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Refreshed

January 26, 2012

Greetings,

“To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.  I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in The Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.  I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”  Philemon 1-7

Paul, an apostle, wrote those glowing words many years ago to a brother in Christ named Philemon.  In his letter Paul praises his brother for many things.  Things that I believe that we all would be wise to aspire to.  It is a brief mention, but I like how Paul mentioned the church that met in Philemon’s home.  As most of you know relational house church is one of my passions and I love the places in scripture that validate home churches.  So consider this a shameless plug.

Philemon is also praised for his faith in Jesus and his love for ALL the saints.  It would do us all well to have growing authentic faith and to also love as Philemon did to all without showing favoritism.  And what good is faith if we are not active in sharing it with others?  But it is interesting that Paul connects having a active, vibrant faith with gaining a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. If that doesn’t motivate us to share outwardly and actively I don’t know what will.  Me?  I would love to have more understanding of all we have in Christ.  I only have a small understanding as it is and more would be a tremendous blessing to me and others.

Finally Paul says that Philemon’s love gave him great joy and encouragement because he had refreshed the hearts of others.   When I die I hope that someone can say something similar about me and my life.   Those are the type of things I aspire to in my life.  Faith, love, relationships, sharing, open heart, open home, these are the things that really matter in this life.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

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2 Comments
  1. Good stuff, my brother! “As you measure out to others, the same shall be measured out to you.” Give and you shall receive. To many of us who claim Christ are like the Dead Sea, clean water flows in and it sits there and become brackish, stagnant and undrinkable, something in which there is no life because there is no out-flow. The Pharisees and Sadducees had this problem. They were all about searching the scriptures and attaining scriptural knowledge as well as the teachings of the Jewish elders. Jesus told them that they were like whitewashed seplecures, pretty on the outside but full of death. We need outflow if we are to remain pure and useful to both men and to God. “In Him was life and the Life was the light of men.” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 KJ2000).

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    I don’t believe that the good thing we have in Christ is based out of a commandment to evangelize. The fact that we are IN Christ Jesus is a good thing. If Christ is truly in the heart and soul of his chosen ones, (and He is by the Comforter He sent to us), then we are not stagnant inside.

    The good thing we have in Christ has nothing to do with what we do, but, rather, whose we are…and that is a matter of being….not doing….

    The Pharisees and Sadducees were do focused on their doing that they could not see the error of their ways.

    There are many reasons for not having an outflow….one of them may be the pre-perception of what that outflow should look like. I have known of and met vibrant evangelists who were dead inside and putting on a show. They were doing….it seemed like they were doing it for the sake of Christ. But their motives were wrong (none the less, Christ was and is preached).

    Perhaps just being where Father is is the goodness we have in Christ…and means a whole lot!!!

    And that is relationship!!!!

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