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Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
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LAB 146 How to Be More Hospitable
1 Peter 4:9
Shared January 16th, 2017
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Some notes from the LATB. Meaning of Hospitality. Love for 'strangers' that welcomes them in - strangers (Matthew 25:35) being those outside your household. There are endless of possibilities for what 'strangers' may need: shelter, company, practical needs. 2 Cor 9:7; give your heart, soul, mind, money to serve, willingly, not grumbling. NT Christianity responds from the heart. How do we sinners do that? 1 Peter 2:20-21. Christ suffered for you, leaving an example. 1 Peter 3:9, rewards as an incentive, also 1 Peter 5:1-2. Hebrews 13:2, there may be a blessing that you are not aware of. Luke 14:13. We are a pilgrim people. Study Questions 1. Would friends classify you as a hospitable person? What makes you hospitable? What prevents you from it? I don't think so. I think what has prevented it is not thinking about it. It's helpful (as this LATB does) to pause and consider this scripture and what is meant by hospitality, and notice the promises/rewards. Just like the adverb ' earnestly ' gently reminds us to be sincere in our love for one another, this is a reminder to be genuinely loving in our welcome to strangers - do it willingly/cheerfully ... really! This is a helpful reminder for me. 2. Would friends classify you as a grumbling person? What makes you grumble most? Why do you grumble? I don't think so. 3. Read 1 Peter 4:9 . When you don’t want to be hospitable, does this verse tell you to just suck it up and do it? No. As discussed in the LAB, the rest of the letter builds a fuller perspective, that in showing hospitality and bearing the associated 'costs'/inconveniences, we look at Christ's example (1 Peter 2:20-21), and we consider the rewards and blessings (1 Peter 3:9). And so we show hospitality willingly.
1 Peter 4:8-9
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly,
since q love covers a multitude of sins.
r Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
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