He is before all things, and in him all things hold together

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. Continue reading

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He gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly

There was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and Godfearing. Continue reading

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Do not love the world or anything in the world

If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Continue reading

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Bring water for the thirsty … bring food for the fugitives

Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me, because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth. Continue reading

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Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain

If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted. … If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, “You are my security,” if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, … If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him, … then let briers come up instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. Continue reading

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So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. Continue reading

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I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder

Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. … Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Continue reading

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God will not forget the love you have shown him as you have helped his people

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Continue reading

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The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him

They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough … they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. … From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain. Continue reading

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I rejoice greatly that at last you have renewed your concern for me

Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. … I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. Continue reading

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