For Love's Sake
This epistle of Philemon was written for the purpose of promoting forgiveness and reconciliation. There was a problem between Philemon and Onisimus that needed to be corrected. Paul wanted Philemon to receive back Onesimus, and this letter was written to restore their relationship.
They Watched Him Closely
Although the King James Translation simply says, “They watched Him,” there are a number of translations that say, “They watched Him closely.” In fact, there are a number of passages throughout the Gospels that mention how the Pharisees watched Jesus. The text before us lets us know their motive in doing this. The Bible says that they watched Him, “that they might accuse Him.” Later, the text mentions that they desired to destroy Him. The bottom line is that the Pharisees desperately wanted to find fault with Jesus. They did not like Him, and they wanted to destroy Him. In order to satisfy their hatred for Jesus the Pharisees watched Him closely that they might accuse Him. What a sad way to act toward someone! Let’s examine this attitude for a little while in order to make sure that we don’t develop it in our life.
To say that patience is a virtue is an understatement. Patience is a necessity to living the Christian life. Without patience a person will not be successful in enduring to the end. Anyone who lacks patience runs the risk of becoming unfaithful to God, and being lost eternally. We must not only have patience, we must cultivate it in our life so that it will grow and flourish. Patience is a key to fighting against spiritual burnout.
Overcoming Life's Challenges
There is a significant portion of the book of Genesis that is dedicated to covering the life of Joseph. There are some specific events that we are going to look at within this portion of God’s word. As we do, we will examine some of the challenges that Joseph faced in his life. By the time we finish I believe that we will truly be able to say that the story of Joseph is a story full of lessons for all of us.
Wrestling with God
Nehemiah took on an ambitious project to rebuild the walls to the city of Jerusalem. He completed the project in just 52 days. That alone is an amazing accomplishment, but when you take into consideration the adversity that he faced it becomes even more impressive.
It is a blessing when there is peace and harmony in the relationships that we have in our life. However, no matter how close the relationship may be, conflicts will arise. Conflicts often occur between husbands and wives; parents and children; and members of the body of Christ. The important question for us as followers of Christ is how we handle conflicts when they disrupt our relationships. Thankfully, God has left us a pattern within His word on how to deal with conflict in our relationships and it is our goal to discuss it at this time.
It is not good for Man to be Alone
When God created the first man he determined that it was not good for him to be alone. This man needed a companion, therefore, God created woman. After creating the woman, God commanded both the man and the woman to be fruitful and multiply. Thus, we have the beginning of the human race. God created us to have social interaction with one another. Through this interaction we form relationships. In His word, God gives us a blueprint for relationships.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.