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Week 49 Day 7
what does it mean to have faith in the Lord
what are the words you use
the stories you tell
an intellectual exercise concluded
or an experience still expanding
doing the faith
is not so much proving a point
as responding to an opportunity
for divine dialogue
for sharing an experience
for testing our understanding
for loving service
and to express faith
is a significant challenge
for the faith can be
blurred by a blizzard of words
clouded by confusion
corrupted by complacency
significant faith statements can be very simple
believe in the Lord and be saved
love one another as the Lord has loved us
nothing can separate us from the love of Christ
it is worth sharing
KEEP ON LOVING EACH OTHER
God will equip you with everything good to do his will.
1Let brotherly love continue. 1Do not forget to entertain
strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained
angels. 3Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--
those who are mistreated--since you are in the body also.
4Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;
but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with
such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never
leave you nor forsake you." 6So we may boldly say: "The
Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
7Remember those who have spoken the word of God to you,
whose faith you follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9Do not
be carried about with various and strange doctrines. It is good
that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which
have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
10We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle
have no right to eat. 11For the bodies of those animals, whose
blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are
burned outside the camp. 12Jesus also suffered outside the gate.
13Let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
14Here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they
watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let
them do so with joy and not with grief.
18Pray for us; we are confident we have a good conscience,
and in all things desire to live honorably. 19But I especially urge
you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20The God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from
the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21make you complete,
working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus
Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
22Bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written in
few words. 23Know that our brother Timothy has been set free,
with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly. Those from
Italy greet you. Grace be with you all. Amen This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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