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Use earthly wealth wisely and do not let it rule over you. In this way you should continue to fight the good fight of faith.

BibleGateway: 1 Timothy 6:3-19

ESV Text: 1 Timothy 6:3-19

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:24 and ends at about 2:52

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3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

     6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

     13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 743 (LSB 802):
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, 
Most blessed, most glorious, O Ancient of Days, 
Almighty, victorious, Your great Name we praise. 

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, 
Not wanting, not wasting, You rule in Your might; 
Your justice, like mountains, high soaring above 
Your clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love. 

3. All life You engender, in great and in small; 
Of all life Befriender, the true life of all; 
We blossom and flourish in richness and range, 
We wither and perish – but You never change. 

4. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, 
Your angels adore You, all veiling their sight; 
Our praises we render, oh lead us to see 
The light of Your splender, Your love’s majesty.