Some demands made by life in community

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We appeal to you, my brothers, to be considerate to those who are working
among you and are above you in the Lord as your teachers. Have the greatest
respect and affection for them because of their work.
Be at peace among yourselves. And this is what we ask you to do, brothers:
warn the idlers, give courage to those who are apprehensive, care for the weak and
be patient with everyone. Make sure that people do not try to take revenge;
you must all think of what is best for each other and for the community. Be
happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God,
because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt;
think before you do anything – hold on to what is good…

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Encouragement to persevere

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But we feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom
the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the
sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we
brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you,
whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and
God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible
comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything
good that you do or say.
Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread
quickly and be received with honor as it was among you; and pray that we
may be…

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Rich Christians

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Warn those who are rich in this world’s goods that they are not to look down
on other people; and not to set their hopes on money, which is untrustworthy,
but on God who, out of his riches, gives us all that we need for our happiness.
Tell them that they are to do good, and be rich in good works, to be generous
and willing to share – this is the way they can save up a good capital sum for
the future if they want to make sure of the only life that is real.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

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The dangers of the last days

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You may be quite sure that in the last days there are going to be
some difficult times. People will be self-centered and grasping; boastful,
arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless
and unappeasable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of
everything that is good; they will be treacherous and reckless and demented
by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God. They will keep up the outward
appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it. Have nothing
to do with people like that.
Of the same kind, too, are those men who insinuate themselves into families
in order to get influence over silly women who are obsessed with their sins and
follow one craze after another in the attempt to educate themselves, but can
never come to knowledge of the truth. Men like this defy the truth just as
Jannes and…

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