Proverbs 18:21 – August 16, 2018

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who choose one shall eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NABRE      Much of proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, maxims in one or two sentences with powerful advice. The quoted verse is clear, words kill or give life and you bear with the consequences. Speech has the biggest impact on human interaction. Say one cruel or unkind word even if you follow it with…

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Isaiah 12:2 – August 15, 2018

God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid. For the LORD is my strength and my might, and he has been my salvation. Isaiah 12:2 NABRE      The opening of the prophecies of Isaiah have in the background a threat by the nation of Assyria to Judah and Jerusalem during the second half of the Eight Century. Jerusalem is referred to as a “besieged city” as it is overthrown by aliens. The people are…

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Proverbs 4:23 – August 14, 2018

With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. Proverbs 4:23 NABRE      The opening chapters of Proverbs are a lengthy invitation to be open to instruction. There are ten lessons and three poems inviting the listener to openness, to hold on to what they have learned and seek always to acquire and treasure wisdom. This fourth chapter calls us to be open to wisdom. Wisdom is a feminine instructor, teaching…

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Psalms 27:1 – August 13, 2018

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 NABRE Psalm 27 is attributed to David, who is trusting in the LORD’s protection when he sincerely seeks it. The psalm is the psalmist’s prayer journey. He defines the LORD and then addresses the failure of those who come against him, they stumble and fall but he will not…

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Romans 15:13 – August 12, 2018

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NABRE Paul is rounding out his letter to the Romans, who he expects to visit soon. In chapter fifteen Paul is finalizing the bulk of his instruction to the Roman Church. He is preaching that we are all one in Christ and that we should…

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