Seven Chosen to Serve

Now in these days (A)when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[a] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in (B)the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. (C)Therefore, brothers,[b] pick out from among you seven men (D)of good repute, (E)full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But (F)we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, (G)a man full of faith and (H)of the Holy Spirit, and (I)Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, (J)a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and (K)they prayed and (L)laid their hands on them.

And (M)the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests (N)became obedient to (O)the faith.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 6:1 That is, Greek-speaking Jews
  2. Acts 6:3 Or brothers and sisters

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so (A)that[a] they may see your good works and (B)give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:16 Or house. 16Let your light so shine before others that

10 (A)As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, (B)as good stewards of God's varied grace:

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But you are (A)a chosen race, (B)a royal (C)priesthood, (D)a holy nation, (E)a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you (F)out of darkness into (G)his marvelous light. 10 (H)Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you (I)as sojourners and exiles (J)to abstain from the passions of the flesh, (K)which wage war against your soul. 12 (L)Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, (M)they may see your good deeds and glorify God on (N)the day of visitation.

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The Creation of the World

In the (A)beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was (B)without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, (C)“Let there be light,” and there was light.

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16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your (A)book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

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But he said to me, (A)“My grace is sufficient for you, for (B)my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that (C)the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 (D)For the sake of Christ, then, (E)I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For (F)when I am weak, then I am strong.

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10 The thief comes only to steal and (A)kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

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37 (A)Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore (B)pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to (C)send out laborers into his harvest.”

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18 (A)He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 (B)Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

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27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: (A)to visit (B)orphans and widows in their affliction, and (C)to keep oneself (D)unstained from the world.

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