There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


take 60 seconds (or more) in silent preparation for sacred reading


listen to the text by reading out loud slowly and repeat up to 3x if desired


reflect on - what word, words, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text, then write them down


pray as responding to the words, phrase, sentence that God has stirred within you


rest in the presence of God, allowing the words revealed to take root

  • Psalm 11


    I trust in the Lord for protection.

    So why do you say to me,

        “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!


    The wicked are stringing their bows

        and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.

    They shoot from the shadows

        at those whose hearts are right.


    The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

        What can the righteous do?”


    But the Lord is in his holy Temple;

        the Lord still rules from heaven.

    He watches everyone closely,

        examining every person on earth.


    The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.

        He hates those who love violence.


    He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,

        punishing them with scorching winds.


    For the righteous Lord loves justice.

        The virtuous will see his face.

  • Luke 10:25-37

    The Most Important Commandment

    25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

    26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

    27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[a]

    28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

    29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

    Parable of the Good Samaritan

    30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

    31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[b]walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

    33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[c] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

    36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

    37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

    Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

  • Proverbs 12:1-3

    1 To learn, you must love discipline;

        it is stupid to hate correction.

    2 The Lord approves of those who are good,

        but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

    3 Wickedness never brings stability,

        but the godly have deep roots.

  • Isaiah 5:8-23

    Judah’s Guilt and Judgment

    8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,

        until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.

    9 But I have heard the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

        swear a solemn oath:

    “Many houses will stand deserted;

        even beautiful mansions will be empty.

    10 Ten acres[a] of vineyard will not produce even six gallons[b] of wine.

        Ten baskets of seed will yield only one basket[c] of grain.”

    11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning

        looking for a drink of alcohol

    and spend long evenings drinking wine

        to make themselves flaming drunk.

    12 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties—

        lyre and harp, tambourine and flute—

    but they never think about the Lord

        or notice what he is doing.

    13 So my people will go into exile far away

        because they do not know me.

    Those who are great and honored will starve,

        and the common people will die of thirst.

    14 The grave[d] is licking its lips in anticipation,

        opening its mouth wide.

    The great and the lowly

        and all the drunken mob will be swallowed up.

    15 Humanity will be destroyed, and people brought down;

        even the arrogant will lower their eyes in humiliation.

    16 But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice.

        The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.

    17 In that day lambs will find good pastures,

        and fattened sheep and young goats[e] will feed among the ruins.

    18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them

        with ropes made of lies,

        who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!

    19 They even mock God and say,

        “Hurry up and do something!

        We want to see what you can do.

    Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan,

        for we want to know what it is.”

    20 What sorrow for those who say

        that evil is good and good is evil,

    that dark is light and light is dark,

        that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

    21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes

        and think themselves so clever.

    22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine

        and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

    23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,

        and they punish the innocent.

  • Acts 7:44-53

    44 “Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle[a] with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses. 45 Years later, when Joshua led our ancestors in battle against the nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it stayed there until the time of King David.

    46 “David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob.[b] 47 But it was Solomon who actually built it.48 However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says,

    49 ‘Heaven is my throne,

        and the earth is my footstool.

    Could you build me a temple as good as that?’

        asks the Lord.

    ‘Could you build me such a resting place?

    50     Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’[c]

    51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen[d] at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”

  • Psalm 74

    1 O God, why have you rejected us so long?

        Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?

    2 Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,

        the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!

        And remember Jerusalem,[b] your home here on earth.

    3 Walk through the awful ruins of the city;

        see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.

    4 There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries;

        there they set up their battle standards.

    5 They swung their axes

        like woodcutters in a forest.

    6 With axes and picks,

        they smashed the carved paneling.

    7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground.

        They defiled the place that bears your name.

    8 Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!”

        So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.

    9 We no longer see your miraculous signs.

        All the prophets are gone,

        and no one can tell us when it will end.

    10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you?

        Will you let them dishonor your name forever?

    11 Why do you hold back your strong right hand?

        Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

    12 You, O God, are my king from ages past,

        bringing salvation to the earth.

    13 You split the sea by your strength

        and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.

    14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan[c]

        and let the desert animals eat him.

    15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth,

        and you dried up rivers that never run dry.

    16 Both day and night belong to you;

        you made the starlight[d] and the sun.

    17 You set the boundaries of the earth,

        and you made both summer and winter.

    18 See how these enemies insult you, Lord.

        A foolish nation has dishonored your name.

    19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves.

        Don’t forget your suffering people forever.

    20 Remember your covenant promises,

        for the land is full of darkness and violence!

    21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again.

        Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.

    22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause.

        Remember how these fools insult you all day long.

    23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said

        or their growing uproar.

  • Luke 10:38-42

    Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

    38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

    41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

  • Proverbs 12:8-14

    8 A sensible person wins admiration,

        but a warped mind is despised.

    9 Better to be an ordinary person with a servant

        than to be self-important but have no food.

    10 The godly care for their animals,

        but the wicked are always cruel.

    11 A hard worker has plenty of food,

        but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

    12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot,

        but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.

    13 The wicked are trapped by their own words,

        but the godly escape such trouble.

    14 Wise words bring many benefits,

        and hard work brings rewards.

  • Jeremiah 7:1-15

    7 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go to the entrance of the Lord’s Temple, and give this message to the people: ‘O Judah, listen to this message from the Lord! Listen to it, all of you who worship here! 3 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:

    “‘Even now, if you quit your evil ways, I will let you stay in your own land. 4 But don’t be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the Lord’s Temple is here. They chant, “The Lord’s Temple is here! The Lord’s Temple is here!”5 But I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice; 6 only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; only if you stop your murdering; and only if you stop harming yourselves by worshiping idols. 7 Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.

