2 Corinthians 7:1 – November 8, 2018

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NABRE      In the Second Letter to the Corinthians Paul is addressing some concerns in the community as he prepares a trip to visit them. In the section of the letter that includes the quoted verse Paul is encouraging the people in the community of Corinth to avoid…

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Romans 12:21 – October 30, 2018

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. Romans 12:21 NABRE       Paul is writing to the followers of Jesus in Rome ahead of a visit he is planning. The letter is about sin and salvation, the work of the triune God to raise the family of Adam from the bondage of sin. The letter speaks of God’s grace and love redeeming a world undeserving of His mercy. Chapter twelve has Paul sharing…

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2 Corinthians 5:7 – October 29, 2018

for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 NABRE      Paul is speaking to the community at Corinth. Chapter five addresses resurrection of the body. He says when we are at home in our body, we are away from the Lord. Our true home is with the Lord. When we no longer live in our body by God’s grace we live in our true home. When our bodies die our souls separate from…

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Ephesians 4:1-3 – October 25, 2018

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: Ephesians 4:1-3 NABRE      Paul is writing to the house churches of Ephesus. The letter presents a teaching about what God has done through Jesus Christ for the listener.…

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Philippians 4:8 – October 21, 2018

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 NABRE      Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is personal, revealing details about himself. He writes from captivity and is reassuring. At the beginning of the letter Paul says what has happened serves to advance the gospel. Pastor @stevenfurtick speaks…

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