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Authority and Forgiveness; July 14, 2020


Matthew 9:8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men. We don’t often think about how faith is intertwined with authority. Right now all sorts of things … Continue reading

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God’s Discipline; May 31, 2020


Job 5:17-18 Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. One thing that really complicates reading the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Health; May 30, 2020


2 Chronicles 30:18-20 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, … Continue reading

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Fear; May 6, 2020


1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. This would seem to be a very timely … Continue reading

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Death and Life; February 25, 2020


Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself … Continue reading

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Spirits; February 10, 2020


1 Corinthians 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. I recently had a disturbing lesson in the reality that there … Continue reading

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Conquerors; February 2, 2020


Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8 is my wife’s favorite chapter in the whole Bible, and very understandably so. This last section is like a lawyer, building … Continue reading

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Sanctuary; July 22, 2019


Psalm 11:3 “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Two things strike me about this verse. One is a sharp difference in translation between the English and the Japanese here. Where English translations are pretty thoroughly … Continue reading

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Works of Faith; April 26, 2019


Galatians 3:5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? It really strikes me that the Galatians, for all their legalism, had still experienced the … Continue reading

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Suffering; January 5, 2019


Revelation 1:9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. When you … Continue reading

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