Dearest Pals,Pilgrim had mentioned that he wanted to start an effort to call back PT in the new year…I forget his words exactly, but I have been thinking about what I would say for a LONG time—several months, in fact. I finally sat down at the intenet-less computer to type this up. You will probably recognize the first two paragraphs and the last paragraph as being entirely scripture, (okay, it doesn’t say Heb or Indiana in the Bible, I put those in!), and the rest drawing heavily from Paul’s epistles. I will never forget PT’s letter to us that he wrote that way :) and I wanted to give him a letter back. Please post this for me, especially for our beloved Passing-thru…Thank you. Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!
Heb, the servant of Jesus Christ, to the beloved saint in Christ Jesus in Indiana, Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until the day ye left, Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.Therefore, my brother dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.I beseech you that ye return unto us, whom through your encouragement, grew both in knowledge of the scripture, faith, and in love, towards eachother, and towards our dear Savior. Your inspiring stories of God’s goodness and faithfulness have brightened my path, and I sorely miss them…and judging by the comments left recently, I am not alone. Your calls to prayer helped us to remember all the saints in need of prayer and encouragement. Brother, although it may be good to abstain for a time that ye may draw near to God without distraction, yet after a time, return to the fellowship of the saints which ye partook, who ye daily encouraged with your presence. So then, I beseech you by the mercies of God, to strengthen that which remains.Regarding the cloak left at Troas, it has not arrived yet, but peradventure it be the cloak of heaviness and sorrow, I have need for it. Rather, if you find a garment of praise, please send it next-day-service. Thank you.Finally, my brother, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Let us not become weary in well doing, for we shall reap if we faint not. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, both now and forever. Amen.
January 6, 2008 10:22 AM