Tag Archives: rebellion

Repentance; October 7, 2020


Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” This is at the same time … Continue reading

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Dependence on God; January 10, 2020


John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” I am … Continue reading

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Hearing and Obeying; January 9, 2020


John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” Sometimes there are many differences in nuance between the English and Japanese translations of a … Continue reading

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Sin and Repentance; November 14, 2019


Isaiah 66:3-4 “They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when … Continue reading

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Authority; October 17, 2018


2 Corinthians 13:10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not … Continue reading

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God Speaks; September 27, 2017


Job 33:14 “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.” This is actually one of the most fundamental messages of the Bible. On the face of it, it would seem improbable that the Creator … Continue reading

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August 2, 2016


Psalm 123:2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us … Continue reading

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July 23, 2016


Psalm 119:45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. This verse makes no sense to the natural mind. The natural mind does not connect going about in freedom/broadly/unrestrained with keeping, much less seeking out, … Continue reading

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March 15, 2016


Genesis 32:28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” This is a very famous story, but a very strange one to me. … Continue reading

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June 1, 2015


Luke 15:17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!’” Rebellion against God is indeed a form of insanity. When we turn … Continue reading

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