Galatians 5:22-23 – March 14, 2019

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NABRE      Paul writing to the Galatians informs them about the Spirit. He compares the flesh with the gifts of the Spirit. The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. The works of the flesh are immorality, jealousy, anger, selfishness,…

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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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2 Corinthians 9:15 – November 17, 2018

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 NABRE      In chapter nine of the Second Letter to the Corinthians Paul is asking the community to be generous and in particular to be generous in giving to the collection for the church in Jerusalem. Paul is exhorting them to have their collection ready when he arrives so that it is truly given as a blessing. Paul affirms that God is the source of…

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