Women of the Word: Euodia and Syntyche

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Euodia and Syntyche are mentioned once in the New Testament in Philippians 4:2 which reads: “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” After coming to know Christ, these two women worked alongside the apostle Paul in the work of the Gospel; however, from the verse above, it is clear that they failed to see eye to eye on either one issue or several issues. Their disagreement made doing the work of the Gospel difficult so Paul had to instruct them to lay aside their differences and be of one mind. What can we learn from this episode between Euodia and Syntyche?

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Come As You Are

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You may think you have to change something about yourself before we can be friends or before you are accepted by others. But you don’t. Our differences is what makes life interesting and fun and difficult all at the same time. If we try to change each other, if I try to make you fit in my square box and if you try to make me fit in your square box, we will only succeed in bringing each other down.

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