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Thursday, October 26 2017

Where Did Paul Become A Full Time Servant Of The LORD?

"Paul devoted all his time to teaching the Word of God"

Most people today think of the nose, or more specifically, the nasal cavities inside the nose, when they hear the word "sinus". But it was actually a geographic term before it was a medical or anatomical one.

"Sinis" is from an ancient Latin word that means a bend or a curve ("sinuous" is from that root word). It was used to describe a curved or curving opening in a land mass i.e. a bay or a gulf.

As shown on the map of ancient Greece below (the city of Corinth is seen slightly to the right of bottom-center, while Athens is seen in the lower-right corner), the Gulf of Corinth, as it is known today, was known as the Sinus of Corinth.

Gulf Of Corinth

The city of Corinth is located on a relatively narrow isthmus ("isthmus" is from an ancient Greek word meaning neck; geographically, "isthmus" is used to describe "A relatively narrow strip of land, with water on both sides, connecting two larger land areas"). The city has the Gulf (Sinus) of Corinth to the west and the Saronic Gulf, also known as the Gulf of Aegina, to the east. Corinth is seen in the "neck" of land in the satellite photograph below.

The apostle Paul involved himself with the Christian converts in and around Corinth "a good while." It was there also that he became friends with "Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla." Paul remained with them, working as a tent maker as they were, until Paul became a full-time servant of the LORD as the King James version renders verse 5 below as "Paul was pressed in the spirit."

Most other translations correctly translate the actual Greek of that verse as "Paul began devoting himself completely to the word" (New American Standard), "Paul devoted all his time to teaching the word of God" (God's Word translation), "Paul devoted himself entirely to the word" (International Standard Version), "Paul spent all his time preaching the word" (New Living Translation).


"18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

18:12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, 18:13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

18:14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. 18:16 And he drave them from the judgment seat. 18:17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow." (Acts 18:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: After Paul left Corinth to teach in other cities in Europe and Asia, what did Paul write in his letters to the Christians at Corinth?

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This Day In History, October 26

901: King Alfred (known as "Alfred the Great"), Saxon king of Wessex, died. An actual battlefield king, and scholar, Alfred fought the invading Danes and formed England's first navy.


1440: Gilles de Rais, French marshall who fought for Joan of Arc, was hanged for Satanism and the murders of 140 children. His crimes inspired the tale of "Bluebeard."

1640: The Treaty of Ripon was signed. It restored peace between Charles I of England and Scotland.

1776: Benjamin Franklin traveled to France to request French support for his revolution (see When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?). France hypocritically agreed to arm and supply the rebellion of the New England colonies, while at the very same time tolerating no independence for its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere through the continent of North America.

France sought only to break the military ties between Britain and New England so that France could then easily invade and take them over for itself - a plan that wasn't carried out because of the wars started by Napoleon across Europe and into Russia (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?) that consumed the French army.

New France

Ironically, if Britain had not defeated the French Empire in Europe (culminating at the famous Battle of Waterloo), the New England colonies would have then very likely been swallowed up to become a colony of New France (that already existed, by that name, from Louisiana and a vast territory northward). Britain used only a very small percentage of its army in the war of the New England revolution (most were in Europe fighting Napoleon), while, with a French victory in Europe, France could have dedicated a massive military force against the former English colonies.


1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), the Battle of the Chateauguay. About 1,630 French-Canadian regulars and militia and Mohawk warriors under Charles de Salaberry repulsed a U.S. invasion force of about 4,000. Chateauguay was one of the two battles (the other being the Battle of Crysler's Farm) that caused the U.S. to abandon the Saint Lawrence Campaign, their major strategic effort in the autumn of 1813.

Battle of the Chateauguay

1825: The Erie Canal opened, linking southern Lake Erie to the Hudson River, and then to the Atlantic, thereby allowing the U.S. to bypass the British-controlled lower St. Lawrence (the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 by the governments of Canada and the U.S. opened ports on all of the Great Lakes to ocean shipping).

1863: The Red Cross was established in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Red Cross

1881: The fabled "Gunfight at the OK Corral" in Tombstone, Arizona. To enforce the "no guns in town" law, Billy Clanton and his brother, and Frank and Tom McLaury were killed by Virgil and Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday in a 27 second gunfight.

1905: Sweden and Norway signed a treaty of separation; Oscar II abdicated as king of Norway, and was replaced by Prince Charles of Denmark, who became King Haakon VII.

1918: Germany's supreme commander General Erich Ludendorff resigned in protest of the terms to which the German government agreed to for the First World War (1914-1918) armistice. This set the stage for his later support for Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) who claimed that Germany did not lose the war on the battlefield, but rather was "stabbed in the back" by the politicians (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).


1942: U.S. and Japanese naval forces engaged in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The Japanese suffered a greater number of ships lost, but the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet was sunk.

Many U.S. and Japanese aircraft carriers sunk in battle during the Second World War (1939-1945; the U.S. entered the war in December 1941). Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).


Beginning with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, aircraft carriers were the means of the Pacific war - an era now gone. In any war between the major military powers in the Pacific today (i.e. the U.S., Russia, China), aircraft carriers, and their entire accompanying battle groups, would be instantly destroyed by nuclear missiles or unstoppable hypersonic "carrier killer" ballistic missiles with conventional warheads.

1978: Smallpox was declared eradicated in the world.

1984: Surgeons in California transplanted a baboon heart into a 10 day old baby girl, nicknamed "Baby Fae"; she died a few days later.

1995: Israeli Mossad agents assassinated Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki at his hotel in Malta.

1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty aimed at ending 46 years of conflict. Much of the territory of the present-day Kingdom of Jordan was held by the Israelite tribes who were assigned lands east of the Jordan River (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Why East And West Manasseh?).

1997: Alan Goodman, 53, was released from an Israeli prison after serving 16 years of a life sentence for a 1982 shooting spree on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in which an Arab guard was killed and 8 Muslims were wounded. Upon his release, the U.S. born former Israeli soldier was deported to the U.S. (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

2001: The U.S. passed the "US Patriot Act" into law (the name is an acronym or Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001").


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