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Paul's Friend List (26 of 26)
INTRODUCTION: The day has come when someone can look at your cell phone and tell virtually everything about you.
-Is it just a phone or is it also a mini computer?
-Is it designed for talking or texting?
-How many mega-pixels is the cam? Are you on Instagram?
-It is the newest version of the best phone available or is it dated? Are you tech savvy?
-Do you have a stylish bedazzled cover or are you more practical?
But more than any of those things the most revealing information about you that can be gathered from your cell phone is your contact list.
As a matter of fact by looking at your contact list and seeing who your frequently contact - I can literally tell your future. That is if Charles Tremendous Jones was right when he said, "You will be in 10 years exactly who you are now except for the books you read, how you spend your time and the friends you associate with."
Few things shape your life like relationships. You will need friends if you are going to reach your full potential for the Kingdom. That is why Solomon wrote, Proverbs 12:26 26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Few things will impact the direction of your life as much as those with whom you regularly associate.
What a gift to be able to peek into Paul's contact list, rolodex, his fave five, his A-list.
The first and most obvious thing we notice about Paul's circle of friends is their Variety.
-There are thirty five names mentioned in this chapter plus other references to unnamed people.
-There are eight references to people who were with Paul at Corinth in v. 21-24.
-And there are 27 people Paul identifies by name in Rome.
-Twenty are men
-Seven are women. Which by the way, you can't find another single peice of ancient literature that mentions as many women in a positive note as this chapter does.
-Plus he mentions a co ...
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