Make Your Way On To Paul's List (4:7-13)
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Make Your Way On To Paul's List (4:7-13)

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What kind of person do you have to be to get a shout out from the Apostle Paul? A message from Jordan Wertz.

Yeah several months ago, Kevin wechatted eventually turned into email, but I think it was in person at firstand he said: Hey I'd love to have you come and speak, and some other peoplespeak through the in during this Colossian series- and I said, Gothe beawesome, I'm excited for it and he said here are some dates. I think it waslike. You know some October dates- and I said you, which is the best, and Isaid well. This would probably be the best and he gave me the passage and Iwas like well gee thanks. You gave me that part of Colossians or the end of alot of Paul's books or people just go. Okay, I'll just skip this part he's vesdumb with his teaching, and but it was great to be able to get into this past.I actually really enjoyed it because I don't think I've really done reallydeep study. Like I said the end of almost all of Paul's letters, he doessome sort of like a laundry list of of people, and sometimes you can justignore it. You might catch a few names. You know like Oh mark, I know that nameor something like that, but you might go well that's hard to pronounce. Idon't want to bother with that guy or that lady, but it was a joy to be able to studythis and get ready for it. But I have a question as we get started. Soit needsome interaction here from you guys how many of you like facebook, no okay or whatever it's going to benamed next week. It's changed against name in case you haven't, heard changeso bad press just by changing their name like a lot of companies. Try to do okay, how many like okay, let's sayinstagram I mean like instagram. I mean facebook owns it, so it's probablypretty much the same thing: okay, how many like old? Now you know where I'm going soTis said that doesn't work you do that. Well, I guess you could share familyphotos on Youtube, but it's not really what s meant for how many like oldschool photo albums anybody all right. As you can see, this one is completelyblank. My Wife's about to have our fifth child and we gave up on Phonoalbums after the first child, so that was that was in a tub of baby stuff aswe're getting ready. My Wife's do in a couple weeks and we we found some oldtubs of like baby toys and baby stuff that we held on to and she found thisold photo album. That literally has nothing in it, which is we've gone kindof fully digital, so all of our pictures are stored on you, know,computers and hard drives and flash cards, and all that stuff like that, soflash card plus drives yeah. That's I man, memory cards and flash drivesmixed together become flashcards. My actually I get some of the bad press. Iunderstand it, but I actually love facebook. I love not so much becauseyou know there's a lot of junk on there, but I actually enjoy bels things like this. Seeing you have memories. You maysee that if you got facebook you'll say like you got memory from one year ago,two years ago, seven years ago you see some of my friends names there and youget to look back on your life and see some really cool thing. I think and noteverybody's got you know. Maybe if you have Google photos and send you alittle a little notification on your phone that says, you've got some cool,you know photos from and it maybe even makes a little video little slide showof your pictures. But it's kind of neat to be a look back and say who I forgotthat happened, or that was a great vacation or whatever, and you look backat a picture or a post, and you remember where you were at or what thecircumstances surrounding that you...

