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Let all the children of the Christ Child walk in the truth.

BibleGateway: 3 John 1

ESV Text: 3 John 1

KJV Text:

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 1:

     1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

     3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 7 Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

     9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

     12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true. 13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 89:
To Thee my Heart I Offer

— Organ Audio

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1. To Thee my heart I offer, 
O Christ-child sweet and dear; 
Upon Thy love relying, 
Oh, be Thou ever near! 
Take Thou my heart and give me Thine 
And let it be forever mine, 
O Jesus, holy, undefiled, 
My Savior meek and mild. 

2. My heart within is glowing, 
O Christ-child sweet and dear. 
I love Thee, Lord and Savior; 
Oh, be Thou ever near! 
I see Thee in a manger laid, 
Near cattle resting unafraid; 
I see Thy deep humility 
And lowly bow to Thee. 

3. What brought Thee to the manger, 
O Christ-child sweet and dear? 
Thy love for me, a stranger, – 
Oh, be Thou ever near! 
O Lord, how great is this Thy love 
That reaches down from heaven above, 
Thy love for us, by sin defiled, 
That made Thee, God, a child! 

4. With all my heart and being, 
O Christ-child sweet and dear, 
I love Thee, and Thee only; 
Oh, be Thou ever near! 
My heart I in Thy manger lay, 
Let it remain there and for aye 
Draw it to Thee that it may be 
Secure eternally. 

5. Let me be Thine forever, 
O Christ-child sweet and dear; 
Uphold me with Thy mercy 
And be Thou ever near. 
From Thee I gladly all receive, 
And what is mine to Thee I give. 
My heart, my soul, and all I own: 
Let these be Thine alone.