Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 19, 2015


Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” The Japanese for this verse brings out two nuances that are missing from the English, or the NIV at least. The … Continue reading

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December 18, 2015


Luke 1:37-38 “For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. What a contrast to Gabriel’s interaction with Zechariah! I’m sure he … Continue reading

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December 17, 2015


Luke 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well on in years.” When you come right down to it, Zechariah had a lot of gall, questioning … Continue reading

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December 16, 2015


Micah 4:2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his … Continue reading

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December 15, 2015


Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. The inclusion of this passage is one reason I am convinced … Continue reading

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December 14, 2015


Zechariah 9:12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. I know that I’ve written on this verse several times in the past, most recently when the … Continue reading

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December 13, 2015


Haggai 2:7 “‘I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Well! Reading this verse in the Japanese just removed it from my personal … Continue reading

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December 12, 2015


Jeremiah 33:15-16 “‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will … Continue reading

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December 11, 2015


Jeremiah 31:16 This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. It seems like there have been a lot of Scriptures about rewards recently, … Continue reading

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December 10, 2015


Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness. This very deep truth is precisely what Paul was referring to … Continue reading

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