“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty

When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Continue reading

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We have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Continue reading

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Easter Week – 18: Good Friday – 2

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. Continue reading

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Easter Week – 17: Good Friday – 1

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Continue reading

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At the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace

To (the Lord’s people) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Continue reading

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The righteous choose their friends carefully

Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways … Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company. … But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord … I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. Continue reading

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Easter Week – 16: Maundy Thursday – 2

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. Continue reading

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Easter Week – 15: Maundy Thursday – 1

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” Continue reading

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Many are invited, but few are chosen

You are the children of the LORD your God … for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.The LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you. … I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, “You are my servant”; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. Continue reading

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I can do all this through him who gives me strength

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Continue reading

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