Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from December 2014

Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves

December 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Matthew 10:16 (New Living Translation) Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. I have always loved this verse. Jesus is sending His followers into the world to speak of the Gospel. The world might eat them, and us, alive with savage brutality. […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

Let’s Sit and Talk, Again

December 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Matthew 13:1-2 (New Living Translation) Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. Jesus often sat when he spoke to crowds. In these […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament


December 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Luke 7:1-5 (New Living Translation) When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. 2 At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. 3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Accomplish the Purpose of the Law

December 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Matthew 5:17-19 (New Living Translation) 17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

He was Working for Me

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Ezekiel 29:17-21 (New Living Translation) 17 On April 26, the first day of the new year, during the twenty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: 18 “Son of man, the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought so hard against Tyre that the warriors’ heads were rubbed bare […]

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Tags: Ezekial · Old Testament

Our Lives are Not Our Own

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Jeremiah 10:23-24 (New Living Translation) 23 I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. 24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die. This is a prayer of Jeremiah. This should be my prayer […]

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Tags: Jeremiah · Old Testament

Watchmen Who Pray (?)

December 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 62:6 (New Living Translation) O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. The LORD YHWH appointed watchmen for Jerusalem. Everyone knows the job of a watchman—to watch. Right? The LORD seems a bit confused here as […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

This is Real Fasting

December 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Isaiah 58:6-7 (New Living Translation) 6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. 7 Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament