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New Book Release: A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles

A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles--Jeff Scoggins

A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles–Jeff Scoggins

My new book called A Simple Guide to Paul’s Epistles is now available as an e-book for iPad at iTunes and Google, for Kindle at Amazon, and for Nook at Barnes and Noble. The hardcover edition will arrive in mid January. Stay tuned for more information.

Back Cover Copy:

Do the writings of the Apostle Paul ever cause you to

scratch your head?

Do you ever hear people explain Paul’s theology in a way that

doesn’t fit with the rest of Scripture?

And have you ever wished for

an informal verse-by-verse guide

that walks you through Paul’s epistles from start to finish?

If so, then keep this book handy whenever you read the New Testament. You might use it as a basic reference: look up a passage that puzzles you to find a clear explanation. Or you might red through it as a devotional alongside your Bible.

Few Bible writers have influenced Christian beliefs more than the Apostle Paul. Listen as God’s voice speaks through these timeless letters.


A Simple Guide to Paul's Epistles

You Can Understand the Book of Revelation

For more information and to purchase books by Jeff Scoggins visit Skapto Publishing.

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Gen. 43

7/26/10 Jacob procrastinated as long as he could, refusing to let Benjamin go to Egypt. He hoped the famine would end or another source of food would be found. He hoped for anything, but God had designed that all of this happen. So  eventually Jacob’s family needed food or everyone, including Benjamin, would starve.

When Jacob tried to get them to at least try to go and get food, Judah reminded his father that they could not return to Egypt without Benjamin because Joseph had told them that they would not even see him if Benjamin didn’t come. All of this time Joseph was formulating a true test of his brother’s hearts.

In the end, Judah took personal responsibility for Benjamin–a relationship that extended  until long after the two had died, in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

Jacob ordered them to take a special present for Joseph and to double their money to repay what had been returned to them. Then they rode back to Egypt. Joseph’s heart must have been racing with anticipation. By now he understood that God’s hand had been in all of this from the beginning. He recognized the dreams he had had and that God had planned it all. When the brothers returned he was ready.

Joseph brought them to his house, which at first terrified the brothers. They preempted what they thought woud concern the money in their sacks by telling the steward what had happened. But the steward assured them that he had received their money and credited their God with a miracle. Then they learned that they were to eat with Joseph.

When Joseph saw Benjamin he was overcome with emotion and had to flee to recompose himself. Then he ordered the meal served, which he ate separately, because it was detestable for Egyptians to eat with Hebrews–ironically. The Hebrews, thus far anyway, seemed to be free of such prejudices, though it would come in time.

Joseph began to lavish Benjamin with good things to observe the brother’s reaction. Would they be jealous? The brothers were treated well. He returned Simeon to them, washed their feet, and refreshed them from their trip. But Benjamin was obviously treated with the greatest honor.

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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Gen. 21

6/30/10 Then Sarah laughed in the same way that Abraham had laughed: out of sheer delight in the power of God to bring about the impossible. Then disaster hit when Ishmael was caught taunting the child of promise. This would have been a small matter except for Sarah’s emotions already concerning Hagar. In her anger Sarah demanded that the two be sent away. Abraham was understandably distressed about such an idea. Ishmael was his only son for many years now, and Abraham would have been very attached to him. But God took Sarah’s side on this. Abraham had made a mistake in listening to Sarah and taking Hagar. Now he bore the consequences. However, God gave Abraham the comfort of knowing that because Ishmael was his son that he would care for him. So Abraham obeyed and sent his first son away. It wouldn’t be too long later when God would ask him to give up his second son as well.

Abraham gave Hagar and Ishmael a few supplies and sent them away, but there was no place for them to go. They wondered in the desert without survival skills. As soon as their water was gone they had to give up. Both were crying concerning their plight. When all was hopeless God came and asked, “What’s wrong?” That might seem ridiculous except it was rhetorical because he goes on to say, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here.” And then he repeated to Hagar the promise he made before to make Ishmael a great nation. Then God showed her a well and they had water. But apparently they never left the desert. Ishmael became a hunter, probably in order to survive. His mother got him an Egyptian wife and the Arab people have grown up from those beginnings, half Hebrew, half Egyptian.

Abimilech, whom Abraham had deceived, came at that time to Abraham and asked for a treaty between their people, which Abraham gladly agreed to. They swapped animals, and then Abraham mentions a well that Abimilech’s people had seized. Abimilech, not knowing about it, returned it to Abraham. And Abraham live among the Philistines for a long time.

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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


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