The final goal at which this instruction aims is love, issuing from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith. – 1 Timothy: 1:5

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This, of course, also points toward the times are faith is insincere; our conscience, troubled; and our heart, impure.

Each one, a challenge.

Each challenge, a motivation for victory rather than despair.

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All Things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the Ministry of Reconciliation, to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the World unto himself. … And having made Peace through the Blood of his Cross, by him to reconcile all Things unto himself, by him, I say, whether they be Things in Earth, or Things in Heaven; and you, who were sometimes alienated, and Enemies in your Minds by wicked Works, yet now hath he reconciled, in the Body of his Flesh through Death, to present you holy, unblameable, unreprovable in his Sight. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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