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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1 Peter 4:16 – February 6, 2019

But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. 1 Peter 4:16 NABRE      Peter in chapter four of his letter speaks about suffering, how it joins the sufferer to Christ. We read Christians are being persecuted for their belief in Christ by pagan and gentile people. It seems an odd way to fortify and encourage the community of Christians by telling them they will…

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Romans 8:37 – December 1, 2018

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NABRE      Paul in the verses preceding the quoted verse proclaims believers united with Christ are led by the Holy Spirit and are sons and daughters of God. God’s adopted children are rescued from the fallen family of Adam, raised to a new standing in the divine family of the Father and counted as younger siblings of Jesus, the first born…

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Proverbs 27:17 – November 9, 2018

Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 NABRE      Solomon known as a wise king is credited with the quoted Proverb. It is an obvious saying about iron. If you have a set of knives you sharpen them on another hard surface, using other iron tools. Like iron sharpening iron, one person sharpens another. If we are left on our own we are challenged to better ourselves, to push ourselves to growth.…

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Proverbs 13:20 – November 3, 2018

Walk with the wise and you become wise, but the companion of fools fares badly. Proverbs 13:20 NABRE      This proverb is from Solomon, son of David and King of Israel. He is considered one of the wisest men because he asked God for wisdom and it was given him. This proverb’s message seems obvious. “Walk with the wise and you become wise, but the companions of fools fares badly.” To walk with someone is to…

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