    8 “‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie! 9 Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, 10 and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!”—only to go right back to all those evils again? 11 Don’t you yourselves admit that this Temple, which bears my name, has become a den of thieves? Surely I see all the evil going on there. I, the Lord, have spoken!

    12 “‘Go now to the place at Shiloh where I once put the Tabernacle that bore my name. See what I did there because of all the wickedness of my people, the Israelites. 13 While you were doing these wicked things, says the Lord, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer. 14 So just as I destroyed Shiloh, I will now destroy this Temple that bears my name, this Temple that you trust in for help, this place that I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 And I will send you out of my sight into exile, just as I did your relatives, the people of Israel."

  • Revelations 3:7-13

    The Message to the Church in Philadelphia

    7 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

    This is the message from the one who is holy and true,

        the one who has the key of David.

    What he opens, no one can close;

        and what he closes, no one can open:[a]

    8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. 9 Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.

    10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon.[b] Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

    13 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

  • Psalm 10

    1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away?

        Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

    2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.

        Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

    3 For they brag about their evil desires;

        they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

    4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.

        They seem to think that God is dead.

    5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.

        They do not see your punishment awaiting them.

        They sneer at all their enemies.

    6 They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!

        We will be free of trouble forever!”

    7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.[a]

        Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.

    8 They lurk in ambush in the villages,

        waiting to murder innocent people.

        They are always searching for helpless victims.

    9 Like lions crouched in hiding,

        they wait to pounce on the helpless.

    Like hunters they capture the helpless

        and drag them away in nets.

    10 Their helpless victims are crushed;

        they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.

    11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!

        He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

    12 Arise, O Lord!

        Punish the wicked, O God!

        Do not ignore the helpless!

    13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?

        They think, “God will never call us to account.”

    14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.

        You take note of it and punish them.

    The helpless put their trust in you.

        You defend the orphans.

    15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!

        Go after them until the last one is destroyed.

    16 The Lord is king forever and ever!

        The godless nations will vanish from the land.

    17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.

        Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

    18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,

        so mere people can no longer terrify them.

  • Luke 11:1-13

    1 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

    2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:[a]

    “Father, may your name be kept holy.

        May your Kingdom come soon.

    3 Give us each day the food we need,[b]

    4 and forgive us our sins,

        as we forgive those who sin against us.

    And don’t let us yield to temptation.[c]”

    5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.[d]

    9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

    11 “You fathers—if your children ask[e] for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

  • Proverbs 12:15-19

    15 Fools think their own way is right,

        but the wise listen to others.

    16 A fool is quick-tempered,

        but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

    17 An honest witness tells the truth;

        a false witness tells lies.

    18 Some people make cutting remarks,

        but the words of the wise bring healing.

    19 Truthful words stand the test of time,

        but lies are soon exposed.

  • Jeremiah 2:23-27

    23 “You say, ‘That’s not true!

        I haven’t worshiped the images of Baal!’

    But how can you say that?

        Go and look in any valley in the land!

    Face the awful sins you have done.

        You are like a restless female camel

        desperately searching for a mate.

    24 You are like a wild donkey,

        sniffing the wind at mating time.

    Who can restrain her lust?

        Those who desire her don’t need to search,

        for she goes running to them!

    25 When will you stop running?

        When will you stop panting after other gods?

    But you say, ‘Save your breath.

        I’m in love with these foreign gods,

        and I can’t stop loving them now!’

    26 “Israel is like a thief

        who feels shame only when he gets caught.

    They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets—

        all are alike in this.

    27 To an image carved from a piece of wood they say,

        ‘You are my father.’

    To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say,

        ‘You are my mother.’

    They turn their backs on me,

        but in times of trouble they cry out to me,

        ‘Come and save us!’

  • Titus 1:1-9

    1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. 3 And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.

    4 I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.

    May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

    Titus’s Work in Crete

    5 I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.

    8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

  • Psalm 58

    For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

    1 Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word?

        Do you judge the people fairly?

    2 No! You plot injustice in your hearts.

        You spread violence throughout the land.

    3 These wicked people are born sinners;

        even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

    4 They spit venom like deadly snakes;

        they are like cobras that refuse to listen,

    5 ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers,

        no matter how skillfully they play.

    6 Break off their fangs, O God!

        Smash the jaws of these lions, O Lord!

    7 May they disappear like water into thirsty ground.

        Make their weapons useless in their hands.

    8 May they be like snails that dissolve into slime,

        like a stillborn child who will never see the sun.

    9 God will sweep them away, both young and old,

        faster than a pot heats over burning thorns.

    10 The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged.

        They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.

    11 Then at last everyone will say,

        “There truly is a reward for those who live for God;

        surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”

  • Luke 11:14-28

    Jesus and the Prince of Demons

    14 One day Jesus cast out a demon from a man who couldn’t speak, and when the demon was gone, the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed, 15 but some of them said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,[a] the prince of demons.” 16 Others, trying to test Jesus, demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

    17 He knew their thoughts, so he said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 18 You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive? 19 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 20 But if I am casting out demons by the power of God,[b] then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 21 For when a strong man is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— 22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

    23 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

    24 “When an evil[c] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”

    27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”

    28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

  • Proverbs 12:25-28

    25 Worry weighs a person down;

        an encouraging word cheers a person up.

    26 The godly give good advice to their friends;

        the wicked lead them astray.

    27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,

        but the diligent make use of everything they find.

    28 The way of the godly leads to life;

        that path does not lead to death.

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