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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Romans 16  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 01 March 2019

Romans 16 Paul is concluding his excellent epistle and is showing a great deal of emptions. Paul love people for all mattered to him for everyone could be a blessing of only they choose the Lord way, truth and life. Paul knew what grace was all about and he showed how we should take heed to those that cause division. He mentions those who were a blessing to him along the way. He ends with a celebration of joy and glory to God for all he went through and those who blest him as well. 

Sister Phoebe Commended

16 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, He commend Phoebe who he calls a sister a person he admired as one who was a sister in the Lord. He saw women as he saw men in the Lord no difference but one. Christians have the greatest relations to one another the world can understand or see. Christians are precious to one another for we are a part of God family. We are all servants of the Lord doing the Lords will not doing whatever we want. She was no doubt one that cared for the sick with the love of hospitality. Paul meet at her house more than once as she entertained people in the Church that was getting started, in Cenchrea, a small sea port area. that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. Notice how kind Paul is to her for she was a model of what a Christian lady should be doing in the Church. I know women are very much needed for they are the ones that process a lot of talent in preparing food and caring for the needs of other and enjoy entertaining others. My mother always seemed to know how to be prepared for a last minute notice and it was a joy to see pastors and evangelist in our home growing up and family members enjoy visiting us. Mom and dad ere very entertaining and people liked to be around them. Lord thank you for a wife that likes entertaining people for our boys had many friends over at any given moment for they had fun at our house, eating and playing games inside and our side. I remember the Olsen’s Les and Clara, Crowell’s Dan and Ida, Merle and Phonies Crowell. Headlyns, Ruthharts, Oswald’s, Posiels, Jensen’s, Braisers, Rentjies, Waterfield’s, Adams, Nelson, Smiths, Kings, Kearby’s , Fosters, Smallies, Moblies, and many more that had kids we grew up with that bought lots of joy to our family. Thank the Lord for people in our lives that bought blessing we will never forget. Paul had memories he never forgot that blest him and other around him. Lord thank you for friends that. inspired us to become stronger in our faith.

Greeting Roman Saints

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Here we see Paul have a special request to a couple he worked with making tents to pay his way to ministry. Lord help us to be gratful to all that are in this way, truth and life following the Lord, we are never alone for many more are on the same road leading to heaven for which we should be mindful of. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Priscilla and Aquila must of had a church in their house people that needed to be together to worship and reverence the Lord as they put their faith and hope in the Lords will to answer their prayers. Thank the Lord for all the Churches that do not have a building but make their home a place to study the Bible so they can worship together bring hope and faith for God to move among them with the Holy Spirit to become empowered by God love, mercy and grace to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God.

Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of [a]Achaia to Christ. Notice Pauls feeling for Epaenetus calling him my beloved maybe one of Pauls first converts as he’s called my beloved. I know the person we sat under as they preached seems to have a fondness to us for they bought such great hope in a time of need.  Greet Mary, who labored much for us. Another Lady. That meant a lot to Paul for working side by side with him .7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Two men that spent time with Paul in and out of prison that had fellowshipo with the Lord even longer than Paul.

Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. Here is another strong Christian Paul wanted people to know as a beloved individual. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. Here are two more Paul wanted us to know about for their faith and good works. 10 Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Here Apelles approved by Christ for may be he was not as good looking but had a great Spirit within him that cause Paul to not wants us to forget. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. Here is a man that he and his family where followers of the Lord. 11 Greet Herodion, my [b]countryman. Here is another leader of Paul country man. Or traveler on the way not in the way. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Here is a person who had friends that where not follower and wanted to single him out as in the Lord.

12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Two more that Paul wanted us to remember for their commitment to the work of the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. Here is another one that labored with Paul. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Rufus a name I like since knowing a lawyer in Ca back in 1956 that played Polo who was good and had a good spirit about him, I wanted one of our four boys to be named and Ginny said no so we named him Mike or third son, but his mom was a great follower as well as a mother to Paul.  14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. Here are five more and their brothers and sister that Paul wanted to thank for being follower of Christ. 15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Here are even more Paul wanted us to know were dear to him and wanted their names to be heard. No where do we read of Peter in this group but I am sure Peter was very close to Paul and we will never now the reason why not; Peter.

