Starting over again

Can you imagine what Onesimus must have been feeling as he travelled from Rome back to Colossae carrying Paul’s two letters with him? He was a slave, but, more than that, he was a runaway slave. His master had every right to be angry with him. But while being away he had run into an old family friend who was now a prisoner under house arrest, a preacher named Paul. Paul taught him about Jesus and he had become a Christian. And Paul insisted that he return to his master – it was the right thing to do.

What awaited his return to his master? How would his master react? Did it matter that he was now a Christian? This is what the letter of Philemon is about – a man who had really messed up his life but became a Christian. Could he be given a second chance? Continue reading “Starting over again”

Are you content?

“Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit. For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either. But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NET).

Contentment. What most people want and so few actually have. Why aren’t we satisfied with what we have? If we have food and shelter, surely we should be satisfied! We might want to add in loved ones, as well. But do we really need anything beyond these necessities? – after all, we can’t take it with us when we die! Continue reading “Are you content?”