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"The strength of Christ is the strength of your salvation..."

Anselm on salvation, Christ, and resurrection

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O Christian soul, soul raised up from grievous death, soul redeemed and freed by the blood of God from wretched bondage: arouse your mind, remember your resurrection, contemplate your redemption and liberation. Consider anew where and what the strength of your salvation is, spend time in meditating upon this strength, delight . . .

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June 06, 2019

on God's loving discipline

lection reflection for 5 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's Old Testament lesson is Ezekiel 11.14-25. As we read it, we doubtless focus on the most well-known verses in the passage, verses 19-20:

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,that they may walk in My . . .

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June 05, 2019

"Unless we had this hope we should long ago have been sunk..."

lection reflection for 4 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's New Testament reading is from Hebrews 6, where we are taught / reminded of the certain hope of God's promises in Christ Jesus:

God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot . . .

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June 04, 2019

"I'll follow you, but..."

lection reflection for 3 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's gospel reading (Luke 9.51-62) tells of three would-be disciples who all state their eagerness to follow Jesus but whom all also couch that willingness with apparently more pressing needs. Over and over and over, we read their responses to Jesus' call on them. "I'll follow you, but..." And over and over and over, . . .

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June 03, 2019

"pray, hope, and don't worry..."

from Padre Pio

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Pray, hope, and don't worry. Anxiety doesn't help at all. Our Merciful Lord will isten to your prayer.

- St. Padre Pio

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May 30, 2019

review: Confronting Old Testament Controversies by Tremper Longman III

Pressing Questions about Evolution, Sexuality, History, and Violence

Dr. Tremper Longman III is a well-known name among Evangelicals with an interest in Old Testament studies. He taught Old Testament for nearly 40 years before his retirement from the classroom in 2017. He co-authored a venerable Old Testament introduction used in many universities and seminaries. He has written a host of commentaries from the . . .

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May 29, 2019

on anxiety and faith

lection reflection for 29 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Then he said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the . . .

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May 29, 2019

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