Saturday, August 7, 2021
200 Bishops of the Holy Council of Ephesus (AD 431)
II Timothy 1:6-14
 And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me:
 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
 If I say to the wicked, `You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life.
II Timothy 1:6-14
 Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
 for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
 Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,
 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago,
 and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
 For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
 and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
 Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;
 guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
 “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.
 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
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