Of His Own Volition and Out of Love fer Us, Skipper Left His Throne and Came Ter Earth to Appear in the Flesh as a Man

Of His Own Volition and Out of Love for Us, Skipper Left His Throne and Came Ter Earth to Appear in the Flesh as a Man

God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. – 1 Timothy 3:16

Of his own volition and out of love fer us, Skipper left his throne and came ter earth ter be in tha flesh as a man. Fer tha time he walked about, he ne’er broke not one of his commands or ordinances. He gained fer himself all purity, all holiness, all righteousness. Even though he be tempted and tested ter tha point of death, he remained upright tha whole time.

Then, when tha time be right, Skipper surrendered himself ter be executed on account of it be our souls who ‘ill die fer tha bad stuff we done. Only now Skip ‘as died in our place so we don’ ‘ave ter. Such ah thing han’t ever been done before er since. In his living and dying Skip gained fer himself all righteousness thar be.

Now when we get inter a fix on account of tha bad stuff we do, Skip says, “Come up a little short of tha mark, did ya. How bad did ya miss it? That much, huh? No worries, mate. I ‘ill cover tha balance and get ya back on course.”

Ter all who turn ter Skipper fer help, he says, “I know’d ya kin not all tha time stay tha course. That be why I come down ter live in tha flesh. All ya ever has ter do, mate, is come ter me an’ ask and I ‘ill cover ya with my Holy cloak of uprightness.

Thar be no limits ter how many times we can ask Skip ter spot us tha difference.

Only thing is, if we ne’er think on how much it cost him ter gain all purity, all holiness, all righteousness fer himself—how tha one who made tha heavens and earth come down off his throne on our account so as ter wipe out our debts—could be we don’ really know Skip or love him.

Mainly that be love fer self and love fer self be how all this mess commenced in tha first place.

Come about. Seek Skip and his uprightness. Tha one who made all there is and ever will be wants ter make ya upright like he be. Will ya let him?

Pray Fer All Lubbers At All Times

Sailing With Jesus -- Tips fer tha crew and Young Timothy

Pray Fer All Lubbers At All Times

“First make requests (list specific needs), prayers (bring others before the throne of God), intercession, (make appeals on behalf of others), and thanksgiving for all people—(even) for kings and all those in authority.” – 1 Timothy 2

We be charged with praying fer all folks at all times, even lubbers. Even that scoundrel Woodes Rogers, tha first Royal Governor of the Bahamas and tha one who hunts down our brethren. Even them commodores of tha British Royal Navy who blasts our vessels ter Davy Jones. Even tha Queen, may she rot in. . . (Oops. Old hateful habits be hard to change.) Our orders be ter pray fer her, too.

We be charged ter make requests during all watches, even tha dog watch, and give thanks fer crew at all times. I know, I know, this be a tall order, but thems tha commands of our skipper. Why, says you?

“Do this that we may live peaceful, quiet lives in all godliness (God likeness) and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2

Skipper wants all men, lubbers included, ter be saved. Not some. Not only them that we like. Not only them we love. (Here I be thinking on tha misses I left back in port and them youngins I fathered.) When we live without rancor, keep our tongue and sword sheathed, and reflect Skipper’s character, he be pleased.

Skipper has it in mind fer ALL men and women ter be saved. Skipper wants ALL brethren and sistren ter come to a knowledge of tha truth, of tha Code of Conduct.

And what be truth, says you? Well, first off, there be but one Skipper, one in charge. Second, there be but one mediator, one arbitrator, betwixt Skipper and us. That mediator be tha Son. Says so right thar in tha letter to young Timothy.

“Christ gave himself as a ransom for all people.” – 1 Timothy 6

Tha Son who calls himself Christ Jesus bought ever one. He paid our fair, so ter speak. Any grievance Skipper gots with us, any trouble we caused, any property we destroyed, any fellers we killed, any charges that be laid again’ us, the Son paid our tab in order fer us to walk free.

And he paid not jest fer you and me but fer all. It be fer this purpose that we be obligated ter tell folks–even lubbers–and ter publish this news in handbills and such.

So thar it be. Pray fer all folks at all times in all ways, no matter tha waves they make fer ya. Do this, mate, and Skipper ‘ill have no reason ter call ya to his cabin.

1 Timothy 2:1-6

Any Feller Who Wishes Ter Serve as Quartermaster Must Be Upright and of Good Character

Sailing With Jesus -- Tips fer serving as Quartermaster & First Mate

Any Feller Who Wishes Ter Serve as Quartermaster Must Be Upright and of Good Character

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. – 1 Timothy 3 (Timothy 3)

Any feller who wishes ter serve as Quartermaster must be tha husband of one wife, temperate (which means he has a pleasant way about him and be moderate with his drink and eating and such), self-controlled, abler ter keep his tongue in check, respectable, a friendly sort, agreeable, amicable, able ter teach and instruct, sober at all times and not given ter strong drink, gentle and ne’er violent, not prone ter getting inter scuffles and arguments, care little fer money and jewels and fancy clothes. He must be able ter manage his family well and breed young lads and lasses who obey him with respect, fer if a feller don’ know how ter manage his own brood, how kin he care fer Skipper’s crew?

Any feller new ter tha crew be banned from serving as Quartermaster on account of he might come ter think he knows all thar is ter know ‘bout Skipper and tha Son an’ get a big head. Put such a feller in charge of tha crew and he might fall under tha same judgement as tha devil.

Any feller applying ter be Quartermaster must also have a good reputation with lubbers and them outside tha crew. A mate with a shady reputation might accept a bribe or worse–fall inter tha black-hearted devil’s trap an’ bring disgrace upon himself.

