James 1:13-14 – October 13, 2018

No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:13-14 NABRE      The Letter of James opens speaking about trials and joys. The section on trials teaches that those who persevere in temptation will be blessed, fortunate, to be congratulated. There is…

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1 Chronicles 29:11 – October 12, 2018

Yours, LORD, are greatness and might, majesty, victory, and splendor. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, LORD, is kingship; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 NABRE      The book of Chronicles covers the history of the chosen people from Adam up to the time of the Babylonian captivity, approximately 550 BCE. Chronicles is divided into two books, the first has the history from Adam through King David. It…

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1 Peter 1:8-9 – October 11, 2018

Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NABRE      The First Letter of Peter opens with a blessing which is also a proclamation of what is addressed in the letter, namely God’s work. Peter is praising God and…

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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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