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    Hi, Mike, help me to explain the sentence

    Hi, Mike:

    I read a sentence like : Paul urges Timothy to "fan into flame the gift of God." That means Timothy must stir up, keep alive, exercise the gift God has given.

    In the sentence, what does the "fan into flame....." exactly mean? is it a idiom? Please help me to explain it, and give some examples.

    Thank you in advence.

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    Re: Hi, Mike, help me to explain the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann L. View Post
    Hi, Mike:

    I read a sentence like : Paul urges Timothy to "fan into flame the gift of God." That means Timothy must stir up, keep alive, exercise the gift God has given.

    In the sentence, what does the "fan into flame....." exactly mean? is it a idiom? Please help me to explain it, and give some examples.

    Thank you in advence.
    If there is a smoldering fire and someone adds oxygen (fanning is one way) it may burst back into flames. "Fanning" is simply the process of moving air across something with a hand or an object such as a fan.

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    Re: Hi, Mike, help me to explain the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If there is a smoldering fire and someone adds oxygen (fanning is one way) it may burst back into flames. "Fanning" is simply the process of moving air across something with a hand or an object such as a fan.
    Thank you, Mike for your answer so soon. but now I am still confussing about meaning of whole sentence, would you give me more example? thank you very much.

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    Re: Hi, Mike, help me to explain the sentence

    It menas to turn the gift of God into a brighter more powerful thing, like a fire growing.

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    Re: Hi, Mike, help me to explain the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It menas to turn the gift of God into a brighter more powerful thing, like a fire growing.
    Thank you, Tdol very much.

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