Tag Archives: accountability

Active Obedience; March 21, 2021


James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. Ouch! This verse has got to bite any thinking believer. We tend to think of sin in terms of commission, things we do … Continue reading

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Talents; March 6, 2021


Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” The central place of the Bible … Continue reading

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Stewardship; March 3, 2021


Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” Some people have used this verse to justify what is called “Replacement Theology,” … 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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Integrity; January 28, 2021


Proverbs 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. This verse seems singularly appropriate right now. There’s nothing wrong with the English translation, but the Japanese here gives fresh insight: “The … Continue reading

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Denial of God; January 13, 2020


Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Primitive peoples had very little understanding of the physical universe. Their cosmology certainly didn’t have the earth … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth; January 7, 2021


2 Peter 1:8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because verse 9 had such a liberating effect on me over … Continue reading

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Slavery; December 6, 2020


Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are … Continue reading

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Wisdom; October 11, 2020


Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. It strikes me that this … Continue reading

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Focus; July 24, 2020


Matt 15:25-28 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat … Continue reading

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