This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way.
All that's left now is the shouting - God's applause! Depend on it, he's an honest judge. He'll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
Get here as fast as you can.
Demas, chasing fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here. Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one here with me. Bring Mark with you; he'll be my right-hand man
since I'm sending Tychicus to Ephesus.
Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks.
Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith.
Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he's got coming.
At my preliminary hearing no one stood by me. They all ran like scared rabbits. But it doesn't matter -
the Master stood by me and helped me spread the Message loud and clear to those who had never heard it. I was snatched from the jaws of the lion!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)