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IMMERSE

MESSIAH
16:4-24
recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to
Jerusalem. And if it seems appropriate for me to go along, they can travel
with me.
I am coming to visit you after I have been to Macedonia, for I am planning
to travel through Macedonia. Perhaps I will stay awhile with you, possibly
all winter, and then you can send me on my way to my next destination.
This time I don’t want to make just a short visit and then go right on. I
want to come and stay awhile, if the Lord will let me. In the meantime,
I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost. There is a
wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.
When Timothy comes, don’t intimidate him. He is doing the Lord’s
work, just as I am. Don’t let anyone treat him with contempt. Send him on
his way with your blessing when he returns to me. I expect him to come
with the other believers.
Now about our brother Apollos—I urged him to visit you with the
other believers, but he was not willing to go right now. He will see you
later when he has the opportunity.
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do
everything with love.
You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest
of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God’s
people. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to submit to them and others
like them who serve with such devotion. I am very glad that Stephanas,
Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the
help you weren’t here to give me. They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation
to all who serve so well.
The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do
Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church
meetings. All the brothers and sisters here send greetings to you. Greet
each other with a sacred kiss.
Here is my greeting in my own handwriting—Paul.
If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.





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