Isaiah 53:3 – March 20, 2019

He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Isaiah 53:3 NABRE      Isaiah 53 is part of several passages known as the Servant Song. It speaks about a suffering servant, proclaiming the value of suffering, in that the servant triumphs through humiliation and suffering. More than that the servant makes the pains and the suffering…

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Deuteronomy 7:9 – March 19, 2019

Know, then, that the LORD, your God, is God: the faithful God who keeps covenant mercy to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, Deuteronomy 7:9 NABRE       The book of Deuteronomy recounts the main events at the end of the forty years the Israelite’s spent wandering in the desert under the leadership of Moses. The people are about to embark on a campaign of the land the Lord is giving…

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James 1:12 – March 18, 2019

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NABRE      James in this letter is writing to churches around the Mediterranean Sea to encourage them to amend their ways and persevere in trials. It is a circular letter, meaning it was carried and read from one community to the next. In the section…

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Proverbs 4:7 – March 17, 2019

The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; whatever else you get, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NABRE      This fourth proverb begins with a traditional call to acquire wisdom. Wisdom is passed on from one generation to the next and the proverb is exhorting the reader to acquire wisdom. Wisdom is not the result of personal effort alone it is also a gift from God that comes through human instruction. We are born into a family and…

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John 14:21 – March 16, 2019

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. John 14:21 NABRE      John has captured Jesus farewell discourse to His followers. His departing words are concerned with the disciples’ life after the Resurrection and Ascension. Jesus’ final testament has many standard features; announcement of His departure, words of consolation, final instructions,…

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