Tag Archives: persistence

Rewards; July 23, 2022


2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” I once heard a very moving message on this passage, but the speaker focused particularly on verse two, talking about … Continue reading

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Personal Evangelism; July 9, 2022


1 Peter 3:15-16 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. But do this with gentleness and … Continue reading

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Faithfulness; November 26, 2021


Ezra 3:11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:“He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.”And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Prayers; October 22, 2021


Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Translation is an interesting thing. Often a variety of translations can be entirely justified from exactly the same original. Here, the Japanese says, “Be relentless in prayer.” That carries a … Continue reading

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Continuing Prayer; September 28, 2021


Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. I have loved this story for as long as I can remember, but it was certainly no laughing matter for those going … Continue reading

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Maturity; August 5, 2020


Mark 8:25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. I think this is a very important story, not just for those involved in … Continue reading

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Believing Prayer; March 11, 2019


Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. I have always loved this story for its drama, but it’s not just a fun story for Sunday School, it also has … Continue reading

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Prayer, Pride, and Humility; June 27, 2018


Luke 18:1, 14 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who … Continue reading

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Stubbornness; February 16, 2018


Jeremiah 18:12 “But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.’” Human stubbornness can be really remarkable. Occasionally we find it exercised in admirable … Continue reading

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January 9, 2017


Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. A major advantage to reading the Bible in more than one language is the different nuances that come out. Where the NIV says “Devote yourselves to prayer,” the Japanese here … Continue reading

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