Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from November 2008

Love and Knowledge

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians

Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness

November 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Matthew 23:23 (New International Version) Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. Ah, these poor guys. The […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

God Provides, We “Sacrifice”

November 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Genesis 22:8 (New International Version) Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. This passage is from the story of when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham obeys, and God intervenes at the right moment after He sees […]

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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

Let Your Light Shine

November 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Matthew 5:16 (New International Version) In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. This verse is the basis of the children’s song “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I sang that hundreds of times while growing […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

There is No Work in the Grave

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (New International Version) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. This is a great encouragement to do the best I can now. When I die, there will be no more […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament

Serving Wood and Stone

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Ezekial 20:32 (New International Version) ” ‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. Who would want to serve wood and stone? Let’s update “wood” to “money” (money is made from paper which is […]

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Tags: Ezekial · Old Testament

The Futulity of Their (Our) Thinking

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Ephesians 4:17 (New International Version) So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. I was struck by this phrase “futility of thinking.” The passage is not speaking of all Gentiles in general, but of a […]

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November 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Psalm 100 (New International Version) 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

A Fundamental Principle

November 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Ezekial 18:25 (New International Version) “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? The prophet Ezekial is trying to teach God’s people a lesson from God. The people complain because they do not like they […]

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Tags: Ezekial · Old Testament