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1 Corinthians 4

1 So let a man think of us as Christ's servants, and stewards of God's mysteries.  2 Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful.  3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment. Yes, I don't judge my own self.  4 For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but he who judges me is the Lord.  5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each man will get his praise from God.

6 Now these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to think beyond the things which are written, that none of you be puffed up against one another.  7 For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn't receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?  8 You are already filled. You have already become rich. You have come to reign without us. Yes, and I wish that you did reign, that we also might reign with you.  9 For, I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last of all, like men sentenced to death. For we are made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men.  10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You have honor, but we have dishonor.  11 Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked, are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place.  12 We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.  13 Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.  14 I don't write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.  15 For though you have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, I became your father through the gospel.  16 I beg you therefore, be imitators of me.  17 Because of this I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere in every assembly.  18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.  19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing. And I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.  20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.  21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Mark 13

1 As he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what kind of stones and what kind of buildings!"

2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down.”

3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,  4 "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?"

5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray.  6 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and will lead many astray.

7 “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.  8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.  9 But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.  10 The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.  11 When they lead you away and deliver you up, don't be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

12 “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.  13 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.  14 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,  15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house.  16 Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak.  17 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days!  18 Pray that your flight won't be in the winter.  19 For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.  20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days.  21 Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there!' don't believe it.  22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.  23 But you watch.  "Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.  24 But in those days, after that oppression, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,  25 the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.  26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.

28 “Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;  29 even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.  30 Most assuredly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen.  31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  33 Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is.

34 “It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.  35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;  36 lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.  37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch.”

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