"Pressing On!" (Philippians 3:4-14, Matthew 21:33-46)Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, October 4, 2020
Part of the Pentecost series, preached at a Pentecost service
The Apostle Paul spent roughly one-quarter of his missionary career in prisons. Roman imprisonment was preceded by being stripped naked and then flogged—a humiliating, painful, and bloody ordeal. The bleeding wounds went untreated as prisoners sat in painful leg or wrist chains. Mutilated, bloodstained clothing was not replaced, even in the cold of winter.
Most cells were dark, especially the inner cells of a prison, like the one Paul and Silas inhabited in Philippi. In settings like this, Paul wrote encouraging, even joyful, letters and continued to speak of Jesus.
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