passage: 2Cor 12:10-12:19
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak,
then am I strong. I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me:
for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind
the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. Truly the signs of an
apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders,
and mighty deeds. For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other
churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive
me this wrong. Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you;
and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you:
for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents
for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. But be it
so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with
guile. Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of
you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God
in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
passage: Mark 4:10-4:23
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of
him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know
the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all
these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not
perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any
time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye
know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the
way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh
immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when
they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And
have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately
they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such
as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness
of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word,
and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good
ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit,
some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them,
Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not
to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not
be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should
come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
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