Tag Archives: expectations

Discouragement; March 19, 2023


Psalms 11:3 “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do ?” I noticed a very important detail as I was reading this just now, and that is that is that this is the end of a quote … Continue reading

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Living Out Salvation; February 7, 2023


Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to … Continue reading

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Being Used by God; December 12. 2022


Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” I think I probably write on this verse every time our readings cover it, because it is just that impressive. It … Continue reading

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Expectations; December 11, 2022


Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. This was of course … Continue reading

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Eternal Salvation; October 28, 2022


Isaiah 51:6 “But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” After pointing out the impermanence of everything material, the Lord here contrasts that with His salvation. We tend to think of salvation on strictly temporal terms, all … Continue reading

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Tomorrow; October 12, 2022


Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. This immediately brings to mind the extremely similar passage in James 4:13-16. The point is, as this verse says explicitly, that we … Continue reading

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Expectations; May 14, 2022


Luke 24:20-21 “The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;┬ábut we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” We can be blinded by all … Continue reading

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Hope; April 6, 2022


Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. This well-known verse is obviously the reason this passage came up in this series on hope, but comparing the Japanese to the English … Continue reading

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Answers to Prayer; June 20, 2021


Psalm 54:7 For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. The introduction to this Psalm indicates it was written when David was in yet another really tight spot. That … Continue reading

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Gratitude; May 18, 2021


1 Kings 17:18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” People are interesting. Not so long before this, the woman had … Continue reading

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