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Sin and Repentance; May 13, 2021


1 Kings 8:46 “When they sin against you–for there is no one who does not sin–…” Solomon really doubles down on the subject of repentance. Paul was hardly being original when he wrote, “for all have sinned and fall short … Continue reading

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The Fear of the Lord; May 12, 2021


1 Kings 8:39-40 “Then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men), so that they will … Continue reading

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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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