Contemplative Bible Reading

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Love of Telling Lies

October 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Zechariah 8:16-17 (New Living Translation) 16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. 17 Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, […]

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Timeless Admonitions for Society

September 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Amos 5:15 (New Living Translation) Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. This one is pretty simple. Yet it is one of those that we tend to forget to […]

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Relenting and Punishing

September 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Joel 2:13 (New Living Translation) Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,     but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God,     for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.     He is eager to relent and not punish. “God’s gonna getcha for that” (George Jones and Tammy […]

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The Outside and the Inside

September 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Joel 2:13 (New Living Translation) Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,     but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God,     for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.     He is eager to relent and not punish. At the time and place of the prophet Joel, […]

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Angels and Animals

August 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Daniel 6:21-22 (New Living Translation) 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Daniel survived the night in the lion’s den. […]

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Short-Term Nonsense (at least to a guy like me)

August 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Daniel 6:1-3 (New Living Translation) 1 Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. 2 The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. 3 Daniel soon proved himself more […]

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An Unusual Aptitude

August 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Daniel 1:17 (New Living Translation) God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. God gives us things. God gives us abilities. Sometimes, as in this verse, God gives us an unusual […]

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Kidnappers

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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The First Holy Sabbath

August 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 16:22-23 (New Living Translation) 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much as usual—four quarts for each person instead of two. Then all the leaders of the community came and asked Moses for an explanation. 23 He told them, “This is what the Lord commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete […]

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Capital Punishment in Egypt

July 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Exodus 8:26 (New Living Translation) But Moses replied, “That wouldn’t be right. The Egyptians detest the sacrifices that we offer to the Lord our God. Look, if we offer our sacrifices here where the Egyptians can see us, they will stone us… Stoning—throwing rocks at a person until they die—was what God’s people used for […]

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