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. This is a sign of  endearment to express ones love for another.  It was a bonding two in love not in anyway a kiss of betrayal like Judas’s kiss on the Lord.  [c]The churches of Christ greet you. He Paul is show the love we need to have toward one another with in the Church a strong affection that of needing one another; togetherness in communion with one another in Christian love.

Avoid Divisive Persons

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The Lord said we need to deal with love those that are offensive for they are going to come but woe to him that is offensive. We do not have to prove anything but show love to all od created and if we do not like them pray for them, is a mark of a true believer. Jesus uses some strong terms in Matthew 18:7 to 9 that seems impossible but yet to enter heaven requires discipline in what we do with our eyes, ears, tongue, affections and feelings. God sees our spirits five senses; worship, reverence, faith, hope and prayer life that is connected to our souls, reason, conscience, memory, imagination and affection, so our bodies eyes, ears, mouth; tongue and taste buds are doing will so we feel good all over with \out the desire for fleshly lust of evils thrills for the moment. When we do wrong we need to heed pay attention to the problem not bury it thinks all is ok. So when we are wronged we need to address it with the individual who is at fault and talk about it if that does not work take with you one or two more to address the wrong and if that does not work tell it to the assembly within the Church and if he still refuse to accept the truth cast him out and let him have not fellowship. Matthew 15 to 20. 

