Maybe we ought to serve God and place him first in our lives.” Kraft went home and made a covenant with the Lord to serve God above all things. They, and six other brethren, accompanied them to Jerusalem with the collection for the saints in the Holy City (Acts 20:3-6).

Could you do more? As a son with his father. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Evangelicalism Is Not Rounding the Corner. “Yes Felix was now a believer in the Lord Jesus and a trophy of God’s grace.”. He and his horse, Paddy, worked and worked, but got poorer and poorer. Today I’m sharing a Bible study at Noonday at the Baptist Student Union of Mississippi State University (#HailState). And then Paul says, “he was my minister.“ This man was a big help to Paul, getting things – and getting things done, which Paul could not do. He was a former US Air Force pilot and trained other pilots in emergency landings. Truly the dice were loaded when Epaphroditus put his life on the line for the Lord’s work. This kingdom has lived on for thousands of years after his life, it is a kingdom that will never end, and is definitely worth our investment. Don’t drop from community when you’re in college. These Amish women appeared to be making sweeping motions. In May we visited with David and Sabra when we were in San Antonio, TX and caught up with. 11:9). But finally his Philippian visitor revived, and Paul’s joy was even higher than before. “I have no one else like him.” Paul knows a lot of people. Paul would be less sorrowful because Epaphroditus was one less concern for him as he prepared for his defense before Nero. He was diagnosed with Sepsis, a potentially fatal whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection and complicated by organ dysfunction. 2:27, 30). John 1:12). I am here to help you.” The songwriter also reminds us, “Each step I take, I know that He will guide me; to higher ground He ever leads me on, until some day the last step will be taken. Today we encourage all our readers going through an extended time of adversity. As I biked home from her house I was refreshed in my spirit as I contemplated our visit on her back yard deck. Epaphroditus’ mission was by many accounts a failure. Paul made a pun on Epaphroditius’ name. Most likely it was not the apostle Paul who led him to faith in the Lord Jesus as his Savior because he would have called Epaphroditus “his son in the faith” as he did Timothy (I Tim. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. Now Paul was certainly not a whiner and had endured much, so this must have been a very significant issue to him. 5-35 in Philippi at the Time of Paul and After His Death. Both are interested in blog ministry and Sabra is regularly posting in a thoughtful blog titled, “Wake up! But then we need to remember that there are more precious things than cash.

Epaphroditus did and knew these truths. But that does not preclude that Epaphroditus did not serve in the military. My first job is serving Jesus.” That, too, was the testimony of Epaphroditus.

Just this past week I (Brooksyne) made a new friend who’s been reading Daily Encouragement for years. The reason is that his name is “David Harris” and to keep things simple, when I’m in the room, people just refer to him as “Harris.” Members of the IEPS don’t call me “pastor” or “preacher;” they generally use my middle name – “David.”. We should be seeking and training to become higher servants for Christ.

There were no checks back then, no electronic funds transfers, no Western Union. “Epaphroditus” is my brother. you know. 4:16), and then again when he was in Corinth (Phil. Ministering to him was Dr. Luke and some other brethren (Col. 4:7-14; Philemon 23-24). He gets fifteen seconds of fame in the book of Philippians. Lessons from the Life of Epaphroditus. Date: 10/31/18 Lesson #19 Title: Why Paul Felt It Necessary To Send Epaphroditus • “Special Notes” and “Scripture” are shown as end notes. He prayed for God to deliver him but the issue was not removed. 2:26) and worried about the believers at home because they heard he was sick. The Greek construction does not give the impression that Paul is trying to lay a guilt trip on the people in Philippi because they did not do enough for Paul. We think of God’s grace concerning salvation but here it is speaking of God’s grace for enduring hardship. One of those who retired to the city could have been Epaphroditus and he would have been about 45-50 years of age.

“Each Step I Take” by Elmo Mercer.

Now, Paul is very gracious about the whole thing by saying at the end, “Welcome him in the Lord and honor men like him,” but if you had to pick the favorite son out of these two, we’d all say it was Timothy. So here comes a man with a desire to be Paul’s servant, but the good Apostle doesn’t see it that way. Epaphroditus was a brother, a labourer, soldier, messenger and a minister. Paul used that term in a metaphorical sense to indict that they were in the same spiritual family, the family of God by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (John 1:12; Eph. The Apostle Paul saw a win-win situation. “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. You’re the ‘selfie’ generation. The majority (or all) of your life will be out of the limelight.

