by Donald Cantrell

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The Prisoner of God's Love (2 of 10)
Series: Postcards from Prison - Philemon
Donald Cantrell
Philemon 1:1,9

Philemon 1:1 (KJV) Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,1:9 (KJV) Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

I - The Perplexing Location of Paul - His Chains
A) The Harsh Outcome of his Testimony
1 - Imprisoned Because of his Manifested Life
2 - Imprisoned Because of his Magnified Love
B) The Heavenly Outlook of his Testimony
1 - His Chains were not Dreadful but Spiritual
2 - His Chains were not Disgraceful but Supernal

II - The Promising Liberation of Paul - His Confidence
A) Looked Past the Chains - Unseen Connection
1 - The Upward Look That Soothed his Heart
2 - The Upward Love That Stirred his Heart
B) Looked Past the Circumstances - Unfathomable Confession
1 - Ignored the Obstacle of Imprisonment
2 - Invited the Opportunity of Imprisonment

III - The Puzzling Limitation of Paul - His Challenge
A) The Reduction of his Movement
''A Hard Prison Held Him''
1 - Physical Limitation
2 - Geographical Limitation
B) The Reach of his Ministry
''A Higher Power Helped Him''
1 - Puzzling Power of his Preaching
2 - Puzzling Power of his Pen

''A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on ''The Love of God.'' As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say.''
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Introduction: In this passage we find that the apostle Paul refuses to esteem himself as an Apostle or a noted preache ...

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