Author Archives: jgarrott

About jgarrott

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

Righteousness; January 25, 2021


Psalm 85:13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. Yesterday in our service we sang a song by Noriko Sasaki based on Hosea 10:12 that I translated into English several years ago, and it has been … Continue reading

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Sharing God’s Blessings; January 24, 2021


Psalms 67:1-2 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. Motives can be hard to determine, especially thousands of … Continue reading

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Faith; January 23, 2021


Job 5:2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. Job’s friends’ pronouncements are largely collections of platitudes and truisms, but they do contain some nuggets worthy of meditation. Verse seven of this chapter – “Man is born to … Continue reading

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Fatherlessness; January 22, 2021


Deuteronomy 24:18 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. We can be thoughtlessly cruel, and Moses didn’t want that to happen. He … Continue reading

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Offerings; January 21, 2021


Deuteronomy 16:17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you. The principle of proportional offerings, established by God through Moses, has remained valid ever since. As Paul wrote to … Continue reading

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Rules; January 20, 2021


Leviticus 26:3 “‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, … ‘” The Bible has a lot of “if/then” places in it. We love to latch onto “the promises of God,” as we see them, but … Continue reading

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Fairness; January 19, 2021


Leviticus 25:17 “Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God.” In this chapter God instates a system that, if properly followed, would have resulted in incredible blessing, but which was actually … Continue reading

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Pastoral Income; January 18, 2021


Leviticus 23:20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. I had known it as … Continue reading

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Absolute Honesty; January 17, 2021


Leviticus 19:11-12 “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another. “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.’” Much of Leviticus is detailed rules of all … Continue reading

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Sabbath; January 16, 2021


Exodus 34:21 “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest. When you think about it, this was a very shocking command. In an agrarian society, … Continue reading

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