This week the blog is sponsored by Clarifying the Bible and Clarifying The Apostle Paul, and is written by Mitch Maher.
Praise God with me! In December 2017 my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 2018 she is doing wonderful—cancer free! In May 2021 I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. After chemotherapy, radiation, major surgery (Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy), and a year of immunotherapy, I am doing wonderful—cancer free and about 40 lbs. lighter! Earlier this year, in January 2023 our 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After chemotherapy and radiation, she is doing wonderful—it appears cancer free! Six years, three cancers. It’s been the hardest six years of my life. But, God is good all the time; all the time, God is good.
Now, on to the Apostle Paul.
Other than Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul is the most important figure in the New Testament. A force whose enraged persecution of the church, radical salvation in Jesus Christ, and faith-filled missionary journeys dominate the book of Acts, and whose 13 letters seemingly dominate the rest of the New Testament, the Apostle Paul cannot be ignored by those who follow Jesus.
But, making sense of his life, ministry, and letters can be quite difficult for many Bible readers. Years ago I created Clarifying The Bible to help disciples of Jesus understand the basic storyline and structure of the entire Bible. Now I’ve created Clarifying The Apostle Paul with the hopes of doing the same with Paul’s life, ministry, and letters.
This two-hour video presentation begins with Paul’s early life and ministry—his birth in Tarsus, training in Jerusalem, persecution of the church, conversion on the road to Damascus, early evangelistic efforts, ministry in Antioch, a significant meeting in Jerusalem, and more. It then moves to follow Paul’s footsteps on his famous missionary journeys and multiple imprisonments, taking him from Antioch to Asia Minor, around the Aegean Sea, all the way to Rome, and possibly even to Spain. Along the way I set each of the apostle’s 13 magnificent letters into their historical context. The presentation finishes with Paul’s death, and closes with a final charge.
Watch this 8-minute clip about Paul’s final imprisonment and his final letter.
I do my best to present the material in an inspiring and captivating fashion. And in the end, I hope to deliver on my promise to help people see the Apostle Paul with more clarity than ever before. You’ll engage the Scriptures with confidence, and feel much better equipped to help others dive into the Scriptures for themselves.
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Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season!