Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from July 2009


July 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Leviticus 19:17 (New International Version) Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Through the years I have sat in many meetings in my job. One of the adages given often is that if you are present and do not object to what […]

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Tags: Leviticus · Old Testament

Bring Us Back

July 25th, 2009 · No Comments

2 Samuel 14:14 (New Living Translation) All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him. A woman tells this […]

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Setting Our Hearts on Seeking God

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 (New International Version) 18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart on […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Is not the Lord among us?

July 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Micah 3:11 (New International Version) Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Imagine these guys. They take bribes; they only do their jobs […]

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Tags: Micah · Old Testament

Who Sees Us?

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Isaiah 29: 15 (New International Version) Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” How foolish. The thought that we can hide our plans from God, that we can go someplace where he cannot […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

What a Night! What a Morning!

July 11th, 2009 · No Comments

2 Kings 19:35 (New International Version) That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! Sennacherib king of Assyria had laid siege to Jerusalem. The city was about […]

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July 5th, 2009 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 29:11 (New International Version) My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense.” This is a statement made by King Hezekiah of Judah. He has recently ascended to the throne and is attempting to […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Mercy and Acknowledgement

July 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Hosea 6:6 (New International Version) For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. This is one of those passages that sticks with me; it has for years. I believe God is telling us that he cherishes what is in the heart more than what we do with our hands […]

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Tags: Hosea · Old Testament