Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from August 2011

Sing for Joy

August 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Isaiah 65:14 (New International Version 2011) My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, Singing has changed over the 30 centuries since Isaiah wrote this. What we call “music” has changed over the 30 centuries since Isaiah wrote this. I think that the “singing” mentioned here bears little resemblance to the four-part […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

In Celebration of Who (or What)?

August 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Zechariah 7:4-6 (New International Version 2011) 4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? 6 And when […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah

When the Tree is Green

August 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Luke 23:31 (New International Version 2011) For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Refers back to Hosea 10, which begins with Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. and continues in Hosea with As his fruit increased, he built more […]

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Tags: Hosea · Luke · New Testament · Old Testament

Preaching about Ourselves

August 20th, 2011 · No Comments

2 Corinthians 4:5 (New Living Translation) You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. This is pretty simple. Paul says that the Gospel is not about him; it is about Jesus the Christ. We, however, have been stumbling over […]

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Tags: 2 Corinthians · New Testament

All in the Family

August 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Zechariah 7:8-10 8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ He was a good friend […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah

There Must be Something Wrong with this List of Sins

August 13th, 2011 · No Comments

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  (New International Version 2011) 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit […]

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Tags: 1 Corinthians · New Testament

If You Really Love Me…

August 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Judges 16:15-16 (New International Version 2011) 15 Then she (Delilah) said to him (Samson), “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded […]

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Tags: Judges · Old Testament

Terrified by Signs in the Heavens

August 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Jeremiah 10:1-2 (New International Version 2011) 1 Hear what the LORD says to you, people of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them. Now and then, the LORD sent a message […]

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Tags: Jeremiah · New Testament