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Hearing and Obeying; January 9, 2020


John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” Sometimes there are many differences in nuance between the English and Japanese translations of a … Continue reading

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Response to Experiences; December 25, 2019


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. When I have all 20 verses essentially memorized, it can be hard to know … Continue reading

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Entitlement; November 17, 2019


Jeremiah 5:30-31 “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” Reading this … Continue reading

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Response to Trials; November 6, 2019


Isaiah 38:17 Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. This revelation that Hezekiah had was perhaps the major purpose of God allowing him to have this experience. Anyone in a position such as king is tempted … Continue reading

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Praising God; October 5, 2019


Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! I have seen statements that God must be some kind of egomaniac to require that mankind praise Him, … Continue reading

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Blessings; October 2, 2019


Psalm 144:15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the Lord. In verses 12-14 David describes abundant material blessings, so it is clear that is what he is talking about here. … Continue reading

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Describing God; September 29, 2019


Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures for ever. This Psalm is unique in being antiphonal, a call-and-response between a worship leader and either a choir or the entire congregation. The whole rest … Continue reading

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