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Philemon: Part 1

Paul is a prime example here of using Jesus as a light to see through the dark. He speaks to Philemon & Co. after that identifier from a place of strength and hope and encouragement. This is because Paul never relinquished his relationship with God through all the prisons and dark places he walked through.

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Room at the Table

These men in Antioch also show us that there's no mold to fit into. There's no entrance exam that forces you to prove your intelligence or strength or that determines how good of a fit you are or are not based on your opinions or skills; there's merely examination of how your soul is in need of Jesus's salvation. Your background doesn't discount you. Your experiences do not disqualify you. Where you're coming from, figuratively and literally, doesn't make you unfit for God's kingdom. In fact, God's kingdom longs for your voice.

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Of Our Discontent

If there was ever a situation to worry, it would've been Peter's, but he was untouched by worry. He surely believed God would make a way if God wasn't done with him. His faith wasn't shaken by Herod's hateful actions or the people's encouragement of them, even after the brutal death of James. Peter was steadfast in his faith because he knew God was faithful.

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Thanks to Some Men of Cyprus and Cyrene

A great number became believers. Not just good people. Not just those with high-paying jobs and benefits. Not just the household names or the educated or the ones without baggage. All kinds of people from all walks of life came to know God. Thank God for Some Men of Cyprus and Cyrene because through their actions, we see that God's love runs just as deep and pure for normal people as it does for those we think are important.

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