Scriptures for Camp 2000

The following texts are suggested for use with this summer’s curriculum, "God’s People, Many Gifts." These sheets are meant only for your preparation time as a counselor, and should not be used with the children in the place of their own Bibles. Make sure you read the scriptures!!! They are not an afterthought. Start now reading them over and over. Underline, highlight, scribble yourself notes alongside the texts, write down your own commentary - what speaks to you, what the children in your age group might hear (remember - what they find here will not be the same as an adult). Other translations can be helpful. For the sake of starting somewhere, though, the texts below are from the New Revised Standard Version, 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.

Theme Scripture for the week:

{12} For just as the body is one                                                             (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
                       and has many members,
                                        and all the members of the body,
                                                            though many, are one body,
                                                                                so it is with Christ.
{13} For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-
                        -Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-
                                            -and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.


Day 1 - Opening the Camp

Theme: "God’s People are One in Christ Jesus"

1 Corinthians 12:4-13

{4} Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; {5} and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; {6} and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. {7} To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. {8} To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, {9} to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, {10} to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. {11} All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

{12} For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. {13} For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.         [12:12-13 - theme for the week & day 1 for children & younger youth]

Galatians 3:28

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. [day 1 memory & theme verse for older youth]

Ephesians 4:4-6

{4} There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, {5} one Lord, one faith, one baptism, {6} one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Day 2

Theme: "God’s Holy People"

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

{4} Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. {5} You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. {6} Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. {7} Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. {8} Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, {9} and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
                                    [day 2 theme verses for younger youth]

Isaiah 6:1-8

{1} In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. {2} Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. {3} And one called to another and said:
                    "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
                                the whole earth is full of his glory."
{4} The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. {5} And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"

{6} Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. {7} The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out." {8} Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"

1 Corinthians 12:12-13    (theme for week, see above)
                    [day 2 memory & theme verses for older youth]

Ephesians 2:11-22

{11} So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called "the uncircumcision" by those who are called "the circumcision"--a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands-- {12} remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. {13} But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. {14} For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. {15} He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, {16} and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. {17} So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; {18} for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

{19} So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, {20} built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. {21} In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; {22} in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.          [Eph. 2:19-20, day 2 theme scripture for children]

Ephesians 4:4-6

{4}There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, {5} one Lord, one faith, one baptism, {6} one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

1 Peter 2:9-10

{9} But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. {10} Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Day 3

Theme: "God’s People Worship and Witness"

Deuteronomy 6:20-25

{20} When your children ask you in time to come, "What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?" {21} then you shall say to your children, "We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. {22} The LORD displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. {23} He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. {24} Then the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. {25} If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right."

Matthew 28:16-20

{16} Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. {17} When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. {18} And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. {19} Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
                                                [day 3 theme scripture for children]

Acts 2:1-7, 22-24, 37-47

{1} When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. {2} And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. {3} Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. {4} All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

{5} Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. {6} And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. {7} Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?         [Acts 2:1-7 day 3 theme scripture for younger youth]

{22} "You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know-- {23} this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. {24} But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.....

{37} Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" {38} Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. {39} For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him." {40} And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." {41} So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. {42} They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

{43} Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. {44} All who believed were together and had all things in common; {45} they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. {46} Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, {47} praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13         (theme verse for week - above)

Colossians 2:6-7

{6} As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, {7} rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. [day 3 memory & theme verses for older youth]

Day 4

Theme: "God’s People Love and Care"

Jeremiah 31:31-34

{31} The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. {32} It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt--a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. {33} But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. {34} No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Acts 2:43-47             (this was a portion of one of the day 3 scriptures)

{43} Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. {44} All who believed were together and had all things in common; {45} they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. {46} Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, {47} praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Romans 12:1-21

{1} I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. {2} Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

{3} For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. {4} For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, {5} so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. {6} We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; {7} ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; {8} the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

