February 10th, 2007
So much of the message of Jesus was about loving others, putting the needs of others before your own, respecting and accepting others, and living in unity, that you would imagine that the typical church would be a caring sharing selfishness-free zone. Unfortunately it’s not. As Paul warned in today’s reading, “Look out for people who cause disputes and create difficulties, contrary to the teaching which you learned. Avoid them, because people like that don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. They serve their own appetites, and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of naive people.”
Paul’s Letter to the Romans — Chapter 16
16:1 Please welcome our sister Phoebe in the Lord, in a way worthy of believers. She is a servant of the church in Cenchreae. 16:2 Please help her with whatever she may need from you, because she herself has been a helper of many people, including me.
16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 16:4 who risked their lives for me. I am grateful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. 16:5 Greet the church that meets in their house. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is was first person in Achaia to turn to Christ. 16:6 Greet Mary, who worked hard for us. 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives and fellow prisoners, who are notable among the apostles, and were Christians before me. 16:8 Greet Amplias, my dear friend in the Lord. 16:9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. 16:10 Greet Apelles, a tried and true follower of Christ. Greet Aristobulus’s family. 16:11 Greet my relative Herodion. Greet Narcissus’s family who believe in the Lord. 16:12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa who work for the Lord. Greet dear Persis, who worked so hard for the Lord. 16:13 Greet Rufus, who was chosen by the Lord, and his mother who has been a mother to me also. 16:14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the believers who are with them. 16:15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the believers who are with them. 16:16 Greet each other with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
16:17 Please, friends, look out for people who cause disputes and create difficulties, contrary to the teaching which you learned. Avoid them, 16:18 because people like that do not serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. They serve their own appetites, and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of naive people. 16:19 Everyone knows about your obedience, so I rejoice over you. I want you to be wise about what is good, but innocent when it comes to evil. 16:20 The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
16:21 My fellow worker Timothy greets you, as do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my relatives. 16:22 I, Tertius, who write the letter, greet you in the Lord. 16:23 Gaius, who looks after me and the whole church here greets you. Erastus the city treasurer greets you, as does our brother Quartus.
16:25 Now to him who is able to make you strong according to my good news and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was secret for long ages, 14:25 but is now revealed through the writings of the prophets at the direction of the eternal God, so that all nations can believe and obey; 14:26 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
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