Tag Archives: optimism

Happiness; July 15, 2022


Deuteronomy 26:11 And you and the Levites and the aliens among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. It seems clear to me that “rejoice” here might be … Continue reading

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Hope; November 7, 2021


1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. I have quoted this verse countless … Continue reading

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Good News; June 14, 2020


Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. This verse rings true right now precisely because the converse is true: bad news tears us down. Last night a TV show … Continue reading

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Trouble; June 2, 2020


Psalm 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. The … Continue reading

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Faith and Hope; December 20, 2019


Matthew 12:21 “In his name the nations will put their hope.” It is significant that Matthew, who wrote his Gospel for Jews, probably in Aramaic, included this quote from Isaiah. Where the NIV says “nations,” the Japanese is even more … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Age; August 2, 2019


Psalm 37:25-26 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. I like this evidence that … Continue reading

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Optimism v. Pessimism; May 4, 2018


Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” It just struck me that pessimism … Continue reading

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From Eternity Past; April 13, 2018


Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” This verse … Continue reading

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August 20, 2015


Lamentations 3:33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. This verse expresses something that I tell people with considerable frequency, and that is that God is not mean. Often we don’t know why … Continue reading

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June 3, 2014


Proverbs 3:25-26 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Some people can’t enjoy current blessings for being anxious … Continue reading

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