Author Archives: jgarrott

About jgarrott

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

Job’s Friends; August 3, 2022


Job 8:20-21 “Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” The big problem with Job’s friends was that they … Continue reading

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Job’s Joy; August 2, 2022


Job 6:10 Then I would still have this consolation– my joy in unrelenting pain– that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job went through a lot. Whether he actually existed or whether the book was written … Continue reading

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The Book of Esther; August 1, 2022


Esther 9:26 Therefore these days were called Purim, from the word pur. The Book of Esther commemorates a major event in Jewish history, but it is the only book in the Bible that never mentions the name of God. It … Continue reading

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Leadership; July 31, 2022


Nehemiah 12:43 And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. It is interesting, and meaningful, … Continue reading

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God’s Joy; July 30, 2022


Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This is a very famous phrase, rightly enough, but the Japanese translation flips the meaning in a way that is quite possible from the English, but … Continue reading

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Honoring God; July 29, 2022


Ezra 6:20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their brothers the priests and for themselves. This might seem like an inconsequential detail in … Continue reading

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Emotions; July 28, 2022


Ezra 3:13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away. Strong emotions can indeed become hard to distinguish, … Continue reading

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Unity; July 27, 2022


2 Chronicles 30:21 The Levites and priests sang to the Lord every day, accompanied by the Lord’s instruments of praise. The NIV tones this down a little bit, but in a footnote they do say this could be translated “resounding … Continue reading

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Time; July 26, 2022


2 Chronicles 29:36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly. One thing that both the Bible and experience teach us is that God’s timing and ours … Continue reading

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God’s Government; July 25, 2022


2 Chronicles 23:21 And all the people of the land rejoiced. And the city was quiet, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword. This whole story reads like a movie script, as dramatic as anyone could ask for. The … Continue reading

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