Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from September 2014

God’s Control of Time

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Mark 10:51-52 (New Living Translation) 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road At one point in […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Discard the Coat

September 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Mark 10:49-50 (New Living Translation) When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. Many translations of this passage use the word “cloak” instead […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

The Sharing Economy, Old Testament Style

September 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Proverbs 11:24  (New Living Translation) Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. These two lines are right from today’s “sharing economy.” Give your ideas away and everyone will come to you for help. And, by the way, they will pay you handsomely for your help. The source of all that new-found […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs

The Uncontainable God

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

2 Chronicles 6:18 (New Living Translation) “But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!” The magnificent Temple in Jerusalem is completed. It is built to honor YHWH God. The builder first admits that it is almost useless as […]

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Tags: 2 Chronicles · Old Testament

Messiah, Yeah, Right

September 14th, 2014 · No Comments

John 4:25-26  (The Living Bible) 25 The woman said, “Well, at least I know that the Messiah will come—the one they call Christ—and when he does, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” These verses are part of the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the […]

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Tags: John · New Testament

The Man You Met

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

John 3:26 (The Living Bible) So they came to John and said, “Master, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River—the one you said was the Messiah—he is baptizing too, and everybody is going over there instead of coming here to us.” These are follows of John the Baptist. They are […]

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Tags: John · New Testament

Grace Through People

September 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Nehemiah 2:7-8 (The Living Bible) 7 Then I added this to my request: “If it pleases the king, give me letters to the governors west of the Euphrates River instructing them to let me travel through their countries on my way to Judah; 8 also a letter the Asap, the manager of the king’s forest, […]

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Tags: Nehemiah · Old Testament


September 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Malachi 1:2-3 (The Living Bible) “I have loved you very deeply,” says the LORD. But you retort, “Really? When was this?” And the LORD replies, “I showed my love for you by loving your father, Jacob. I didn’t need to. I even rejected his very own brother, Esau, and destroyed Esau’s mountains and inheritance, to give […]

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Tags: Malachi · Old Testament