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Great Advice

Repentance and forgiveness
2 Chronicles 7:14: if my people who are called by my
name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal
their land.

Who will YOU serve?
Joshua 24:14-15: "Now therefore fear the LORD, and
serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the
gods which your fathers served beyond the River, and
in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if you be unwilling
to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond
the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you
dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the
LORD."

Choosing to do good, Choosing LIFE
Deuteronomy 30:15-20: "See, I have set before you this
day life and good, death and evil. If you obey the
commandments of the LORD your God which I
command you this day, by loving the LORD your God,
by walking in his ways, and by keeping his

obeying his voice. and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Forgiving others benefits us Sirach 28:2: Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done. that you and your descendants may live. for that means life to you and length of days. loving the LORD your God. you shall not live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. But if your heart turns away. to give them. that I have set before you life and death. You will seek me and find me. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day. and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of it. . that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers. and you will not hear.commandments and his statutes and his ordinances. therefore choose life. blessing and curse. to give you a future and a hope. and I will hear you. says the LORD. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me. then you shall live and multiply. and cleaving to him. when you seek me with all your heart. and to Jacob. I declare to you this day. to Isaac. but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them. plans for welfare and not for evil. that you shall perish. to Abraham." God’s plan for YOU ! Jeremiah 29:11-13: For I know the plans I have for you.

but pray to the Lord. and a memorial portion of fine flour. for the sake of . and he will heal you. and a sensible man will not despise them. Offer a sweet- smelling sacrifice. Give up your faults and direct your hands aright. let him not leave you. and he will receive a gift from the king. And give the physician his place. By them he heals and takes away pain. Sirach 38: 1-15: Honor the physician with the honor due him. for the Lord created him. His works will never be finished. the pharmacist makes of them a compound. The skill of the physician lifts up his head. My son. Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known? And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works. and in the presence of great men he is admired. for the Lord created him. for there is need of him. for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing. There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians. and cleanse your heart from all sin. for healing comes from the Most High. when you are sick do not be negligent. God gives us the physician. and pour oil on your offering. The Lord created medicines from the earth. and from him health is upon the face of the earth. as much as you can afford. according to your need of him.

If you have many possessions. So you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself against the day of necessity. of all immorality. and do not let your eye begrudge the gift when you make it. Live uprightly all the days of your life. may he fall into the care of a physician The words of Tobit to his son Tobias Tobit 4:5-19: "Remember the Lord our God all your days. and do not walk in the ways of wrongdoing. First of all take a wife from among the descendants of your fathers and do not marry a foreign woman. if few. preserving life. who is . For if you do what is true. and refuse to sin or to transgress his commandments. do not be afraid to give according to the little you have. He who sins before his Maker. your ways will prosper through your deeds. my son. Give alms from your possessions to all who live uprightly. make your gift from them in proportion. and for all who practice it charity is an excellent offering in the presence of the Most High. Do not turn your face away from any poor man. "Beware. and the face of God will not be turned away from you. my son. For charity delivers from death and keeps you from entering the darkness.

and be disciplined in all your conduct. for we are the sons of the prophets. love your brethren. Give all your surplus to charity. that Noah. Seek advice from every wise man. Isaac. and do not despise any useful counsel. They were blessed in their children. in everything you do. Do not drink wine to excess or let drunkenness go with you on your way. and of your clothing to the naked. and in your heart do not disdain your brethren and the sons and daughters of your people by refusing to take a wife for yourself from among them. do not do to any one. but pay him at once. and according to his will he humbles . and in shiftlessness there is loss and great want. For in pride there is ruin and great confusion. and if you serve God you will receive payment. and their posterity will inherit the land. Place your bread on the grave of the righteous. Do not hold over till the next day the wages of any man who works for you. ask him that your ways may be made straight and that all your paths and plans may prosper. our fathers of old. because shiftlessness is the mother of famine. So now. Remember. And what you hate. my son. "Watch yourself. my son. and Jacob. Abraham. For none of the nations has understanding. Give of your bread to the hungry. my son. but give none to sinners.not of your father's tribe. all took wives from among their brethren. Bless the Lord God on every occasion. and do not let your eye begrudge the gift when you made it. but the Lord himself gives all good things.

"I will not conceal anything from you. and do not let them be blotted out of your mind. Do good. almsgiving. A little with righteousness is better than much with wrongdoing. but gloriously to reveal the works of God. when you and your daughter-in-law Sarah prayed. I brought a reminder of your prayer before the Holy One. worthily declaring the works of God. Those who perform deeds of charity and of righteousness will have fulness of life. For almsgiving delivers from death. exalt him and give thanks to him in the presence of all the living for what he has done for you.It is better to give alms than to treasure up gold. Prayer is good when accompanied by fasting. " The words of the archangel Raphael concerning God Tobit 12:6-20: Then the angel called the two of them privately and said to them:"Praise God and give thanks to him. but those who commit sin are the enemies of their own lives. So. whomever he wishes. `It is good to guard the secret of a king. remember my commands. Do not be slow to give him thanks. and righteousness. I have said. my son. but gloriously to reveal the works of God. and evil will not overtake you. and it will purge away every sin. It is good to guard the secret of a king. and . It is good to praise God and to exalt his name.' And so.

but I was with you. All these days I merely appeared to you and did not eat or drink. live considerately with your wives. Finally. but by the will of our God. one of the seven holy angels who present the prayers of the saints and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One. a tender heart and a humble mind. But he said to them. in order that your prayers may not be hindered. So now God sent me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah. for to this you have been called. for I am ascending to him who sent me. Therefore praise him for ever. sympathy. For "He that would love life and see good . but on the contrary bless." They were both alarmed. for they were afraid. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling. that you may obtain a blessing. And now give thanks to God. your good deed was not hidden from me. I am Raphael. For I did not come as a favor on my part. all of you. and they fell upon their faces. Peter’s advice on living and loving. love of the brethren. bestowing honor on the woman as the weaker sex. have unity of spirit. since you are joint heirs of the grace of life. I was likewise present with you. Write in a book everything that has happened. but you were seeing a vision. When you did not hesitate to rise and leave your dinner in order to go and lay out the dead. when you buried the dead." St. "Do not be afraid. But praise God for ever. 1 Peter 3:7-17: Likewise you husbands. you will be safe.

for if they had been of us. but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. they would have continued with us. For it is better to suffer for doing right. nor be troubled. therefore we know that it is the last hour. if that should be God's will. and his ears are open to their prayer. 1 John 2:15-25: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world. than for doing wrong. you will be blessed. Have no fear of them. yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you. let him seek peace and pursue it. the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. And the world passes away.days. but he who does the will of God abides for ever. those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. but they went out. so now many antichrists have come. love for the Father is not in him. that . let him turn away from evil and do right. when you are abused. They went out from us. so that." Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right? But even if you do suffer for righteousness' sake. St. Children. and as you have heard that antichrist is coming. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous. it is the last hour. John’s advice on living and loving. For all that is in the world. is not of the Father but is of the world. and the lust of it. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil. let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. and keep your conscience clear. but they were not of us.

then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass. who gives to all men generously and without reproaching. St. For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation. and you all know. for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. let him ask God.it might be plain that they all are not of us. unstable in all his ways. But you have been anointed by the Holy One. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. Blessed is the man who endures trial. but because you know it. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. and its beauty perishes. with no doubting. And this is what he has promised us. But let him ask in faith. and know that no lie is of the truth. James 1:5-24: If any of you lacks wisdom. for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James practical advice on our personal behavior. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist. not because you do not know the truth. Let no one say . and it will be given him. its flower falls. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. I write to you. because like the flower of the grass he will pass away. and the rich in his humiliation. will receive anything from the Lord. he who denies the Father and the Son. eternal life.

