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Godly Character

You are so very beautiful

You should clothe yourselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. [1 Peter 3:4]

Let God inspire you: Learn and love what is good and right

Let us learn together what is good; let us discern for ourselves what is right [Job 34:4]

Put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [Colossians 3:1]

Serve one another in love

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But do not use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. [Galatians 5:13]

You are so very special

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. [James 1:17]

Be a source of joy and encouragement

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. [Philemon 1:7]

Be a good friend, especially in times of need

A friend loves at all times, and a sister or brother is born for adversity . [Proverbs 17:17]

Make good choices

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. [Proverbs 2:6]

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. [James 1:5]

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
[James 3:17]

The Lord goes with you... so be brave!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." [Deuteronomy 31:6]

Be generous

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. [Psalm 112:5]

Practice hospitality and charity

Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. [Romans 12:9-23]

Praise God and be grateful

With gratitude in your hearts, always express your gratefullness to God.

It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, LORD Most High! [Psalm 92:1]

Be humble, and receive God's grace

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." [1 Peter 5:5]

Be kind and compassionate

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you. [Ephesians 4:32]

Show proper respect to everyone

Show proper respect to everyone: show special love for God's people, honour God and respect your leaders. .

Peace and forgiveness

Forgive each other, love, and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. [Colossians 3:1-15]

God loves you very much

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [John 13:34]

Set your hearts and minds on Godly things, not earthly things.

Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. [from Colossians 3:15]

Serve the Lord.

Keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. [Romans 12:9-23]

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. [from Colossians 3:1-15]

Do not overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. [Romans 12:23]

Faith

So when You Know God and God's Calling For You...

Make every effort to add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge;
and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance;
and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, love.
So be productive and effective, and let these qualities that you possess alway be increasing in measure. [2 Peter 1:3-11]

God's divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness

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Faith

God Blesses...

The Merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

The Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons and daughters of God.

Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Those who Know They Need God and God's Guidance

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

The Humble

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Those who are Persecuted because of Righteousness

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who are Persecuted because They Follow Jesus

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are the Light of the World

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:1-13]





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Cling to what is Good

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people who are will to do menial work
Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord.
On the contrary:
'If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.'
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [Romans 12:9-23]
Put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Forgive each other, love, and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
With gratitude in your hearts, always express your gratefullness to God.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Rid yourselves of all such things as these:
anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Do not lie to each other, put to death sexual immorality,
impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." [from Colossians 3:1-15]

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Faith, Hope and Love

If I speak in the languages of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. [1 Corinthians 13]

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness
through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,
so that through them you may participate in the divine nature
and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,
they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,
and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [2 Peter 1:3-11]


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The Priestly Blessing / Birkat Kohanim

Sustain your Children, O Lord!

Our God and God of our ancestors! Sustain these children through their parents' loving care. May their parents rejoice in their growth of body and soul.

May their parents have the privilege of raising them, educating them, and encouraging them to attain hearts of wisdom. And let us say, Amen.

As you are wrapped in the arms of those who love you, so may your lives be wrapped in justice and righteousness. As we embrace you today, so may you embrace your tradition.

As you startle to the world around you, so may you remain ever open to the whole world you encounter. As you cry for food and comfort now, so may you one day cry out to correct the world's injustices. As your eyes fill with wonder now, so may you always be filled with wonder at life's everyday miracles.

And God spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying,
"So shall you bless the Children of Israel - say to them:

May the Lord bless you and guard you
May the Lord shine His countenance toward you and be gracious to you
May the Lord lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace
They shall place My name upon the children of Israel, and I Myself shall bless them."
[Numbers 6:23-27 or The Priestly Blessing]

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