For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.
With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.
Don't forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.
Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.
I especially need your prayers right now so that I can come back to you soon.
And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
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I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, a please listen carefully to what I have said in this brief letter.
I want you to know that our brother Timothy is now out of jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you.
Give my greetings to all your leaders and to the other believers there. The Christians from Italy send you their greetings.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)