...remember. Maybe the people in thatpicture. It's a picture of other people, not like you know, a beautiful pictureof the Grand Canyon or whatever, but you remember the people and that are inthat picture and thinking that through I thought of a few pictures in my lifethat maybe to illustrate this, and some of these are literally off a facebookthere's a picture, you would never recognize. That's me in the middle. I was I'm forty one now I was sixteenin that picture probably and to my left. Well, no, not my left, but to your left,that's my friend Nathan and to my right. That's my friend Joe and we've beenfriends since a long time, as were in youth group together, this is at Campand we were we had like a competition thing. We had to dress up nice for thecompetition. That's why we're in ties at camp. That's not a normal thing toher a tie at camp, but we actually many years later, twenty some en yeah abouttwenty years later we recreated this picture. I didn't put it in a slideshow, but it's a lot of fun. But when I look at pictures, theyremind me of things if you Fren Nathan, like I said on your left, it's a dearfriend and almost to this day actually a few weeks. I think it's earlyDecember it'll be ten years. He had a major stroke at the age of thirty. Imean major major stroke. He just had his fourth child. Two weeks earlier,his child's birthday was yesterday they're, youngest, ten. You just turnedten and just the perseverance as a family that they've had his wife. Imean what a dear lady just hard working and all the work she had to put intonot I mean she's, not obviously not raising your kids alone, he's able toto do a lot of things, but he still walks differently. He still talksdifferently. His brain function is just different. He's still Nathan Stars thatsame sense of humor same he's extremely gifted. He was a gifted musician. Hestill does web programming, but he can't talk the same way used to talk hestutters and stammers, and but he's like I'm going to keep going Emai.Thirty he's got a whole lot of life ahead of him, but he just worked hardand again I see a picture like that. Installe reminds me of memories withNathans, and this is a picture. It's a little, probably a little harder to see,but I was not a singing team for a year called the impact team that traveledwith word of life. We were all alumni of the word of life Bible in to and wetraveled full time for a year singing in church as singing in Christianschools, and this is actually down in Jacksonville Florida. One of our staffmembers is this front yard and we all got up in the tree for some reason. Whoknows why and took a picture and our horrible outfits that were selected forUS yeah? We had sweater vest that were tucked in that is not a good style, but again thinking through I'm friendsstill to this day, with most of these guys in the sense of like I haveconversations with them on and off, not necessarily even every year, but we'restill friends, we still connect some of these guys still work. For word of lifeand some of them a couple of the guys literally one of them lives here inLancaster, county and effort, one of the guys used to live in Leban and hemoved up to Maine where his wife's family's from but just again, the dear great memories. Wegot missionaries here. We have you know: Wama missionary, one of the guys up inthe trees and missionary in the...

...checkable he and his wife just left togo to the checkable a few months ago, but just thinking through my friendAndy, I actually didn't ook at the picture head of time to see where Andyis and he's kind of, one of the guys in the tree, athird from the top of the tree there. He lost his job during Ovid and justagain memories, great memories of seeing how our great thoughts, I guess,you'd, say, of seeing how his family has come together and say: okay, now,how are we going to do this? How have we lost our main source of income? Howwe're going to do this mom steps up dad steps up even his teenage daughters,pre, teen and pre team dollar stepped up. They started a jewelry business he's obviously working a normal job too,to try to make ends meet, but that was the first day. I started roasting andselling coffee and they started making jewelry selling it at craft fairs allover Florida and online and gain persevere. It's hard work. I learnedlessons from these pictures from these memories. My friend Kyle who's, all theway at the top he's actually a word of life's campdirector down in Florida and also works with my part of were to life lobatusministries, I kind of does dual duty, but just extremely creative, extremely just guy that has so much energy, andso everybody loves being around Kyle everybody. But it's not just fluff. Imean he's like the Crazy d guy that covers himself in peanut butter, doingskits and those kinds of craziness, but he's also a disciple he's someone thattruly like it's, not just fluff relationships, he's really in people'slives and the people the students at or were of like Bible and suit in Floridathat are around him a lot. They love him. He you know they're calling themto like do their weddings and and do Premar, counseling and stuff becausehe's been in their lives again. I learn lessons from these people. I can lookback at memories and say: Look at the cool things that God has done throughthese people around me. I can learn from them. Hopefully they can learnsome things from me. We are a product of our upbringing,we're a product of our biology or product of our surroundings. Thingslike that, but we're also a product of the peoplearound us were a product of the people that surround us that we allowourselves to be with to be near and hopefully we're a positive impact intheir lives. Hopefully, there are positive impact in ours, but hopefully we are surrounded bythese people. They're good influenced our influences in our lives and we areaimed in the same direction we're all trying to lead towards following andserving Christ again. Jesus is enough. Hopefully we're aiming ourselvestowards closer relationship with God, better fellowship with God. Things likethat and again we're going to look at as Kevin kind of introduced, a team ofpeople, a group of people that were around Paul that had different impactsin his lot in his life. That led him to. The point is not just like some guythat was near by now. It somebody he put it down in this letter. God's word:It wasn't just a little scrap of paper kind of letter. We might write tosomebody or a little quick note, quick text message, a quick email. This isGod's word and he included these people because they were so important as he sat in his Jel Sellin Rome andwrote this letter to the Colossian...

