Monthly Archives: August 2012

Salutations from Prisoners Philemon 23 – Equipped for Battle

What would we think of a message that came from an inmate? How would we respond if those greetings were from someone for whom we cared deeply? Today we consider the beginning of the final benediction from Paul the apostle … Continue reading

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Prepare for a Visit Philemon 22 – Equipped for Battle

When someone we know and care for are coming for a visit, how do we feel? What are our plans, and what do we think about? Let’s imagine for a moment that someone is coming to visit us who just … Continue reading

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More Than I Say Philemon 21 – Equipped for Battle

How many times have people exceeded our expectations? Are their places of business, friendships, or acquaintances who when we engage them always seem to do more than we expected? What does it make us feel like when someone provides less … Continue reading

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Joy and Refreshment Philemon 20 – Equipped for Battle

When someone advocates for another, we often attribute their worth to the person for whom they defend. As we have gone through these verses in Philemon we might wonder why Paul would intercede for Onesimus in the manner in which … Continue reading

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I have Written I will Repay Philemon 19 – Equipped for Battle

Commitment upon our part is one thing, but what about commitment for another person? Who would we commit ourselves to that should they acquire a bill or payment for retribution would we put it on our tab? Such is the … Continue reading

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Put It on My Account Philemon 18 – Equipped for Battle

How many times have we been asked to pay a tab or a bill for someone else? Has there been a time when we were left owing money when we had nothing to do with receiving the benefit? Such is … Continue reading

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Receive Him as Me Philemon 17 – Equipped for Battle

Line after line and verse after verse we have observed Paul the apostle making an appeal to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus who was Philemon’s runaway servant. Onesimus is now a Christian, and Paul believes that Philemon not only should … Continue reading

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A Greater Onesimus Philemon 16 – Equipped for Battle

How does a person ever become greater than they already are? Is it through practice, study, or repetition of behavior? Is it through meditation, thought or routine? Perhaps these are some beneficial ways, but when we come to know Jesus … Continue reading

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Departed for a Season Philemon 15 – Equipped for Battle

Throughout the last few verses of the book of Philemon, we have been studying the manner in which Paul the apostle intercedes on the behalf of Onesimus. Although Onesimus was in error when he ran away from Philemon and stole … Continue reading

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Willing Permission Philemon 14 – Equipped for Battle

Paul the apostle has been making an appeal for Onesimus who was a runaway slave who belonged to Philemon. During his escape, Onesimus gave his life to Jesus Christ through the ministry of Paul, and now he was being returned … Continue reading

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