James 1:19 – April 14, 2019

Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, James 1:19 NABRE      James opening the letter to his community speaks about the inner conflicts and temptations that can influence our response to trials. He speaks of persevering in temptation and that temptation does not come from God. James is not writing to say we should overcome sinful impulses by our own effort. Rather, he advises Christians to…

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Jeremiah 29:11 – October 14, 2018

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the Lord —plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NABRE      Jeremiah is a major prophet of Israel. He lived during the period of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity and enslavement of many taken in the battle. Jeremiah in the chapter quoted is writing a letter to those…

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Proverbs 15:31 – October 6, 2018

The ear that listens to salutary reproof is at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 NABRE      A salutary reproof is a healthy correction. An experienced bowler sees someone new making an incorrect bowl and they might come to them and make a suggestion that could improve their play. If the person listens they are wise, and applying the new information their game may improve. The quoted verse is likely speaking about a salutary reproof that…

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Psalms 116:1 – September 26, 2018

I love the LORD, who listened to my voice in supplication, Psalms 116:1 NABRE      The psalmist in psalm one-hundred-sixteen is telling the LORD he has nothing but love for Him. The psalmist has been saved from death and it is thanks to the LORD, naturally he is very grateful. The LORD listens to his supplication. It is as if the LORD listening to the pleas of the psalmist humbly asking on his knees, receives them…

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