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Jan

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Ephesians 2:14-16

The Dividing Wall… Sin creates a dividing wall between us and God, and Jesus came to tear it down: For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself […]

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Jan

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Focus on Today

Matthew 6:34… Don’t spend your life worrying about the worst that can happen, because you will miss out on all of the best: Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. -Matthew 6:34, NAB At times, it can be easy to get caught up in […]

19
Jan

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Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:4-11… NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings.  Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians). On the Second Sunday in […]

18
Jan

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Ephesians 2:11-13

Remember Where You Came From… As you settle into your daily Christian life, always remember where you came from: Therefore, remember that at one time you, Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision, which is done in the flesh by human hands, were at that time without Christ, alienated from […]

17
Jan

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Ephesians 2:8-10

Faith Alone?… When reading today’s verse, you may begin to wonder, are we saved by faith alone? For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.-Ephesians 2:8-9, NAB In most Protestant denominations, they […]

16
Jan

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Ephesians 2:4-7

Alive with Christ… By Christ’s wounds we are healed, and by His grace we are saved: But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up […]

15
Jan

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Ephesians 2:1-3

Dead in Sin… If we follow the ways of the world, it will surely lead us to sin and death: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work […]

14
Jan

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Ephesians 1:22-23

Jesus Christ, Head of the Church… God sent His Son to rule over mankind as the Head of the Church: And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way. […]

13
Jan

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Baptized by Fire

Luke 3:16… St. John the Baptist baptized with water, but the One who came after him would do so much more: John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with […]

12
Jan

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Ephesians 1:20-21

Above All Powers… As the first chapter of Ephesians comes near to its end, St. Paul, again, refers to God’s power and might: …which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that […]