TITUS and PHILEMON

Paul writes to encourage Titus, the Bishop of Crete. This was the second difficult post for Titus. His previous mission was to tactfully persuade the church in Corinth to return to the teachings of Jesus. This letter offers practical solutions for dealing with a stubborn people. The congregations in Crete were mostly home based prayer…

1st and 2nd TIMOTHY

Pastor Paul writes an outline for the administration of the first churches. His young protégé Timothy was entrusted with the responsibility to properly supervise the church in Ephesus.  Paul had personally discipled Timothy and he calls him “my son whom I love, who is faithful to the Lord.” Timothy had seen Paul operating in God’s…

COLOSSIANS

People that have never read the full story of Jesus, which includes the entire length of the Bible, often dismiss Him as an insignificant person. The same was true of the common people who lived in Colossae. Most of what Jesus had said was watered down as “hearsay”. The citizens of Colossae concluded that Buddha…

GALATIANS

This letter written by Paul is addressed to the believers in the region of Galatia. He opens with a clear greeting that he was not sent by man but by God. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from…

SECOND CORINTHIANS

The Christians in Corinth caused their founding pastor Paul more grief than any of the other churches. God gives each of us immeasurable patience, mercy and forgiveness, so we are expected to issue the same measure unto ourselves, and to others. People that accept Jesus as Lord, are not suddenly all polished up into mannerly, forgiving…

FIRST CORINTHIANS

Paul was about 50 years old when he entered Corinth as a tradesman making tents. By going into business with the already successful Aquila and Priscilla, Paul was able to support himself while funding his missionary work. Corinth was a wealthy seaside city in Greece with a reputation of being progressively promiscuous.  There were abundant…

ROMANS

Rome was thriving with exquisite poetry, royal decrees, pervasive military strength and many thought provoking philosophies.  The Pharisee Saul had been exposed to all of it, and he knew the ways of the Romans. Saul was born in Tarsus, in the tribe of Benjamin, as a Hebrew among Hebrews, his teacher was Gamaliel. He worked as…