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.when he is tempted. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. James great advice on spiritual warfare. and purify your hearts. Know this. for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. slow to speak. my beloved brethren. he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror. Let every man be quick to hear. James 4:7-11: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. St. Cleanse your hands. Be wretched and mourn and weep. and not hearers only. you sinners. but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. you men of double mind. coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Humble . for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one. deceiving yourselves. my beloved brethren. and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived. which is able to save your souls. slow to anger. But be doers of the word. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin. "I am tempted by God". Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word.

and let them pray over him.yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. James speaks out on patience and suffering. Behold. the Judge is standing at the doors. either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. and if he has committed sins. for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. and you have seen the purpose of the Lord. You also be patient. brethren. Do not grumble. but let your yes be yes and your no be no. behold. he will be . the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth. brethren. Do not speak evil against one another. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church. therefore. how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job. being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. that you may not fall under condemnation. we call those happy who were steadfast. against one another. speaks evil against the law and judges the law. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother. But if you judge the law. and the Lord will raise him up. James 5:7-16: Be patient. do not swear. But above all. take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. my brethren. anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Behold. brethren. until the coming of the Lord. brethren. St. that you may not be judged. and the prayer of faith will save the sick man. As an example of suffering and patience. Establish your hearts. you are not a doer of the law but a judge. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Therefore confess your sins to one another. Do not resist .' But I say to you. Do not swear at all. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. your heavenly Father also will forgive you. for you cannot make one hair white or black. "You have heard that it was said. for it is his footstool. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. Jesus tells us about the necessity of good works as a fruit of our faith Matthew 5:16: Let your light so shine before men. Jesus tells us about the necessity of forgiveness Matthew 6:14-15: For if you forgive men their trespasses. Jesus speaks on swearing and loving our enemies Matthew 5:34-48: But I say to you. `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. either by heaven. or by the earth. that you may be healed. and pray for one another. And do not swear by your head. or by Jerusalem.forgiven. for it is the city of the great King. for it is the throne of God. Let what you say be simply `Yes' or `No'. anything more than this comes from evil. that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. but if you do not forgive men their trespasses.

`You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. "You have heard that it was said. pray constantly. Be at peace among yourselves. For if you love those who love you. give thanks in all circumstances. be patient with them all. what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You. for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good. and if any one would sue you and take your coat. brethren. but always seek to do good to one another and to all. and if any one forces you to go one mile. and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Rejoice always. And we exhort you. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. See that none of you repays evil for evil.one who is evil. go with him two miles. and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.' But I say to you. must be perfect. what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren. so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek. for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus . Give to him who begs from you. and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. turn to him the other also. Paul speaks out on how we treat others and prayer 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22: But we beseech you. help the weak. as your heavenly Father is perfect. St. to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. brethren. admonish the idlers. therefore. encourage the fainthearted. let him have your cloak as well.

"Have faith in God. hold fast what is good. "Believe in the Lord Jesus. whoever says to this mountain. if you have anything against any one. And a second is like it. You shall love . whatever you ask in prayer. but test everything. Do not quench the Spirit.you and your household. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart." Believing in Jesus brings salvation to you AND your household Acts 16:31: And they said. abstain from every form of evil. forgive. believe that you have received it. `Be taken up and cast into the sea. and with all your soul. it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you. but believes that what he says will come to pass. and with all your mind. Truly.' and does not doubt in his heart. and you will be saved. And whenever you stand praying.for you." Jesus gives us His 2 additional commandments Matthew 22:37-40: And he said to him. and it will be yours. This is the great and first commandment. so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Jesus speaks out on TRUE faith Mark 11:22-25:And Jesus answered them. I say to you. do not despise prophesying.

" St. for which I am an ambassador in chains. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets. with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. Therefore take the whole armor of God. that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. with all prayer and supplication. and also for me. but against the principalities. that I may declare it boldly. which is the word of God. that you may be able to withstand in the evil day. For we are not contending against flesh and blood.taking the shield of faith. and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace. against the world rulers of this present darkness. against the powers. Put on the whole armor of God. and having done all. Stand therefore. as I ought to speak. To that end keep alert with all perseverance. and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. to stand. Pray at all times in the Spirit. that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. having girded your loins with truth. making supplication for all the saints. And take the helmet of salvation. besides all these. against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Paul speaks out on Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:10-20: Finally. be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.your neighbor as yourself. and the sword of the Spirit. .