Category Archives: love

flourishing faith, increasing care

flourishing faith, increasing care 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4 (JDV) 2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: To the congregation of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:2 Favor to you and peace from God … Continue reading

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life wasted on hating

life wasted on hating Lamentations 2:15-16 (JDV) Lamentations 2:15 All who pass by scornfully clap their hands at you. They hiss and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the … Continue reading

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what Paul could not stand

what Paul could not stand 1 Thessalonians 3:4-5 (JDV) 1 Thessalonians 3:4 In fact, when we were with you, we told you in advance that we were going to experience suffering, and as you know, it happened. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 … Continue reading

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a law of grace

a law of grace Joshua 20:1-3 (JDV) Joshua 20:1 Then Yahveh spoke to Joshua, Joshua 20:2 “Tell the Israelites: Select your cities of refuge, like I instructed you through Moses, Joshua 20:3 so that a person who kills someone unintentionally … Continue reading

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preying pagans

  preying pagans Deuteronomy 5:19-21 Deuteronomy 5:19 Do not steal. Deuteronomy 5:20 Do not give dishonest testimony against your neighbor. Deuteronomy 5:21 Do not crave1 your neighbor’s wife or desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male or female slave, … Continue reading

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the cycle of care and favor

Ephesians 6:23-24 (JDV) Ephesians 6:23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and care with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 6:24 Favor be with all who have an indestructible1 care for our Lord Jesus Christ. … Continue reading

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only yours for the time being

Ephesians 5:25-28 (JDV) Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, care about your wives, like Christ cared about the congregation and gave himself in her behalf Ephesians 5:26 to make her sacred, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:27 … Continue reading

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submitting to one another

Ephesians 5:21-24 (JDV) Ephesians 5:21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, Ephesians 5:23 because the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the … Continue reading

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limiting close relationships

Ephesians 5:1-5 (JDV) Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, then, as dearly cared about children, Ephesians 5:2 and walk in care, like Christ also cared about us and gave himself in behalf of us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to … Continue reading

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guidelines for growing together

Ephesians 4:25-28 (JDV) Ephesians 4:25 For this reason, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down … Continue reading

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