{9} Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; {10} love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. {11} Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. {12} Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. {13} Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

{14} Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. {15} Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. {16} Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. {17} Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. {18} If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. {19} Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." {20} No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." {21} Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [12:1-21, day 4 theme verses for younger youth; 12:21, day 4 memory & theme verse for older youth]

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (theme verse for week - see above) [another day 4 theme verse for younger youth]

Ephesians 4:11-16    [Eph. 4:15 is day 4 theme versefor children]

{11} The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, {12} to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, {13} until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. {14} We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. {15} But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, {16} from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Day 5

Theme: "God’s People Serve and Act"

Luke 4:16-30

{16} When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, {17} and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
         {18} "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
                            because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
                                    He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives (Is. 61:1-2)
                                                                          and recovery of sight to the blind,
                                                             to let the oppressed go free,
                                                    {19} to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."
{20} And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. {21} Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." {22} All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph’s son?" {23} He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’" {24} And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. {25} But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; {26} yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. {27} There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." {28} When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. {29} They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. {30} But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.     [Day 4 theme verses for younger youth; 4:18-19 is memory & theme verse for older youth]

Acts 3:1 - 4:37

{1} One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. {2} And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. {3} When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. {4} Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." {5} And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. {6} But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." {7} And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. {8} Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. {9} All the people saw him walking and praising God, {10} and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

{11} While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished. {12} When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? {13} The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. {14} But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, {15} and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. {16} And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

{17} "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. {18} In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. {19} Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, {20} so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, {21} who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. {22} Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. {23} And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’ {24} And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. {25} You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ {26} When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

{4:1} While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, {2} much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. {3} So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. {4} But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.

{4:5} The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, {6} with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. {7} When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" {8} Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, {9} if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, {10} let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. {11} This Jesus is
                            ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
                                            it has become the cornerstone.’         (Ps.118:22)
{12} There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

{13} Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. {14} When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. {15} So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. {16} They said, "What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. {17} But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name." {18} So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. {19} But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; {20} for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard." {21} After threatening them again, they let them go,  finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened. {22} For the man on whom this sign of healing had been performed was more than forty years old.

{23} After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. {24} When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, {25} it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant:
        ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?         (Ps. 2:1-2)
{26}                The kings of the earth took their stand,
                                        and the rulers have gathered together
                                                            against the Lord and against his Messiah.’
{27} For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, {28} to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. {29} And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, {30} while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." {31} When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

{32} Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. {33} With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. {34} There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. {35} They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. {36} There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"). {37} He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

1 Corinthians 12:4-13

{4} Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; {5} and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; {6} and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. {7} To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. {8} To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, {9} to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, {10} to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. {11} All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

{12} For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. {13} For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
                                [day 5 theme verses for children]

Day Six - Closing Day

Theme: "God’s People Live, Grow, and Change"

Mark 6:30-46

{30} The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. {31} He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. {32} And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. {33} Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. {34} As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. {35} When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; {36} send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat." {37} But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" {38} And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." {39} Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. {40} So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. {41} Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. {42} And all ate and were filled; {43} and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. {44} Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

{45} Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. {46} After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13     (theme verse for week - see above)

1 Peter 2:4-10

{4} Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and {5} like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. {6} For it stands in scripture:
            "See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
{9}                  But you are   a chosen race,
                                            a royal priesthood,
                                            a holy nation,
                                            God’s own people,
                            in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
                                                        who called you out of darkness
                                                                        into his marvelous light.
{10}                              Once you were not a people,
                                            but now you are God’s people;
        (Hos. 2:23)
                                                        once you had not received mercy,
                                                                        but now you have received mercy.
[day 6 theme scriptures: 2:4-5 (younger children), 2:9-10 (older children); 2:10 memory & theme verse for older youth]

Colossians 3:12-17 (younger youth only)

{12} As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. {13} Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. {14} Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. {15} And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. {16} Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. {17} And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.         [Day six theme verses]

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