Ephesians 6:12 – December 16, 2018

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12 NABRE      Paul is concluding his letter to the community at Ephesus, exhorting them to remain strong. Paul is reminding the community about spiritual warfare, the Christian community against the devil. Paul tells the community to put on the armor of God and…

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I come to do your will – Knowing

This is the third week of our series we are calling, “I come to do your will.” We read these words on the lips of Jesus many times in the gospel passages, it is in the psalms and we see them in the letter to the Hebrews in our fourth week. Jesus says he did not come on his own but he came to do the will of his Father. What an example we receive…

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Matthew 5:14 – December 15, 2018

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 NABRE      Jesus is teaching His blessings, things to make people happy, then and now. These teachings from Jesus are guidelines for followers living a Christian life. Jesus wants us to imitate His life, His spirit, to enter into communion with Him. Jesus has crowds following Him. He is always preaching or teaching to a multitude. His miracles…

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1 John 4:20 – December 13, 2018

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20 NABRE      John writing the latest writings collected and shared in the bible, is the oldest Apostle to live, makes love the centerpiece of his letters. For John the entire message of Jesus can be summed up in the word…

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Mark 8:34-35 – December 12, 2018

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. Mark 8:34-35 NABRE      Jesus has spoken of the suffering he will undergo and so he shares with all who will follow Him…

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