God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.
To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
And I will raise him up on the last day. When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. In my distress I called upon the Lord ; to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,.
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Escape will close this window. Get started. Continue with Facebook. Continue with Google. Enter your email. Have an account? Sign in. We met the Judean desert in its literal sense, a desolate, arid and dry place; a place cut off from life; a place of wandering and restlessness; a place where the newly baptized Jesus was forced to dwell, and where He would encounter Satan himself and He also taught us the way to overcome worldly temptations. Like Jesus, all of us are eventually thrust into the wilderness of life. It was in the desert where Jesus suffered from hunger, thirst, and loneliness; it was there, in the desert, where He was tempted to desperation, and to give up on God altogether.
No doubt, many of us pilgrims, and also those reading these lines, have gone through several wildernesses — perhaps a life-threatening or serious illness, the death of a loved one, separation from a partner, the suffering of a child, the death of a dream, failure, addiction, bankruptcy, loss of reputation, rejection of a friend, and on and on ; I offer my prayers for all of you, and the good news is that it is precisely by experiencing the wilderness that we can experience God in a more authentic way, to have a broader sense of the human reason and appetite, and to be called to a more intensive interior reflection that will assist us in developing greater courage so that we might walk more closely with Him who provides water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to us, his chosen people.