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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Restoration for the Broken

Restoration for the Broken

Memory Verse:
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)3
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.

TEXT: Philemon 1-25

INTRODUCTION: Philippians 1:13; Philippians 4:22; Colossians 4:9.

  “Wesley aptly discerned in Paul’s letter to Philemon a message that “infinitely transcends all the wisdom of the world. And it gives us a specimen how Christians ought to treat of secular affairs from higher principles.”” -- Wesley Study Bible

Philemon 1–5; Galatians 6:1; Cf. Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Philemon 7 ; Matthew 11:28 ; Philemon 15–16

“Christianity is the only army that shoots its wounded.”—Rick Ezell.

Philemon 8–12, 17–21; Cf. 1 Tim 1:2; 2 Tim 1:2; Titus 1:4.; Titus 1:42 Corinthians 5:17 ;Hebrews 8:12; Colossians 3:13

“What does a forgiver so? A forgiver releases the sin… Forgiveness means to cancel a debt in order to provide an opportunity for repentance and reconciliation of a broken relationship.”—Rick Ezell.

“Who formerly was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.”—Story told by Rick Ezell.

 “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” --Mahatma Gandhi

“He who goes to bed angry has the devil for a bed-fellow.  Never take your enemies to bed with you.”—Old Latin

Illustration: Wife’s Imaginary List

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”  C.S. Lewis

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

Philemon 11

“But we can't go back. We can only go forward.”  Libba Bray

“Love is the lens through which the Christian looks at relationships and rules. The grace-filled life is the life that is filled with responsive love.”—Wesley Study Bible

Illustration: Bride Had 13 Bullets in Her

CONCLUSION: Psalm 147:3