Contemplative Bible Reading

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Whom do You Worship?

June 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Ezekiel 20:5 (New Living Translation) Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: When I chose Israel—when I revealed myself to the descendants of Jacob in Egypt—I took a solemn oath that I, the Lord, would be their God. The last part of this verse is quite simple and yet profound. All the people’s in […]

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Turn and Live

June 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Ezekiel 18:23 (New Living Translation) Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. In our (post post post whatever) modern world, many see God as the big punisher. God is the ultimate big brother […]

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Life Without God—No Compassion

June 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 28:54 (New Living Translation) The most tenderhearted man among you will have no compassion for his own brother, his beloved wife, and his surviving children. God describes to His people life without God. The most tender, loving person among us will care nothing about his family—even his own children. “I’m first. Give me the […]

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Worship = Eating + Rejoicing

June 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 12:4-7 (New Living Translation) “Do not worship the Lord your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods. 5 Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored. 6 There you will […]

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The Hornets from God

June 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 7:20 (English Standard Version) Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. Jehovah, the God of the Israelites, is about punish their enemies. What does He do? Does he send mighty armies? Does He crush mighty barriers? No, He sends […]

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Tell Us Nice Things

May 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Isaiah 30:10 (New Living Translation) They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. The people didn’t want to hear the message that God was sending them via the prophets. Their own disobedience had eroded them. “Please,” the pleaded. “Tell […]

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Laughter, Joy, and Amazament

May 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 126:2 (New Living Translation) We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, had once again blessed them. They were filled with laughter and joy. They couldn’t contain themselves. And the nations about […]

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The Punishment of Dread

May 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 11:25 (New Living Translation) No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land. God is promising His people safety as they move forward into a new land. God will cause […]

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Showing Mankind Artistic Designs

May 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Numbers 8:4 (New Living Translation) The entire lampstand, from its base to its decorative blossoms, was made of beaten gold. It was built according to the exact design the Lord had shown Moses. The tabernacle and temple and all the decorations and furnishings were designed by God. God “had shown” these designs to Moses who […]

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Jehovah God in Action

May 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Genesis 12:17-20 (New Living Translation) 17 But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused him sharply. “What have you done to me?” he demanded. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is […]

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