Author Archives: jgarrott

About jgarrott

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

Outcome; February 10, 2021


Isaiah 49:4 But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” Various passages … Continue reading

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World Missions; February 9, 2021


Isaiah 45:22-24 “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not … Continue reading

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The Love of God; February 8, 2021


Isaiah 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you… Multiple Japanese translations isolate this from the second half of the verse, leaving out the conjunctions the NIV inserts, which makes me think the Hebrew … Continue reading

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The Word of God; February 7, 2021


Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of our God stands forever.” There are many angles to this seemingly simple statement. Isaiah has just been talking about the fleeting existence of grass and flowers as a … Continue reading

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Fulfillment of Prophecy; February 6, 2021


Isaiah 11:12 He will raise up a banner for the nationsand gather the exiles of Israel;He will assemble the scattered people of Judahfrom the four quarters of the earth. I don’t think most people have any awareness of the fact … Continue reading

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The Joy of Harvest; February 5, 2021


Isaiah 9:3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. It is somehow significant that in a Scripture reading list based on … Continue reading

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Planning; February 4, 2021


Ecclesiastes 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Talk about practical advice! … Continue reading

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The Sovereignty of God; February 3, 2021


Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. This chapter is quite well known, with the first … Continue reading

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Accountability; February 2, 2021


Proverbs 22:2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. There are differences between the Japanese and the English in the first half of this verse, but the second half is in complete … Continue reading

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Generosity; February 1, 2021


Proverbs 11:25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. It’s interesting how many people seem quite unable to grasp this principle. It applies in so many areas that you couldn’t really list them all. … Continue reading

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