Tag Archives: self-deception

Pride; August 16, 2020


Luke 14:11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” This doesn’t specify whether Peter was present at this particular time, but he certainly got the message, because he wrote, “All of … Continue reading

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Applying Wisdom; June 9, 2020


Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. This chapter of Proverbs has so much extremely helpful stuff in it … Continue reading

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God’s Grace; February 18, 2020


2 Corinthians 6:1 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. This verse has two major points. The first refers back to the last two verses of the previous chapter, which say that by … 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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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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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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Giving God the Credit; July 9, 2019


Joshua 23:10-11 One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God. The NIV inserts the word, so, between these two verses, … Continue reading

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Peace; May 17, 2019


Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ … Continue reading

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Doing Truth; February 21, 2019


John 13:17 “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” The entire Upper Room Discourse, from the beginning of this chapter through Jesus’ pastoral prayer in chapter 17, is incredibly rich in every way. … Continue reading

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Doing God’s Word; June 19, 2018


Luke 8:21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” Considering how His family had received Him not long before this, this doesn’t seem too surprising a response. There is also … Continue reading

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