Tag Archives: traditions

Regulations; November 15, 2021


Leviticus 7:17 Any meat of the sacrifice left over till the third day must be burned up. To be honest, Leviticus is probably my least favorite book of the Bible, and I happen to know it was for my mother … Continue reading

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Legalism; May 28, 2021


2 Chron 30:18-20 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, … Continue reading

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Symbols and Tradition; April 23, 2021


Numbers 21:8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” When people’s faith is weak, as was certainly the case here, physical objects … Continue reading

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Regulations; September 17, 2020


Numbers 6:27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” In reading the English I was struck by the expression, “put My name on,” but then when I read the Japanese, I discovered that … Continue reading

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Interpreting the Bible; November 18, 2019


Jeremiah 8:8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” Here’s an important verse for Bible translators and interpreters! The Japanese … Continue reading

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Listening to God; February 12, 2019


John 6:45 “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” Reading this I am reminded of stories I have read of earnest … Continue reading

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Cross-cultural Evangelism; August 29, 2018


Acts 17:23 “Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” Paul adjusted his presentation to his audience. In his first missionary journey with Barnabas they always went to the synagogue first, because the Old … Continue reading

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Mary; June 23, 2018


Luke 11:27-28 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey … Continue reading

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Idolatrous Traditions; July 31, 2017


2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to … Continue reading

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December 24, 2015


Luke 2:1-2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) Luke, as a scientific man, … Continue reading

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