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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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The Love of God; February 8, 2021


Isaiah 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you… Multiple Japanese translations isolate this from the second half of the verse, leaving out the conjunctions the NIV inserts, which makes me think the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Apostles; December 17, 2020


Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. Paul was very aware of his apostleship, but we tend to … Continue reading

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Trusting the Holy Spirit; September 21, 2018


Romans 15:14 I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. This is a very interesting statement on the part of Paul to people whom he had … Continue reading

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January 28, 2016


Daniel 10:19 “Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” How we behave … Continue reading

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April 9, 2015


John 21:21-22 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” I’m so glad this is recorded in … Continue reading

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February 4, 2015


Isaiah 23:9 The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. The Bible makes it very clear that it’s dangerous in the extreme to get puffed … Continue reading

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October 3, 2014


Romans 4:17 God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. In all this talk of righteousness by faith we have to remember the object of that faith. There’s a Japanese proverb … Continue reading

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May 18, 2014


Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? In Japanese, “confidence” is written with characters that mean “self belief.” When I am teaching English to Japanese, I tell them I … Continue reading

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October 11, 2013


Isaiah 25:11 God will bring down their pride. Pride has been an issue for mankind ever since the Garden of Eden, and actually before, because it is what got Lucifer thrown out of heaven. (Isaiah 14:12-14) There is no end … Continue reading

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