Contemplative Bible Reading

Some thoughts about Bible verses

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Entries from April 2017

Beyond Change and Decay

April 30th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Peter 1:3-4 (New Living Translation) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept […]

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Tags: 1 Peter · New Testament

Angels are Sent to Care

April 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 1:14 (New Living Translation) Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. Consider a literal consideration of the above. Angels are sent to earth to serve those who follow after Christ. Angels are here to care for the bride of Christ. I like the sound of that. Perhaps […]

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Tags: Hebrews · New Testament

Missing the Whole Point

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Timothy 1:6 (New Living Translation) But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. What was the point? See yesterday’s post. Today…people have turned away from love and put all their energies into meaningless discussions. “Let’s try to figure out what […]

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Tags: 1 Timothy · New Testament

The Purpose of Paul’s Instruction

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Timothy 1:5 (New Living Translation) The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. Paul writes a letter of encouragement and instruction to Timothy. The purpose of the letter is simple, well, maybe not simple, but Paul […]

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Tags: 1 Timothy · New Testament

The Visible Image

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Colossians 1:15a (New Living Translation) Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. This is the first line of what many believe is one of the oldest Christian songs. What an opening line. This is one of those “No duh” statements that I overlook, often. The creator God has not been seen, as we […]

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Tags: Colossians · New Testament

Pull Out Their Hair

April 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Nehemiah 13:23-25 (New Living Translation) 23 About the same time I realized that some of the men of Judah had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Furthermore, half their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of some other people and could not speak the language of Judah at all. 25 So I […]

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Tags: Nehemiah · Old Testament

The Gift

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 2:28 (New Living Translation) So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath! Jesus said this about Himself. Most of those listening weren’t happy to hear it. It was blasphemy! This was not a joke. These people were learned and serious, and they came to the correct conclusion given what they knew. […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

The Other Way Around

April 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 2:27 (New Living Translation) Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a gift from God (note, I didn’t write WAS a gift from God). God granted man rest one-seventh of the time. God […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Light and Good and Right and True

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:8-9 (New Living Translation) 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. One of the gifts of God to us is often called “light.” Some would […]

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Tags: Ephesians · New Testament

Heart and Mind

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 1:18 (New Living Translation) I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. One of the discussions Christians have is whether Christianity is about what is in the heart, […]

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Tags: Ephesians · New Testament