Tag Archives: deception

Repentance; December 8, 2019


Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. This is a good counterpoint to … Continue reading

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The Fear of the Lord; October 19, 2019


Proverbs 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil. This fallen world is certainly steeped in sin of all sorts. However, God has an answer for that. Of course … Continue reading

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Controlling Sins; September 21, 2019


Psalm 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119 bears a lot in common with the book of Proverbs, because it has a lot of pithy one-liners, and this is certainly one … Continue reading

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Sexual Immorality; May 28, 2019


1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. I don’t see how … Continue reading

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Listening to God; February 17, 2019


John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” I like the way the Japanese expresses this verse. “My sheep distinguish my voice.” I’m preaching this morning on discernment, so this is very relevant. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts; September 30, 2018


1 Corinthians 12:1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. This is one instance where I feel the Japanese really loses the flavor of what Paul said. In Japanese it says, “I want you … Continue reading

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Honesty; May 23, 2018


Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?” These passages were chosen on the basis of God giving or providing things, but here Jesus gives a very astute, politically incorrect … Continue reading

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