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The Product of Saving Grace (6 of 10)
Series: Postcards from Prison - Philemon
Philemon 1:11-14 (KJV) 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me: 12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels: 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
I - The Past Void in the Life of Onesimus (11)
A) Slavery Had Infected His Outlook - Lost Love
B) Slavery Had Infected His Output - Lost Labor
II - The Present Value in the Life of Onesimus (11)
A) Paul Witnessed the Salvation of Onesimus - Changed Heart
B) Paul Welcomed the Service of Onesimus - Changed Hands
III - The Perplexing Visit in the Life of Onesimus (12)
A) The Coming Slave Needs Forgiveness - New Beginning
B) The Converted Saint Needs Friendship - New Believer
IV - The Perfect Venue in the Life of Onesimus (13/14)
A) Paul Valued the Noble Assistance of Onesimus - Highly Helpful
B) Paul Valued the Noted Approval of Philemon - Honestly Hopeful
Thank God for Saving Grace
As I was growing up with a younger brother and sister, one of our favorite games to play was baseball. We had a plastic bat and ball, and we would team up with some of the neighborhood kids and play ball in the back yard.
On one particular occasion my mom took our bat away from us because we were arguing, like all brothers and sisters tend to do. But this did not deter us from playing our favorite game. Mom took the bat, but not the ball. So we took the metal brace from the swing set (the metal bar that is used to brace two legs together on each end) and started using it as a bat.
I was at bat when I swung at a pitch and felt two distinct points of contact; one was with the ball, and the second was with my sister's head. I ...
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