Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth-
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.
Bring my sons from afar
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ?
He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.