Galatians 5:13 – February 24, 2019

For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13 NABRE      Paul is concerned for the Christians in Galatia as they witnessed false teachers. These teachers were spreading a false gospel which was a mixture of Law and grace. Paul writes to address this false gospel. Focusing on our quoted verse, Paul is speaking about freedom. Christians are…

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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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Psalms 139:23-34 – January 25, 2019

Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my thoughts. See if there is a wicked path in me; lead me along an ancient path. Psalms 139:23-24 NABRE      Psalm thirty-nine is encouraging us to be in right relationship with God. The psalm opens declaring God knows us very well. God knows our actions, locations, thoughts, words, ways and motives. God knows us perfectly. There is no place we can go that God cannot be…

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Galatians 5:14 – January 24, 2019

For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 NABRE      Paul is convinced because of Christ’s sacrifice the Christian is free, they have liberty. The Christian is free from guilt of sin because we have experienced God’s gift of forgiveness. We are free from the penalty of sin because Christ died for us on the cross. And since Jesus sent us the Spirit we are…

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