For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
The Titus 2 Mentoring ministry at Bethlehem matches God-centered, Christ-exalting older women with younger women:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.—Genesis 1:1–2
In the very first sentences of Genesis there is an earth, but it is formless. An earth without any form whatsoever is impossible for me to picture, for as soon as I picture it, it has form of some kind.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on April 25/26, “Fooled by False Leadership" (2 Corinthians 11:16–21). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
The discernment of the Corinthians is once again called into question because they cannot detect the difference between true Christlike leadership and false devilish leadership.
I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
Volume 24, Number 4 of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity included an article by Robert A.J. Gagnon entitled “Scriptural Perspectives on Homosexuality and Sexual Identity.” Here are some excerpts.
A call to older and younger women to establish godly mentoring relationships that will encourage and equip all of us to live for God's glory!
Our Titus 2 Ministry pairs older and younger women in informal relationships for the purpose of teaching biblical womanhood, basic homemaking skills, and other practical helps. A Titus 2 group consists of one or two older women leading six to eight younger women. They meet once a month for one year.
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In her book by that title, Dr. Deborah Tannen says …
“I am joining the growing dialogue on gender and language because the risk of ignoring differences is greater than the danger of naming them. Sweeping them under the rug doesn’t make it go away; it trips you up and sends you sprawling.”
In focusing his March 15/16 message on The Next Generation, Pastor Jason also addressed Bethlehem's In-Reach priority of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Read more on these Bethlehem priorities ...
Discipling the Next Generation
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.—Matthew 19:13–15
The messages from our 2013 Women's Ministry Spring Conference are now available!
Follow the links below to listen or download each of the following messages: