June 18, 2017: SOAP #2754: 1Kings 22; 2Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4 Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 4:10 My fellow-prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. 12 Epaphras 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas,,, 15 Give my greetings [...]

June 18, 2017: SOAP #2754: 1Kings 22; 2Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4

Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 4:10 My fellow-prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.
11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. 12 Epaphras
14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas,,,
15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house
17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Observation:   Paul is closing his letter to the believers in Colosse.   He mentions those by name who are with him and sending their greetings.   He mentions by name those to whom he wants his greetings mentioned.   He gives a final short message to Archippus.   He takes the pen from the hand of whoever was writing for him and signs the letter in his own handwriting.   And he adds three words: 'Remember my chains.'    

Application:   I believe there are thousands around the world today who would love the opportunity to write letters to the church.   They would encourage us to stay strong.   They would tell us that it is well worth any sacrifice to serve Jesus.   And like Paul, they would close their letter: 'Remember my chains.'  

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, it was for the believers in Paul's day to pray for Paul.   It is for me to pray for those in chains today for their faith.   I pray for their freedom, but most of all I pray for a great revival in each heart.   May your Presence fill them with your joy and with your love.   Lift them on eagle's wings, I pray. Save their captors. Amen

Pastor Leon
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