Romans 15:4 – March 23, 2019

For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 NABRE      In this section of the letter to the community in Rome Paul is calling for unity and pointing to Christ as a witness for how to treat one another. Paul asks the community to look after one another, the strong should put up with the failings of the…

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Isaiah 40:28 – March 15, 2019

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. Isaiah 40:28 NABRE      The Hebrew people have been taken captive after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587-586 BC. Babylon was defeated by Persia and their King, Cyrus issued a decree allowing the Hebrews to return home. It…

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1 Timothy 4:8 – February 23, 2019

for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future. 1 Timothy 4:8 NABRE      Paul is writing to Timothy providing pastoral advice and sharing personal concern. Timothy is of poor health and Paul cannot be with him. Paul insists Timothy must be strong in his personal spiritual life and in dealing with false teachers and other…

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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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1 John 2:15-16 – December 3, 2018

Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16 NABRE      In the letter of John to the community we have heard John speaking about love, the love of God,…

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