Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3

The questions Philemon compel us to ask...

Who in my life have I been such an example to that I could press them like Paul presses Philemon?

Who in my life has my example to them been so Christ like that they are inspired to make restitution for their most egregious sins?

If I were in chains for faith in Christ, would there be anyone who would come to my aid at their own risk, their own expense?

Are the people closest to me more like Jesus because of my influence or in spite of my influence?

Have I cared for someone so deeply that I was willing to bear much of the cost for their mistakes?

Am I demanding of others when I am in the right or am I lovingly gracious, pursauading them with gracious truth as a dear friend?

What other questons can you find in today's reading of Philemon?

Pastor Fred

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 2

   3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone....14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

Titus 3:3-8,14

What good will you and I do today in light of the mercies of God so liberally showered upon us? What good will we seek out today that is commensurate to the wondrous grace of our Heavenly Father? What good will you and I seek out today, meeting urgent needs, refusing to live unproductive lives?

Do some good today!

Pastor Fred