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Small Stories #2- Mr Short Term Memory

September 1st, 2015

 21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
 23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'
 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.'
 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'
 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.
 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.
 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'
 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.
 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." (Mat 18:21-35 ESV)
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Climbing out of Hell- Luke 16- RUF Sunday at CTK

September 1st, 2015

 19 "There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried,
 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
 24 And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.'
 25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
 27 And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house--
 28 for I have five brothers-- so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
 29 But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
 30 And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
 31 He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"
 (Luk 16:19-31 ESV)
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Small Stories - Big Ideas #1 - Painting the Picture of the Prodigal

September 1st, 2015

ESV  Luke 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
 3 So he told them this parable: (Luke 15:1-3 ESV)
 11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons.
 12 And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.
 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.
 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
 17 "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.
 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants."'
 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
 21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
 22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.
 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.
 25 "Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
 27 And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.'
 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,
 29 but he answered his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!'
 31 And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'" (Luke 15:11-32 ESV)
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A Story of God’s Love

August 9th, 2015

ESV  Luke 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."
 3 So he told them this parable:
 11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons.
 12 And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.
 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.
 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
 17 "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.
 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants."'
 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
 21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
 22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.
 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.
 25 "Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
 27 And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.'
 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,
 29 but he answered his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!'
 31 And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'" (Luk 15:1-32 ESV)
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The Undisputed King Sermon from the AM Baptism Service at CTK

May 3rd, 2015

ESV  Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;
 2 and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.
 3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
 4 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
 5 Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God."
 6 Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever!
 7 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked."
 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
 10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.
 12 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, "O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked."
 13 Then they answered and said before the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
 14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him.
 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, "Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed."
 16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!"
 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
 19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions.
 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?"
 21 Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever!
 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm."
 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions-- they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
 25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: "Peace be multiplied to you.
 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.
 27 He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions."
 28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
 (Dan 6:1-28 ESV)
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Freedom Project Part 13: Freedom from Suffering in Glorification

April 30th, 2015

 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
 (Rom 8:18-30 ESV)

Big Idea: God brings us from groaning to glory:
1) To a Place of Glory
2) To be a People of Glory
3) By the Person of Glory 
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Is Jesus Awesome (to you)? Psalm 89 at CTK

April 30th, 2015

 5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
 6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
 7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
 8 O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
 (Psa 89:5-8 ESV)

Jesus is Awesome in his pursuit, his passion, and his plan for sinners. 
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John Baber- Freedom Project Part 8- Freedom to Trust God

April 14th, 2015

ESV  Exodus 16:1 They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt.
 2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,
 3 and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily."
 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, "At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against the LORD. For what are we, that you grumble against us?"
 8 And Moses said, "When the LORD gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the LORD has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him-- what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the LORD."
 9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, 'Come near before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.'"
 10 And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
 11 And the LORD said to Moses,
 12 "I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"
 13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp.
 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground.
 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.
 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.'"
 17 And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less.
 18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.
 19 And Moses said to them, "Let no one leave any of it over till the morning."
 20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.
 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
 22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses,
 23 he said to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.'"
 24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it.
 25 Moses said, "Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.
 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none."
 27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.
 28 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?
 29 See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day."
 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
 31 Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
 32 Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"
 33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the LORD to be kept throughout your generations."
 34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept.
 35 The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan. (Exo 16:1-35 ESV)
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Freedom Project Part 11- Freedom to Know God Clearly- Exodus 20

April 14th, 2015

ESV  Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
 3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
 7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,
 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
 13 "You shall not murder.
 14 "You shall not commit adultery.
 15 "You shall not steal.
 16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
 17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."
 18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off
 19 and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die."
 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin."
 21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. (Exo 20:1-21 ESV)
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Freedom Project Part 10- Freed to Be a Treasure

April 7th, 2015

Exodus 19

                1 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel."

                7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do." And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. 9 And the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever." When Moses told the words of the people to the LORD, 10 the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain."

                14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, "Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman." 16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.

                19 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

                21 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to look and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, lest the LORD break out against them." 23 And Moses said to the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying, 'Set limits around the mountain and consecrate it.'" 24 And the LORD said to him, "Go down, and come up bringing Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, lest he break out against them." 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

 

Big Idea: Through Faith in the God who meets us, you are free to be someone’s treasure!

 

1.      Treasures are sought

 

2.      Treasures are not common

 

3.      Treasures are communicators of glory

 

1 Peter 2:4-12

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God

chosen and precious,5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,“8 and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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