2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – January 8, 2019

For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NABRE      Paul declares his ministry is energized and directed through the love of Christ. Paul is speaking to the community at Corinth…

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2 Corinthians 5:17 – December 31, 2018

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NABRE      Paul writes this second letter to the community at Corinth to defend himself against some accusations and to reestablish his relationship with the community. Paul in the first half of the letter discusses his apostleship and what he sees as his role in ministry. In the section of the letter with…

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Colossians 1:16 – December 27, 2018

For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 NABRE      Paul is writing to the Christian Community in Colossae, it is not a community he founded. This community was evangelized by Paul’s disciple Epaphras. He is writing because the community is under threat by the emergence of a…

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Ephesians 6:12 – December 16, 2018

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12 NABRE      Paul is concluding his letter to the community at Ephesus, exhorting them to remain strong. Paul is reminding the community about spiritual warfare, the Christian community against the devil. Paul tells the community to put on the armor of God and…

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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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