Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from September 2012

Cheat Employees?

September 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Malachi 3:5 (New Living Translation) “At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people […]

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Tags: Malachi · New Testament

Super-Human Ability

September 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Mark 5:4 (New Living Translation) Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. This verse described a demon-possessed man.  The man was possessed by “Legion, because there are many of us inside this man” […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Never Extinguish It

September 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

John 1:4-5 (New Living Translation) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Just like that, God flipped the switch and there was light. And the darkness can never extinguish it. Never is […]

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Tags: John · New Testament

For the People

September 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Mark 2:27 (New Living Translation) Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. This verse is part of yet another of those instances when the lawyers were after Jesus concerning obedience of the Sabbath day. Let’s be clear about […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

A New Testament Prophecy

September 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Luke 1:67-80 (New Living Translation) 67 Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy: 68 “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. 69 He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, 70 just as […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Children of the Same Father

September 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Malachi 2:10 (New Living Translation) Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors? The prophet Malachi brings to mind something that was oft forgotten by God’s people in the Old Testament era. […]

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Tags: Malachi · Old Testament

Do What is Right and Good

September 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Isaiah 56:1 (New Living Translation) This is what the Lord says: “Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you. Life can be complicated. I can make my life complicated. Life can be simple. Look at what […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Simply Different

September 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. How much higher are […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Why Isn’t He Listening to My Lesson?

September 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a little different. Instead of noting a scripture, I will write about teaching and what may be happening in the class you are teaching or what may be happening with the people in the audience when you are preaching. Speakers: Please note that your message may not be the most important thing […]

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Tags: Listening · Speaking

What Would You Say?

September 1st, 2012 · No Comments

3 John (New Living Translation) 9 I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. 10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he […]

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Tags: 3 John · New Testament