Tag Archives: Japanese culture

Belonging; June 11, 2022


Ephesians 2:19-20 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Every human … Continue reading

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Japan; April 25, 2022


Isaiah 42:4 “In his law the islands will put their hope.” One of the many reasons Isaiah is my favorite book of the Old Testament is its many references to islands. Being born, raised, and called to minister in Japan, … Continue reading

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Opposition; October 24, 2020


Acts 14:2-3 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace … Continue reading

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Revenge; October 26, 2019


Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Revenge is an honored tradition in Japan, One of the most famous and best-loved historical tales is The Storehouse … Continue reading

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Confession; July 29, 2019


Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. This Psalm has several dearly-loved passages … Continue reading

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Forgiveness; February 5, 2019


Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Forgiveness is one of the major themes of the whole Bible. Right after including forgiveness in teaching His disciples to pray, Jesus said what has got … Continue reading

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Gifting; December 21, 2018


1 Peter 4:10-11 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone … Continue reading

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Identity; October 20, 2018


Galatians 3:7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. This was an earth-shaking statement back in the 1st Century, and it still is to Jews today. Their whole identity, then and now, was/is wrapped up in physical … Continue reading

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Influence; August 20, 2018


Acts 9:18-19 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. It fascinated me years ago when I realized that the … Continue reading

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The Good News; May 31, 2018


Mark 1:14-15 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” I find I rather … Continue reading

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