Beyond the Call of Duty

George M. Coon

READ : Philemon 17-25 Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. (v. 21) Recently I asked my children, as I do on a daily basis, to clean up their bedroom before bedtime. Expecting to have to tell them repeatedly, imagine my surprise when I went upstairs to find that they had cleaned their room, their baby sister’s room, and my office as well! After I recovered from the …

A Better Relationship than Before

George M. Coon

READ : Philemon 8-16 That you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother . . . (vv. 15-16) While attempting to make contact with the remote Auca Indians in South America, five young missionaries were murdered by the tribesmen. Yet other missionaries continued to push ahead and eventually were successful in bringing the gospel to that village. Many of these tribal people were savingly united to Christ through their …

Benefits of Sharing Our Faith

George M. Coon

READ : Philemon 1-7 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good we may do for Christ. (v. 6) One of the most difficult things to do as a Christian is to share your faith with others. In our society, we have become very individualistic and everything religious is relegated to what is most personal and private. It is often thought that to share one’s faith with others is offensive. At …

It's for Your Own Good!

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 3:8-15 Those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable. (v. 8) I absolutely hate needles. Whether it’s a blood draw, a vaccination, an IV line—whatever—I hate it! I would rather be sick with the flu for a week than be poked with a needle for two seconds. Yet, as we all know, sometimes we need to go through difficult experiences for our …

Remembering the Way We Were

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 3:1-7 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us . . . according to his mercy. (vv. 4-5) I remember many stories from my grandparents about how difficult things were for them back in the 1930s and ’40s. They didn’t have all of the conveniences of life that we enjoy today. They sometimes see my generation as spoiled and completely ignorant of what hard work truly is. What bothers them …

Real Motivation

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 2:11-15 We wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ . . . who gave himself to us . . . (vv. 13-14) If you’ve ever held a job where you were paid based upon commission, you understand the motivation for doing your job well. After all, your livelihood depends on it! You cannot afford to take too much time off or be apathetic about your …