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Healer Offers Messiah's Emancipation Coming Over, Multiplying Inspirational, Nurturing Guidance!" (H.O.M.E.C.O.M.I.N.G)

Ramesh C. Reddy

“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.  For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.” (Philippians 2:25-30, NIV)

I asked myself  what are words the Apostle Paul used to describe Epaphroditus?
I learned he does it in 4 ways:
1. My brother.
2. My fellow worker.
3. My fellow soldier.
4. Your messenger.

I asked myself the significance of the Apostle Paul labeling Epaphroditus this way?Labeling Epaphroditus as his brother before giving him other titles showed me Paul’s closeness to him. Later, he goes on to say what a worker and soldier he has been. I found it significant that he was labeled as a soldier too because being a soldier is not easy and it shows his work ethic. There are a lot of things soldiers need to do to prepare themselves and Epaphroditus became a soldier for the Lord. He must have conditioned himself and done multiple spiritual drills. His life was also in danger and he almost died but thanks be to God that He was spared!
Later, Paul says that Epaphroditus is their messenger sent to him to take care of his needs. Now Paul wants the Philippians to know that there is a Homecoming on the horizon as a brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier will be returning to the Philippians as their messenger and he wants them to give him a welcoming reception for all that he has done.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
I too should live my life in such a way that others will be excited to call me brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and messenger of the Lord.  Just as the Apostle Paul saw Epaphroditus being so excited to go home to see the Philippians for his homecoming, others need to see how excited I am to be part of the homecoming that the Lord Jesus has prepared for me. Wow, the King of Kings is preparing a homecoming for me and when everything is ready, He will come and get me so that I can be with Him. Even right now, Jesus wants to be part of my life as He prepares my homecoming and I need to let Jesus be part of my life. Help me Jesus!

Homecoming can be so exciting and I am going to share with you about Ryan whose life may actually be describing my own experiences, your own experiences, or someone you know! There was once a girl named Ryan. She was so bold and beautiful. She had everything going for her when she entered college. She had transferred from Santa Barbara to study religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Settling at Pitt was not easy for her. She missed the good old days. She belonged to a band called 'Young and the Restless'. She was always restless with personal issues taking a toll on her. Ryan would always search for tomorrow hoping it would be better than the present day she was facing. One day she heard a women praying, "Lord, I want all my children to come to know your love and the grace you offer amidst the problems in this world for you are my Lord and personal Savior and can be my children's Lord and personal Savior! Please save my children. You will have the best homecoming for us. Thank you Jesus!"

After hearing the woman, Ryan's hope of a fun and exciting life does not have to end in misery but can end in everlasting joy just as the woman felt. As students on university and college campuses, she knew she faced another world compared to high school or the work force. She knew this world can be hard on all of us. There could be continuous pressure from parents or guardians to excel in studies and pressure from friends to conform to their standards more than in high school.

Ryan also knew, as the world turns, we are left in a dilemma that could produce suffering or joy. It does not matter even if our home is in Port Charles. Many times we choose the wrong choices and suffer the consequences because our passions are in the wrong direction. Some consequences are tragic that lead to death as we have only one life to live. Some consequences take us to the general hospital whether we are dealing with a pregnancy, overdose of drugs, alcohol intoxication, or various types of sicknesses from depression to suicidal tendencies, etc.

Is there a hope for us to continue in our studies and still have an exciting time without worrying about pressures we face from our parents or friends?

Can we find activities that are fun and do not have negative consequences?

Ryan, knew the answer had to be yes as she thought about what the woman prayed. She wanted to know more about Jesus and the homecoming Jesus offered. So, she went and found the woman to talk to her. The woman sat her down and explained to her that there is only one true Homecoming and it starts with Jesus Christ. She told Ryan about Jesus Christ and how only Jesus Christ can be her Guiding Light on Pitt's campus or anywhere she is at.

The woman shared with Ryan about what Jesus Christ did for her and how much Jesus loves her. She showed Ryan verses from the Gospel of John especially John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life". After talking awhile, she prayed with Ryan who accepted Jesus Christ into her heart and surrendered her life over to Christ. The woman not only gave her the Gospel of Jesus to read everyday but also 'My Heart Christ's Home' by Robert Munger.

As the days went by whether she moved to Dallas or stayed in Pittsburgh, her life was being transformed by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, she wanted to share her new found joy with all her other classmates and people she came across because she found the true Guiding Light!

