Tag Archives: conflict

Marriage; August 9, 2021


Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Because I use this passage every time I do premarital counseling, I have it essentially memorized in Japanese. As I … Continue reading

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Church Discipline; December 12, 2020


1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Paul has just told Timothy to exercise Church discipline, calling people down for teaching unbiblical things. … Continue reading

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Opposition; August 2, 2020


Mark 3:5-6 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and … 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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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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Conflict; January 6, 2020


Luke 20:18 “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” What happened to “gentle Jesus, meek and mild?” This isn’t the image we usually have of Christ, but Jesus … Continue reading

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Conflict; November 8, 2019


Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. There are … Continue reading

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Enemies; July 25, 2019


Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. I’ve had this Psalm memorized since childhood, and I was actually rather curious as to what the … Continue reading

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Conflict; January 26, 2019


Matthew 22:46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on on one dared to ask him any more questions. I would imagine the disciples got a huge kick out of this. Verse 34 says that … Continue reading

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Opposition; January 24, 2019


Matthew 11:1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. I think the NIV translators did their readers a real disservice here by saying, “in the … Continue reading

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