Tuesday December 7, 2021

Tuesday – December 7th – Intro to Philemon     -----     
The Daily Walk Bible Inspirational thought for today:

     Welcome to Tuesday. Today is a day of significant remembrance in the history of our nation. On this date Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was bombed by Japanese planes and the US was immediately drawn into the Pacific theater of World War II. More than 2,4000 Americans died in the attack including civilians, another 1,000 people were wounded. Destroyed or damaged in the attack were 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. Just a few days later both Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. Today we say a prayer for the men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, and all who died as a result of World War II.

     Today we begin a new book in the Bible – Philemon. This is also a crossover day for me in our reading through the Bible in a year we are also reading Philemon. Many folks are not familiar with the book of Philemon and would probably include it as one of the Old Testament prophets based on its name. Don’t feel bad, in all my years of ministry I may have preached from this short book only two or three times. Written by Paul in approximately 61AD, while a prisoner in Rome, this book is all about grace and the expected interaction between professing believers. Onesimus is a desperate slave who has wronged his master, Philemon. In ancient times, slaves were crucified for lesser offenses than his. He had run away to Rome, where he found— through Paul— salvation in Jesus Christ. In gratefulness, Onesimus has been serving Paul. He has repented, but he has not made restitution. Paul is sending him back to his master in Colossae with this letter, asking Philemon to forgive and accept Onesimus as a fellow brother in the Lord. This “postcard” provides a glimpse of Paul’s affectionate heart, reminding us of our forgiveness in Christ which we should now extend to others.

   Pastor Jim
Wednesday – December 8th – Philemon 1:1-2
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Location 63893, 63924-63928). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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