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Tag: Scripture

Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 6 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 15, 2017 5 Comments
My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

What do you expect to happen as a result of reading and hearing God’s Word? Do you expect to encounter something that will change you? The response of most people is pretty tepid and uninspired. Most don’t really expect much nor have they ever. For them, reading or hearing God’s Word is more of a […]

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Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

November 16, 2015 5 Comments
Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

Today’s post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation. Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will […]

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Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

November 8, 2015 19 Comments
Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use “Dishonest Wealth”?

There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning’s Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says, I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9). What does He mean by “dishonest wealth”? […]

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Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

November 5, 2015 8 Comments
Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two

To most of us, parables are stories told by Jesus to illustrate and clarify what He teaches. We have read the parables in the context of two thousand years of a tradition that interprets them in a certain way. But in their original context, parables are really more like riddles. The apostles noted that while […]

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Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, as Seen in the Book of Malachi

November 4, 2015 2 Comments
Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, as Seen in the Book of Malachi

In the posts of the past two days, we’ve looked at the sins of the priests and those of all the people. Clearly, we all have a lot on which to reflect. The prophets do not write merely to denounce, but rather to draw people back to the Lord, who alone can save them. Malachi […]

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The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi

November 3, 2015 11 Comments
The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi

In yesterday’s post, we considered the sins of the priests (and they were numerous enough). Today we examine the sins of the people that the Lord sets forth in the Book of Malachi. Here, too, please understand that not everyone is guilty of all of these things. However, they are common human sins and sinful […]

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Sins of the Priests

November 2, 2015 11 Comments
Sins of the Priests

The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord sets forth a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case that God presents shows a body of evidence […]

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