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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Psalms 55:22 – August 1, 2018

Softer than butter is his speech, but war is in his heart. Smoother than oil are his words, but they are unsheathed swords. Psalms 55:22 NABRE      Psalm 55 is a conversation the Psalmist is having either with himself or with the Lord. He has been betrayed by a trusted and familiar friend, someone who walked with him, even in fellowship to the Lord. This friend has turned on him and made himself an enemy. The…

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