Tag Archives: serving God

Serving God; January 8, 2022


Luke 17:10 “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” I don’t remember how many years ago this first struck me, but it … Continue reading

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Righteousness and Faithfulness; December 21, 2021


Isaiah 11:5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The Japanese translators had trouble coming up with more than one word for an item of clothing you put around your waist, so they used a … Continue reading

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Position; December 6, 2021


Psalm 75:6-7 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. We tend to pay lots of attention to who … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Prayers; October 22, 2021


Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Translation is an interesting thing. Often a variety of translations can be entirely justified from exactly the same original. Here, the Japanese says, “Be relentless in prayer.” That carries a … Continue reading

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Distance Ministry; October 21, 2021


Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians stands out … Continue reading

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Living in God’s Grace; October 19, 2021


Philippians 1:7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s … Continue reading

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Charismatic Gifts; October 14, 2021


1 Corinthians 14:39-40 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. I almost stopped the reading at verse 33 when I was preparing … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts; October 12, 2021


1 Corinthians 14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. Often we unconsciously view spiritual gifts as merit badges, even service ribbons like a … Continue reading

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Pentecost; September 17, 2021


Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. The events on the day of Pentecost were momentous in every way, and here we have the response to … Continue reading

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Assignments; September 14, 2021


John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John doesn’t record Jesus’ agonized prayer about this “cup,” but at the time he wrote that was already circulating through … Continue reading

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