Friday, November 15, 2019


Today’sĀ Reading: Philemon

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Items displayed in an Israeli museum from the Roman occupation time period. Some of these items may have been used by a slave in serving his master. Slavery was a common social practice in the time of today’s reading.

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Key Verses: Philemon 15-16

For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave — a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.


This was written as a personal letter in Paul’s own handwriting, a one-to-one letter to his friend Philemon whom he led to Christ several years before (19b). The letter had to do with a runaway slave named Onesimus, who had belonged to Philemon, perhaps before Philemon had become a believer in Jesus Christ. Now, Paul has found Onesimus in Rome and led him to receive Jesus as his Saviour and Lord.

The content of this short letter reveals that Paul had a great love for each of these men, master and slave. He knows that the love of Jesus, which changes everything, will alter their relationship forever. They are now linked in the Holy Spirit as true brothers! We learn from this letter that God’s love in Christ is the only means whereby we find true freedom, ultimate respect for each other, and genuine love! In another letter, not to an individual but to us all, Paul writes, “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3b). This is truly revolutionary!!!


Father God, I thank You for Jesus, Your Son and my Saviour and Lord! He, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, is continuing the revolution in my life. I pray for grace to love others as Paul loved Philemon and Onesimus. I know that this is only possible by Your indwelling Holy Spirit. Fill me again, Holy Spirit, with the love of God, I pray fervently in the Name of the Person who loved all of us with a perfect love, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!


Paul’s personal letter to Philemon has inspired me throughout 53+ years of television ministry. The highest number of personal letters I wrote in any one day was 50. Most days I would average 10 letters. I would record them on what was called a dictaphone, and my secretary, Valerie James Battaglia (now these indispensable people are called assistants), would transcribe them; I would sign them, and then they would be mailed. For some of my letters she would take shorthand and then type them. Ron just calculated for me what may be true, that I’ve written over 100,000 personal letters through the years. Just to think of this makes me feel very much fulfilled. One personal letter, the memory of which I cherish, was in answer to a 14-year-old boy named David Boyd from St. Catherines, Ontario. David wrote to me in the late sixties asking for our Crossroads Bible Correspondence Course, which we used to offer to new believers. I remember marking his examination paper and giving him 100%. Later, after years of study and ordination as a minister, he became Dean of Men at the Bible College from which I had graduated years before. He helped found a Bible College in Israel, and much more!

Yours for the joy of personal letters, phone calls, e-mails, texts, etc.,


P.S. Here is the world’s oldest city gate through which one can still walk. It’s in the wall of a 4,000-year-old Canaanite city, Ashkelon. It dates to the time of Abraham. Pictured in front of the gateĀ are some of my friends from a past tour to Israel.

16 thoughts on “Friday, November 15, 2019

  1. Amen to all of us being inspirations to bring others to know the love of Christ and to fulfill their own callings as His servants on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen, Saints? Blessings of peace and love to all, today.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
    Philippians 4:23, King James 2000 Bible

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  2. Paul is expressing Jesus’ desire that ‘all would be set free’ and that we be slaves only to Jesus and set others free through Him.May yall be blessed
    He Bids Me

    He bids me,go softly into the night,
    May you humbly spread my light,
    So lost sheep will know what’s right,
    And you shall see through my sight.

    Seek out those who are poor of spirit,
    That they may know not to fear it,
    But instead to have joy to hear it,
    For there I am always near it.

    He knows my heart and opens His
    And forgives no matter what it is,
    For gently and softly He will enter
    As my most trusted and loving mentor.

    I never notice just when He leaves,
    It’s something my mind never perceives,
    And only known by he who believes,
    But not by he who never conceives.
    GW(Bill) Marshall, May, 2012

  3. Thank You, Lord, for your Word everyday, like manna You give, enough for the day. Thank You for those You have given to lead us, to inspire us, to help us, to encourage us… Help us in turn to be that to others. Thank You for Paul, who wrote of those whom he loved and who loved him, all in honour of their (and our) Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. May we give all praise, honour, and glory to God forever. In Jesus’s lovely name, amen

    • Amen to all of above, I am praising the Lord that my grandson was able to pick up a pill with his right hand. God is healing him bit by bit, Praise His Holy Name. Thanking everyone for all the prayers that have gone up for him. Blessings to all Eleanor M.

  4. Praise the Lord for answered prayer. Lord I pray for complete healing for Eleanor’s grandson, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen!

    • Yes and Amen! So happy to hear this good news. May Gavin have a great testimony and share it gladly to bring praise to Our God and encouragement to others.

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