James 1:21 – April 19, 2019

Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. James 1:21 NABRE      James writing to the Jews who have accepted Jesus is encouraging them (and us) to change how they live. He writes that temptation comes from our own enticements and when it is avoided we will receive the crown of life. James tells them temptation and evil…

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1 Thessalonians 5:15 – April 13, 2019

See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NABRE      In the section with the quoted verse of the first letter to the community in Thessalonica, Paul is exhorting them to care for one another. He encourages them to support and love their Pastor. He has the care for all others completely, his ministry is love, leading people to Christ…

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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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Romans 12:21 – October 30, 2018

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. Romans 12:21 NABRE       Paul is writing to the followers of Jesus in Rome ahead of a visit he is planning. The letter is about sin and salvation, the work of the triune God to raise the family of Adam from the bondage of sin. The letter speaks of God’s grace and love redeeming a world undeserving of His mercy. Chapter twelve has Paul sharing…

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Psalms 73:26 – September 14, 2018

Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever. Psalms 73:26 NABRE      Psalm 73 begins with the psalmist looking at the prosperity of the wicked and wondering if that is the course to be followed. It seems evil doers have lives that make others envious, they appear to be respected and live in ease. The temptation to be like them is strong. The psalmist wonders if his…

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