Church. He fought to put these peopledown again. That's just shows these are important and some of them again they might bemore well known names. Some of them aren't, but he wanted you. He wanted us to knowabout them. Two thousand years later, so we're going to spend some time goingthrough them and, I think think about the people you surround yourselves withbefore we get in the passage. What would they say about you if theywrote about you in a letter and vice versa? What would they be able, or what couldyou write about them? The people that are around you would they be able to write the samekind of things that Paul's writing good example. He doesn't really have anysome of the books. He does have some kind of admonition to some people inColossians. Here it's all positive. It's all good everything, his sayingabout his friends and Co Laborers. Let's think about that as we go through,this sermon isn't going to kind of wrap up in a big kind of conclusion, all atthe end we're going to kind of point out lessons. We see throughouto thingsthat we can put into our lives things that we can implement to make us morelike Christ and more like the kind of people that Paul would want to writeabout. So it starts out his first friends that we talk up, that we readabout are tychicus and the Nessa again. These are fun names. Any of you areexpecting or soon to be, expecting any children. You can put these down onyour baby name list tychicus and a Nesimus, and we readabout them in this is in Colossians for Fernay there clasons four, seven tonine, I'm going to put the Bible versus up on the screen as well. clasons, fourseven to nine- and it says tychicus will tell you allabout my activities. He is a beloved brother and Faithful Minister andfellow servant and the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purposethat you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts and withhim Anessou our faithful and beloved brother, who, who is one of you? Theywill tell you everything that has taken place here again in preparing this. I'm kind ofthis is like Imperti. I don't want this to be like a laundry list. I was in mynotes I was kind of like concerned of like. Is this going to be a lot offacts so again we're trying to implement or interject little points ofapplication throughout it, because I don't want to just be, like here's, awhole bunch of cool facts about six different guys, which is true, but it'swe want to live differently because of what we've heard this. What we willhear this morning, but we kind of have to know about the guys or else there'snot much context here so take a guests fun name again. He was described hereas a beloved brother, a Faithful Minister and a fellow servant, a LordMan, good things for a guy like Paul to say about you to say about him: He wasthe Messenger. It's believed that he was literally the letter carrier thatcarried this letter from Rome from Paul's jail, sell to Colossi. I meanthat God, that's important. It's not like you know, an email. If it'ssomething happens to your email, you just hit, resent it. You know open itup, kep the email dressing again or...

...whatever, or you accidently type thewrong letter just fix it and send it again. Even in today's even beforeemail you could print the letter again or even a type writ you could type itagain, but man that was the copy it had to be trustworthy person to take it,and also, if you look at the end of a Fesan chapter, six, two thousand oneand twenty two, it even seems he was the one that sent or carried the letterto emphasis the book of Ephesians, again trustworthy person. It says they're in these verses that hewill tell the Colossians how Paul was doing these churches. That Paul wastrying to encourage, through through letter, writing and here in thiscontext, is Colossians. They wanted to know how Paul was doing. Paul wasimportant to them some of these churches. He helped start some of thesechurches. He was just encouraging, or maybe it sent somebody like Titus orTimothy to the church, to be their pastor or left behind somebody to betheir pastor. He they wanted to know how he was doing. He was in prison. Hewas under imprisonment. They wanted to know what things were happening. Whatthings were so take against would be able to bring a first hand account ofhow things are and isn't first hand to count the best you can actually becausewe might filter things against to Beginnin. Like facebook, you filterthings. You you make things, look as good as possibly you don't put in theargument. You had right before the family photo, you put the Nice familyphoto, but if somebody was right there they get me not saying Paul wouldpurposely lie, but tykes could say it's rough or we can say he Paul's doing areally great. He could give the real deal first handaccount. He was close enough to know the real Paul. How many people are there in your lifethat know the real you and again I don't mean the filtered instagram tick, Tock, facebook, twitter,instagram. Whatever that version of you know the real you, the people it couldbe, a spouse could be a family member, but who's close enough, hopefully havesome friends are close enough to know the real you, the real story and again flipside whose life am I in.Why am that close to them? Because that's where real relationships aretalk about connecting you to the next steps for your life? Those are peoplethat can help. You take next steps in your life and your faith journey closer to Jesus. Who Do we have in our lives and knowsthe real me. I said I'm married about to have ourour fifth child. My wife knows the real me she's, seen the good, the bad andthe ugly and the good is probably the least percentage of the three. Sheknows the real my kids know the real me again, good, the bad and the ugly. Ihave three teenage daughters, they've seen they seen at all because they'vebrought it all out of me, but that means they can call me on thecarpet they can. They can challenge me. They can tell me dad you shouldn't talkthat way. You shouldn't act that way. The way you made treated mom the way,the thing you said or I can see that you're upset, and you know he shouldn'tbe so visibly upset about it. You...

