Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from November 2014

An Everlasting Name

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 56:3-5 (New Living Translation) 3 “Don’t let foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will never let me be part of his people.’ And don’t let the eunuchs say, ‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’ 4 For this is what the Lord says: I will bless those […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

How to Live

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 56:1a (New Living Translation) This is what the Lord says: “Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, This is a simple statement from the LORD to His people. This is how to live. Be and do. That is all. Why can’t we seem to get this right?

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Dystopia Repeated

November 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Ezekiel 33:27-28  (New Living Translation) 27 “Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die by the sword. And I will send wild animals to eat those living in the open fields. Those hiding in the forts and caves will die of […]

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Tags: Ezekial · Old Testament

Fortune Tellers: Silly or Serious

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Micah 5:10-15 (New Living Translation) 10 “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will slaughter your horses and destroy your chariots. 11 I will tear down your walls and demolish your defenses. 12 I will put an end to all witchcraft, and there will be no more fortune-tellers. 13 I will destroy all your idols […]

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Tags: Micah · Old Testament

Mere Idols

November 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Psalm 96:5 (New Living Translation) The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! This is pretty simple. Jehovah (YHWH) is the creator. Other gods are things that we—the created—made up on our own. I like to pay homage to my own creations. That makes me feel big and strong […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Which Time Zone?

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Psalm 1:4-5 (New Living Translation) 4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. The wicked will be condemned. Their time is coming. Their punishment is coming. And I know just the […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Like the Many Towers

November 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Psalm 48:12-14 (New Living Translation) 12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. 13 Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. 14 For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Bringing Shame on Their Heads

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Proverbs 25:21-22 (New Living Translation) 21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. 22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you. A conversation: Mr. A: I hate you! You are terrible. I want you […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Proverbs

The Drunks of Israel

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 28:1, 7, 8 (New Living Translation) 1 What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria— the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel. It sits at the head of a fertile valley, but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower. It is the pride of a people brought down by wine. … 7 […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Harvesting the Whirlwind

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Hosea 8:7 (New Living Translation) “They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind… This phrase is often quoted in the circles of the Internet that I frequent. The application is simple: The people have not been living as God instructed them to live. The awful result is coming. We often see God’s instructions […]

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Tags: Hosea · Old Testament