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Philemon 1:1-3   Thought/Prayer:  Archippus in the Army.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker, to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  WEB (Read this scripture and more at

We sang them all, all of the hymns of the United States armed forces.  Veterans’ Day was coming up, and the senior citizens at the health retirement center were gladly expressing gratefulness for the protection our nation’s armed forces provide their citizens.  It’s an awesome thing to consider, all of the different branches of protection we citizens support through our tax monies.  Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard:  All carrying out their assigned duties and missions of protection. 

Here in this scripture we see Paul writing to a brother in the Lord, Timothy, and Apphia (beloved) and Achippus the soldier.  From this we notice that there is more than one type of soldier.  This one is in the army of our Lord Jesus Christ (. . . the all-time-ever routing force!).  So how do we view Archippus, even after all the centuries between him and us?  Well, we look at the qualities of a soldier. 

Good soldiers have:  good training; good skills; good physical qualities; good heart (for service); good positive attitude.  Who among us would not want those who protect us to be well-trained, skillful, physically fit, good-hearted, and positive in outlook?  But in this different type of protective force mentioned here, how would all of these attributes apply?  Just as in any armed force!

All believers are, in reality, a member of the Lord’s military.  We are interested in winning over the enemy (the forces of evil God allowed into our lives); carrying out orders from above (God), and using great skills we develop over our lifetimes.  The Bible even compares our Christian walk to the armor of a warrior (Ephesians 6:10-17). 

So may Archippus inspire all of us to be diligent in our warfare in the Lord.  May we see ourselves as soldiers in the battle for the honor of created life.  A century from now, would we be mentioned in a sacred writing, such as Archippus?  We’ll never know, but the chances would be slim to slimmer.  But, Lord, help us to battle onward.  Help those babies to be born, those who will eventually be protectors of our lives and our ability to live out our faith in Earth’s societies.

Topics:  Pray for a soldier-like attitude through life’s challenges and changes, soldier-like in Jesus.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 11/12 at 12:00 PM
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