1 Peter 2:16 – October 10, 2018

Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God. 1 Peter 2:16 NABRE      The First Letter of Peter written to communities in what is modern day Turkey is intended to teach them how to be members of God’s Kingdom, relate to others with their new identity of Christian and be ready to undergo persecution for the Kingdom. They have a new identity in Christ and they should reflect…

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Proverbs 18:24 – October 9, 2018

There are friends who bring ruin, but there are true friends more loyal than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 NABRE      This proverb from Solomon although written many years ago is as valid today as it was when written. We all have friends, some of us have friends that lead us astray. Maybe a friend who likes to party, or is looking for an easy get rich quick scheme, or maybe a friend who doesn’t have the…

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Philippians 2:3-4 – October 8, 2018

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Philippians 2:3-4 NABRE      The letter to the Philippians is about friendship, Paul encouraging the small community who live in a suburban city challenging what they are living. Paul knows life is difficult and to remain together hard, sharing his own experience of persecution…

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1 Timothy 2:5-6 – October 7, 2018

For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all. This was the testimony at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NABRE      The First Letter of Timothy is written to a well-organized church, but the church is having problems, even among its leaders. The letter provides important directives for the life of the Church. Today’s quoted verse is…

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Proverbs 15:31 – October 6, 2018

The ear that listens to salutary reproof is at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 NABRE      A salutary reproof is a healthy correction. An experienced bowler sees someone new making an incorrect bowl and they might come to them and make a suggestion that could improve their play. If the person listens they are wise, and applying the new information their game may improve. The quoted verse is likely speaking about a salutary reproof that…

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