10 Dear Blog Friends,
To all who have posted comments on our blog site, THANK YOU. We hope to be able to respond to you individually soon. However at present that is not possible. Your comments and input is greatly appreciate. Our desire is only to be useful. And great thanks to WordPress.com for their truly great free site. They truly made my day when I learned that we could operate the equivalent of a website for free. Also, wordpress.com does and excellent job of helping to organize material. In fact, many of my friends recognized that I am generally very frugal. Sometimes they even call me cheap, but they know that does not bother me. I just tell them that I am “laughing all the way to the bank.” Actually, I know that for every dollar I can save, I can contribute more to the work of the Lord and service of other people.
Thus far God has marvelously taken care of me. I am not wealthy, but I am not poor – just what Agur said:
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Prov 30:7-9 (KJV)
God has given me all that I have or will ever have and I am truly grateful to HIM. I would appreciate your personal prayers that I may serve God and Jesus Christ my LORD faithfully, efficiently, and effectively.
My hope is that you grow spiritually every day. That you grow to full maturity as the book of Hebrews encourages. As you may know, that is one of the primary goals and purposes of Hebrews. The more I read Hebrews, I am inclined to believe that the Apostle Paul wrote it. Why he didn’t put his name on it I do not know, but one reason might well have been the animosity of many Jewish people toward him, possibly even including Messanic Jews. Many of the themes and idea in Hebrews are indeed Pauline in nature. He likewise had the mind and skill to author such a wonderful work. From what little I know about this matter, I believe that for a long time it was indeed attributed to the apostle Paul. However, the authorship is not truly important since we truly know it is the inspired Word of the Living God.
I personally believe in Verbal Plenary confluent inspiration which means I believe that every individual word was given by God, that all Scripture is inspired, and that all Scripture clearly flows together into a uniform whole. But regarding translations, I believe that most translations will provide sufficient knowledge to bring salvation (eternal life) and assist the believer in growing into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. As the person, Adam Osborne, the computer designer said, “Adequacy is sufficient, all else is relevant.” Read the Translation article by Mart De haan. It is a truly balanced article. But having said that I learned Greek in college and when in doubt I do look up the original languages for some matters. Like I jokingly say, “ I do not believe in kissing the bride through the vail!” nor “Do I like washing my feet with my socks on!” There are some things that you can learn by referring to the original languages.
However, I try not to baffle the average layman with fancy talk and sesqupedalisms. By the way, I just used a sesquipedalianism. The word sesquipedalian literally mean “ a word that is a foot and half long with an inch meaning.”
Definition of sesquipedalian:
1: having many syllables : long <sesquipedalian terms>
2: given to or characterized by the use of long words <a sesquipedalian television commentator>
Henry Ward Beecher said, “Word are pegs which we hang ideas on.” To be effective for God we need to increase our vocabulary. Are you aware that almost, if not all, knowledge is contained in words. Most intelligence tests are based on vocabulary.
I increased my grades in college by approximately one full letter grade by my intensive study of vocabulary. I started with the book by Norman Lewis, Word Power Made Easy. Not only was it helpful, but it was very interesting.