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Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Brent Hampton
Delivered On
November 22, 2015

NEW REVISED STANDARD (except as otherwise noted)

Joel 2:21-27
2:21 Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! 2:22 Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. 2:23 O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. 2:24 The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 2:25 I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. 2:26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 2:27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Matthew 6:25-33
6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what  you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body,  what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the  body more than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap  nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds  them. Are you not of more value than they? 6:27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your  span of life? 6:28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies  of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 6:29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed  like one of these. 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive  today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not  much more clothe you--you of little faith? 6:31 Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What  will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' 6:32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things;  and indeed your heavenly Father knows that y ou need all  these things. 6:33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness,  and all these things will be given to you as well.

I Timothy 2:1-7 (Pastor’s translation of verse 1)
2:1 Accordingly, I urge, first of all things to be done, supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings on behalf of all peoples[1] 

2:2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and  dignity. 2:3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our  Savior, 2:4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge  of the truth. 2:5 For there is one God; there is also one mediator between  God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 2:6 who gave himself a ransom for all--this was attested at  the right time. 2:7 For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling  the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in  faith and truth.

[1] NRSV rendering 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers,  intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,

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