2 Samuel 7:22 – April 15, 2019

Therefore, great are you, Lord GOD! There is no one like you, no God but you, as we have always heard. 2 Samuel 7:22 NABRE The quoted verse is part of a prayer that King David proclaims to God in response to the prophecy of Nathan. Nathan proclaims a dynastic succession of David which includes the Messiah who will be David’s descendant. David responds with a song of praise addressing the three points of the…

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Colossians 3:16 – March 12, 2018

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 NABRE      Paul in this letter to the Colossians is exhorting the community that they have died to this world and are no longer dominated by its values, influences and agendas. They have died with Christ and have begun to share in…

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Psalms 130:5 – February 11, 2019

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits and I hope for his word. Psalms 130:5 NABRE      Psalm 130 is seeking the forgiveness of the Lord, proclaiming God is so good and ever forgiving in steadfast love. The psalmist has hope in divine forgiveness which is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus. Jesus will redeem all God’s people. The psalm opens with a plea from deep in the heart or human consciousness, asking with complete…

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Ephesians 1:7 – February 10, 2019

In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. Ephesians 1:7 NABRE      Paul opens the letter to the community at Ephesus with a blessing prayer and then describes Christ role. We are redeemed, meaning liberated, we were a slave or captive and now thanks to Christ that is no longer true. Christ’s liberation comes from the spilling of His…

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Luke 6:37 – November 30, 2018

Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 NABRE      The quoted verse from the Gospel (Good News) of Luke is part of the larger teaching by Jesus commonly referred to as the “Sermon on the Plain” (or Sermon on the Mount). Jesus teaches about blessings and woes. Followed by teaching on love and mercy. Jesus teaches to love our…

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