Tag Archives: accountability

Confession; June 17, 2021


Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Confession is an interesting thing. We … Continue reading

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Conceit; June 1, 2021


Ezra 9:2 “And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.” Just last night I was discussing a passage in Hosea with a pastor friend of mine, and it included this line: “I am very rich; I … Continue reading

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Government; May 5, 2021


1 Samuel 8:19-20 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before … Continue reading

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Sin and Grace; April 17, 2021


Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” This whole story seems very weird … Continue reading

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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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