The Lonely Bench

The Outsiders: The Lonely Luke 7:11-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she […]

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The Outsiders: The Worthy Luke 7:1-10 Common English Bible (CEB) 7 After Jesus finished presenting all his words among the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion had a servant who was very important to him, but the servant was ill and about to die. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to […]

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A Life of Strength

Colossians 1:1-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of […]

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Free to Change

Galatians 6:1-10 Common English Bible (CEB) Caring and sharing 6 Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too. 2 Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law […]

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Set Free to Serve

Luke 22:24-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Dispute about Greatness 24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not […]

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Free to be you

Galatians 5:1-6 Common English Bible (CEB) 5 1 Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again. Arguments against being circumcised 2 Look, I, Paul, am telling you that if you have yourselves circumcised, having Christ won’t help you. 3 Again I swear to every man who has himself […]

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Spirit Help

Romans 8:26-39 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to […]

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Newness of Life

Romans 6:1-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 6 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his […]

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Free to Love

Romans 5:1-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained accessto this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that […]

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Can you see it?

Romans 1:1-17 Common English Bible (CEB) 1 From Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for God’s good news. 2-3 God promised this good news about his Son ahead of time through his prophets in the holy scriptures. His Son was descended from David. 4 He was publicly identified as God’s Son with power […]

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