Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from July 2010

The Youths, the Curse, and the Bears

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

2 Kings 2:23-25 (New International Version) 23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a […]

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Tags: 2 Kings · Old Testament


July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

1 Samuel 3:7 (New International Version) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD : The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. This chapter in 1 Samuel describes the first calling of Samuel by the Lord, i.e., their first conversation. Samuel was to be a great prophet in Israel, someone […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Right and Wrong for Some on the “Outside”

July 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Genesis 20:1-10 (New International Version) 1 Abraham left Hebron and traveled to southern Canaan where he stayed awhile between Kadesh and Shur. When he moved to Gerar,2 he told people that his wife Sarah was his sister. Abimelech king of Gerar heard this, so he sent some servants to take her.3 But one night God […]

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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament


July 18th, 2010 · No Comments

1 Samuel 3:1 (New International Version) The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. Such is the lament about the state of life in Israel when Samuel was a boy. Prophets were not having visions; they were not telling […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Forgive Your People

July 17th, 2010 · No Comments

1 Kings 8:46-51 (New International Version) 46 “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near; 47 and if they have a change of heart in the […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament

Lawsuits Like Weeds

July 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Hosea 10:1-4 (New International Version) 1 Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones. 2 Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will demolish their altars and destroy their […]

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Tags: Hosea · Old Testament

A Recipe for a Good Life

July 10th, 2010 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (New International Version) 20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Accused of Kindness

July 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Acts 4:8-10 (New International Version) 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

Built to Last

July 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

1 Kings 6:1 (New International Version) 1 In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD. Here, Solomon begins building the Temple in […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament