Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from February 2014

Evil for Evil (not)

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (New Living Translation) See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. “God needs someone to give that guy just what he deserves, and I’m just the person to do it.” Isn’t that silly? Yet, we try to live […]

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Tags: 1 Thessalonians · New Testament

The Good News

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Romans 1:16-17 (New Living Translation) 16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by […]

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Tags: New Testament · Romans

The Super-Human Creation – Beating Seven Men

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Acts 19:16 (New Living Translation) Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered. This describes another instance of what I consider the super-human creation. One man beat seven in a fight. The accomplishment here is diminished […]

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Tags: Acts · New Testament

Enemies (?)

February 15th, 2014 · No Comments

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (New Living Translation) 14 Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. 15 Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister. Do you have any enemies? Of course that is a […]

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Tags: 2 Thessalonians · New Testament


February 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Romans 8:5-7 (New English Translation) 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 6 For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit […]

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Tags: New Testament · Romans

Not that Important

February 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Galatians 6:3 (New Living Translation) If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. This stings in  its simplicity. I think God that from time to time He sends people into my life who remind me of this verse, i.e., they remind me that […]

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Tags: Galatians · New Testament

Follow Me (?)

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Philippians 3:17 (New Living Translation) Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. When was the last time you heard a preacher proclaim, “Live like me!” My answer, “Never.” Yet here is Paul writing to the Philippians and telling them to live like him. Paul also […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians

The Secret of Contentment

February 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Philippians 4:12-13 (New Living Translation) 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Paul has learned how to live in […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians