Proverbs 10:17 – August 10, 2018

Whoever follows instruction is in the path to life, but whoever disregards reproof goes astray. Proverbs 10:17 NABRE The tenth chapter of Proverbs begins a long series of short sayings entitled “the proverbs of Solomon.” There is no logical order, they rarely have a connection in theme. Each proverb in this series consist of two phrases in parallel; the second phrase proposes the opposite of the first, or it repeats the same idea found in…

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Jeremiah 31:3 – August 9, 2018

from afar the LORD appears: With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you. Jeremiah 31:3 NABRE The Prophet Jeremiah is positioned to see a new Babylonian Empire threaten Israel, Jerusalem fall and the deportation of many to Babylon. The verse quoted is in a section of prophecies called the Book of Consolation. The Israelite people were not faithful, their kingdom destroyed, yet God will restore them. God promises…

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Psalm 16:11 – August 8, 2019

You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. Psalms 16:11 NABRE      This Psalm is about a personal relationship that exists between the Lord and someone totally dedicated to Him. It begins with a plea for protection and then a realization that God is his only good, therefore he keeps the Lord constantly before him making for a good life, dedicated and secure. Nearing…

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Philippians 4:4 – August 7, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community at Philippi a letter of fellowship. He is nearing the end of the letter and he urges two members of the community to reconcile, reaching out to others to help in this matter. Then he declares rejoicing, not regular rejoicing, but rejoicing in the Lord. There are several places in the letter where Paul encourages…

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Romans 10:17 – August 6, 2018

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 NABRE      Romans is Paul reaching out to a community he has not founded or visited. Therefore it is more general than other letters and has a deep spiritual and theological flavor. In chapter ten Paul is speaking about a lack of commitment of the Hebrew people in coming to the gospel of Jesus. Paul has seen…

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