Romans 4:7 – January 19, 2018

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7 NABRE      Paul writing to the community in Rome, in this section, chapter four, is writing about the faith and fatherhood of Abraham. Paul accepts Abraham is father of the Jews, but he also makes the case that Abraham is father to the Gentiles. Paul’s argument is so good, today we accept Abraham as father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Paul declares…

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Galatians 5:24 – January 18, 2018

Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community in Galatia with a powerful message on the fruits of the Spirit. Paul outlines what is against the Spirit. Paul says the works of the flesh are against the Spirit. When Paul refers to flesh he means sinful self-interest, Paul does not believe the flesh is evil. The examples he…

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Proverbs 15:16 – January 16, 2019

Better a little with fear of the LORD than a great fortune with anxiety. Proverbs 15:16 NABRE      Solomon’s wisdom tells us it is better to live with very little but respect God, follow God, call on God than to be rich, to have an abundance without God which will come with worry, anxiety, anxiousness. It reminds me of Jesus multiplication of the loaves and fishes. With two fish and five loaves He fed over five-thousand…

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1 Peter 2:16 – October 10, 2018

Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God. 1 Peter 2:16 NABRE      The First Letter of Peter written to communities in what is modern day Turkey is intended to teach them how to be members of God’s Kingdom, relate to others with their new identity of Christian and be ready to undergo persecution for the Kingdom. They have a new identity in Christ and they should reflect…

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