18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord [d]Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. It is so easy today to be surrounded by people that love themselves more than they love God. It shows in the way entertainment and the spectacular is seen in many Church to the degree that we do not hear the message of being a disciple of the Lord but a follower of personalities that have a message of positive thinking and not of a personal relationship to the Lord. Look at what is happen today with the Presbyterian Churches, the Methodist, Assemblies of God, Nazarene, Baptist, Church of God, Calvary Chapels and other denominations that want to accept gay rights even abortion and alcohol as a way of life. Lord help us to see the Bible is still the same yesterday today and forever, and as Christians we have to align ourselves up to His word and not man’s thinking or ways.  Lord search our hearts to see if their be some wicked way in us. This is a individual relationship to the Lord and he is just and righteous so we can become more and more like Him not any other personality. If truth is deserted, unity and peace will not last long. It is strange how words eat away like cancer and we need to take heed to what we accept in our teaching of the word, is it good for all or just a select few. God calls us and ordains us to go bear fruit that is good for all for all matter to God.  Who is your master the one who give you His wellbeing, regardless of what you’re going through? Do we really obey the Lord and serve Him, aim at his glory, promote His interest by doing His will in all we do?  Look at how we serve our own bellies, carnal things, sensual, secular interests? Lusting for pleasing selfish interests, pride, ambition, covetousness, luxury, and lasciviousness  that destroys one character and love for what is precious in relationships, wife, husband and family. 
Working as a Chaplain in LA for three years in jails and prisons and then in Yakima for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department it seem like women and drugs was the biggest reason  for people going to jail and it is the reason a lot of people stop going to Church for they do not want their sins to find them out!19 For your obedience has become known to all. Eve was beguild be Satan for he is the master,  she saw, desired,  took and gave to Adam and had to hide for shame the caused them self and God went looking for them. Is not God looking for man yet today to admit we are sinners and want to come to Gods way truth and life, so they have good mental attitude and behavior. It seems that Satan is working at the strong man to defeat and many Pastors are falling to the lure of sins temptations so Lord help us to keep our eyes upon Your love, mercy and grace. Many in the Church love to have you like them so they can feel good about who they are, but let’s not be like people, but like God. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and [e]simple concerning evil. Thank the Lord He is glad when we do His will and so are we as we rest in His vine and grow becoming more and more like our Lord and savior Jesus. John 15 is so powerful to remember who we are as we are His and know how to stay out of Satan’s traps of disseverment’s, it is a choice of who we are following. So let’s be wise to good works, it takes skill and intelligence to know the truth and ways of God. I find we live in a time when right is wrong and wrong is right, Truth is a lie and a lie is the truth and Satan is running rampant over people within the body of Christ His Church. This is the reason God gave us the Holy Spirit so we would be able to stay connected to the love of the Lord and not look around for something else to satisfy. Lord help us to understand the character of being harmless as dove, so we are not like Scavenger looking for dead meat.   20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. What a title for God one of peace and that the reason He created us in the first place one of goodwill and the other of peace. Isn’t peace needed to day around the world for it seems like Satan is out to give everyone wars in the government, economics and religions around the world, and the Churches can stop the evil so God will call the Christian home to the wedding of the bide and that is the Church while the world goes through 7 yeas of tribulation for not accepting the truth now, and will be forced to during the 7 years of tribulation. God wants to work peace in us, create Peace for us as we abide in Him so we can produce good works regardless of the circumstance we find all around us. God is going to settle the account and it is not going to be purity, but painful and hurtful to all that do not give up and stand for the Kingdom of Gods by giving of their lives many times. Lord thank you all we have to do is abide in You and Your able to care for us and will bruise Satan under your control. Thank the Lord You’re going to have the last word and that is one of love and judgement to those that do not want to accept Your way, truth and life. The victory will be shortly and swiftly Behold the Lord is going to come.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Yes that the Lord for His Grace for it is always sufficient and will last forever 
Greetings from Paul’s Friends
21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you. Paul is still remembering his friends and Timothy his son for Timothy was a young man fit for battle and wanted the best from God and for his fellow man. Lucius, Jason and Sosipater where his country men who he wanted to have greet all. 
22 I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord. Tertius was someone that could write for Paul for remember he did not have good eye sight since he was blinded by God for three days so had Tertius to help him write some of his works do doubt. 
23 Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Gaius was a person that was a host. With the most, doing all he could to make people feel good about who they were, where they were. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother. Paul was a person who know the importance of officials of governments and cities which Erastus was and Quartus was as a brother in the Lord. I can remember when to call a person a brother or sister in the Lord was something considered respectful and honorable, where today we have become so sedated we no longer respect one another in the body of Christ as Brothers and sister. Lord help us to appreciate one another to the most, so as a body of Christ we are respect of all with in our area of influence.  24 The[f] grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Want an end to a life that was totally given over to the Lord as an ambassador for the Kingdom of God, Gods Grace is powerful to the pulling down of Satan’s lure for sin, and may we experience Gods love for us all, His grace and mercy extended to us to empower us for His honor and glory. 
Benediction
25 [g]Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
What a way to close this epistle for it was not Paul’s way, truth and life it was the Gospel of Christ’s, which is a mystery in content. Our slavation is because of what God allowed His son Jesus to go through and when He died on a cross as a criminal He rose from the dead after three days and walked among men forty day, and before He lift to heave He said I will give you another comforter. Which was the Holy Spirit that empowers us to stay on track towards heaven, to escape hells torments forever. God made Himself known after His resurrection and that revealed who He was taking the mystery out of the life and purpose of the sacrifice of the Blood of the Lord that gave the Church the life needed to accept the breath of the Holy Spirit the Lord gave to all that seek Him, so they can find peace and joy unlimited as they abide in the vine; Jesus to produce good works. This is known throughout our world as people are connected to the internet and people are going around the world with Good News Jesus saves. 
Thank the Lord for the faith He gave to all to build from in order that they might have good mental health regardless of race, color of skin or imperfect ness of the body God loves and wants us to love Him and put of all the evil that surrounds us that can contaminate us and cause us to be gujilty of wrong doing that are sins against the Lord. Yet greater is He that is within us then he that is in this world, Satan and his hosts. 
To God be the glory for the great things He has done and is still doing in our world to get people attention for His return for the Church for the greatest weeding ever and the judgement that is going to setting the account of not accepting the Lords way, truth and life. So look up your redemption is here now as you ask God into you live and believe He is able to save and keep you from sinning as you confess your sins to the Lord so He can forgive and allow you to achieve your potential in serving the Lord as a servant in His Kingdom.

 


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