Welcome to Friday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade 20161104
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FRIDAY MORNING PRAYERS with Fr. Wade 20161104
because of the surpassing worth of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things,
and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ,
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own,
based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God that depends on faith;
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection,
and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
that if possible I may attain that resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect;
but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own;
but one thing I do,
forgetting what lies behind and straining forward
to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Let those of us who are mature be thus minded;
and if in anything you are otherwise minded,
God will reveal that also to you.
Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Brethren, join in imitating me,
and mark those who so live as you have an example in us.
For many, of whom I have often told you
and now tell you even with tears,
live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction, their god is the belly,
and they glory in their shame,
with minds set on earthly things.
The Lord said to his disciples,
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed,
or hidden that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark
shall be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered in private rooms
shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body,
and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will warn you whom to fear:
fear him who, after he has killed,
has power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, fear him!
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?
And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men,
the Son of man also will acknowledge
before the angels of God;
but he who denies me before men
will be denied before the angels of God.
And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man
will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against
the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
And when they bring you before
the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities,
do not be anxious how or what you are to answer
or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit
will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”