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What can we do in this worsening world? We don’t just have to wring our hands for we’ve been given the grace to preach the word!

BibleGateway: 2 Timothy 4:1-4

ESV Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-4

KJV Text:

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     1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 485 :
Lord Jesus, Who Art Come — Organ Audio

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1. Lord Jesus, who art come 
A Teacher sent from heaven 
And by both word and deed 
God’s truth to us hast given, 
Thou wisely hast ordained 
The holy ministry 
That we, Thy flock, may know 
The way to God through thee. 

2. Thou hast, O Lord, returned, 
To God’s right hand ascending; 
Yet Thou art in the world, 
Thy kingdom here extending. 
Through preaching of Thy Word 
In every land and clime 
Thy people’s faith is kept 
Until the end of time. 

3. O blessed ministry 
Of reconciliation, 
That shows the way to God 
And brings to us salvation! 
By Thine evangel pure, 
Lord, Thou preserv’st Thy fold, 
Doest call, enlighten, keep, 
Dost comfort and uphold. 

4. Preserve this ministry 
While harvest-days are keeping; 
And since the fields are white 
And hands are few for reaping, 
Send workers forth, O Lord, 
The sheaves to gather in 
That not a soul be lost 
Which Thou art come to win. 

5. The servants Thou hast called 
And to Thy Church art giving 
Preserve in doctrine pure 
And holiness of living. 
Thy Spirit fill their hearts, 
Endue their tongues with power; 
What they should boldly speak, 
Oh, give them in that hour! 

6. Yea, bless Thy Word alway, 
Our souls forever feeding; 
And may we never lack 
A faithful shepherd’s leading! 
Seek Thou the wandering sheep, 
Bind up the sore opprest, 
Lift up the fallen ones, 
And grant the weary rest. 

7. Bring those into Thy fold 
Who still to Thee are strangers; 
Guard those who are within 
Against offense and dangers. 
Press onward with Thy Word 
Till pastor and his fold 
Through faith in Thee, O Christ, 
Thy glory shall behold. 

Hymn: LSB 828 :
We Are Called to Stand Together