The Person Philemon

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Today's reading: Philemon 4-7

In verses 4-7 of Philemon, Paul gives us a glimpse of the man named Philemon. It is evident from what Paul writes that he holds Philemon in high regard. Paul considers him a special friend. He's thankful for Philemon's love of God and his bold witness for Christ, and Paul's heart is genuinely touched by Philemon's good and helpful conduct toward other believers.

Is it your goal to "refresh the heart" of others, especially the hearts of your brothers and sisters in Christ? What's one example of how you encouraged, supported or demonstrated kindness to someone in the past week? Will you join me in making it a goal to be intentional about refreshing and encouraging the people we each come in contact with this week? Tami

Today's reading: Book of Philemon

We're going to spend the next few days looking over and considering the book of Philemon, a letter written by Paul to a fellow believer named Philemon whose slave, Onesimus, had run away.

Although there are only 25 verses in this short book, there are lessons (plural) for us to discover. But before we delve in to look for those lessons, let's spend today simply reading through this letter and focusing on the details provided in order to give us some context. This will help us gain a better overall understanding of what is going on and allow us to get the most out of this book.

I'll get us started. Here are several things I took note of from Philemon.

  • Paul is writing from prison.
  • The relationship between Paul and Philemon is personal, which explains the personal approach and tone of the letter.
  • Paul's letter doesn't reveal anything about the why, when or how of Onesimus's running away from Philemon.
  • Paul has a deep love for both Philemon and Onesimus.

It's your turn! Read back through Philemon and note and/or write down as many specifics as possible. What information and details did you notice as you read Philemon? Tami

Trusting Continually

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Today's reading: Psalm 44:1-26

Psalm 44 is an earnest prayer offered to God during a time of distress and oppression. The psalmist begins his conversation with God by looking back at what God has done. Next he moves on to tell God how, despite the intense adversity and disgrace that has come upon them, he is committed to following Him. The psalmist then concludes his prayer asking God for deliverance.

My heart was stirred by the message conveyed in verses 6-8, where in the middle of intense distress, the psalmist remains unmoved and proclaims to God his steadfast trust in Him.

"For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever." (vs. 6-8)

What battles are you going through right now? Have you, are you and/or will you turn your situation over to God and tell Him, "I trust in you"? How does praising God in and through your storms impact your attitude and thinking and help you stay the course? Tami

Lead Me

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Today's reading: Psalm 43:1-5

The appeal made by David to God to "send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling" is a good and wise request (vs. 3). These words reflect an attitude of surrender to an all-powerful, all-knowing God who loves us greatly and has us in the palm of His hand—whatever our current situation.

Will you join me in putting this request before God today? Tami

P.S. Did you notice how the theme and tone of this psalm is similar to what David wrote in Psalm 42? David even uses the same closing phrase ("Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."). Whatever you're experiencing today, keep talking with God about it!

Constant Encourager

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Today's reading: Ephesians 6:21-24

One thing I particularly like about Paul is how he is constantly intentional with his efforts to encourage others. Ephesians 6:21-24 is a good example of this. Even though Paul is in prison and uncertain of what is going to happen to him, he takes steps to ensure that he is still encouraging the Ephesians by sending his friend and helper, Tychicus, to keep them informed, to specifically raise their spirits and to provide support to this group of new believers.

Would you describe yourself as an encourager? Why or why not? How does encouraging someone else impact and benefit you? Will you join me in making an extra effort to encourage the people you encounter today, this weekend and beyond? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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