Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from December 2016

A Confession of Murder

December 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Matthew 27:6 (New Living Translation) The leading priests picked up the coins. “It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury,” they said, “since it was payment for murder.” This is after the crucifixion. The leading priests are gathering the thirty pieces of silver from the floor. Why don’t they put the […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

The Real Meaning of Christmas from a Childlike Man

December 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This post is different from all others. Today is Christmas. So? The best explanation I can find comes from the heart and soul of Charles Shultz. This childlike man best explains it through a little boy named Linus. Odd, but no television network would dare make a show like this today. That […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Allowing Sins to Grow Big Enough

December 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Genesis 15:13-16 (New Living Translation) 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. 14 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with […]

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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

A Gift that No One Else can Give

December 18th, 2016 · No Comments

John 14:27 (New Living Translation) I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Jesus gives us peace of mind and peace of heart. No one else can give that. World leaders can give what most […]

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Tags: John · New Testament

Son of David

December 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Mark 10:46-48 (New Living Translation) 46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Those In; Those Out; the Heart of the Matter

December 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Zephaniah 3:11-12 (New Living Translation) 11 On that day you will no longer need to be ashamed, for you will no longer be rebels against me. I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you. There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain. 12 Those who are left will be the […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zephaniah

Zephaniah, Frankenstein, and Those Who were Chased Away

December 10th, 2016 · No Comments

Zephaniah 3:19 (New Living Translation) And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed. Per tradition, it is Christmas […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zephaniah

The Curse of Discontent

December 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Micah 6:14 (New Living Translation) You will eat but never have enough. Your hunger pangs and emptiness will remain. And though you try to save your money, it will come to nothing in the end. You will save a little, but I will give it to those who conquer you. In this verse, the prophet […]

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Tags: Micah · Old Testament

Jehovah will Teach the Nations

December 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Micah 4:2 (New Living Translation) People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word […]

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Tags: Micah · Old Testament