Romans 15:4 – March 23, 2019

For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 NABRE      In this section of the letter to the community in Rome Paul is calling for unity and pointing to Christ as a witness for how to treat one another. Paul asks the community to look after one another, the strong should put up with the failings of the…

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Galatians 5:22-23 – March 14, 2019

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NABRE      Paul writing to the Galatians informs them about the Spirit. He compares the flesh with the gifts of the Spirit. The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. The works of the flesh are immorality, jealousy, anger, selfishness,…

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Colossians 3:16 – March 12, 2018

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 NABRE      Paul in this letter to the Colossians is exhorting the community that they have died to this world and are no longer dominated by its values, influences and agendas. They have died with Christ and have begun to share in…

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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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Romans 12:2 – March 10, 2019

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NABRE      Paul speaks to the community in Rome about distinguishing themselves from the culture in which they live. In Paul’s day there was no spiritual identity for the people in general. This movement of Jesus was beginning a new way,…

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