August 24, 2019 | A Slave’s Journey Home: Embracing Reconciliation in Philemon, Part 2

Embracing Reconciliation in Philemon, Part 2

We are in the middle of our three-part series, “The Slave Journey’s Home: Embracing Reconciliation in Philemon.” Last week we learned that forgiveness is an action opposite of what the flesh desires. This week Chris will share how Paul pushed Philemon even further and asked him to reconcile with his runaway slave Onesimus. Paul knows that there is only one way this can happen: through the power of the gospel.

Reconciliation is the act of reuniting, mending, and bringing balance to a broken relationship. Sometimes as believers in Jesus, we focus on how Jesus died on the cross to forgive us for our sins—and He did! But through Jesus, we are also reconciled with the Father. This is HUGE! Paul focuses on doctrine in his epistles and doctrine is important! But when we read letters like Philemon, we see the doctrine he teaches fleshed out. This difference shows us how Scripture is alive—the actual words of God. He doesn’t want us to be learners of His word alone but He also wants us to be doers.

If you missed Part 1 of this series, Listen Here

The Jewish Roots of Christianity DVD

The DVD entitled The Jewish Roots of Christianity takes you to Jerusalem for eye-opening insights into the link between Judaism and Christianity. Watch various interviews by Israeli Christians including the Friends of Israel’s own Pastor Meno Kalisher, the son of Holocaust survivor, Zvi Kalisher.


Apples of Gold: Worlds Apart

Zvi was walking along the beach when he met two disheveled and distraught men. They explained that they had done so many bad things that God could never possibly forgive them. They wondered, “How could God ever love such insignificant people like us?” However, after an honest conversation and some truth from Scripture, Zvi helped change their worldview in a way they never imagined.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available in our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available in our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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