Friend, so can you! Ryan's hope became Jesus Christ and that same hope can be for you too. There is hope in Jesus Christ for each one of you no matter where you are in your life right now. All the days of our lives we can turn to God who loves us so much and has a wonderful plan for us. Yes, we can!

Some of Ryan's story describes me actually and other parts of it describes others. It maybe describing you too. No matter what you are going through remember that God has promises for you and these promises are for your uplifting.

"I know the plans, I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

That's God's plan for you my friend! God loves you so much that He sent Jesus Christ to give you hope.

Jesus says, "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with Him and he with me" (Revelations 3:20)

Jesus wants to be your Guiding Light. He wants to guide you throughout your life and give you peace of mind and heart just as Ryan received it and became a sister, fellow worker, and fellow soldier for the Lord.

Maybe you say that none of this vignette describes you and your life is all peachy and going well. Lest you fall, be careful because it is usually those that think they have it all together that come crumbling down due to pride and other vices. Take it from me because it happened to me.

Yet, I thank Jesus so much for coming for the sick and not for those who think they have it all together. I had issues like Ryan and did not have it all together and sadly, I have not always wanted Jesus to be part of every facet of my life.

Instead, I would compartmentalize my life which areas I wanted Jesus to be involved in and which areas I did not want Jesus to be involved in.  But, through it all, Jesus has prepared a Homecoming for me waiting for my return as the story of the prodigal Son illustrates. I am so glad Jesus did not abandon me in my own sin but wants to be part of my life and when I hand over all the title deeds to every facet of my life to Jesus, He will manage it the best way more than I can ever imagine. My homecoming with Jesus will always be the best. Praise the Lord!

What better place to be than in the arms of love of our Savior! He will hold us near and hold us still! For that I am excited! My homecoming started the day, I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ surrendering myself over to Jesus. Though there have been detours because of my sinful ways, Jesus has always put me back on the right track! Thank you Jesus! Jesus restored me in my guilt, shame, etc washing me in His precious blood to give me Eternal life. Thank you Jesus! I found my homecoming in Jesus and so can you.

I ask you now dear friends, when will your H.O.M.E.C.O.M.I.N.G begin?
Dear friends, Epaphroditus' homecoming began when he gave his life to Christ and also after he served the Apostle Paul for awhile as his brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier in the Lord. You maybe able to say that your homecoming began on so and so date or you may not even be able to say that you have a homecoming around the horizon. I don't know where you are in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ but this I do know for sure that your homecoming is something that will make Jesus so happy because He who created you wants you to be part of His glorious Kingdom. It started with Jesus who prepared for your Homecoming. The preparation was done with His precious cleansing blood on the cross of Calvary so you can have magnificent entrance into Heaven when you turn your life over to Christ. You can do that friend no matter where you have been or what you have done.

It will be more spectacular than any school’s Homecoming for you will be Homecoming to the One who loves you so much that He died for you and came back to life to save you!  That is exciting to know!

Don’t let the enemy deceive you and lie to you making you think that you will not be accepted. For the Lord Jesus will take you in and you can receive His abundant blessings His ways and peace His way as you confess and repent of your sins and ask for His help to guide you and lead you!

I am not talking about a prosperity Gospel but the life-saving, life- changing Gospel of Jesus Christ whose promises we can claim. In Jesus Christ, you can have a “Homecoming to find the Light of the World” 

I do not know about you but I need Jesus to be my Guding Light to show me the way through life. I hope you join me in having Jesus become part of your life daily so He can transform you by His grace.

Jesus says, "I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart, and the peace I give is not like the peace the world gives, don't be troubled or afraid" (Read John 14)

Jesus loves you so much and will accept you just as you are. You do not have to prove yourself for Christ to love you. You are important to Christ just the way you are. If you are having difficulty in any area of your life, give it to the Lord and leave it in His hands to take care of it. His hands are Helping Hands and He will help you.

If you are enjoying your life and think you don't need the Lord, remember He wants you to be His son or daughter because He loves you so much. Jesus died and came back to life to save each one of us and to give us a life of hope, love, and faith. The greatest of these is love. May you experience healer offers magnificent emancipation coming over, multiplying nurturing guidance!

"Healer Offers Messiah's Emancipation Coming Over, Multiplying Inspirational, Nurturing Guidance!" (H.O.M.E.C.O.M.I.N.G)/"When will your homecoming begin?"

