The Joy of Discovery in Scripture with Hal Fletcher

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March 08 2017 Peace in the Midst of Turmoil

Interesting and challenging times such as these require a return to the basics of faith.  Keep it simple, but pray.  “Implore the Most High to strengthen your faith”, and live it “profoundly”, Our Lady has allegedly exhorted.  It also helps to recall how the gift of God’s Spirit was promised to ancient Israel and fulfilled by Jesus.  Today, we receive this gift through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.  With it, out of our hearts will “flow rivers of living water”, water for the good of those who do not yet know the love of God.

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February 15 2017 Day 7 Sets Man Apart for Life in God!

In creating everything that exists, all being, God had a method that culminated in the creation of man.  Giving him dominion over the rest of creation, God did not stop there.  In addition to endowing man with “natural law” upon which moral law is built, God blesses man with “divine law” and so creates the Sabbath on Day 7.  This shows us that God intends man be with him, by grace, throughout eternity.  The Sabbath is for worshipping God and adoring him, so that we may live with him.  Here is the greatest self-image we could ever conceive!

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January 25 2017 5 Stones Against Our Goliaths!

 

God is good.  He is so good that even against impossible odds, he enables us to prevail.  Consider David when he faced Goliath.  Goliath was almost 10 feet tall and a great warrior.  David was a youth and a shepherd.  In Medjugorje Our Lady has allegedly given us “5 stones” for battle against our “Goliaths”.  Let us take-up these stones and wield them with David’s confidence in God, and pray for peace as Our Lady asks!

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January 11 2017 Opening Our Hearts to Peace

In difficult or urgent times, it is much easier to respond well if we have a plan.  This is what pilots do when flying.  If they encounter difficulties, they follow a procedure that is known to work and they practice it.  It is the same when safe-guarding peace within our hearts and families.  We too can follow a procedure.  The best plan is to consider what Our Lady has allegedly given in Medjugorje.  In Medjugorje she invites us to open our hearts to her Son so that we may have peace.  But how do we do this?  By God’s grace, Mary tells us how to do this as well!

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January 04 2016 God’s Sacred Family Bond with Us

We are familiar with contracts.  Two people promise to exchange material goods or services in an agreed manner.  A covenant is very different however.  Material is not exchanged, but persons are!  Covenants are different from contracts in that they are intended to form a family bond, and a bond that is sacred.  Think of it like marriage.  Two individuals beforehand become a family afterwards!  Why does this matter?  Because it is through God’s covenants with us, beginning with Adam and Eve, that he calls us to share in his divinity.  This is a family we WANT to be part of!!

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December 21 2016 God is Blessing You. Have You Noticed?

In our busy lives, we sometimes rush right past our waiting Lord.  However, to better sense him in our hearts, we might consider together a couple verses from Sacred Scripture.  In the prophecies of Balaam, we can begin to glimpse the tenderness of Our Lord towards us.  The king of Moab is asking Balaam to curse Israel.  Yet, despite himself, Balaam is only able to pour upon Israel the most sublime blessings.

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December 14 2016 Prophecy is Key to Readying Our Hearts

From Adam and Eve, through many prophets, the coming of the Messiah is foretold.  In addition to the existence of prophecy itself, something only God can do, what is more remarkable still is how Jesus fulfills it.  Isaiah foretold the 10 Northern Tribes, Israel, going into exile.  Jeremiah warned the 2 Southern Tribes, “Judah”, that they would suffer a similar fate.  But Jesus fulfills these prophecies and others, even the promise of a new kingdom without end.  Where do we see this particularly?  He begins at “Zebulun and Naphtali”, the place where the first two tribes were taken into exile.  And how does he do it?  By working through people who become his “fishers” as mentioned by Jeremiah, the means by which he will call “all nations”.

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December 07 2016 Got Pearls?!

Matthew opens his Gospel with these powerful words:  “…Jesus Christ, Son of David…”   In order to harvest the pearls contained here, we must look for our “shucking knife” and open these words together with the Hebrew Scriptures.  Did you know, for example, Jesus and Joshua are the same name in Aramaic and Greek?  They are.  For Matthew’s audience this offers penetrating insight into Jesus.  We can know a lot about Joshua.  And what about David?  David was promised to be the father a son whose kingdom would not end.  If Jesus is David’s son, this is a radical claim being made by Matthew.  It sets into motion his entire Gospel!

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