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Bring …..the books, especially the parchments (2 Timothy 3:13, NKJV)

Every journey or story has a beginning. Imagine what it would be like reading a book and starting in the middle; you probably won’t understand the message the writer is trying to convey. With this in mind I recently examined my literary roots, the journey takes me back to my high school years.

I received a C my first semester of high school English during my sophomore year.At the fall conference with my parents and teacher, I received helpful hints that provided me with additional motivation.

Some actions I took were: spicing up my prose with poetry, joining a literary club where we shared our work with one another, reading the 20-volume encyclopedia in our den, and writing sports reports and articles for our school newspaper and magazine. These activities led to my receiving an A in English in all subsequent semesters.

Recently I studied the literary roots of the Apostle Paul, who guided by the Holy Spirit penned at least thirteen books of the New Testament from Romans through Philemon.

Having been trained at the feet of Gamaliel and continued study as a Pharisee enabled him to address the legalism in the churches of Galatia and address councils in Jerusalem. Knowledge of Greek culture that Paul gained in his missionary journeys enabled him to advise churches in Corinth and Thessalonica. Travels in Turkey gave him first-hand knowledge when writing to churches in Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae.

Time spent with Timothy and Titus on journeys helped him provide advice to these younger missionaries. Previous communications and travels throughout the Roman Empire provided the backdrop for the doctrinal and practical book of Romans. Paul’s literature to these places provides a strong biblical foundation for our lives.

 God gave His Word to men like Paul

To place in a Bible available to all.

We too may share the precious Word

So the gospel message may be heard.

To many cultures the gospel is shared in a Written Word

     What is your literary heritage? 

     How might you share the gospel with someone?