Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from January 2011

Worship and Convenience

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

1 Kings 12:28-29 (New International Version 2010) 28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament

Worship and Politics

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

1 Kings 12:26-27 (New International Version 2010) 26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament

The Curse of Eternal Life – Removed

January 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Matthew 19:29 (New International Version 2010) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. This is one passage that mentions eternal life. There are many others. Christians through […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

Worms Cover Them Both

January 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Job 21:22-26 (New International Version 2010) 22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest? 23 One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease, 24 well nourished in body, bones rich with marrow. 25 Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. 26 Side by […]

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Tags: Job · Old Testament

Freed from Infirmity

January 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Luke 13:10-16 (New International Version 2010) 10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Figures of Speech

January 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Matthew 16:5-12 (New International Version 2010) 5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

I Wish that They were Wise

January 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 32:28-29 (New English Translation) 28 They are a nation devoid of wisdom, and there is no understanding among them. 29 I wish that they were wise and could understand this, and that they could comprehend what will happen to them.” God’s people are about to enter the Promised Land. Moses will not enter with […]

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Tags: Deuteronomy · Old Testament

Finding the Lost Ark of the Covenant

January 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Revelation 11:19 (New International Version 2010) 19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. Here it is, the lost ark of the covenant. It will be in God’s […]

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Tags: New Testament · Revelation

Report What You See and Hear

January 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Matthew 11:4 (New International Version 2010) Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: Some followers of John the Baptizer have come to Jesus. They want to know who he is. He tells them these simple directions. I guess things can become much more complicated if I make them much […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

Grace and Peace – a Forgotten Greeting

January 1st, 2011 · No Comments

While recently reading through the New Testament, I read the same greeting over and over. The words “grace and peace” over and over. Here are some examples: Galatians  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord […]

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Tags: New Testament