The book of Philemon contains numerous themes. Bible commentators usually
emphasize the main one: Paul's expectation that Philemon free the slave, Onesimus.
Clearly that was Paul's chief purpose in writing this short letter. He wanted the wealthy
Philemon to accept the former slave now as a brother.
Paul expected Philemon to do something else that modern minister's should ask all
church members to do. He wanted Philemon to witness for Christ. Philemon had great
potential for the cause of Jesus. Paul wanted him to realize his capabilities. He urged
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.