Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by people.

14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put in on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, that they may see your good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.

Ephesians 1:15-23 (CEV)

15 I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.

16 So I never stop being grateful for you, as I mention you in my prayers.

17 I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit. The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God.

18 My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people.

19 I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used

20 when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.

21 There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well.

22 God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything.

23 The church is Christ's body and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.


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