James 1:12 – March 18, 2019

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. James 1:12 NABRE      James in this letter is writing to churches around the Mediterranean Sea to encourage them to amend their ways and persevere in trials. It is a circular letter, meaning it was carried and read from one community to the next. In the section…

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Romans 8:35 – February 3, 2019

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? Romans 8:35 NABRE      Paul in this section of the letter to the community in Rome addresses that there is nothing in heaven or on earth that could separate God from us. God cannot fail us but is it possible for us to fail God? We do have trials in our life,…

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James 1:2-3 – November 5, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 NABRE      James the author of this letter is one of the most prominent figures in the early church, known as “the brother of the Lord” and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Despite these credentials James with great humility calls himself “a slave of God.” James begins his letter with…

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