More than once, the enemy of God has not been impressed by the lives of God’s people. Partners of character serve in the trenches; they exhibit the traits of a brother, a fellow worker, and a soldier. Yes, I want the Patheos Evangelical Newsletter as well, Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. There are at least four lessons we can learn from the life of this battle tested soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. How many of you are secretly convinced that your parents had a favorite child growing up, and it wasn’t you? If the Praetorian Guards did retire to Philippi, the recent converts would be interested in hearing about Paul’s evangelism of their former comrades and Epaphroditus would have told the Philippians believers about this when he returned home. 1983   The Geography of Strabo. If they could go back and do it again, these elderly folks said they would –, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD, Stewardship, the Shrewd Manager and Heavenly Rewards. Listen to us read this message on your audio player. Their lives are filled with major transition due to his physical challenges but they’re both overcoming in faith and exploring how God may use them in this uncharted season of life. 8:2). Then we learned that David had endured a severe health crisis that nearly took his life in January of 2013. Read message … Continue reading “In This”, “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me” (Psalm 138:8). We also want to encourage you to post your own journal entry in the comments. He is a Christian “brother.” Here is a term full of sweetness, friendliness and fellowship. Acts 20:4; Lenski 1937:696-697). Do we believe that the Lord is sovereign over this universe and everything in it? those overcoming physical afflictions. They were genuinely concerned about him. This kingdom has lived on for thousands of years after his life, it is a kingdom that will never end, and is definitely worth our investment. Epaphroditus was also the Philippian’s “special messenger” – no insignificant responsibility. His speech, memory and motor skills are greatly affected which has forced him to give up his position as a seminary professor. Teach middle schoolers. Subscribe to get the daily Bible reading in your inbox. But often when people speak of him, he is simply called by his last name – “Harris.” I don’t know if it happens all the time, but I hear it often when I am around. Columbus, OH: Lutheran Book Concern.

Epaphroditus, the gambling veteran, bet all that he had and he hit the jackpot. While I don’t know enough about Epaphroditus to know whether or not his life was marked by a healthy dose of reflection. “Epaphras” is the contracted form of “Epaphroditus” – it is like “Dave” and “David” or “Ken” and “Kenneth.” But just like the situation at the stamp club, these were two very different men. You may never be famous. Failure doesn’t make you a failure. … Continue reading “A Vice For The Soul”. Daily prayer:Father, when we’re hurting, confused or emotionally paralyzed we’re unsure of the first step to take. To be an ambassador of the United States may be wonderful and important. First, he was a brother to the Apostle Paul. But our fears diminish when we recall the words of Scripture, “For I hold you by your right hand–I, the LORD your God. Amen. It’s tough for us. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University. 4 Life Lessons from Epaphroditus November 19, 2014 Josh Daffern Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Each time they gave sacrificially out of their poverty (II Cor. My first job is serving Jesus.”, A step beyond being a companion in labor Epaphroditus was a, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”, ; a truly honorable secretary. Campolo tells about a study conducted with people over the age of 95 where each was asked what they would do differently if they were given the opportunity to live life over again. Over lunch, as we visited with them in May, we admired their brave determination to forge ahead; improvising as needed and exploring unfamiliar territory as the Lord leads them. He enjoyed the “fellowship in the gospel” (Phil. They still say, “Yes sir, no sir.” They still have a disciplined life as far as their time is concerned. ). Be the first one to, TheBiblePresbyterianChurchofOlympiaLessonsfromEpaphroditusPhilippians21930PastorTitoLyro, Advanced embedding details, examples, and help, Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/, Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). It is obvious that he is using this term in a metaphorical sense because, as far as we know, Paul never served in the Roman army. A daily message of hope and encouragement. Journal of Roman Studies 60: 142-153. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality!

Must I not stem the flood? One commentator points out that: “Epaphroditus was no coward, but a courageous person willing to take enormous risks, ready to play with very high stakes in order to come to the aid of a person in need. “And He (Christ) has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I would conclude that Epaphroditus was not born or raised in Philippi but that he came to the city of Philippi as a retired solder. Serving doesn’t exclude you from suffering.

He says, “everyone looks out for their own interests.” The context is that Paul is talking about other ministers. Then years later he was saying to Criswell, “I would rather be a layman in the North Shore Baptist Church than to be head of the greatest corporation in America. 1998   Colonia Iulia Augusta Philippensis. Value has always sprung from community. II Cor. He is anxious to send Epaphroditus back to his own people “so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.”. What sort of lessons should we glean from this? I wonder if Paul ever had a dozen people meet him in that little house of his in Rome. Lessons from Epaphroditus - Philippians 2:19-30 - Pastor Tito Lyro. After three months in Corinth (winter AD 57), he returned to Macedonia and rejoined Dr. Luke in Philippi (spring AD 57). “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither…” (Psalm 1:3). No matter how much homeopathic medicine he took – No matter the skill of the surgeon or physician – It was the Lord who healed him. Their lives are filled with major transition due to his physical challenges but they’re both overcoming in faith and exploring how God may use them in this uncharted season of life.