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Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish, 1577-1640)
Jesus Christ Risen. 1616. Oil on canvas. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy.

Luke 16:13

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other,
or
you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money.”

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other,
or
you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money.

Isaiah 24:18

Whoever flees at the sound of terror
will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit
will be caught in a snare.
The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
the foundations of the earth shake.

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse,
that there may be food in my house.
Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty,
“and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven
and
pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Romans 9:33

As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

1 Peter 1:8

1Therefore, rid ourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him

— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual housered button[a] to be a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,[b]red button
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[c]red button
and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and
a rock that makes them fall.”[d]red button
They stumble because they disobey the message—
which is also what they were destined for.

Isaiah 8:14 He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.

2 Timothy 3

Godlessness in the Last Days

1But mark thisred button: There will be terrible times in the last days.

2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,

4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—

5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women,

who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,

7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.

They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.

9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A Final Charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in,

Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured.

Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.

12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,

15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.

He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

11 For this reason; God sends them a powerful spiritual delusion so that they will believe the lie

12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Question for thought and consideration to the reader;

Do you care to know; who the Lord Jesus Christ is referring to;
in the Gospel of Matthew 12:26-29?

Matthew 12:26-29 NIV

26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself.

How then can his kingdom stand?

27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub; by whom do your people drive them out?

So then, they will be your judges.

28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God,
then the Kingdom of GOD HAS COME UPON YOU.

Jeremiah 10

God and the Detestable Idols of all the Nations

1Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel.

2 This is what the Lord says:

“Do not learn the ways of the nations

or be terrified by signs in the heavens,

though the nations are terrified by them.

3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless;

they cut a tree out of the forest,

and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4 They adorn it with silver and gold;

they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,

their idols cannot speak;

they must be carried

because they cannot walk.

Do not fear them;

they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”

6 No one is like you, Lord;

you are great,

and your name is mighty in power.

7 Who should not fear you,

King of the nations?

This is your due.

Among all the wise leaders of the nations

and in all their kingdoms,

there is no one like you.

8 They are all senseless and foolish;

they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz.

What the craftsman and goldsmith have made

is then dressed in blue and purple—

all made by skilled workers.

10 But the Lord is the true God;

he is the living God, the eternal King.

When he is angry, the earth trembles;

the nations cannot endure his wrath.

11 “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’”

12 But God made the earth by his power;

he founded the world by his wisdom

and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

13 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;

he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.

He sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;

every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.

The images he makes are a fraud;

they have no breath in them.

15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;

when their judgment comes, they will perish.

16 He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these,

for he is the Maker of all things,

including Israel, the people of his inheritance—

the Lord Almighty is his name.

Coming Destruction

17 Gather up your belongings to leave the land,

you who live under siege.

18 For this is what the Lord says:

“At this time I will hurl out

those who live in this land;

I will bring distress on them

so that they may be captured.”

19 Woe to me because of my injury!

My wound is incurable!

Yet I said to myself,

“This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”

20 My tent is destroyed;

all its ropes are snapped.

My children are gone from me and are no more;

no one is left now to pitch my tent

or to set up my shelter.

21 The shepherds are senseless

and do not inquire of the Lord;

so they do not prosper

and all their flock is scattered.

22 Listen! The report is coming—

a great commotion from the land of the north!

It will make the towns of Judah desolate, a haunt of jackals.

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;

it is not for them to direct their steps.

24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—

not in your anger,

or you will reduce me to nothing.

25 Pour out your wrath on the nations

that do not acknowledge you,

on the peoples who do not call on your name.

For they have devoured Jacob;

they have devoured him completely

and destroyed his homeland.