1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deaconsa :
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    • a 1:1 - The word "deacons" refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Romans 16:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.
      2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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      Thanksgiving and Prayer

      3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
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      4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
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      5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
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      6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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      7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
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          8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
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          9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
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          10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
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          11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
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