Them wishing ter serve as first mate should be a feller of respect among tha crew, honest and loyal ter Skipper, not a drinker of much wine and rum, honest in all his dealings, and one who keeps ter tha Code at all times. A first mate must have but one wife. Two be one ter many fer any feller. He, too, must be able ter manage tha affairs of his household. Be fer he can serve as first mate, have that crew test him thoroughly ter find tha make of his starch. If nothing be found against him, only then let him serve as first mate.

With regards ter women aboard and thar roles, a first mate’s wife must be a lady of respect, not a malicious talker, agreeable, gentle, and trustworthy in ever thing.

Crew Serving Skipper Be Tha Pillar and Foundation of Tha Truth

Sailing With Jesus -- Tips fer serving Skipper with tha truth

Crew Serving Skipper Be Tha Pillar and Foundation of Tha Truth

The church of the living God is the pillar and foundation of truth.- 1 Timothy 3:15 (1 Timothy 3)

I be writing so ya ‘ill know how crew ought ter conduct themselves under Skipper’s command. When we serve under Skip, we be, as it were, his Church. Odd thing ter say, I know. A ship don’ look like no church I ever seen. But there ’tis. Crew serving Skipper be tha pillar and foundation of tha truth.

No question, Skipper be fer us, leading us, and we be acting in accord with Skip’s Code of Conduct be a great mystery. One fer the ages.  So here be some clues as ter how this mystery be played out.

First off we be but humble pirates and thar be a great many long words in what follows, but the long and short of tha mystery be this: Skip wrote himself inter our story by taking on flesh and bones and getting himself birthed by a young lass who had ne’er even lay with a feller. Now a thing like this ne’re happened ‘fore or since.  Fancy folks call such a thing an “incarnation.” Fer most of us in tha crew, tha notion that a virgin give birth ter Skip’s one and only boy be a great conundrum that our feeble minds kin not wrap our tentacles around. This be mystery clue number one.

Second, after Skipper wrote himself inter our story and got birthed by a lass who ne’er laid with a man, he carried himself in such ways as ter ne’er break tha Code of Conduct. Not once. Not ever. Ain’t been a feller in all history who done a thing like that. This be mystery clue number two.

Third, Skip’s Son, who be tha spitting image of Skipper, goes and gets himself sentenced ter tha gallows. Only not fer any offence he committed, but fer something I done. ‘Cept I hain’t even been born yet and would be not born fer centuries. Still, tha Son takes all tha grievances laid ter me fer things I done in private and public and right thar in front of all, tha Son says he’ll take tha punishment fer me. He’ll walk ter that gallows and swing fer my account. And he did. This be mystery clue number three.

Fourth, and I gots ter say, this one leaves me perplexed, after Skip’s boy goes ter Davy Jones and this dying business be done with, tha Son rose from his watery grave. Ever deck swab knows dead men don’ tell tales and they sure as scurvy don’ come back from tha dead. But thar be tha Son shining down on us, live like always. Warming us with his spirit whilst he guides us home. This be mystery clue number four.

Fifth, all then that follow after tha Son speak of Skipper’s “secret wisdom,” a wisdom that be hidden in tha past, but that Skip destined fer our glory ‘fore time and sea and stars was made. Now it be plain as plunder that none of tha kings and queens and commodores who come ‘fore us understood ‘bout this “secret wisdom.” If’en they had, they wouldn’t have killed Skip’s boy. This be mystery clue number five.

Thar be other clues ter this mystery but tha long and short of it be this: We get our very life from tha Son. Folks of all stripes, lubbers as well as hearty seaman, can sign on with Skip and sail under tha Son. Do this and ya kin be turned inter what ya was destined ter become whilst ya was in yer mum’s tummy. Only tha Son himself kin perform this mystery miracle.

So that be tha lay of things. Tha truth of tha Son, Skipper writing himself inter our story, and his boy dying so we kin live like we be meant ter live from tha get go, that sums up tha great mystery of Skipper.

What says ya? Will ya turn ter tha Son and sail true? Be made right? Be made whole? Be made inter tha image of tha Son and become perfect jest like he be perfect? If so, welcome aboard, mate.

We Know Skip’s Code of Conduct Be Good if Tha Crew Follows His Orders Proper Like

Sailing With Jesus -- Tips fer tha crew and Young Timothy

We Know Skip's Code of Conduct Be Good if Tha Crew Follows His Orders Proper Like

Love comes from a pure heart and good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

We know Skip’s Code of Conduct be good if tha crew follows his orders proper like. Skip’s rules be fer them mutinous lawbreakers an’ rebels, them that don’ take no mind of Skipper and his ways, them reprobates who kill thar mom and pop and murder others. Fer philanderers, perverts, slave traders, liars, fellers who tell tales on mates that not be true, and fer ever one who does whatever be contrary ter Skips creed and sound articles of faith.

If ya sign on ter sail after tha Son and swear allegiance ter him and Skipper, why then tha Code of Conduct ‘ill get burned inter yer heart and ya won’ even need to read tha articles ter know how ter behave. Only them mates who no kin read or worse, refuse ter read tha articles, ‘ill have ter have tha Code recited ter them over and over. Even then a good many ‘ill turn up thar nose and heel and sail away.

If ya had been mixed up with tha likes of them, you would ne’re have put a foot on deck, you may lay to that. No, ya come aboard with a heart loyal ter skip and yer conscience clear that all yer thieving, lying, murderous ways be put astern. Signed on in blood, ya did.

So now see ter it that ya love ever one, even them mutineers. Who knows? Could be yer ways be an example ter other fellers and they come along side ter ask how it is ya come ter believe in Skipper’s words and ways. If that happens make it yer play ter clearly recall how Skip outfitted this vessel, called all fellers and lasses ter crew with him, and desires all ter sail aboard while we follow tha Son.