Last year as I floundered through writing out the Pastoral Epistles in a journal with a fountain pen (all in the great hopes that my cursive handwriting would improve), I found an intriguing quality that was listed by Paul. He instructed that a man who was desired the work of a bishop (KJV), overseer and bondservant (ESV), servant (ESV), and superintendent and overseer (Amplified) be “apt to teach”. I was particularly struck by this phrase as I wrote the words from Weymouth. He translated 1 Timothy 3:2 as “with a gift for teaching” and in 2 Timothy 2:24 as “a skillful teacher.” The Amplified Bible also had a remarkable rendering also for in 1 Timothy 3:2 it is “a capable and qualified teacher” and 2 Timothy 2:24 it was “he must be a skilled and suitable teacher.” I am certain that all students have at one point had a teacher or two or three who really stood out from the rest of the mix as someone who pushed your life in a direction of excellence. I personally have had some
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I am quick out of the chute this year having already finished a book in the first week of the New Year. This book is not a particularly new book with an original publishing date of 1972 but it has gone through at least thirteen printings of the original edition. Furthermore it has gone through a revision in 2005 and I have the second printing of that copy also. Last year, I wrote several lengthy posts of some personal Bible study notes as I trackedthrough Kay Arthur’s book, Lord, Is ItWarfare? Those are still available although I did not complete them because I had started writing with a fountain pen as described in the first post of this year. I do have those notes written in another journal and perhaps may need to revisit them and post the rest of them. Spiritual warfare has always been an interest of mine and I have more than 100 books in my personal library that deals with this subject. The only subject that I have more single volumes about is holiness which logs in a
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What a horrible way to begin a New Year! I am speaking of beginning this year with an excuse. However, this may not be so much of an excuse as an explanation. As the year faded from spring to summer and then to fall and finally to the winter, I began to have inquiries as to why I had stopped blogging. In fact the last post I had put on the Barnabas Blog was way back in April when I was in the midst of the series on spiritual warfare from Kay Arthur’s study guide, Lord, Is It Warfare? So the questions that came my way were reasonable as to why I had “gone dark” on the Barnabas Blog. This is why I had nothing to post. . .