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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John 15:13 – August 5, 2018

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 NABRE      The heart of Jesus moral teaching is simply; “to love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Jesus loves His disciples with a total self-giving. Jesus love is most evident when He is on the cross laying down His life for the salvation of all. This act shows perfect love and perfect obedience. This quoted…

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