Friday, March 22 ::: Partakers

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Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:1-11

sound  ::  Feel The Love, Rudimental, ft. John Newman (2012)

image  :: Woodland Interior, George Inness (c.1893)

Woodland Interior, George Inness (c.1893)O God, You gave us the grace to carry the sword of Your Kingdom of peace;

and You made us messengers of peace in a world of strife,

and messengers of strife in a world of false peace:

make strong our hand, make clear our voice,

give us humility with firmness and insight with passion,

that we may fight, not to conquer, but to redeem.

Gregory Vlastos, 20th century

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