John 12:13 – March 25, 2019

they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, [even] the king of Israel.” John 12:13 NABRE In the Gospel of John we read about Jesus entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey like a king. The crowd heard he was coming to Jerusalem and gave him a royal welcome entering the Holy City. The news that He raised Lazarus…

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Psalms 4:9 – March 24, 2019

In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, Lord, make me secure. Psalms 4:9 NABRE      Psalm 4 is a nice psalm to have available to say before bed. It is a prayer that acknowledges God’s protection with confidence. It opens with a confident appeal from the psalmist to God, followed by verses that tell others to trust in the Lord and ends with the quoted verse; laying down to sleep, not…

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Romans 15:4 – March 23, 2019

For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 NABRE      In this section of the letter to the community in Rome Paul is calling for unity and pointing to Christ as a witness for how to treat one another. Paul asks the community to look after one another, the strong should put up with the failings of the…

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Righteousness from God – repent or perish

This is the third week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

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Psalms 91:1 – March 22, 2019

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Psalms 91:1 NABRE      This psalm proclaims there is refuge in the Lord. Asking God for protection and shelter is like having the most foolproof insurance policy possible. But the psalm goes on to say it is more than refuge, God actually provides rescue. The psalm speaks of God’s rescue from illness, from persecution by enemies, wild beasts…

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