Nykyrkliga bibelstudium

Läs Bibeln och utforska det nykyrkliga perspektivet på dess innre mening.


Christ driving the money-changers from the temple

Anger = bad, Zeal = good.

And how to know the difference.


Pray hard.

Worrying About the Future

Consider the simple faith expressed in this psalm to the Lord. A confidence that evil will be punished and that good will always prevail. The future is bright. There is no need to worry.


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In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the Bible, but in a natural sense it simply means earthly knowledge to be stored up and possessed.


Moses and the Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

'Take off your shoes from upon your feet' means that the powers of the senses, which form the external levels of the natural, should be removed. 'For the place which you are standing on is holy ground' means that otherwise the Divine cannot come in. '


The Annunciation, 1898. By Henry Ossawa Tanner. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4864374. Located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

You shall Bear a Son

In this wonderful Bible story, the Lord sends an angel, Gabriel, to tell Mary that she will be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah.


The wise men are warned in a dream, not to return to Herod.

Departing into Our Own Country Another Way

As the Christmas season winds down, there is with most of us a mix of emotions - some gratitude, some sadness, perhaps a little wistfulness, a blend of inspired, happy memories and much food for thought.


Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus. A painting by Richard J. Cook, whose work may be seen at www.americanportraitartist.com

The Birth of Jesus

In the Bible story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, His birth on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts.


Daniel and His Friends Refuse the King's Food

Daniel Refuses the King's Food

Daniel and his friends, now captives in Babylon, refuse the food that is being offered to them from the King's table.


Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream, Portion de vitrail de la cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille (Nord), représentant le prophète Daniel de l'ancien testament. Photo By Velvet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6498086

Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel, inspired by God, is the only person who is able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream. It's a powerful story in the literal sense, and its spiritual sense goes deep.


The Fiery Furnace, an illustration from an Armenian manuscript by Toros Roslin, Mashtots, 1266 (MS No. 2027, Fol. 14 V.)

The Fiery Furnace

The third chapter of Daniel follows the same pattern as the first two: Nebuchadnezzar begins by making threats against those who do not bow to his every whim, and ends with his humbly admitting the Lord's power.


A nice mother-daughter hug.


In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some cases "mother" more specifically means the truth of the church, the true teachings the church has about the Lord and about life.


Enghave Kirke, Børnealtertavle:Den barmhjertige Samaritaner

How Shall I Inherit Eternal Life?

Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan is sparked by a man who asks a fundamental human question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Rev. Jim Cooper ties Jesus's answer to another place in the Gospels where that question is asked.


I don't want to hear it.

Ahab does not like the pattern

King Ahab is almost a comical figure in his complaining about the bad news he always hears from a prophet of the Lord. Amazingly, he seems completely unaware of the fact that he is personally responsible for the evil prophecy that always comes his way.



The Attractive Power of Good

A promise from the Lord - He can and will lift us up. He will take our hands and draw us out of the frustrations and pains of selfish life. He will be with us and raise us up into joy and happiness beyond our belief.


Abraham Lincoln Photo

Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln's spiritual faith was deep and thoughtful. His proclamation of a national day of Thanksgiving, during the Civil War, was very moving. He seems to have been a reader of Swedenborg's theological works, and was close friends with Swedenborgians in Illinois.


The disciples Peter and John running to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection

Easter Morning - The disciples at the tomb

In the Easter story, in the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb first, on the Sunday morning. She sees that the stone has been rolled away from where it was sealing Jesus's tomb, and that Jesus's body is not there.


Manna in the Wilderness

What is It? The Story of Manna in the Wildnerness

From common perception, many of us think of Israel's journey to the Promised Land as being like our journey to heaven. In the story of the Lord miraculously delivering Israel from bondage in Egypt, perhaps we also glimpse the Lord's answer to our own prayer: "Deliver us from evil."


Cherry Blossom

What really happened at Easter?

What does the New Church teach about Easter? It's a short question, but it involves a big network of connected ideas. It can't be answered right in a sound bite, so bear with me…


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