by Dennis Miller

We learned about Philemon last weekend and how some groups have designated him as a saint.  Now, we don’t view “saints” in the same way, but it is interesting to note that today is Philemon’s Day.  You can read about it HERE and many other places.

Some say that Philemon and his family were put to death by Nero for their faith.  Others hold to the legend that they were stoned to death because of their righteousness by the people of Colossae.  No one knows for sure, but Philemon and his family have been honored for their faith for many years.

Philemon is a reminder that we need to give people a second chance — and we’ll learn more about that this weekend.

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We conclude a short series on the letter of Philemon and learn about second chances.  This is a fitting study as we head into the holiday season!  You’ll understand why this weekend.

Philem. 12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

Philem. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.  22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.  23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.  25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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