As I ponder the events of 2015 and look forward to 2016 I give thanks to God for each one of you. Thank you for your faithful service to the Lord Jesus and the many ways you sacrificially give of yourselves so that people might experience the love of God. Thank you also for the many Advent, birthday and Christmas greetings I have received and for your prayers and support.
As we anticipate another year of life and service to God I call you to consider making 2016 the “Year of Epaphroditis.” During December I have been studying the letter of Paul to the Philippians, and no matter how many times I have read it there is always something new and fresh in the Word that informs our present time.
Epaphroditis was sent by the Christians in Philippi to visit Paul, who was in prison for preaching the Gospel. In those days a person in prison was not afforded daily rations of food. The only sustenance came if someone from the outside brought in food and money.