Acts 20:24 – November 13, 2018

Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 NABRE      Paul is journeying to Jerusalem for Pentecost. Before the final leg of the journey he meets with the church leaders from Ephesus. Having spent three years living and founding community together, and being warned from the Holy…

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1 John 3:1 – November 12, 2018

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 NABRE      This First Letter of John is substantial, it is a teaching about Christian faith and love. It describes the qualities of those who truly belong to God and have fellowship with Father and Son.…

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3 John 1:2 – November 11, 2018

Beloved, I hope you are prospering in every respect and are in good health, just as your soul is prospering. 3 John 1:2 NABRE      This Third Letter of John is the shortest writing in the cannon called the New Testament. It is not a letter concerned with truths of the faith or calling for love. This letter concerns relationships, and in particular the relationships between leaders in the early Church. John is writing about a…

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Hebrews 11:1 – November 10, 2018

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews is considered more a homily to be spoken than a letter written and read to the community, its style is more for preaching. Chapter eleven begins a new section of the letter which addresses faith and endurance. It begins as we read in the quoted verse defining faith. Faith is the realization…

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Proverbs 27:17 – November 9, 2018

Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 NABRE      Solomon known as a wise king is credited with the quoted Proverb. It is an obvious saying about iron. If you have a set of knives you sharpen them on another hard surface, using other iron tools. Like iron sharpening iron, one person sharpens another. If we are left on our own we are challenged to better ourselves, to push ourselves to growth.…

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