1 Corinthians 16:1-24 NLT

1 Corinthians 16:1-24 NLT [1] Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God's people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. [2] On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don't wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. [3] When I come, I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to Jerusalem. [4] And if it seems appropriate for me to go along, they can travel with me. [5] I am coming to visit you after I have been to Macedonia, for I am planning to travel through Macedonia. [6] Perhaps I will stay awhile with you, possibly all winter, and then you can send me on my way to my next destination. [7] This time I don't want to make just a short visit and then go right on. I want to come and stay awhile, if the Lord will let me. [8] In the meantime, I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost. [9] There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. [10] When Timothy comes, don't intimidate him. He is doing the Lord's work, just as I am. [11] Don't let anyone treat him with contempt. Send him on his way with your blessing when he returns to me. I expect him to come with the other believers. [12] Now about our brother Apollos-I urged him to visit you with the other believers, but he was not willing to go right now. He will see you later when he has the opportunity. [13] Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. [14] And do everything with love. [15] You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God's people. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, [16] to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion. [17] I am very glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the help you weren't here to give me. [18] They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well. [19] The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings. [20] All the brothers and sisters here send greetings to you. Greet each other with a sacred kiss. [21] HERE IS MY GREETING IN MY OWN HANDWRITING-PAUL. [22] If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come! [23] May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. [24] My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.

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