Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from September 2008

Peace as a Guard

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Need a guard for your heart and mind? Something […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians

The Key to this Treasure

September 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Isaiah 33:5-6 (New International Version) 5 The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Verses 5 […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament


September 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Numbers 9:15-23 (New International Version) 15 On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17 […]

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Tags: Numbers · Old Testament

Bring in Your Idols

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Isaiah 41:22 (New International Version) Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. What a wonderful challenge. Bring in those figures that you  created. Have those figures foretell the future for us. We would like to hear that. Isn’t this silly? Of course a little or big figure cannot tell the […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Grace and Compassion and Justice

September 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Isaiah 30:18 (New International Version) Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! These three words are not often companions in today’s English. JUSTICE – yes with big bold letters – often means […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

The Only Thing that Counts

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Galatians 5:6 (New International Version) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love This passage discusses how we sometimes lose our focus and worry about all sorts of things that seem to be really important. The truth is, they only seem […]

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Tags: Galatians · New Testament

As a Meddler

September 7th, 2008 · No Comments

1 Peter 4:15 (New International Version) If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. This passage in chapter 4 is discussing suffering as a Christian or suffering at the hands of men because I am a Christian. Verse 15 summarizes […]

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Tags: 1 Peter · New Testament

In Its Time

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Isaiah 60:22 The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.” (New International Version) What caught my attention in this verse is the highlighted phrase. There is a time when something works. That something won’t work at any other […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament