Archives for July 2017
Text: Romans 8:26-39
Paul, the New Testament Paul, is a fascinating complex man. He was born a Roman citizen to Jewish parents in Tarsus (modern day Turkey). His given name was Saul. As a young man, he studied Torah in Jerusalem and became a Pharisee. After his studies, he was best known for persecuting the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem and Judea. While traveling the road to Damascus one day, he had a blinding light, fall off your horse conversion experience; after which he spent three years in Arabia and then returned to Damascus to preach Jesus as the Messiah. He eventually fled Damascus to Jerusalem because of persecution and while in Jerusalem he met some of the disciples. He began preaching in Tarsus and the surrounding region focusing his preaching ministry to the Gentiles. After a number of “missionary journeys” he returned to Jerusalem where he was arrested and later executed.
Paul never met Jesus during his brief years of ministry. Nevertheless, he was perhaps Christianity’s most important early convert and the first major missionary to preach the Christian gospel to non-Jewish people. Being a Roman citizen, he was at least moderately well-off, which granted him a certain respect wherever he went in the empire. By trade, he was a tentmaker. Paul was not one of the twelve disciples. However, the New Testament records that he did interact with some of the original disciples, especially in Jerusalem.
Text: Matthew 13:24-30
All of us have perceived enemies. My earliest memory of an enemy was in the ninth grade. Her name was Madam Niver, my French teacher. Madam Niver was a tall, kind of lanky lady with a voice that reverberated through the halls of Crest High School. From day one, she scared me. She moved fast and talked fast, her arms flying in all directions as she spoke only in French. On the first day of class, we were given our French names and instructed to use only them. My given name was “Nanette.”
French class and Madam Niver made me nervous. I had never taken a foreign language and the new experience and subject matter had me a bit on edge. People who know me well, know that when I am nervous I tend to laugh a little more than normal, and talk a little more than normal. Well, my nervousness—meaning my laughing and talking in class—didn’t go over well with Madam. On day two, I began hearing a phrase that I would come to know all too well, “Fermez la bouche, Nanette!” Translated, “Shut up Nancy.” Needless to say, Madam and I got off to a rocky start. [Read more…]
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