1 Corinthians 14:1 – January 20, 2019

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 1 Corinthians 14:1 NABRE      Paul’s famous passage read at more weddings than any other passage is describing what it means to love. There are several options to say love in Greek, Paul uses the word which is the most intimate, most benevolent, the most disinterested love. This love is a love for the…

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Romans 4:7 – January 19, 2018

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7 NABRE      Paul writing to the community in Rome, in this section, chapter four, is writing about the faith and fatherhood of Abraham. Paul accepts Abraham is father of the Jews, but he also makes the case that Abraham is father to the Gentiles. Paul’s argument is so good, today we accept Abraham as father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Paul declares…

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Galatians 5:24 – January 18, 2018

Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community in Galatia with a powerful message on the fruits of the Spirit. Paul outlines what is against the Spirit. Paul says the works of the flesh are against the Spirit. When Paul refers to flesh he means sinful self-interest, Paul does not believe the flesh is evil. The examples he…

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Galatians 6:2 – January 14, 2019

Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 NABRE      Paul’s letter to the community at Galatia has as its main focus the decision that Gentile followers of Jesus do not have to convert to the laws of Judaism. James in the Acts of the Apostles announces at the Council of Jerusalem, it should not be difficult for Gentiles who were turning to God. But, still over time Hebrew…

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Ephesians 4:26-27 – January 11, 2019

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 NABRE      In the letter to the community at Ephesus Paul is speaking too many who are new to faith. Ephesus is a large city with many diverse communities and the community of followers of Jesus has attracted many Gentiles. So Paul is speaking to the community about the complete supremacy…

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