Fight for the faith

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Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel
of Christ, so that, whether I come to you and see for myself, or stay at a distance
and only hear about you, I shall know that you are unanimous in meeting the
attack with firm resistance, united by your love for the faith of the gospel and
quite unshaken by your enemies. This would be the sure sign that they will lose
and you will be saved. It would be a sign from God that he has given you the
privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well. You and
I are together in the same fight as you saw me fighting before and, as you will
have heard, I am fighting still.

Philippians 1:27-30

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Life-giving union with the glorified Christ

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Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for
the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.
Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth,
because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.
But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all
your glory with him.

Colossians 3:1-4

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Some demands made by life in community

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We appeal to you, my brothers, to be considerate to those who are working
among you and are above you in the Lord as your teachers. Have the greatest
respect and affection for them because of their work.
Be at peace among yourselves. And this is what we ask you to do, brothers:
warn the idlers, give courage to those who are apprehensive, care for the weak and
be patient with everyone. Make sure that people do not try to take revenge;
you must all think of what is best for each other and for the community. Be
happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God,
because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt;
think before you do anything – hold on to what is good…

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Encouragement to persevere

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But we feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom
the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the
sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we
brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you,
whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and
God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible
comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything
good that you do or say.
Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread
quickly and be received with honor as it was among you; and pray that we
may be…

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Rich Christians

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Warn those who are rich in this world’s goods that they are not to look down
on other people; and not to set their hopes on money, which is untrustworthy,
but on God who, out of his riches, gives us all that we need for our happiness.
Tell them that they are to do good, and be rich in good works, to be generous
and willing to share – this is the way they can save up a good capital sum for
the future if they want to make sure of the only life that is real.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

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The dangers of the last days

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You may be quite sure that in the last days there are going to be
some difficult times. People will be self-centered and grasping; boastful,
arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless
and unappeasable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of
everything that is good; they will be treacherous and reckless and demented
by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God. They will keep up the outward
appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it. Have nothing
to do with people like that.
Of the same kind, too, are those men who insinuate themselves into families
in order to get influence over silly women who are obsessed with their sins and
follow one craze after another in the attempt to educate themselves, but can
never come to knowledge of the truth. Men like this defy the truth just as
Jannes and…

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The basis of the Christian moral life

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You see, God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for
the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything
that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions; we must be
self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while
we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the
glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus a He sacrificed himself for
us in order to set us free from all wickedness and to purify a people so that it could
be his very own and would have no ambition except to do good.
Now this is what you are to say, whether you are giving instruction or
correcting errors; you can do so with full authority, and no one is to question…

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A warning for the rich and self-confident

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Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: “Today or tomorrow,
we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and
make some money.” You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no
more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most
you should ever say is: “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or
that.” But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is
always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t
do it commits a sin.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are
coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by
moths. All your gold…

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