Tag Archives: choices

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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Loving God; March 5, 2021


Matthew 24:12-13 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” The Japanese here goes with the more traditional, “the love of many,” but I … Continue reading

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Words; January 30, 2021


Proverbs 18:20-21 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. … 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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Light; June 10, 2020


Proverbs 4:18-19 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them … Continue reading

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Consequences; May 15, 2020


Revelation 2:23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. This is not a feel-good message! … Continue reading

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Choices; March 22, 2020


2 Thessalonians 2:10 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. The Japanese translation of this verse has an interesting slant: “They did not receive the love of the truth [needed] to be saved.” God … Continue reading

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Salvation; February 3, 2020


Romans 9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. This chapter shows that Paul, too, labored under the burden of trying to understand the infinity of God, even though he, like us, was … Continue reading

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Abiding; January 12, 2020


John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Verse 32 is widely quoted, … Continue reading

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Impossible vs. God; December 22, 2019


Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This is one of the fundamental truths of Scripture, yet we forget it in practice all too often. Three times … Continue reading

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