Author Archives: jgarrott

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.

Spiritual Growth; March 29, 2020


1 Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Three things stand out to me about this. In the first place, Paul is telling Timothy that it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Desire for Wealth; March 28, 2020


1 Timothy 6:9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. It’s the first part of the next verse that is so … Continue reading

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Prohibitions; March 27, 2020


1 Timothy 4:3-5 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and … Continue reading

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Fathers/Pastors March 26, 2020


1 Timothy 3:5 If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? This is obviously a parenthetical thought, but a very germane one. When I was in seminary I can … Continue reading

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Examples; March 25, 2020


1 Timothy 1:15-17 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the … Continue reading

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Rules; March 24, 2020


1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. You can extrapolate from this that the purpose of every rule in the Church should be … Continue reading

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Perseverance; March 23, 2020


2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. We like to talk about God’s love, but not so often about Christ’s perseverance. Frankly, patient endurance (perseverance) seems to be a rare grace these … Continue reading

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