Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from September 2009

No Pleasure in the Death of the Wicked

September 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Ezekial 33:11 (New International Version) Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ People love to see […]

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September 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Esther 6:6 (New International Version) When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” The history of Esther is one of my favorites in the Bible. One of my […]

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Speak the Truth

September 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Zechariah 8:16-17 (New International Version) 16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD. Such a simple phrase: […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah

The Lord is with Me

September 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Psalms 118:6 (New International Version) The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I find three large sermons in this one little verse. What to discuss in a short blog post? All three. The foundation is the first phrase: the Lord is with me. Yes, He is […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Justice, Mercy, and Compassion

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Zechariah 7:8-10 (New International Version) 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil […]

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Lord, Remember Me

September 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Judges 16:28 (New International Version) Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Samson prays the above just before his death. Samson’s history is recorded in Judges chapters 13 […]

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Tags: Judges · Old Testament

When the Lord Your God Gives You…

September 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (New International Version) 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not […]

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Tags: Deuteronomy · Old Testament

A Terrible Day

September 5th, 2009 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 28:6-8 (New International Version) 6 In one day Pekah son of Remaliah killed a hundred and twenty thousand soldiers in Judah—because Judah had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. 7 Zicri, an Ephraimite warrior, killed Maaseiah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer in charge of the palace, and Elkanah, second to […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament