T2—Love Your Husband

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1“How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  I’m guessing Elizabeth Barrett Browning didn’t have Titus 2 in mind when she wrote those words.  But for some reason, Browning’s words are in my mind as I think about how Titus 2 tells us to love our husbands.

How do you love your husband?  Go ahead.  Count the ways.  But before you do, consider this: the word love in Titus 2:4 in the original language is a form of “phileo”.  Carolyn Mahaney describes phileo as “a tender, affectionate, passionate kind of love.  It emphasizes enjoyment and respect in a relationship.”  So…how are you tenderly, affectionately, passionately loving your husband?  Somehow washing clothes, making dinner, and raising children don’t seem to be the right answers to that question.

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Dorothy ~ A Prayer Warrior

By: Julie Paulsen

DorthyAs many of you know, I’m in the way, way, Beyond Bath Time season!  But I can still get down on my knees by the tub to scrub-a-dub-dub our grandchildren!  I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Dorothy, who is in the stage of life where all she can do is scrub behind a child’s ear, so to speak.  But at the age of 97 this woman of God is so much more to her family and friends.  On Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m., she sits by me at our weekly prayer meeting where I glean first hand from her humble wisdom poured out from a life lived by faithfully walking and talking with God.

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T2—A Good Time for Self

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1It’s time to get to the specifics.  In the first few T2 posts, we looked at the big picture and laid the groundwork for the Titus 2 command.  So now we come to the list.

Titus 2:4-5—so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

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T2 ~Woman + New Creation = Powerful Potential

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1In the last T2 post, we ended by focusing on some key truths for when we feel overwhelmed by the requirements of the Titus 2 mandate.  (I’m not alone, right?!  Somebody out there has got to be at least a little dazed by something on that list.)  But alongside—or really more at the foundation of those truths—is the capacity God gives us to obey and live out those commands.

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Why Titus 2?

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1In Titus 2:3-5, Paul is instructing Titus, a pastor, on some essentials to teach his congregation…

In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered. (HCSB)

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