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. One day he pulled his horse to a stop and began to talk to him. We should be seeking and training to become higher servants for Christ. The ministry of Paul and his co-worker Timothy, was so effective that “all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks” (19:10). But this section is vitally important, nevertheless, especially if you are a leader in your church. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. 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. Each day someone will be journaling on the reading. He went from a 3 to a 6 when Epaphroditus arrived, but when he got sick it fell to a 1 or 2. Epaphroditus was a man of obvious devotion, faithfulness, and self-sacrifice. … Continue reading “A Vice For The Soul”. Most are not famous but just ordinary, dependable, caring people like Epaphroditus who allow the Lord to use them. He was close to sorrow upon sorrow. What if you serve God with all your heart, but don’t get any earthly recognition for it? We considered the Penleys and how, in regard to their ministry, they remain faithful to God and are strengthening what remains as a result of David’s affliction. Sure, I must fight if I would reign; increase my courage, Lord; I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word. Burnett, Andrew; Amandry, Michel, and Ripolles, Pere Pau. God is sovereign. Compliments, but not the warmth. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. There was even a temple dedicated to her outside the ancient city of Paphos that had a black basalt rock that was worshiped as the goddess. But when you fail, learn from it. Never heard of Epaphroditus? Perhaps Epaphroditus was the one Isaac Watts had in mind when he penned the words to “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?”. Loeb Classical Library 182. His host was James L. Kraft, founder Kraft food empire and a teacher in the North Shore Baptist Church. Five or six years ago we connected with David Penley, a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas who also pastored in Pennsylvania many years earlier. Pp. The church at Philippi was one of Paul’s favorites. They were genuinely concerned about him. Journal of Roman Studies 60: 142-153. Paul would be less sorrowful because Epaphroditus was one less concern for him as he prepared for his defense before Nero. Ministering to him was Dr. Luke and some other brethren (Col. 4:7-14; Philemon 23-24). How many of you are secretly convinced that your parents had a favorite child growing up, and it wasn’t you? 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. 4:22). Must I not stem the flood? He had dared to risk his life to defend some doctrine or to fight for some lost soul. Paul was willing to sacrifice his blessing for the blessing of the Lord’s church. There was one problem: Epaphroditus got deathly sick when he arrived in Rome or while he was in the city working with Paul. At the same time, Seraiah was, “Most gladly, therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. But that does not preclude that Epaphroditus did not serve in the military. Maybe your life will be something out of the limelight, like a nurse, an engineer, an accountant. The saints at Philippi sent a financial gift to the Apostle Paul while he was under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30). Let’s just say that from time to time, Paul asked him simply to speak to folk about his conversion. (I suppose we get pretty used to seeing the Amish doing field work although it was nice to get a big friendly wave as we passed.).