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IMMERSE

MESSIAH
13:1-17
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show
hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained
angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there
yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain
in your own bodies.
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.
God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit
adultery.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all
the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their
faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not
from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right
to eat. Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals
into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals
were burned outside the camp. So also Jesus suffered and died outside
the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let
us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For
this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home
yet to come.
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to
God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do
good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please
God.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to
watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be
for your benefit.





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