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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James 1:13-14 – October 13, 2018

No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:13-14 NABRE      The Letter of James opens speaking about trials and joys. The section on trials teaches that those who persevere in temptation will be blessed, fortunate, to be congratulated. There is…

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Galatians 5:1 – September 23, 2018

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NABRE      In the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Galatians Paul addressed the law of the old covenant moving toward a new covenant. The first followers of Jesus were Jewish followers who already followed the Law of Moses. Paul speaks to a new way, a covenant that is much simpler to understand although…

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From Open Windows to Broken Windows

Opening the Second Vatican Council Pope John XXIII made a remark that defined the nature of the entire council, “Throw open the windows of the church and let the fresh air of the spirit blow through.” It was a call for the church to recognize a need to engage with the modern world, to develop her desire to be a faith for all people and that the church define evangelization as a major reason for…

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Is There Evil? A story of Crunches Grocery Store

God’s presence and authenticity is challenged by several different groups and many individuals. Yet, if we accept God we accept and recognize Evil, because God’s book tells us there is evil. One passage on evil is from Psalm 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (23:4 ESV)  Another often spoken verse…

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