad laws so that we can we “may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Pastor David Harness Sr.


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