A Holy Kiss
Today’s Reading: Romans 16
Key Verse: Romans 16:16
Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.
Today’s reading should be a great encouragement to all of us who serve the Lord in any capacity, particularly to those who work behind the scenes and receive little attention. Be assured that God pays attention, and so do wise leaders like Paul. This letter to the believers in Rome was written from Corinth where Paul’s partners in ministry and tent-making were Aquila and Priscilla. They, along with Phoebe, probably carried Paul’s letter to Rome, and then served as missionaries to Rome. Phoebe’s work was key to winning souls in Rome. She had been entrusted with social service among needy people. Paul knew she would need the help of others to accomplish the call of God on her life. We all need help. The “holy kiss” speaks of genuine affection one for another. Only as all of us serve God and each other will the cause of Christ flourish.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, thank You for Mary, who is mentioned in verse 6. She labored much for Paul and the team. Mary is a very important person (VIP) to You, Lord. Please help me labor much and serve. Please guide me to those You want me to serve. In Your Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
The summer I turned 20, with the help of others, I initiated a series of tent meetings in the village of Chalk River, Ontario. The meetings led to the planting of a church in a local hall. I was taking theological studies by correspondence. My Dad gave me back issues of the Church of the Nazarene Preacher’s Magazine, and from it I learned how to construct my sermons. I lived in one room built on the side of the Leach family house. I was cooking for myself from Monday to Saturday and a family took me to their home every Sunday for dinner. Mrs.Thomas, was a “war bride.” She met and married Stan in England during WW2. What a great cook! I think of these families when I read Romans 16. Thank You to everyone who has helped me through the years. Syd, who gave the first $300 to start us on TV in 1962, and Sharon, a teenager who made the first pledge of $5 per month to support the TV outreach. God has recorded the names of all others who have served as partners of the ministry. If I could, and if it was appropriate, I’d greet you all with a “holy kiss.”
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