Philippians 2:3-4 – October 8, 2018

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others. Philippians 2:3-4 NABRE      The letter to the Philippians is about friendship, Paul encouraging the small community who live in a suburban city challenging what they are living. Paul knows life is difficult and to remain together hard, sharing his own experience of persecution…

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1 Timothy 2:5-6 – October 7, 2018

For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all. This was the testimony at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NABRE      The First Letter of Timothy is written to a well-organized church, but the church is having problems, even among its leaders. The letter provides important directives for the life of the Church. Today’s quoted verse is…

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Proverbs 15:31 – October 6, 2018

The ear that listens to salutary reproof is at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 NABRE      A salutary reproof is a healthy correction. An experienced bowler sees someone new making an incorrect bowl and they might come to them and make a suggestion that could improve their play. If the person listens they are wise, and applying the new information their game may improve. The quoted verse is likely speaking about a salutary reproof that…

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John 8:32 – October 5, 2018

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 NABRE      The quoted verse is likely a verse we have heard. It comes from Jesus teaching at the temple on sin. Jesus speaking in a time when a majority of people were most likely slaves tells those listening that if they remain in His word and remain His disciples, they will know the truth and they will be free. Puzzled…

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Galatians 1:10 – October 4, 2018

Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. Galatians 1:10 NABRE      Paul opens his Letter to the Galatians with a defense. He is accused of making it easy for people to become a follower of Jesus, and bypassing beliefs, in this case circumcision. Paul sees no requirement by Jesus for…

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