James 1:2-3 – November 5, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 NABRE      James the author of this letter is one of the most prominent figures in the early church, known as “the brother of the Lord” and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Despite these credentials James with great humility calls himself “a slave of God.” James begins his letter with…

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1 Peter 1:3 – September 27, 2018

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 NABRE      Peter is writing to Christian communities in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Peter tells them they have great joy as followers of Jesus and great suffering as followers of Jesus. The verse quoted is a standard form…

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Proverbs 17:22 – September 4, 2018

A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NABRE      The proverbs of chapter seventeen are attributed to Solomon, the king who asks for and receives the gift of wisdom from God. The quoted verse makes a connection between a joyful heart and physical health. If your heart is happy your body is happy. The converse is true, an unhappy spirit leads to an unhealthy…

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Zephaniah 3:17 – August 23, 2018

The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, Who will sing joyfully because of you, Zephaniah 3:17 NABRE      . Zephaniah is a prophet who ministered in Jerusalem in the beginning years of 600 BC. The central idea of his prophecy was around the day of Judgement. His prophecy begins warning of the wrath of the Lord over the wrong…

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