I come to do your will – Knowing

This is the third week of our series we are calling, “I come to do your will.” We read these words on the lips of Jesus many times in the gospel passages, it is in the psalms and we see them in the letter to the Hebrews in our fourth week. Jesus says he did not come on his own but he came to do the will of his Father. What an example we receive…

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Ephesians 2:8-9 – December 2, 2018

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NABRE      We cannot save ourselves, we require grace. Grace is freely given, unearned and unmerited. By God’s grace we are saved. Grace requires faith, for we cannot receive what we do not believe. But Paul tells us even faith comes from God.…

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Romans 15:5-6 – November 23, 2018

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NABRE      Paul in the letter to the Romans is addressing a community he has never met but he has plans to visit. Chapter fifteen is a conclusion to much that has been written,…

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2 Corinthians 12:9 – November 14, 2018

but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NABRE      Paul is writing to the church in Corinth, a community with many challenges. Paul is addressing some of the concerns he has heard including missionaries who have come to the community criticizing Paul.…

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2 Corinthians 12:10 – October 3, 2018

Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NABRE      The quoted verse from the Second Letter to the Corinthians is preceded by Paul’s acknowledging that God permits Satan‘s angel to afflict him in order to keep him from becoming overly proud. Paul begged the Lord to remove the affliction but God tells Paul, “My grace…

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