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The Limits of Intellect; November 13, 2021


Revelation 5:12 In a loud voice they sang:“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” I think the NIV is entirely justified in using “sang,” rather … Continue reading

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Answers to Prayer; July 30, 2021


Daniel 9:23 “As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision.” God is not slow to act, but … Continue reading

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Weakness; March 29, 2021


Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” The last half of this verse is quite famous. It was actually used as a test sentence back … Continue reading

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Metaphors; March 23, 2021


Revelation 14:16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. There are two sickles and two harvests mentioned in this passage. Here, Christ Himself is wielding the sickle, and … Continue reading

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Language; June 20, 2020


Isaiah 38:16-17 Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. Comparing different Bible translations, … Continue reading

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Words; March 4, 2020


Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. The NIV isn’t bad here, but the … Continue reading

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Churchese; February 8, 2020


Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Edification is a word that gets used a good bit in church but hardly anywhere else. Considering that an edifice is an … Continue reading

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Waiting in Hope; December 6, 2019


Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. This is yet another of the many passages that seem they would be better translated as “wait in hope,” or “wait … Continue reading

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Interpreting the Bible; November 18, 2019


Jeremiah 8:8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” Here’s an important verse for Bible translators and interpreters! The Japanese … Continue reading

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Cross-Cultural Evangelism; August 24, 2019


Psalm 89:24 My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. As we saw yesterday, Ethan the Ezrahite is recounting the things that God had done and said in the past in order … Continue reading

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