Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from November 2009


November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New International Version) 11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. Dependence brings with […]

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Tags: 1 Thessalonians · New Testament

What Business is it of Mine?

November 28th, 2009 · No Comments

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (New International Version) 12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.” Few thoughts in the Bible strike to my heart as much as the one in the first part […]

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Tags: 1 Corinthians · New Testament

Past Ignorance, Present Action

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Acts 17:30 (New International Version) In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Paul said this while speaking to the general public in Athens. This is a masterful way to speak with people who don’t know what Paul knows. He tells them, You didn’t know any better. […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

A Big Change of Mind

November 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Acts 14 (New International Version) 11When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. 13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

All Things are Possible

November 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Mark 10:27 (New International Version) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” This was Jesus’ answer after his followers had asked Him who could be saved. Oh course, this is it, all things are possible with God. We believe this – […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Our Hearts Burning Within Us

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Luke 24:32 (New International Version) They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” This verse comes after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Two of His followers had walked and talked with him for a while. Once […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Angels Catch Babies

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments

This post is out of the ordinary in several ways: I am posting it the day I write it It is neither a Saturday nor a Sunday It is not based on a single passage Yesterday, my 12-month-old grandson James fell ten or twelve feet from the loft in the apartment where he lives with […]

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Tags: Acts · Hebrews · Matthew · New Testament

Singleness of Heart and Action

November 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Jeremiah 32:36-41 (New International Version) 36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be handed over to the king of Babylon’; but this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my […]

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Tags: Jeremiah · Old Testament

Get Some Rest

November 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Mark 6:30-31 (New International Version) 30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he {Jesus} said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Jesus, Torture Us

November 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Matthew 8:29 (New International Version) “What do you want with us, son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” This one is a bit odd. The demons in a man are speaking to Jesus. They ask, Have you come here to torture us? Most of the things […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament