James 1:12 – March 18, 2019

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NABRE      James in this letter is writing to churches around the Mediterranean Sea to encourage them to amend their ways and persevere in trials. It is a circular letter, meaning it was carried and read from one community to the next. In the section…

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Colossians 2:6-7 – March 11, 2019

So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 NABRE      Paul writing to the Christian community in Colossae is concerned about a new vision, what he calls a philosophy that might take hold in the community. He writes to remind them of their Baptism in Christ. They have received Jesus, which they…

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Acts 2:21 – March 5, 2019

and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord. Acts 2:21 NABRE      The early sections of the Acts of the Apostles describe Jesus’ Ascension from the earth to heaven and then the sending of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the disciples as Jesus promised. Jerusalem is filled for the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, which began as a harvest feast and became a feast commemorating God’s giving of…

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Ephesians 2:10 – March 4, 2019

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. Ephesians 2:10 NABRE      Paul in writing to the community at Ephesus is teaching them what God has done for them through Jesus. In chapter two of the letter Paul opens by telling the community that they were dead, they followed the desires of their flesh, basically their human nature, doing…

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John‬ 6:37 – February 4, 2019

Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, John‬ 6:37 NABRE      John shares Jesus teaching the people about life and salvation. Jesus tells those listening, “I am the bread of life: whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6:35) As the bread of life Jesus is the Father’s gift, who gives sustenance and eternal…

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