May No One Malign Your Word and Character Due to Our Actions

Titus 2:1-5—Prayers for the Church

May No One Malign Your Word and Character Due to Our ActionsLord, through your servant Paul we are commanded to teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Therefore, we ask that through your Spirit of Truth you lead us to teach the older men among us to be temperate and agreeable, worthy of respect, and self controlled. May we at all times be sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 

Likewise, bless us to teach older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanders or gossips, or addicted too much wine. Rather teach what is good and pure so they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, busy at home, kind, and subject to their husbands. 

May no one malign your word and character due to our actions. 

Amen and amen.

Pure Speech and Character

Titus 1:15-16

Pure Speech and CharacterLord, to the pure, all things are pure. But to those who are corrupted by the lies of the devil and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know you, but by their actions they deny you, your words, and slander your character. They are detestable, dishonest in deed and word and unfit for doing anything good within your body. 

Therefore we ask that you expose those who mock your teachings, distort your truths, and lie about your nature. Rebuke them, not for judgement, but for council, correction, and perfecting. May we walk beside such individuals and offer your love, grace, and mercy. May our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, and pour forth from a humble heart. 

Amen and amen.

The Task of Leaders Among Us

Titus 1:1-11—Prayers for the Church

The Task of Elders Among UsLord, the knowledge of your truth leads to godliness. As such, our faith rests on the hope of eternal life found only in you.

You do not lie as men lie. Rather you promised from the beginning of time that you would one day bring your light into the world. This light has come. His name is Jesus. He is the light of the world and the light of mankind. 

With regards to this light entrusted to us, you have called some to be leaders. A leader must be blameless, the spouse of one, a person whose children believe in the Lord and whose offspring are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since such individuals are entrusted with your work, each one must be blameless—not overbearing, arrogant, harsh, or puffed up with pride. They must not be quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, violence, or pursuing dishonest gain. 

Rather they must be hospitable, a person who loves what is good—is self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined in the ways of Christ and the Father. 

Each must hold firmly to the trustworthy message that has been taught from the beginning so that they can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

There are and always will be rebellious people, persuasive talkers, who seek to introduce new doctrines and traditions in order to deceive others. Such individuals deny the authority of Jesus’ words, teaching, and purpose for dying on a cross. By teaching things that should not be taught, they cheapen our Lord’s message of grace and mercy and in doing so ruin whole households. 

Lord, right here, right now, in the name of Jesus we cast out all such spirits from among us. If any cling to lying spirits, deny your truth, your words, and seek to call good that which is wicked, we ask that you rebuke such persons and remove them from our assembly. 

Lord, right here, right now, in the name of Jesus open our eyes to those among us who can be entrusted with your truth and help shepherd this flock. 

We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen and amen. 

Warn a Feller Intent on Stirring Up Trouble Among That Crew

Warn a Feller Intent on Stirring Up Trouble Among That Crew

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.– Titus 3:10-11 (Titus 3)

Remind tha crew ter be subject ter rulers and authorities. Remind tha crew ter be obey at all times. Remind tha crew ter be ready to do whatever be good. Remind tha crew ter ne’er slander a body, ter be peaceable, considerate, and ter show humility ter all fellers and ladies.

Our service ter Skip be tha way we say thanks ter him fer hauling us aboard. Do not disqualify yerself fer service by spouting instructions contrary ter Skip’s orders or acting in a manner that shows contempt fer tha Son.

Remind tha crew that at one time they be foolish, disobedient, deceived, and slaves ter all manner of passions and pleasures. All has acted with malice and envy. Hated and been hated by others, we have.

When Skip our Savior rescued us through tha washing of water and tha rebirth and renewal by his Holy Ghost of Truth, we be cleaned through and through. Thems who trust in God devote themselves ter doing what be good.

Avoid foolish controversies and arguments and quarreling ’bout tha finer points of Skipper’s Code of Conduct. His navigational charts be clear enough fer them’s that’s got an eye fer reading tha water and wind, currents and channels. Trying ter find rocks and reefs, bars and breaks in waves, that not be clearly marked in Skip’s passages be a waste of time. Warn a feller intent on stirring up trouble among that crew once. Warn him a second time if necessary. After that have nothing ter do with him. Of this ya kin be sure: a mate of that stripe be as warped as an old deck plank. By his actions he shows himself puffed up with conceit and condemns his own self.