Category Archives: Rescue & Redemption

Every Legal Right

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day seven) Philemon had every legal right to tear Onesimus down.  Roman law even compelled Philemon to severely punish both Onesimus for his escape and Paul for harboring him.  But Paul appealed to something higher.  Just because … Continue reading

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Think

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day six) Although slavery in the Roman Empire was not based on race, it was equally dehumanizing and reinforced extreme prejudice against slaves, even freed slaves. In that day, Philemon had complete authority over Onesimus’ life; he … Continue reading

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Litmus

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day five) vs 5 “because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;” A question people often ask. Comes in different forms and phrases-  … Continue reading

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Of Course You Know What’s Right

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day four)  Let’s be honest…Paul leaves no room for Philemon to do anything but the right thing.  Onesimus had run away from his master and was lost to Philemon.  God intervened though.  Onesimus had no clue how … Continue reading

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Foundation

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day three) I appeal to you on the basis of love. The modern Western mind might view the stakes in this way: A man who had temporarily clawed out a sliver of respite from life as a … Continue reading

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Useless No More

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day two) I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. vs. 10-11 Do you remember when … Continue reading

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Peacemaker

Re:Verse reading–Philemon 1-25 (day one) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Sometimes to get forward we need to go back.  Back to a broken relationship.  Back to a past wrong that needs to … Continue reading

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Fervent Prayer

Re:Verse reading–Acts 12:1-19 (day seven)  So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. Acts 12:5 …he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also … Continue reading

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Gates Too

Re:Verse reading–Acts 12:1-19 (day six) “[The gate] It opened for them of its own accord,…” Acts 12:10b God is in the details. Can you imagine if Peter were left to pick the lock of the gate, after God had done … Continue reading

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Pray First

Re:Verse reading–Acts 12:1-19 (day five) Acts 12:5- prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. What we know about that first New Testament Church is that there were a few activities and actions that were “non-negotiables” for … Continue reading

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