why titus 2-4 life?
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe (1 Timothy 4:7-10).
Men and women are in need of a model for life. They are in need of hope. The model for life is found in Titus 2:1-8. This gender-specific model honors God’s created order. The hope is revealed in the promise of Titus 2:11-14.
Linda Bartlett, as a young wife and mom, had visions of the course her life might take. The expected changed into the unexpected when her eyes were opened by the reality of abortion. It was difficult to ignore what she saw. Once we see, we want to tell others what we have seen!
God’s “for life” message compelled Linda to do something she had never anticipated. Invitations to speak across the country provided opportunities for Linda to hear real stories of real people. Most identified themselves as “pro-life,” yet too many defended choices of death. Why? It appears that we are more easily influenced by the world than God’s Word. But, without the Word, we are vulnerable targets in the battle for our souls. The enemy of the Creator seeks to deceive the created. Believing the lie (Genesis 3:1), we are led into the enemy’s territory. There is denial, guilt, anger, despair, and pain. No despair or pain is greater than feeling separated from God and His mercy. Jesus restores our relationship with our Creator and Father!.
Titus 2 – 4 Life encourages men and women to live in this present age eager to glorify God and mentor generations of hope.
Only two worldviews exist: God’s and others. Titus 2 – 4 Life is built upon God’s worldview: Creation, The Fall, Redemption. Using this worldview, we can answer the questions of life:
- Who am I?
- From where do I come?
- Where am I going when I die?
- How shall I live while I’m here?
- Why do bad things happen?
- Is there hope?
Titus 2 – 4 Life is a model for mentoring Biblical manhood and womanhood on the path of life. It is founded on Biblical Truth: Male and female were both created by God, but at different times, in different ways, and for different purposes (Genesis 2:7; 15; 20-23; 3:20). Titus 2 – 4 Life contrasts creation (design, purpose, community, serve others, choices of life) with evolution (no design, no purpose, autonomy, serve self, choices of death).
Titus 2 – 4 Life offers the hope of Jesus Christ:
- Jesus brings light into the darkness of our lives.
- Jesus heals broken hearts and lifts us from despair.
- His gentle but persistent Spirit fills the empty places.
- Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leads us between safe boundaries on the good path.
- He invites us to live as men and women who glorify — not ourselves — but our Creator.
- Jesus, the Word, equips us for teaching, encouraging, and mentoring generations of hope. Living as God’s creation – male or female, we affect the lives of others as He transforms the culture.
about linda bartlett & the titus 2 team
Linda Bartlett developed Titus 2 – 4 Life after more than 25 years in the pro-life and family mission field. She co-founded Lutherans For Life (LFL) of Iowa; chaired the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod Sanctity of Life Task Force; and, for 18 years, served on the National LFL Board, nine of those years as president. Linda was invited to speak across the country in congregations and schools, on campuses, and at conferences. She was editor of LFL’s Living magazine and continues to write articles and do radio programs. Linda is the author of Bible studies, booklets, devotionals, and brochures (see “Store”). All are available from Lutherans For Life or CPH. In May of 2014, Linda published The Failure of Sex Education in the Church: Mistaken Identity, Compromised Purity (available from Amazon). Linda is the co-founder of the Lighthouse Center of Hope, a caring pregnancy center in her home town of Iowa Falls, IA., and serves as president. She was instrumental in helping to start Word of Hope, the abortion healing and recovery ministry of LFL. Linda and her husband, Paul, are the parents of Jon (Angie) and Josh (Alison). They are the grandparents of six grandsons and two granddaughters. Linda may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judy Hayen, believing in the need for this mentoring outreach, works with Linda in a number of ways. She has hosted several Titus 2 – 4 Life retreats and events. After attending the Titus 2 modesty “lifestyle” show written by Linda, Judy encouraged the show to “go on the road.” Judy assisted Linda with the “Dressing for Life: Secrets of the Great Cover-up” modesty event, traveling with Linda to Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and throughout Iowa. Today, Judy continues to print and compile the Titus 2 – 4 Life Study and Leader’s Guides before each retreat. She maintains the mailing list and offers good counsel. Judy and her husband, Rev. Neil Hayen, are the parents of a son, daughter and son-in-law.
Jill Botsford, after attending a Titus 2 clergy wives’ retreat, offered to help Linda organize her written work and resources into a Study Guide. What a positive difference a user-friendly notebook made! The Study Guide continues to mature, but Linda will be forever grateful to Jill for her encouragement and organizational skills. Jill and her husband, Rev. Mike Botsford, are actively involved with their family.
Joan Buchhop partnered with Linda for a number of years in a “home ministry” called Paper Treasures. Linda designed Christian cards; Joan printed and shipped them. Eventually, each of their life paths took them in different directions, but Joan willingly offered her assistance in designing the first Titus 2 – 4 Life web site. Her help and insight was invaluable. Joan and her husband, Rev. Dr. Mark Buchhop, are actively involved as parents and grandparents.
Sara Nispel re-designed the website of Titus 2 for Life in 2009. Her daughter, Becca, joined the team effort to make the site easier for Linda to manage. Sara and Becca are a beautiful illustration of Titus 2 mentoring.
Beth (Dittmer) Warner dreams of a new generation of Titus 2 – 4 Life. She and her mentor-mom, Sandy, co-hosted a Titus 2 Retreat and then asked to be trained as facilitators. While a student at Concordia University in Mequon, WI., Beth led a Titus 2 Retreat for a group of her peers. Later, as a student in the deaconess program at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN., Beth co-hosted a T2 retreat together with members of Lutherans For Life. Someday, Beth hopes to incorporate some of the Titus 2 material into sessions for young girls but, for now, Beth is a busy full-time wife and mom.
While we wait for Jesus to return, we live in a way that glorifies God. Through such living, God transforms the culture — one person at a time. (Titus 2:1-8; 11-14)
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Titus 2 – 4 Life encourages biblical womanhood in a number of ways, including:
- Titus 2 Retreats (weekends or three-night series)
- The Failure of Sex Education in the Church: Mistaken Identity, Compromised Purity (why identity in Jesus Christ matters now and for eternity – Amazon)
- “The Case of Mistaken Identity” (a discussion of identity based on Linda’s book; includes pastor and audience participation)
- Bible studies for girls and women
- Bible studies for boys and men
- Brochures to help others think
- Devotional booklets