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    • Hi Shonnie, I’m Ok, but I am on a two month expedition through Northern Australia photographing birds and landscapes. Many of the places are quite remote and connectivity with the Internet very patchy. For example, the last couple of days I was in the Carnarvon Gorge area with no cell phone coverage. Today we travelled 400km, which also takes a toll on writing. During this time we are camping in a 4WD campervan, which is quite a small living space for two people. Thank you for expressing concern, and I will try and post comments when I can.

      • I too look forward to your most interesting and helpful comments on our lesson study, but I hope that you find a redwing parrot or a squatter pigeon to enhance your time in Gods beautiful creation in Carnarvon Gorge.

  1. As to why Paul focused on his conduct while first among those whom he was now addressing, it may be he desired them to realize his example in order to pattern their own ministry in like manner, which he had also urged to the Thessalonians(2Thess 3:7,9) and Pilippians(Phil 3:17). A good teacher will practice what they preach, in imitation of Christ Himself.

    As then, today there is a great need for watching as many wayward ideas are being brought into the churches which will deceive all but the elect of God. We must make our calling and election sure through unwavering faith, earnest watching, diligent study and prayer without ceasing.

    Paul's benediction is uplifting and worthy of our attention. Notice how the inheritance is “with all them which are sanctified”. As the Revelation describes the faithful, they will “walk in the law of the Lord”(Ps 119:1), “blameless and harmless”(Phil 2:15). Being saved results in the sanctified life while “in this present world”(Titus 2:12). This is the sure result of Christ dwelling “in your hearts by faith”(Eph 3:17).

    Paul's ultimate hope, as ours, can only be in the "exceeding great and precious promises of God" through Christ our redeemer and "Blessed Hope".

  2. I'm just curious, why does a lot of the book of acts say things like "we traveled" "we were" Acts 20:13 for example, if Luke is saying "Then we went ahead to the ship..." is he with Paul this whole time? I feel like most of the lessons we've been reading say Luke is just writing this, not necessarily there? Just a little confused.

    • Up to Acts 16:9, Luke would refer to Paul and his companions as "they". But starting in Acts 16:10, Luke starts to use "we". Perhaps he joined Paul at that point and accompanied him for the rest of the time.


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