Tag Archives: pride

Companions; September 26, 2022


Psalm 119:79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. I chose this verse from reading it in the NIV, but then I read it in Japanese and noticed an interesting distinction: where the NIV … Continue reading

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Evangelism; September 13, 2022


Psalm 96:3-5 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are … Continue reading

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The Activities of Fools; August 10, 2022


Psalm 14:4 Will evildoers never learn– those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the Lord? I somewhat stole my own thunder yesterday by quoting the content of verse one, (even though I … Continue reading

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Depending on God; August 9, 2022


Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. The Japanese here gives a slightly different nuance that is worth noting. Where the NIV says “trust in You,” … Continue reading

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Job’s Friends; August 3, 2022


Job 8:20-21 “Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” The big problem with Job’s friends was that they … Continue reading

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God’s Joy; July 30, 2022


Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This is a very famous phrase, rightly enough, but the Japanese translation flips the meaning in a way that is quite possible from the English, but … Continue reading

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Being Used by God; July 16, 2022


1 Samuel 2:1 Then Hannah prayed and said:“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. God works with imperfect people and imperfect … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Intercession; July 3, 2022


Hebrews 7:24-25 Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews presents the legal basis for our … Continue reading

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Deception; June 24, 2022


1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Once again I’m presented with a chapter in which every verse is underlined, because it’s … Continue reading

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Living Like Jesus; May 27, 2022


Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. The 13 verses from 9-21 are an extremely concentrated, extremely down-to-earth guide to living as a Christian, and this verse essentially sums it all up. You could … Continue reading

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