ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 213

R o ma n s
when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship
for a little while, you can provide for my journey.
But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers
there. For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly
taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. They
were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since
the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the
believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help
them financially. As soon as I have delivered this money and completed
this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. And
I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.
Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of
your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. Pray that I will be rescued
from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers
there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem. Then,
by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we
will be an encouragement to each other.
And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in
Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among
God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to
many, and especially to me.
Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry
of Christ Jesus. In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful
to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. Also give my greetings to the
church that meets in their home.
Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ. Give my greetings to Mary,
who has worked so hard for your benefit. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my
fellow Jews, who were in prison with me. They are highly respected among
the apostles and became followers of Christ before I did. Greet Ampliatus,
my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and
my dear friend Stachys.
Greet Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. And give my greetings to the believers from the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion,
my fellow Jew. Greet the Lord’s people from the household of Narcissus.
Give my greetings to Tryphena and Tryphosa, the Lord’s workers, and to
dear Persis, who has worked so hard for the Lord. Greet Rufus, whom the
Lord picked out to be his very own; and also his dear mother, who has
been a mother to me.

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