...should you know, fix your heart, theyalways say it in those terms. That's what they're saying we need that people on our lives thatare that close to us, move it on to the second one kind of there's coming likethree different clump hers in the first clump was technicus in a nesses, sonemus might be more well known to you, maybe not a Nesimus if you're familiarwell me start here, it says he's one of you, verse, nine and with the Nesimiand with him a Estimas, our faithful, beloved brother, that's a descriptionof him. Who is one of you? It means he's from Colossi. He is one of themhe's from their towns. You know one of their native sons and but who is a Essimer if you're familiar?He is the subject of the book of FYLEMAN. If you're again may befamiliar with that, maybe not! He was a runaway slave. He was a slave of a mannamed Filian. That's the letter was written to Paul Rod, a letter to a aman named bileman about a slave named a Nessay. I was got confused. I alwaysthought I leman was the slave and an testem is the master doesn't reallymatter, but he ran away from his master. He ran. He met Paul Paul, led him toChrist. Paul shared the Gospel with him shared the good news of Jesus with this criminal. It was a major offense to bea runaway slave as it has been throughout history and he led him toChrist and then encouraged him because again not this doesn't make slaveryright or anything, but in this in that world it was legal. So you need to goback you to make things right and he also encouraged through the letter ofVilem. He encouraged by Leman. Forgive him welcome him back, don't punish him,treat him as not as a slave. Any more treat him as a brother. In Christ, sothat's all kind of side, but just so you know who he is. He was a faithful one, but he doesn'tsay and Onesimus greets you. This dirty rotten slave run away, run away slave.No, he says, and with Him Onesimus are faithful and beloved brother talk abouta difference from what the world would call him in their modern in theircurrent world to what Paul calls him not a criminal, not a runaway, notwhatever, but he calls him a faithful beloved brother. A nesimus serves as anexample of a couple beautiful principles that God can do great thingswith broken vessels with people that are damaged people that are hurt. Iforgot to click this thing back to Tychius example: Things thingswe want to learn from tychicus be close to others and then from Anessou be a person of secondchances, so he's an example of that God could do great things with brokenvessels and, secondly, that were we are deserving of second chances, notbecause of anything. We've done we're deserving of a second chance becauseGod sent his son Jesus Christ to give us a second chance. He died in ourplace that we coul have a second chance to live for him and the people aroundus as much as we don't want to forgive...

