The commandments below apply generally, but even more so did they apply to the Cretans with whom Titus worked:

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people.
Titus 3:1-2 NET

The Cretans were “rebellious, malicious, and violent.”/1 (For another description of them, see Titus 1:12-13.) Continue reading

My thanks to keltonburgpreacher Eugene for nominating me to the Liebster Blog award. He was very kind to mention me as an inspiration for his own blogging. Some bloggers say “liebster” is German for “dear(est),” or “beloved,” so there’s a compliment built in to it, it would seem.

The award, as far as I can find, is a pass-it-on sort of activity. One accepts by nominating five other blogs with under 300 (some say 200) followers, from what some have said. While I don’t usually go for emails and other forwarding pushes, I like this idea, so to honor both my nominator and highlight some good works, let’s run with it.

The bloggers I chose below are regular posters whose subject is the Christian life.

And the nominated bloggers are … (in no particular order) Continue reading

by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

Let me live, yet more and more,
O Lord, for you, for your design,
To feel the thrill of th’ opening door,
To greet each day as heaven’s sign

For forward hope and strengthened hand;
Your voice more clearly would I hear,
More sharply see the promised land,
Where dwell no failure, no death, no fear.

An UPLift offering.

happy-rules-cardSome time back I created a card for possible printing, for non-Christians, but there were no funds so it got left molding in the files.

The verse on the front is Proverbs 20:7.

On the back are 10 rules for a happy life. My translation from the Portuguese.

1. Count your blessings, not your problems.

2. Learn to praise others (John 12:1-6). Continue reading