And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers
and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep
on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever
I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will
fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
and anyone who does not take his cross and follow
me is not worthy of me.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must
deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene,
named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples
and said: "If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
And anyone who does not carry his cross
and follow me cannot be my disciple.
As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,
who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross
on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach
the gospel-- not with words of human wisdom,
lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:17
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being
saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
May I never boast except in the cross of our
Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has
been crucified to me, and I to the world.
and in this one body to reconcile
both of them to God through the cross,
by which he put to death their hostility.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death--
even death on a cross!
For, as I have often told you before
and now say again even with tears,
many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
having canceled the written code, with its regulations,
that was against us and that stood opposed to us;
he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,
scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.