Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from December 2012

Seasoned with Salt to be Attractive

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Colossians 4:6 New Living Translation – Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. New International Version – Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I love this verse. I have taught three-month classes about what this verse […]

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Tags: Colossians · New Testament

Poisonous Root of Bitterness

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Hebrews 12:15 (New Living Translation) Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Here is some stark poetry – the poisonous root of bitterness growing up to trouble us. To me, this […]

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Tags: Hebrews · New Testament

If We Want to Enjoy Life…

December 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

1 Peter 3:10-12 (New Living Translation) 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 12 The eyes of the […]

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Tags: 1 Peter · New Testament

Enjoy What God Gives

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New Living Translation) And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. I slowly read the book of Ecclesiastes recently. This is the theme I found (reading it […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament

Heart and Mind

December 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Colossians 4:2 (New Living Translation) Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Notice how we are to pray: with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Both the heart and the mind are involved. We can’t be all mindful – all analytical. We can’t be all heart – all feeling. […]

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Tags: Colossians · New Testament

Work at It

December 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Hebrews 12:14 (New Living Translation) Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. It isn’t easy to be at peace with people; it isn’t easy living a holy life for God. If it were easy, why would the […]

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Tags: Hebrews · New Testament

God Disappearing from the Printed Word

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a bit different from the usual. It is about the printed word in English and the disappearance of God from it. Google has been digitizing books for several years. This has been a controversial program with current authors and copyright holders. If, however, we forget the current market and look back a […]

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Living with God

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (New Living Translation) Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. We live with God; we all live with God, even though of us who deny […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament

Read the Entire Piece

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a little different from the norm. Read the following: “Everything is meaningless,” says the writer, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.  The wind […]

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Tags: Ecclesiastes · Old Testament · Uncategorized

In the Light or the Dark

December 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Ephesians 4:31-32 (New Living Translation) 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. These verses describe the choice of living in the light or in […]

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Tags: Ephesians · New Testament