Isaiah 40:28 – March 15, 2019

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. Isaiah 40:28 NABRE      The Hebrew people have been taken captive after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587-586 BC. Babylon was defeated by Persia and their King, Cyrus issued a decree allowing the Hebrews to return home. It…

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Psalms 27:4 – March 7, 2019

One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, To gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple. Psalms 27:4 NABRE      Psalm 27 presents the point of view of someone in great danger from evil doers who were lying about trying to kill him. Yet in spite of difficult circumstances the psalmist is confident, courageous and unafraid. Knowing the Lord and…

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Revelation 3:20 – February 25, 2019

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 NABRE      In a mystical image Jesus presents Himself to a church in Laodicea. It is a church of followers who are lukewarm for Christ and this disappoints Jesus. He says he will spit them out of his mouth, a translation that conjures…

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Galatians 5:13 – February 24, 2019

For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13 NABRE      Paul is concerned for the Christians in Galatia as they witnessed false teachers. These teachers were spreading a false gospel which was a mixture of Law and grace. Paul writes to address this false gospel. Focusing on our quoted verse, Paul is speaking about freedom. Christians are…

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Joshua 1:9 – February 21, 2019

I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NABRE      Joshua took over from Moses as the people prepare to take possession of the land promised by God to their forefathers. The opening verses of the Book of Joshua portray Joshua as Moses rightful successor, he will rule over the people’s destiny. Moses was the leading figure in…

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