Friday, October 23, 2020
 Now I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
 I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is bound to keep the whole law.
 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
 For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness.
 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.
 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
 This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine; and he who is troubling you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
 But if I, brethren, still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.
 I wish those who unsettle you would mutilate themselves!
 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.
 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
 And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;
 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
 And when he saw their faith he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?”
 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?
 Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, `Rise and walk’?
 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the man who was paralyzed — “I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.”
 And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.
 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen strange things today.”
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