Wednesday, August 25, 2021
I Corinthians 15:58-16:11
I Corinthians 15:58-16:11
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
 Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.
 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come.
 And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
 If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.
 I will visit you after passing through Macedo’nia, for I intend to pass through Macedo’nia,
 and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may speed me on my journey, wherever I go.
 For I do not want to see you now just in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.
 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
 When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.
 So let no one despise him. Speed him on his way in peace, that he may return to me; for I am expecting him with the brethren.
 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
 so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”
 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
 The sower sows the word.
 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
 And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
 And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
 But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
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