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Devoted to Doing Good

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Titus 3:8-15 The Good Life: Devoted to Doing Good

Second-Hand Lions
In the movie Secondhand Lions, two old curmudgeons, Hub and Garth, assume the care of Hub’s ten-year-old nephew, Walter, after his mother abandons him. The two men are at first reluctant hosts, especially Uncle Hub. He begrudges Walter the little food he eats, the small space he takes up.

This Is How You Are Saved

Original Date: 
Sunday, February 3, 2013

Titus 3:1-8 The Good Life: This is How You Are Saved

Paul’s Story
He was a very smart man. Some say one of the smartest men in history. He received an intensive education.

He was born in a foreign city but was brought to the capital of his parents’ homeland to be raised. He was a patriot. As zealous for the laws and traditions of his people as anybody has ever been.

And he was filled with hate. Hatred for anything new. Hatred for anything that might threaten the way he saw the world.

How Grace Makes Us Better People, Part II

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 27, 2013

Titus 2:11-15 The Good Life: How Grace Makes Us Better People, Part II

Be Quiet and You Get a Piece of Candy
My Dad was a church candy guy. Every Sunday when we went to church he would load up his pockets. It was almost a ritual—one of my earliest memories in fact—before we got in the car for church we had to make sure Dad had the church candy. He’d stand by the kitchen counter and reach into the cupboard and then show us what he had.

How Grace Makes Us Better People Part 1

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Titus 2:1-12 The Good Life: How Grace Makes Us Better People, Part I

Tell Me I’m a Good Man
The old man stumbles his way down the path of crushed white stone. All around him are enormous green fields, filled with rows upon rows of white crosses. Behind him trail his family. His wife, his son, his daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They are with him, but he is alone. Lost in his thoughts.

Why Bad Teaching is Bad

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 13, 2013

Titus 1:10-16 The Good Life: Why Bad Teaching is Bad

What Did He Just Say?
Let’s imagine you are settling into your recliner for a night of channel surfing. You’ve got your comfy pants on, maybe your Brighfeet slippers on your feet, a bowl of Cheetos in your lap and a mug of hot cocoa on the end table next to you. It’s been a hard day, the house is quiet now, and you just want to put in a little time in front of the TV.

Why Leadership Matters

Original Date: 
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Titus 1:1-9 The Good Life: Why Leadership Matters

Hazards
When I was in High School my friend Dave got a funny t-shirt. It had a picture of migrating geese on it, flying in the traditional V formation. But the V was incomplete, the bird at the point was missing. A little bit behind the V in the picture was a picture of a flag pole, with one goose all smushed up against it beak first. At the bottom of the t-shirt, the caption read: "The Hazards of Leadership."