Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from January 2018

Religious Festival

January 21st, 2018 · No Comments

Exodus 32:5-6 (New Living Translation) 5 Aaron saw how excited the people were, so he built an altar in front of the calf. Then he announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord!” 6 The people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with […]

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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

A Loser’s Crown

January 20th, 2018 · No Comments

2 Samuel 12:29-30 (New Living Translation) 29 So David gathered the rest of the army and went to Rabbah, and he fought against it and captured it. 30 David removed the crown from the king’s head, and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

More Gain

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments

Genesis 37:26-27a (New Living Translation) 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? … 27 let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. What gain is there in murdering our brother? Let’s sell him instead. At least that brings us some spending money. What? Well, at least they were…No, this […]

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Tags: Genesis · Old Testament

Given by Jehovah, God of Heaven

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments

Ezra 1:2 (New Living Translation) “This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Strange words coming from the King of Persia, you know, one of […]

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Tags: Ezra · Old Testament


January 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Ezra 7:26 (New Living Translation) Anyone who refuses to obey the law of your God and the law of the king will be punished immediately, either by death, banishment, confiscation of goods, or imprisonment. This is part of a letter from a Gentile ruler to Ezra, a Jew. Note the last word, imprisonment. God’s law, […]

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Tags: Ezra · Old Testament

How Can This Happen?

January 7th, 2018 · No Comments

Luke 1:34 (New Living Translation) Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” This is a familiar verse and a familiar (hi)story. This little phrase summarizes much of our relationship to God. Really, God. You can do that? Yes, God can. Yes, God has, over and over. Yet, we continue […]

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Tags: Luke · New Testament


January 6th, 2018 · No Comments

John 10:24 (New Living Translation) The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” The people didn’t know—for sure. The people wanted to know—at least they claimed to want to know. Hey Jesus, hit us with a baseball bat (again, […]

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Tags: John · New Testament