Home Is Where The Heart Is

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philemon 1:1b-2 To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker—also to Apphia our sister and Archippusour fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home.

O-bservation:

St. Paul writes to Philemon, a friend of his, concerning Philemon's former employee Onesimus. Besides Philemon, Paul mentions a few choice friends and concludes by saying, "I'm writing this to the church that meets in your home."

A-pplication:

We know very little of Philemon except that he was a financially prosperous leader of the church at Colossae. What we do know about him has to do with his HEART. He loved Jesus and he loved the Church. At that time in history it was difficult to be a "Follower of Jesus." Many were persecuted and killed for their faith. There were no big Christian church buildings to meet in. That didn't happen for several hundred years after this writing. Those who owned a house opened their houses for worship. Philemon had a house that he lived in, but his heart was connected to his church. His brothers and sisters in Christ were invited to gather at his place because he decided to place his HEART (his CHURCH) in his house. As a boy growing up, my parents always made our house a place people could gather for worship, because "Home Is Where The Heart Is." Whether it's a third story rented flat or a palatial mansion, we are all called today to make our house HIS HOME.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, My house is always open to people. Help me keep people at the center of my purpose for living. And help me lead those people to You. Amen
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Always On Your Side

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philemon 1:4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.

O-bservation:

Paul, the Great Apostle, was needing a favor from his friend Philemon. Before he asked his friend for the favor, he let him know that whenever he prayed to God, he would always thank the Lord for him.

A-pplication:

To my closest friends I often sign off with the line, "Always On Your Side." I believe that's what Paul was saying here. He needed a favor from his friend Philemon, but whether or not he could provide Paul with that favor Paul started by saying, I always thank God for you when I pray. I wonder how much more we could accomplish if all of our friends knew that we were ... "Always On Their Side?" This age in which we're living features one broken friendship and relationship after another. It's true that success leaves tracks, but so does hypocrisy. Think of your friends today. When we pray let's decide to always give thanks for them. It lets them know that I'm "Always On Your Side."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can honestly say this AM that there has never been a day in my life that I felt rejected by You. In fact, I've had a continual feeling that You were "Always On My Side." Amen
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From Useless To Useful

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philemon 1:11
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

O-bservation:

This is part of the Apostle Paul’s plea to his friend Philemon. Philemon was a wealthy member of the church in Colossae. He had an associate named Onesimus, who had somehow treated him (Philemon) badly and was now in prison. Prison is where Paul met Onesimus. In prison, this young man was transformed by the power of Jesus. Paul said to his friend Philemon as Onesimus was about to be released from prison that he wanted Philemon to take the young man back and give him another chance, because, as Paul said, “He’s gone from Useless To Useful.”

A-pplication:

Can you remember a time in your life when you were so messed up that you were pretty useless to those who needed help? I sure can. There was a period in my life when it was all about me, myself, and I. That was about as far as my compassionate side ever got. Then one day I was transformed by the power of the Almighty. I didn’t look back after that. From that point on, I turned from being all about me to being all about Jesus and whatever I could do to help others. My life has never been the same since the day the Lord changed me. I’m nothing more than a more modern version of Onesimus. Thank God I’ve gone from “Useless To Useful.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to be used. I want to be useful. Whatever You want for me, I want for me too! Amen  
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Always On Your Side

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philemon 1:4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

O-bservation:

Paul, the Great Apostle, was needing a favor from his friend Philemon. Before he asked his friend for the favor, he let him know that whenever he prayed to God he would always thank the Lord for Philemon.

A-pplication:

To my closest friends I often sign off with the line, "Always On Your Side." I believe that's what Paul was saying here. He needed a favor from his friend Philemon, but whether or not he could provide Paul with that favor Paul started by saying, I always thank God for you when I pray. I wonder how much more we could accomplish if all of our friends knew that we were ... "Always On Their Side?" This age in which we're living features one broken friendship and relationship after another. It's true that success leaves tracks, but so does hypocrisy. Think of your friends today. When we pray let's decide to always give thanks for them. It lets them know that I'm "Always On Your Side."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can honestly say this AM that there has never been a day in my life that I felt rejected by You. In fact, I've had a continual feeling that You were "Always On My Side." Amen
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Thank God For Friends

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philemon 1:4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers.

O-bservation:

Paul the Apostle was writing to his friend Philemon and was going to ask him a favor. Before he did, however, he wanted Philemon to know how THANKFUL to God he was for such a friend. He said, "Whenever I think of you in my prayers, I ALWAYS give thanks to God for you."

A-pplication:

FRIENDS, Real Friends are hard to come by. In fact, that's why so many real friends from our youth remain friends till death. In our youth there's not much to prove. There's not much of an agenda for young people other than "I can trust you." As age sets in, things change quickly. The idea of friendship is now based on what another person can do for me, and what's in it for me. Philemon had opened his home for Paul to have church there. Perhaps his home is where Paul stayed when he was in town. Any other reasons not mentioned are just more reasons Paul considered Philemon a true friend. When he prayed for Philemon, he didn't pray that Philemon would be more like him, or more religious. NO. Paul simply gave thanks to Jesus for his great friend. Think about your true friends this AM. Then just ... "Thank God For Friends!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There are just TOO many good friends to mention in this short prayer. But when I'm finished writing, I'll start down the list. Thank You Jesus for my friends. Amen
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