Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from May 2011

Casting Lots, Again

May 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Proverbs 16:33 (New International Version 2011) The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. We are back to casting lots to make decisions. This verse strikes me as one more simple example of using the lot or the die to seek what the Lord wants us to do. […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs

More Evil Spirits

May 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Acts 19:13-16 (New International Version 2011) 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

This Won’t Suffice, but We Will Do So

May 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 2:5-6 (New International Version 2011) 5 “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. 6 But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament


May 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Acts 16:16-18 (New International Version 2011) 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

Enter the King – on a mule?

May 15th, 2011 · No Comments

1 Kings 1:28-33 (New International Version 2011) 28 Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him. 29 The king then took an oath: “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 30 I will surely carry out this very day […]

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Tags: 1 Kings · Old Testament

The Impossible (Possible)

May 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Acts 12:1-5 (New International Version 2011) 1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

Guarding the Lips (from the inside)

May 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Psalm 141:3-4 (New International Version 2011) 3 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. 4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds This Psalm was written by King David. In verse 3, David asks the […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament · Old Testament · Psalms

The Touch of a Hand

May 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Acts 3:6-8 (New International Version 2011) 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

What is the True Source?

May 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Jedges 16:20-22 (New International Version 2011) 20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him. 21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took […]

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Tags: Judges · Old Testament