Tag Archives: presumption

Acting in Faith; January 9, 2022


Luke 17:14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. I have always loved this story, and it teaches us several things. In the first place, these 10 men … Continue reading

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Hubris; December 8, 2021


Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. For once the NIV, along with the footnote alternate translation, gives more insight … Continue reading

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Stewardship of Gifts and Opportunities; May 7, 2021


2 Samuel 7:28 “O Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.” Nathan had built up a track record with David, and David trusted that he accurately heard and … Continue reading

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Judas; March 30, 2021


Matthew 26:49-50 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” The Japanese has Jesus saying, “Friend, why have you come?” which the NIV gives as an alternative translation … Continue reading

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Things God Hates; December 13, 2019


Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I … Continue reading

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God’s Part and Our Part; December 23, 2018


2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Christian living is always a tension between what God has … Continue reading

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God’s Provision; September 2, 2017


Ezra 1:6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. We have no clear indication whether those who gave all these things … Continue reading

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April 6, 2017


John 11:40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Here Jesus continues His dialog about faith with Martha. She began (this time around at least) by stating, in … Continue reading

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March 28, 2017


Deuteronomy 1:42 But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’” We are so foolish! We fail to do what God … Continue reading

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March 25, 2017


Numbers 27:15-17 Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring … Continue reading

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