1 Thessalonians 5:15 – April 13, 2019

See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NABRE      In the section with the quoted verse of the first letter to the community in Thessalonica, Paul is exhorting them to care for one another. He encourages them to support and love their Pastor. He has the care for all others completely, his ministry is love, leading people to Christ…

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Romans 8:28 – February 13, 2019

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NABRE      Paul in this section of the letter to the community in Rome addresses suffering and coming glory. Paul balances the current era with a coming era that will make all, including suffering, turn to glory. But, there is also the point as a follower of God, if we love God, all things…

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Psalms 37:4 – November 28, 2018

Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire. Psalms 37:4 NABRE      Psalm 37 deals with a seeming contradiction of the wicked doing well, prospering even and yet the upright are asked to trust in the LORD. The psalm begins with advice to disciples, exhorting them to be patient and trust in God, even when evildoers prosper and are successful. Then comes a description of how the wicked and the just…

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Psalms 100:5 – November 26, 2018

good indeed is the LORD, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation. Psalms 100:5 NABRE      Psalm 100 is a five verse invitation to praise and serve God. It begins making a joyful noise for the LORD and then calling for service in the LORD with gladness as we enter His presence. We are invited to know the LORD. This psalm is a simple profession of faith. The quoted verse is a triple…

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3 John 1:2 – November 11, 2018

Beloved, I hope you are prospering in every respect and are in good health, just as your soul is prospering. 3 John 1:2 NABRE      This Third Letter of John is the shortest writing in the cannon called the New Testament. It is not a letter concerned with truths of the faith or calling for love. This letter concerns relationships, and in particular the relationships between leaders in the early Church. John is writing about a…

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