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December 4 - Morning

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live
self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this
present age, while we wait for the blessed
hope— the appearing of the glory of our
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."

- Titus 2:11-13

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The Grace of God Teaches Us to Say "NO" to Worldly Passions    

The word “teach” or some reference to providing instruction (encourage, example, train, etc.) appears 14 times in the NIV translation of Titus chapter 2.

Paul tells Titus that the “grace of God…that offers salvation to all people” not only saves us from sin in eternity, but, also, “it teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions in this present age.”

The very presence of God’s grace is itself instructive when it speaks to us of God’s nature and God’s eternal kingdom. To accept God’s grace is to understand that “ungodliness” and “worldly passions” are to be rejected because we now understand something of greater eternal value. “Ungodliness” (asebeia in the Greek) is the rejection of God’s character in man. “Worldly passions” (kosmikai epithumiai) are desires and goals based purely on the values and satisfactions of “this present age.” So, God’s grace comes to save us, but also to teach us that God’s nature is honorable and worthy of imitation in our lives (or, say “no” to ungodliness), and our desires are redirected by an understanding of a greater, eternal age beyond this kosmos (or, say "no" to worldly passions).

In this position of having received eternal salvation by grace and having been instructed by grace concerning the value of eternal godliness and eternal passions we live our lives in this fallen, corrupt age waiting for “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” in his eternal kingdom. An understanding of grace and the source of grace means we live godly lives with eternal values guiding our passions.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"He who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God."
- B.B. Warfield



Something to Ponder??

Judas betrayed Jesus for about $120-$360. Thirty silver coins (shekels) together weighed about 12 ounces. When silver sells today for $10 an ounce the value would have been $120; or, at $20 an ounce, $240; or, at $30 an ounce, $360.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

(Hb) - Wisdom (Eng) - the word chokmah is the Hebrew word for "wisdom." Chokmah
is not inteligence, but refers to insight and understanding such as wisdom in administrative matters, skill in craftsmenship or war, ethical practices, shrewdness in business.
Wisdom led to a productive life before the Lord.
  The site of Shiloh where the tabernacle was first set up during the days of Joshua, Judges and Samuel's youth continues to be excavated. Excavations show that this site was always a cultic site and never a residential city. (See some details here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I live according to this age, or according to the grace I have received from eternity?
I will live today according to the standards of the eternal kingdom and empowered by
the eternal Holy Spirit of God.
  "Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm." - Proverbs 4:26
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem
Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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