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Do you think the world is getting worse? If so, you’re right. But evil will not win in the end. It will reach a point where it “will progress no further” once and for all.

BibleGateway: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

ESV Text: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

KJV Text:

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     1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 605 (LSB 513):
The World is Very Evil — Organ Audio

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1. The world is very evil, 
The times are waxing late; 
Be sober and keep vigil, 
The Judge is at the gate; 
The Judge that comes in mercy, 
The Judge that comes with might, 
To terminate the evil, 
To diadem the right. 

2. Arise, arise, good Christian, 
Let right to wrong succeed; 
Let penitential sorrow 
To heav’nly gladness lead, 
To light that hath no evening, 
That knows no moon nor sun, 
The light so new and golden, 
The light that is but one. 

3. O home of fadeless splendor, 
Of flow’rs that bear no thorn, 
Where they shall dwell as children 
Who here as exiles mourn. 
Midst pow’r that knows no limit, 
Where knowledge has no bound, 
The beatific vision 
Shall glad the saints around. 

4. Strive, man, to win that glory; 
Toil, man, to gain that light; 
Send hope before to grasp it 
Till hope be lost in sight. 
Exult, O dust and ashes, 
The Lord shall be thy part; 
His only, His forever, 
Thou shalt be and thou art. 

5. O sweet and blessed country, 
The home of God’s elect! 
O sweet and blessed country 
That eager hearts expect! 
Jesus, in mercy bring us 
To that dear land of rest, 
Who art, with God the Father 
And Spirit, ever blest.