Tag Archives: gratitude

Responding to God; December 25, 2020


Luke 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. This has been one of my favorite verses in the Christmas story for quite … Continue reading

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Salvation; October 26, 2020


Acts 15:11 “No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” We tend to remember Paul’s famous statement to this effect in Ephesians 2:8-9, but forget that Peter said … Continue reading

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Entitlement; October 18, 2020


Luke 4:28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. This whole story is one I have loved for a long time, particularly where Jesus reads Isaiah 61:1-2 and says He is its fulfillment, but it … Continue reading

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Mad at God; October 14, 2020


Jonah 4:1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. It strikes me that Jonah is a fairly extreme example of God using imperfect human beings. As is common with us all, Jonah wanted to call the shots, to be … Continue reading

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Gratitude; September 28, 2020


Psalm 103:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. This Psalm is a litany of the benefits of following God. I like the way the Japanese puts it here: “Don’t forget a single one of … Continue reading

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God’s Sovereignty; August 29, 2020


Acts 4:28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. This is a verse we often skip over or ignore. We forget that all the horrible things that were done to Jesus were explicitly part of … Continue reading

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Gratitude; August 17, 2020


Luke 17:14, 19 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” This is a fascinating … Continue reading

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Salvation by Grace; August 1, 2020


Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is an enormously important statement on the part … Continue reading

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Recognizing God; July 7, 2020


Hosea 11:3 “It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.” This sad commentary is something I’m afraid the Lord has to say about a … Continue reading

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Talking about God; June 30, 2020


Jeremiah 51:10 “The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.” It is always a good idea to talk about what God has done. It doesn’t have to be something as … Continue reading

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