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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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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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Authority; September 5, 2021


Luke 22:25-26 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be … Continue reading

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Transformation; August 29, 2021


Luke 9:29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. There are levels of prayer that we haven’t tasted. We might expect Jesus to be transformed like … Continue reading

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Repentance; August 25, 2021


Luke 5:31-32 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” This is a rightly well-known passage, but I think it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Group Prayer; August 20, 2021


Luke 1:10-11 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. I don’t … Continue reading

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Trusting God’s Provision; August 19, 2021


Mark 12:43-44 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, … Continue reading

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Last Days; August 11, 2021


Matthew 24:12-13 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. People have been reading this chapter for 2000 years and responding either rightly or … Continue reading

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Already/Not Yet; August 10. 2021


Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Here, or in the slightly more specific record in Mark 11:24, Jesus says something so extreme that it is shocking. Frankly, it violates both our logic … Continue reading

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Growing Faith; August 8, 2021


Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” This story is certainly a “Sunday school staple,” told to every child in church, but with equal frequency it … Continue reading

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