Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Fundamentalist Christians (that’s an old term, but I guess it still fits some of us some of the time) talk about how Jesus really wasn’t born on December 25th and all that stuff that is true but sort of ruins the spirit for a lot of folks. Sigh. Here is something […]

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August 6th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 21:16 (New Living Translation) Kidnappers must be put to death, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves. This is what Joseph’s brothers did to him. Now the law, as stated here, came after the (hi)story of Joseph and his brothers. Still, I doubt that any […]

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Christmas Tidings

December 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Yesterday was Christmas Day. I suppose I should write something about that. I am older than I used to be. One of the things about that is that persons who were always part of Christmas are not here anymore. They have died. My wife’s mother and grandmother died in the last 18 months. My mother […]

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Self Discipline(?)

April 28th, 2013 · No Comments

2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Christians are not to live timidly and in fear. God did not create us that way. God gave us a spirit of power love self-discipline Wait a minute, how did that […]

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God Disappearing from the Printed Word

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a bit different from the usual. It is about the printed word in English and the disappearance of God from it. Google has been digitizing books for several years. This has been a controversial program with current authors and copyright holders. If, however, we forget the current market and look back a […]

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Read the Entire Piece

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a little different from the norm. Read the following: “Everything is meaningless,” says the writer, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.  The wind […]

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The Sycharian Woman

November 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

John 4:4-7 (New Living Translation) 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan […]

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Tough Story

October 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Luke 18:9-14 (New Living Translation) 9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I […]

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The LORD of Heaven’s Armies

August 4th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a little different as it doesn’t contemplate any particular verse of the Bible. Instead, I look at a phrase: The LORD of Heaven’s Armies This phrase is all over the place in the New Living Translation (NLT). I decided to use the NLT this year as it has now supplanted the New […]

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What I am Reading this Year

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments

A little change in my Bible reading this year.  I continue to read a One Year Chronological Bible, but this year in the New Living Translation.

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