Lord Jesus, I have heard that you love me so much just the way I am. I want you to be the Lord of my life. There are so many things that are happening in my life right now and I need you to intervene to help me out. I am so sorry for my sins. I confess my sins to you Lord and repent of them. Please be in control of my life and be my Guiding Light. Thank you so much Jesus. Please forgive me of my sins and help me. Thanks for forgiving me of my sins. I come now and acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior who will be my Light for eternity as I come home and find you as my Light of the World. Thanks Lord, I do not have to be alone but you are with me. I give my life to you Lord because you want to show me the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Please come into my heart and make my heart your home. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and making my heart your home! Thanks for living in me Lord and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thanks again for this new life and all my sins are forgiven and I am washed clean. Thank you for dying for me and coming back to life to save me. Thanks for hearing me and answering me. You are my Heavenly Father and have given me the best homecoming as you are ready to take me in your arms of love. Thank you I need not go by feelings but on your promises! I claim your promises Lord! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Part of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His grace alone. May the Lord Jesus guide you in His love leading you! Amen!

Feel free to email me at if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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Philippians 2:19-24: "How can you Q.U.A.L.I.F.Y well in other people's lives?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 14, 12, 8:18 a.m.)

Philippians 2:17-18: "How do you live out your F.A.I.T.H in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 13, 12, 6:58 a.m.)

Philippians 2:14-16:
"How is your B.E.H.A.V.I.O.R. in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 12, 12, 8:15 a.m.)

Philippians 2:13: "How do you W.O.R.K out your Salvation?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 11, 12, 8:36 a.m.)

Philippians 2:12-13:"What path have you taken for S.A.L.V.A.T.I.O.N in your life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 09, 7:50 a.m.)

Philippians 2:12-13: "What is the point of O.B.E.D.I.E.N.C.E in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 08, 7:51 a.m.)

Philippians 2:9-11:"How do you handle the N.A.M.E of Jesus in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 08, 7:47 a.m.)

Philippians 2:8: "Why should you make a C.R.O.S.S transaction in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 06, 7:26 a.m.)

Philiippians 2:5-7: "How do match Jesus' A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 05, 9:09 a.m.)

Philippians 2:3-4: "How do you respond to C.O.M.M.A.N.D.S in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 03, 6:19 a.m.)

Philippians 2:1-2: "What C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N are you in?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 02, 6:52 a.m.)

Philippians 1:29-30: "How do you handle S.U.F.F.E.R.I.N.G in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (June, 01, 6:52 a.m.)

Philippians 1:27-28:"How do you C.O.N.D.U.C.T yourself in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 31, 12, 7:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:22-26: What are your C.H.O.I.C.E.S based on?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 30, 12, 6:27 a.m.)

Philippians 1:21: "Why D.I.E for Christ?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 29, 12, 4:59 a.m.)

Philippians 1:20: "Where do you need to have C.O.U.R.A.G.E in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 25, 12, 8:08 a.m.)

Philippians 1:19:"Who do you C.A.L.L often in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 24, 12, 8:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:19: "What reason do you have to R.E.J.O.I.C.E in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 22, 12, 8:21 a.m.)

Philippians 1:15-18: "How are your M.O.T.I.V.E.S in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 22, 12, 8:21 a.m.)

Philippians 1:13-14:"What have your C.H.A.I.N.S done to others in your life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 21, 12, 9:04 a.m.)

Philippians 1:12:  "How can you feel so S.P.E.C.I.A.L when things are going so wrong in your life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 18, 12, 8:20 a.m.)

Philippians 1:9-11: "What is your L.O.V.I.N.G response in life based on?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 18, 12, 8:20 a.m.)

Philippians 1:8:   "How can your A.F.F.E.C.T.I.O.N grow towards others in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 17, 12, 6:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:7: "Why cannot you be saved by G.R.A.C.E. alone?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 16, 12, 9:55 a.m.)

Philippians 1:6: "Where are you C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T in?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 15, 12, 10:54 a.m.)

Philippians 1:3-6: "How can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 14, 12, 08:38 a.m.)

Philippians 1:3: "How will others R.E.A.C.T towards God when they remember you?" (May 11, 12, 09:53 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1-2: "When do you B.L.E.S.S others in life?" (May 09, 12, 7:30 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?" (May 10, 12, 9:01 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of being a sinner?" (May 08, 12, 8:05 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: Who will you be a S.L.A.V.E to in life? (May 07, 12, 7:06 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy




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