by Donald Cantrell

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The Purity of Brotherly Love (7 of 10)
Series: Postcards From Prison - Philemon
Donald Cantrell
Philemon 1:15-17

Philemon 1:15-17 (KJV) 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; 16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? 17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

I - The Eternal Reception of Onesimus & Philemon (receive him forever)
A) Pure Brotherly Love without Hesitant Reservation
B) Pure Brotherly Love without Harsh Retribution

II - The Elevated Relation of Onesimus & Philemon (above a servant)
A) The Authenticity of his Conversion - A Saved Brother
B) The Duplicity of his Coming - A Serving Brother

III - The Emotional Representation of Onesimus & Philemon (as myself)
A) The Emotional Question - Do You Treasure our Brotherly Bond?
B) The Endorsed Reception - Do You Trust my Basic Beliefs?


In the city of Philadelphia; one of the most, iconic symbols of our national heritage ''The Liberty Bell'' hangs magnificently in the city of brotherly love. In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the bell to commemorate the commonwealth's fiftieth anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges. Penn wrote of the liberties afforded by a people who trust, solemnly profess, and worship --in his words --the ''Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship; and in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

In August 1752, the bell arrived from Britain's shores. However, its rim cracked upon the clapper's first strike. So, two local foundry men, Pass and Stow, offered to recast the bell. Their first attempt did not fare well: the bell sounded horribly, and still it cracked again -- despite their attempts to make the bell stronger. They refused to ...

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