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    A Nation Set Apart

    This passage makes me think about the immense power of the United States. Countries and peoples around the world know us and know what a powerful nation we are. When we go to battle, we do so with great force and determination. Our men and women in uniform are second to none, the best this world has to offer. I am grateful for the warriors who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we have in this country. But with great power comes great responsibility.   I don’t want to just be known as the country with the best military, I want to be known as the country…

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    Love the Lord

    Yeah, that’s nice, but how? I don’t know about you, but this whole love thing is really difficult. We are living in a time when many of us really don’t know what love is. How can we possibly know how to love God with our whole heart, our whole being, and our whole strength when our divorce rate is so high, our children are being raised in single parent households, and there is perpetual strife in family life. The closest thing many of us knows to love is our pets. Is that what God means, should I love him like I love Puddles?  I think it’s important to note that…

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    Be Generous

    Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas last year. I remember watching the coverage of people loading up children and necessities in blow up boats for the pool to seek shelter, then walked in mirky water up to the waist to get somewhere safe. I also remember seeing the civilians who had boats and strength making trips to rescue friends, family, and neighbors. The worst situations can bring out the best in humanity, but it can also reveal the worst in Christian hypocrisy.  I was repulsed when I heard the televangelist, Joel Osteen, locked the doors of his megachurch, Lakewood, to those in need. What happened to the words of Jesus in…

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    Hold to the Scriptures

    God stands above all, even kings and rulers of nations must bow to his glory and majesty. No one is above the law, not even a king or ruler. I am of the belief that those who want power probably don’t deserve it, and those who don’t want power, are the very ones who ought to have it. There are many qualities that make for good leadership, and I think one of the most important ones is humility.  We need leaders who are law abiding citizens, as someone from Illinois, we don’t really know what that looks like. How can officials expect us to follow the law when they don’t?…

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    Fairness

    As corporations have grown into international conglomerates that are too big to fail, they have forgotten about the humanity of their employees. As a millennial, I remember the Great Recession of 2008. I hold Wall Street responsible for my friends parents losing their jobs and homes. Publicly traded companies have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximize profits. It’s not to respect the human dignity of employees or making products affordable. The job is to make money, not to be moral.  So when our government throws these immoral and selfish people a bone in the form of a massive tax cut, you see companies doing more stock buybacks than…

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    Accept the Lord

    This made me think very strongly about the day I joined the Church. In case you didn’t know, I’m a convert and on November 23, 2014, I received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, all within about 45 minutes. It was a pretty whirlwind experience.  Before baptism you make the baptismal promise. It’s pretty much the creed and after every line, you have to say, yes this is what I believe and what I will do. In the church I was baptized in, the baptistry is at the back of the church. I stood with a life of perceived freedom out the doors, or true freedom in Christ to…

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    Peaceful Transitions

    I’m a fan of the peaceful transition of power, I think it’s an integral part of the perpetual success of a people. So far we have had this with presidents. We have not had it with kings, Henry VII comes to mind. We also haven’t had it with popes. There have been at least a couple instances where the Church has had disputed papacies. In business this happens also. I’ve recently started watching a show called Succession on HBO and so far, it’s all about the transition of power. It makes for great TV but the reality of it can be terrifying.  When it comes to this transition, there are…

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    Introduction

    I can believe how far we have come since the beginning of the year. We are already on Deuteronomy, the last book in the Pentateuch.  On the one hand I’m surprised by how far we’ve come, on the other, I’m kinda ready to be done with the books of law. We will begin the book of Deuteronomy on September 9! I have always loved spending time in the Scriptures. I think it is the privilege and duty of the faithful to read God’s word regularly. While on earth we are called to unite ourselves to our Lord and live as closely as possible to the love of the Holy Trinity.…

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    Conclusion

    What did you think of the fifth study in the Bible-A-Day series? What are your thoughts on the Israelites as they make final preparations? I have to say, when I first read the death of Moses, I shed a little tear. We’ve been with Moses for so long, it was tough to see him go.  Our next study will be through the book of Joshua. He is now the leader of the Israelites, and they are ready to enter into the Promised Land!

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    Deuteronomy Resources {Week 1}

    Welcome Welcome to the book of Deuteronomy! It’s our final book in the Pentateuch and I feel both excited and a little sad about it. But here we go, week 1! This post is all about the first week of Deuteronomy. Here you will find our reading plan and memory verse. My APPLY for the week will be about being a people set apart by God. I will post it on Wednesday, so be sure to subscribe to the blog! Workbook Reflections Download This Week Application Social Media Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media…

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