Colossians 3:15 – April 11, 2019

And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NABRE      In the section of the Letter to the Colossians with the quoted verse Paul is speaking about becoming new creations in Christ. We become the image of God before the fall (the moment our first parents disobeyed and stepped away from God) through Baptism. We strip off our old…

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Righteousness from God – strain forward

This is the fifth week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

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2 Corinthians 5:17 – December 31, 2018

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NABRE      Paul writes this second letter to the community at Corinth to defend himself against some accusations and to reestablish his relationship with the community. Paul in the first half of the letter discusses his apostleship and what he sees as his role in ministry. In the section of the 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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John 7:38 – September 15, 2018

Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: “Rivers of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38 NABRE      Chapter seven of the good news captured by John, begins with a weeklong festival. Jesus is in the temple area to teach and has amazed with His knowledge of scripture. On the last day of the festival he calls to anyone who is thirsty to come and drink from Him. Then He proclaims; “Whoever believes in…

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