Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from November 2017

Sometimes Being a Witness is Enough

November 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Luke 7:11-16 (New Living Translation) 11 …Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament

Worship or Taunt or Weep

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Samuel 1:7 (New Living Translation) Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat. Peninnah and Hannah were wives of Elkanah of Ramah. Elkanah brought his wives and children to Shiloh once a year […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Something We Have All Heard Before (Love)

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments

2 John 1:5 (New Living Translation) I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Just a reminder: love one another. We have all heard this one before. We probably heard it way back near the […]

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Tags: 2 John · New Testament

Recognizing God and God’s Creation

November 18th, 2017 · No Comments

1 John 3:1b (New Living Translation) But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. God is…let the world fill in the blanks here. Vengeful is often one of the answers; so is hateful. No wonder these folks don’t recognize me as a loving […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Just Do Nothing (this time)

November 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 10:35a (New Living Translation) So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. The verses preceding the above discuss the blessings of trusting in the Lord. The letter to Jews showed how they were now in Christ and how that brought unprecedented blessings. They, and we today, were given a confident trust […]

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Tags: Hebrews · New Testament


November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 46:8-11 (New Living Translation) 8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. 9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Pure and Genuine Religion in the Sight of God

November 5th, 2017 · No Comments

James 1:27 (New Living Translation) Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. This is one of those sentences in the Bible…I read the opening phrase…and…here it comes. Write this one on the wall or […]

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Tags: James · New Testament


November 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Philippians 4:5 (New Living Translation) Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. considerate: adjective, careful not to cause inconvenience or hurt to others. If I love my neighbor (goes with the “everyone” in the above verse), how will I act? Will I be careful not […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philippians