Watch the Time!

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Truly Wise Living
There are many who can offer worldly advice on how to “live wisely.” Worldly advice might involve finances, health, or emotional stability. These things might prove useful to a Christian on some level, but we know that there is another aspect to our lives that demands our attention, that being our spiritual lives. If we ignore that, all the worldly advice will amount to nothing. Truly living wisely is staying in the Word, partaking of the sacraments with your fellow brothers and sisters at church. All so that we can be encouraged, and encourage one another all the more as we see the day approaching!

Ephesians 5:15-21, New International Version

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Open Wide

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2 Corinthians 6:1-13, New International Version

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

I thank GOD for you!

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ENRICHED BY THE SPIRIT!

If something is “enriched” that means it has been made better than it was before, right? The Holy Spirit has enriched us with the Gospel message. We are far better off than we were before we had this message. The Gospel is our motivation, our wisdom, our strength to keep us standing firm until the end! We have been enriched by the Spirit!

1 Corinthians 1:4-9, New International Version

4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

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THE LORD DESIRES MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE!
Many in the world think that they must make themselves right with God, or whatever their idea of “god” is. As Christians, we know there is nothing that we can bring to God or do for him that would make him love us anymore than he already does. He has sacrificed, for us! He has shown mercy, to us!

Micah 6:6-8 New International Version

6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.