Righteousness from God – repent or perish

This is the third 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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Righteousness from God – citizenship in heaven

This is the second week of a new 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…

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Righteousness from God – the Word is near

This is the first week of a new series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” It is also the beginning of the Lenten season for many traditional churches. Lent commemorates the forty days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying prior to the beginning of his public ministry. Churches use these same forty days (excluding Sundays) as the preparation time building up to the three days of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus at…

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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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Proverbs 20:7 – January 17, 2019

The just walk in integrity; happy are their children after them! Proverbs 20:7 NABRE       Solomon’s wisdom ties integrity to the blessedness of children. Again, we see the word “just” which in biblical language is used interchangeably with righteous; to be upright, in a state of acceptability to God, to have a moral conduct in conformity to God’s will. Jesus teaching his disciples has a blessing which reads, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for…

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