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2 Timothy 4:3

3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people's own desires.

Romans 8:1-39

1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in union with the Messiah Jesus. 2 For the Spirit's law of life in Messiah Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did. By sending his own Son in the form of humanity, he condemned sin by being incarnate, 4 so that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to human nature but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace. 7 That is why the mind that focuses on human nature is hostile toward God. It refuses to submit to the authority of God's law because it is powerless to do so. 8 Indeed, those who are under the control of human nature cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not under the control of the human nature but under the control of the Spirit, since God's Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to him. 10 But if the Messiah is in you, your bodies are dead due to sin, but the spirit is alive due to righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then the one who raised the Messiah from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you. 12 Consequently, brothers, we have an obligation {— } not with respect to human nature {— } to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to human nature, you are going to die, but if by the Spirit you continually put to death the activities of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, we are heirs {— } heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah {— } if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us. 19 For the creation is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God's children, 20 because the creation has become subject to futility, though not by anything it did. The one who subjected it did so in the certainty 21 that the creation itself would also be set free from corrupting bondage in order to share the glorious freedom of God's children. 22 For we know that all the rest of creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time. 23 However, not only the creation, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For we were saved with this hope in mind. Now a hope that can be observed is not really hope, for who hopes for what can be seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet observe, we eagerly wait for it with patience. 26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words, 27 and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God's will. 28 And we know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined, he also called; and those whom he called, he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 The one who did not spare his own Son, but offered him as a sacrifice for all of us, surely will give us all things, along with his son, won't he? 33 Who shall accuse God's Elect? It is God who justifies! 34 Who is the one to condemn? It is the Messiah Jesus who is interceding on our behalf. He died, and more importantly, has been raised and is seated at the right hand of God. 35 Who shall separate us from the Messiah's love? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or a violent death do this? 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being put to death all day long. We are thought of as sheep headed for slaughter." 37 In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

1 Watch your step whenever you visit God's house, and come more ready to listen than to offer a fool's sacrifice, since fools never think they're doing evil. 2 Don't be impulsive with your mouth nor be in a hurry to talk in God's presence. Since God is in heaven and you're on earth, keep your speech short. 3 Too many worries lead to nightmares, and a fool is known from talking too much. 4 When you make a promise to God, don't fail to keep it, since he isn't pleased with fools. Make good on your promise. 5 It's better that you don't promise than that you do promise and not follow through. 6 Never let your mouth cause you to sin and don't proclaim in the presence of the angel, "My promise was a mistake," for why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy what you've undertaken? 7 In spite of many daydreams, pointless actions, and empty words, it is God whom you must fear. 8 Don't be surprised when you see the poor oppressed and the violent perverting both justice and verdicts in a province, for one high official watches another, and there are ones higher still over them. 9 Also, the increase of the land belongs to everyone; the king himself is served by his field. 10 Whoever loves money will never have enough money. Whoever loves luxury will not be content with abundance. This also is pointless. 11 When possessions increase, so does the number of consumers. So what good are they to their owners, except to look at them? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a working man, whether he eats a little or a lot, but the excess wealth of the rich will not allow him to rest. 13 I have observed a painful tragedy on earth: Wealth hoarded by its owner harms him, 14 and that wealth is lost in troubled circumstances. Then a son is born, but there is nothing left for him. 15 Just as he came naked from his mother's womb, he will leave as naked as he came; he will receive no profit from his efforts {— } he cannot carry away even a handful. 16 This is also a painful tragedy: However a person comes, he also departs; so what does he gain as he labors after the wind? 17 Furthermore, all his days he lives in darkness with great sorrow, anger, and affliction. 18 Look! I observed that it is good and prudent to eat, drink, and enjoy all that is good of a person's work that he does on earth during the limited days of his life, which God gives him, for this is his allotment. 19 Furthermore, every person to whom God has given wealth, riches, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept this allotment, and to rejoice in his work {— } this is a gift from God. 20 For he will not brood much over the days of his life, since God will keep him occupied with the joys of his heart.

Matthew 23:1-39

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 "The scribes and the Pharisees administer the authority of Moses, 3 So do whatever they tell you and follow it, but stop doing what they do, because they don't do what they say. 4 They tie up burdens that are heavy and unbearable and lay them on people's shoulders, but they refuse to lift a finger to remove them. 5 "They do everything to be seen by people. They increase the size of their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 They love to have the places of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 to be greeted in the marketplaces, and to be called 'Rabbi' by people. 8 "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' because you have only one teacher, and all of you are brothers. 9 And don't call anyone on earth 'Father,' because you have only one Father, the one in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called 'Teachers,' because you have only one teacher, the Messiah! 11 The person who is greatest among you must be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 13 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You don't go in yourselves, and you don't allow those who are trying to enter to go in. 14 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and say long prayers to cover it up. Therefore, you will receive greater condemnation! 15 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for hell as you are. 16 "How terrible it will be for you, blind guides! You say, 'Whoever swears an oath by the sanctuary is excused, but whoever swears an oath by the gold of the sanctuary must keep his oath.' 17 You blind fools! What is more important, the gold or the sanctuary that made the gold holy? 18 Again you say, 'Whoever swears an oath by the altar is excused, but whoever swears by the gift that is on it must keep his oath.' 19 You blind men! Which is more important, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy? 20 Therefore, the one who swears an oath by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 The one who swears an oath by the sanctuary swears by it and by the one who lives there. 22 And the one who swears an oath by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it. 23 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your mint, dill, and cummin, but have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the things you should have practiced, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You filter out a gnat, yet swallow a camel! 25 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but on the inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that its outside may also be clean. 27 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead people's bones and every kind of impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 "How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous. 30 Then you say, 'If we had been living in the days of our ancestors, we would have had no part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31 Therefore, you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Then finish what your ancestors started! 33 You snakes, you children of serpents! How can you escape being condemned to hell? 34 "That is why I am sending you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will whip in your synagogues and persecute from town to town. 35 As a result, you will be held accountable for all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of the righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 I tell you with certainty, all these things will happen to those living today." 37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones to death those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38 Look! Your house is left abandoned! 39 I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'How blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

James 2:1-13

1 My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism. 2 Suppose a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in. 3 If you give special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Please take this seat," but you say to the poor man, "Stand over there" or "Sit on the floor at my feet," 4 then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not? 5 Listen, my dear brothers! God has chosen the poor in the world to become rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him, has he not? 6 But you have humiliated the man who is poor. Are not rich people the ones who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Are not they the ones who blaspheme the noble name of God by which you have been called? 8 Nevertheless, you are doing the right thing if you obey the royal law in keeping with the Scripture, "You must love your neighbor as yourself." 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and will be convicted by the law as violators. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For the one who said, "Never commit adultery," also said, "Never murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you become a violator of the law. 12 You must make it your habit to speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For the one who has shown no mercy will be judged without mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

1 Corinthians 1:10

10 Brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, I urge all of you to be in agreement and not to have divisions among you, so that you may be perfectly united in your understanding and opinions.

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