...them. Sometimes they are also worthy ofsecond chances. So, let's give them a second chance. That's a Paul encouragefileant in the let in the book of Fyleman, given that some us a secondchance he's different, now he's a different person than he used to be. He will be worthy. He will beprofitable to you. It says so give him a second chance. Those are lessons we can learn fromtychicus and Anessou in the second chunk, we're going to get a few morenormal names, not all of them, though number one isaristarchus and then mark or John Mark and the guy named Jesus or justice. Iread reading up on this, I read. Jesus was a really common namein this early. You know this this Roman culture, but I never thought of it thatway that, like once, there was the Jesus that we worshiped the Jesus diein the Cross for sins. It probably got to be kind of read in the commentaryand it wasn't meant to be humor, but I'm like it probably was kind of weirdto also be named Jesus after that because, like you're like the leastfamous Jesus, there's a really really famous person with your name andthere's illustrations that in the modern world, like you that you don'twant that first name anymore, because that one guy got sent to prison orwhatever the same first name as you. So that's why it also calls them justice,so Aristark, mark or John Mark and then Jesus or justice. So I'm going to readabout them versus ten eleven aristarchus, my fellow prisoner greetsyou and mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have receivedinstructions. If he comes do you welcome him? Oh I've got to put the verses up there and Jesus who is called justice. Theseare the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the Kingdomof God, and they have been a comfort to me. We'll pause there, we'll read aboutthe Paris in a few minutes, so these three guys are lumped together.Aristarchus mark and Jesus or justice, so let's talk about each one of them.Aristarchus is described as being Paul's fellow prisoner right there atthe beginning of Ristin Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, again studying theseverses and looking at different commentaries and and again a lot ofthese. These prison epistles are related because he would be in prisonin Rome and he wrote several different letters from there. So there's kind ofrelations as connections between them. It is belied. This is not a hundredpercent sure I believe it's possible. The aristorchus was actually what theycalled a voluntary prisoner. He wasn't in prison like he had done anythingwrong, necessarily been accused of a crimer, I guess a convicted of a crime,but he was there to keep Paul Company to be an encouragement to be acomforter, but back up a little bit, he was aPesellino. He companied Paul on his third missionary journey from Greece toRome or from yea and to Rome, and again, like I said he was a voluntary prisonerthere to provide comfort and don't we all need comfort. Sometimes I mean evenin our normal lives, like things are going: okay, maybe you're in your comfyhouse, and you have your nice chair and...

...your comfy bed, but you still have hardtimes. You still need somebody to be there for you to comfort you. Whatabout, if you're in prison all alone, wouldn't it be helpful? Have Somebodythere to comfort you somebody be there for you? Can you imagine the comfortthat you would feel having a dear friend right there with you even of their own choice, saying I wantto be with you pat I want to encourage. I don't want you to despair, so I'mgoing to be here with you and there are other examples. They saythat a Pathris may have also done that. At the same time, when, in his imprisonin Rome, a Pathris may have also been a fellow prisoners, they may have takenturns because again they weren't required to be there. If that's alltrue, we don't know, but either way he was someone there to comfort Paul, andit said that he also brought a message there because it says he greets you. He wants to talk, hesends you a greeting, he sent. He wants you to know, he's out there and thathe's serving God. He wasn't going, I my mind. I thought he greets you in thesense of he was traveling to Galassi no he's still sitting in Rome, but hesends a greeting to the Colossian church. Next comes mark again or John Mark acouple things about him. He was son of Mary, a different. You know, there'sdifferent marries in the Bible. Obviously he was a cousin of Barnabas.The verse says that he was a missionary companion of Paul En Barnabus. Ifyou're familiar with this story, it's a great story, John Mark or mark heaccompanied Paul and Barnabas when they returned from Jerusalem to Annie Ocean.There's all these planning different churches traveling around. He thenserved as their helper during their missionary journey de Cypris, he's kindof like the apprentice he's, not the main guy he's traveling with thesegreat heroes, the faith Paulyn Barnabus, but after they sailed from Cyprus toPerga. He quit John Mark said, I'm done with this and we don't know why hecould have had valid reasons. It could have been a flaky reason. We don't know,but he said I'm done here and he travels back to Jerusalem leaves them.The reason is not given in the Bible, but it caused a rift to cause anargument, a disagreement between Paul and Barnabus. These, dear friends, Paulsaid we can't try when they were getting ready for the next trip.Barnabus says: Hey Mike, send my cousin. Let's US bring my cousin with us andPaul's like. We can't trust that guy remember how he flaked out on this onelast trip and Barnabas again. Second chance is Barnabus like we should trusthim. You know and Paul said no, so it actually caused abreak and Paul traveled with Silas and Barnabastraveled with his cousin John Mark and eventually they were reconciledwhatever caused it. Whatever words were said by this point, the rift was reconciled.He was able to not look at Mark and say, and he didn't dig into them in thisbook. He said...

