April 21st, 2007
When I was a kid, I used to read comic magazines. They would have exciting stories inside, and some exciting looking advertisements on the back. I often dreamt about investing in some of the products advertised, but as my parents wisely never gave me any money, my dreams never progressed into reality. One of the most attractive advertisements was one featuring a bodybuilder. Before he took up bodybuilding, he used to be a weakling and people would kick sand in his face at the beach. Afterwards, all the girls on the beach were gathered admiringly round him. At the time this before-and-after story seemed to me quite a compelling and enticing advertisement…
Paul’s Letter to Titus — Chapter 3
3:1 Remind people to submit to rulers and authorities, be obedient, be ready to do what is right, 3:2 avoid insulting anyone, be conciliatory and kind, and show courtesy towards everyone. 3:3 Once we were also stupid, disobedient and misguided, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in evil and jealousy, contemptible, and hating each other. 3:4 But when the kindness of God our Saviour and his love towards humans appeared, 3:5 he saved us, not because we had done righteous things, but because of his mercy, through the washing of rebirth and renewing by the Holy Spirit. 3:6 He freely poured the Holy Spirit over us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. 3:7 We are justified by his grace, and we can be heirs of the hope of eternal life. 3:8 This is a reliable statement, and I want you to declare these things confidently, so that those who believe in God will be careful to keep doing what is right. These things are good for people and useful, 3:9 but stay away from stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and arguments about the law. They are harmful and worthless. 3:10 Avoid a contentious person after giving two warnings, 3:11 knowing that a person like that is twisted and sinful, and self-condemned.
3:12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, do your best to visit me in Nicopolis, because I have decided to spend winter there. 3:13 Send Zenas, the lawyer, and Apollos on their journey quickly, so that they do not miss out on anything. 3:14 Our people should learn to keep doing helpful things to provide for urgent needs. They should not be unproductive.
3:15 Everyone who is with me greets you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
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