What is a patch of blue?

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A patch of blue in a cloud-filled sky is often hard to see. A shooting star in sorrow’s night can take an eternity. We often walk a tunnel never near that warm and welcome light. We often heed yet seldom hear those words that make “all right.” Our silent pleas for happiness fall ever on […]

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2 Corinthians 13: 1-10

Final Warnings 1 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”[fn] 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any […]

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2 Corinthians 12: 11-21

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians 11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,”[fn] even though I am nothing. 12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders […]

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2 Corinthians 12: 1-10

Paul’s Vision and His Thorn 1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body […]

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2 Corinthians 11: 16-33

Paul Boasts About His Sufferings 16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in […]

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2 Corinthians 11: 1-15

Paul and the False Apostles 1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that […]

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2 Corinthians 10: 1-18

Paul’s Defense of His Ministry 1 By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who […]

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2 Corinthians 9: 6-15

Generosity Encouraged 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things […]

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2 Corinthians 9: 1-5

1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to […]

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2 Corinthians 8: 16-24

Titus Sent to Receive the Collection 16 Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. 17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised […]

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