...and mark the cousin of Barnabas. He includes them right with everybodyelse. He doesn't give any criticism. He says mark's going to send a greeting aswell, and we also know again it does not ahundred percent sure, but most people believe that this is the same mark thatwrote the gospel of mark the wrote. The first account of the life of Christmark was the first one written and he was a dear brother and he's included inseveral of these ind of the end of the book into the letter lists of people. Paul was able to look at mark not as the man he had been in the pastin Wuld to an Essais, but as the man he was in the present, he was somebodythat was dear to Paul this point of his life. We all have room to be forgivenright. We all done things we shouldn't have done. We also all have room to be the onedoing the forgiving. We all have room to forgive others. We all have peoplethat, probably in our lives, that need to be forgiven by us that we're kind ofholding on to some sort of a the account of their sin we want tohold on to it. We want to be the upper person, we want to be the one to holdsomething over their heads, but no, he says to forgive to have a good relation,because you can't you wouldn't include mark in this way, without some sort ofdig unless you'd actually forgiven him Paul was able to to just list andbelong with everybody else and called we haven't gotten there, but at the endof verse, Eleven. These are my only men of thecircumstance, meaning they're the only Jewish people around him. At that point, among my fellow workers, for theKingdom of God- and they have been a comfort to me- mark- have been acomfort to him as well as our third one justice, it's my son's name to, but itspelled differently or Jesus. We don't actually know muchabout it. There really is not much in the Bible about him. He's list a fewplaces at very brief mentions, so not much as said about him, but heobviously was near polly Wen somebody had a relationship, a closerelationship with Paul, but I said, as I said, all three of these aristorchusmark and Jesus were all their Jewish believers, Jewish followers of Christ.They were fellow workers for the Kingdom of God. What again? What agreat thing to say, they were right in the battle with Paul. They were peoplethat, were they didn't back away from the fight.There are people that were willing to be a very controversial person likePaul and be associated with him, be in the prison cell with him carry lettersfor him all these. All these guys, not just these three and they were also comforters for Paul.The word. The Greek word that listes comforters are comforter. There is the same word: Bring Relief toconsole somebody Ho again being in this prison cell. He needed to relief, heneed consolation. I need to be consoled,...

...and these guys did that and again theysent greetings just like others did so. Some things to learn from thesethree number one is comfort, those and hard times when you have someone inyour life, that's in a hard time, Pixue Paul in prison cell, be there be thecomforter for them, and it's related to that stay near thehurting. Don't back away, be close to those that are in pain, beclose to those that are in hard times, and I picture many many years ago, aguy that I really looked up to he's a staff member word of I was he's retirednow, but he was my disciple for a few years. I was in an internship. He waslike my guy and I extremely busy and extremely involved in the ministry, andone day I took him to the airport. I was often to drive his car to theairport and drive his car back. She enough to park it for his trip andHafter. I got back. We got word that his newly married daughter had died ina car accident and obviously, when you travelled back homeand we did kind of a not a memorial but just a familygathering up near word of life up in New York-and I learned something from watching other people's example, it's good tosay things. It is good to you know, I'm so sorry for your loss when you're amaybe the greeting line and a funeral that's great, and if you have the rightrelationship with somebody, you can give words of encouragement, butsometimes all they need is somebody be standing next to them. Somebody say: Is there anything I canget you or may not even ask, because you know what they need. They probablyneed a bottle of water, no matter what, if you're, in that greeting line at afuneral and your shaking hands with seven hundred people and I'm going totalk for hour a time they need a bottle of water. I might need a couple ofcookies to give them a little energy boost be near the hurting. It sometimesjust involves shutting your mouth and just caring for them. Now again, itmight involve talking sometimes, and it obviously meant a lot to Paulbecause he put it in his letter. It wasn't just something casual him. Itmattered. The ARISTORCHUS was a fellow prisoner with him and then, lastly, in this one be aperson of reconciliation, forgive as much as you are forgiven by God extendforgiveness to others, be willing to look past, that punk mark and the wayhe treated you five years ago, ten years ago, no say look at who he is nowor look at what we could become if we bring them back into the fold. If weinvolve him again in our ministry or in our family or whatever, don't do itfoolishly but be a person of forgiveness and then lastly comes aParis verse, Third, Twelve and thirteen epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Jes of Christ? Jesusgreets you always struggling on your behalf in his prayers that you maystand mature and fully assured in all the will of God, for I bear him witnessthat he has worked hard for you and for those and Leota and then Hirot andwe're going to stop there and let Kevin Finish next week,...

