Found Forever

Philemon is a short letter but it is surely a gem. In Philemon 1:15, Paul writes that Onesimus was lost for only a little while so that Philemon could have him back forever. The forever that is mentioned is not talking about the return of Onesimus to the position of servant to Philemon, for him […]

Willing Consent

Notice that when Paul writes Philemon, he says he didn’t want to do anything without having Philemon’s consent. He wanted Philemon to help because it was something he was willing to do, not something that he was forced into doing. The Bible speaks about this desire and purposeful decision we make to do something, and […]

Be Useful

Something that I have been thinking about a lot is usefulness. There are moments when we have items in our home that are not useful to us. Sometimes we have apps on our devices that are not useful. Maybe at a time they seemed useful, but things have changed. But usefulness isn’t only something we […]

Philemon Study: True Forgiveness

[Philemon] Paul wrote letter to Philemon while he was in jail. Philemon’s house may be where the Colossian church met (v. 2). Philemon had a slave Onesimus (v. 16). Onesimus means “useful” or “beneficial.” Onesimus was useless to Philemon – slave who stole money and ran away. Paul converted Onesimus. Onesimus is now useful to […]