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2 Timothy 1:1-7 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will--a will that contains Christ Jesus' promise of life. 2 To Timothy, my dear child. Good will, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord! 3 I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day when I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did. 4 I remember your tears and want to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. 5 I'm reminded of how sincere your faith is. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm convinced that it also lives in you. 6 You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you [to ordain you]. Now I'm reminding you to fan that gift into flames. 7 God didn't give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.
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