Saturday, December 11, 2021
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Bishop of Myra
II Timothy 3:10-15
 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 3:10-15
 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
 my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
 while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
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