Tag Archives: saints

Listening to God; September 6, 2022


Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints– but let them not return to folly. This verse starts with an extremely wise position: listening to God. The Japanese … Continue reading

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Forgiveness; April 15, 2022


Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Of all the things Jesus said from the point He was arrested until His death, this is perhaps the most earthshaking. There is a … Continue reading

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Saints; March 14, 2021


Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We get such strange ideas when we hear the … Continue reading

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Difficulty; October 1, 2020


Psalm 116:10 I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” I definitely prefer the Japanese translation of this verse, which the NIV gives as a footnote: “I believed even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’” Acknowledging difficulty doesn’t … Continue reading

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Perseverance; April 23, 2020


Hebrews 12:3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. I have long liked the first half of Hebrews 12 and have written and spoken on it many times. … Continue reading

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God’s Holiness; August 31, 2019


Psalm 99:5 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. Three times in this Psalm, here and in verses 3 and 9, the Psalmist says that God is holy, as a reason to praise and … Continue reading

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Churchese; July 28, 2019


Psalm 31:23-24 Love the Lord, all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. David had experienced God’s grace and mercy … Continue reading

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Freedom in Christ; March 13, 2019


Acts 13:48, 52 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. I … Continue reading

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Witnesses; December 13, 2018


Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. … Continue reading

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Qualifications; November 11, 2018


Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Japanese society pays a lot of attention to qualifications, especially in the form of licenses, certificates, … Continue reading

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