2 Corinthians 7:1 – November 8, 2018

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NABRE      In the Second Letter to the Corinthians Paul is addressing some concerns in the community as he prepares a trip to visit them. In the section of the letter that includes the quoted verse Paul is encouraging the people in the community of Corinth to avoid…

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Hebrews 9:28 – November 7, 2018

so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him. Hebrews 9:28 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews speaks eloquently of a new High Priest, who is Christ. With the old covenant blood was used to cleanse the sins of the followers of the law. An annual tradition, a Day of Atonement would…

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John 1:2-3 – November 6, 2018

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:2-3 NABRE      John in the opening of his gospel has a beautiful poem. It speaks about the eternity of God, the Word’s participation in creating the world, the Word’s activity in the world and in Israel and then John addresses the incarnation of the Word.…

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James 1:2-3 – November 5, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 NABRE      James the author of this letter is one of the most prominent figures in the early church, known as “the brother of the Lord” and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Despite these credentials James with great humility calls himself “a slave of God.” James begins his letter with…

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Ecclesiastes 11:5 – November 4, 2018

Just as you do not know how the life breath enters the human frame in the mother’s womb, So you do not know the work of God, who is working in everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5 NABRE      Ecclesiastes is a wisdom book. Someone who calls them self the Preacher has inspirational thoughts that are shared with the reader. Nothing about these thoughts indicate it is from anything more than human knowledge. Chapter eleven opens with the suggestion that…

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