Wednesday December 8, 2021

Wednesday – December 8th – Philemon 1:1-2     -----      
1) Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
2) to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Hello to Wednesday and our mid-week check-in. It is safe to say that the season of Christmas is in full swing at SunRise. Last Saturday was our first ever Candy Cane Bash which included a building full of excited families and the sounds of some of our favorite Christmas music. Today and tomorrow the SunRise Preschool’s annual Christmas program is on the calendar. On Sunday the third week of our “Expect The Unexpected” series focuses on the birth of John the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. What is not unexpected this Sunday is an appearance by the Preschool kids to share a couple of their favorite songs with the 9:45am inbuilding service. With a little over two weeks until Christmas Day, all I can say is that it is beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas. You are invited to join us for all the fun and celebrations ahead.
   Today we begin our exploration of the one-chapter book of Philemon. A lot of important information is contained in these first two verse of this book. Paul was writing this as a prisoner for the sake of the gospel of Christ Jesus. He did not consider himself a political or religious prisoner of the Roman Empire or the Jewish establishment. His situation was part of God’s larger plan, and his imprisonment was a result of Paul’s willingness to be obedient to God. Paul’s mention of Timothy is probably because he was well known to Philemon and his friends. Philemon is a beloved friend of Paul and a fellow worker on behalf of the Gospel. Paul is going to appeal to Philemon based on their friendship and their mutual love of Jesus. Philemon had opened his home for worship as was the custom of the early Christians and was considered a leader of the Christian movement in Colossae. His response to Paul’s letter would go a long way in setting the pattern of believers’ behavior going forward. Friends do not underestimate your influence over others even when you think no one is listening or watching. How we act or react in our daily lives is the gospel on display for others to see.

   Pastor Jim
Thursday – December 9th – Philemon 1:3-5

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 63955). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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