...but last it comes a Paris who was he.He was also a Colossian. It says there is one of you he's called a servant of Jesus, aServant of Christ, Jes again great thing. If something going to be saidabout you, Lippo Call You, the people call me a servant of Christ, Jesus, notjust a nice guy and not just nice, lady, but a servant of Christ Jesus. What did he do well says a couple things. He wrestledin prayer. What a great description he greets them. That's another thing,but you always struggling on your behalf and his prayers. Othertranslations use there give the idea of wrestling of struggling and prayer, notjust like, say a little prayer before dinner, say a little prayer before atrip say a little prayer before somebodywalks into surgery. All the things are good, but restell struggle strive inprayer for others. He prayed that they would stand mature.It says there in verse. Well what what is he praying in verse? Twelve, thatyou may stand the sure number one and fully assured in all the will of God.He prayed that they would their faith would be strong and that they would befully confident in what they were doing in the will ofGod. They were confident not like. Was She washy? I wonder if I'm doing theright thing, he prayed that these believers would be confident in thatthey were serving God, and it says he worked hard and verse. Thirteen Fri barren witnessthat he has worked hard for you and for those in the Otis and then Hirot. Idon't even know what that means. I never found an answer. What were tardmet, we're talking me a whole lot of different things. A whole lot differentpeople, but it can't involve being lazy. It can't involve sitting around doingnothing so whatever it was whatever Paul was. He had seen it or heard aboutit and you wrote it down in his letter and sent it off to the church inColosse, whatever it was, it was something that got his attention and hesaid Papus. He is a hard worker, he wrestles for you in prayer and forthose other cities. It says they're not only those calos but also those inleadish and Hirot. There's a three towns all really close to each other,the same region. He said he prays for he wrestles, he agonized is over youand prayer and he works hard. So it's pretty obvious with the twolessons: Are there from a Pathris wrestle and prayer for people again,not just a prayer ly. prayres are great, obviously, to member to remember things,but not just Oh. I have all list- and I kind of pray for them every once in awhile, but wrestle and prayer agonize over people in prayer and work hard forothers again that do that's going to be different depending on who you are andwho the person is, what kind of work hard they need and what kind of work hard hard workyou can do but work hard for others, not just foryourself. That's you got to provide for your family and all but work hard forothers serving others out of love for them again. Many many lessons were ing towrap up. I just put them all into...

...one slide there. We want to make ourway into Paul's list. We Wan to live a life that there was a modern day, Paulwriting a modern day letter to a church that would end up in the word of God, that we'd be the kind of people thatPaul would put at the end of our at the end of his letter, not for our ownhonor and glory, because it means we're serving Christ. It means we're close toChrist. It means we're loving, others so think through maybe one or two orthree of these areas. Maybe all of them that could be a highlight, didn't evenpick all of them, but I put some of them up on the screen. That could be ahighlight for you. That could be something that's at the top of yourlist be near you'll, be close to them. Havea strong relationships, not just casual kind of service relationships, but benear people, be graceful to those around you be a forgiver, be some ofthat's forgiving, be a comforter, be someone that provides comfort forothers. Lastly, be a prayer warrior, not just a casual prayer, prayer er,but a prayer warrior someone who agonizes and wrestles over prayer overpeople in prayer. Excuse me I'm going to wrap up in prayer when I saying onelast song and conclusion to this passage. Let's pray you're got. Thankyou for our time together in your word. Thank you for this again off andoverlook type of passage. But what a dear passage? Thank you that youprovided this force in your word that we can learn from it can learn from theexample of these men and see how we can serve others loveothers. We have to have strong relationships again, not just casualsurface relationships but strong relationships, and that leads itselfinto so many other areas that we can be forgiving people. We can be a comfortto those around us if we have strong close relationships. We give me prayerwarriors to those we're in a relationship with we can be forgivingpeople all. This is tied to people and it's tied to loving you and serving you.I pray thee help us to do that. You'd help us to love, others serve others, and we could even play a part andhelping those around us take their next step in their relationship with Christand their relationship with you. We thank you for your word. We thank youfor we've learned this morning. Pray. Thus your name Amen.

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