Monthly Archives: November 2011

Deuteronomy 5 — Why obey?

Right now, my daughter loves to ask “What is this?”  Every day, she’ll point at something and say, “What is this?”  I’m trying to give her the English words, while my wife gives her the Japanese.  We’re really hoping she’ll … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 4:32-40 — Where faith begins

The following words resonate with me as I read this passage. Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.  There is no other. (verse 39) This is where … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 4:25-31 — A God who doesn’t abandon us

“Will God ever leave me?”  That’s a question that many Christians struggle with.  “I’m not such a good Christian.  I fail so many times.  Will God ever give up on me?” Or, “I really messed up this time.  I went … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 4:5-9 — Wisdom and understanding

When people look at us, what do they see?  Are we the type of people that people come to when they’re in trouble and in need of advice? When they see us, do they see a people that are close … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 4:1-2 — No more, no less

I was in children’s ministry for many years when I lived in Hawaii, and I enjoyed it greatly.  But after a time, I started to burn out.  In my second to last year of working with kids, I took a … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 3:21-29 — Handling God’s nos

Today my family and I were reminiscing about my dad who passed away last week.  And one thing that came up was something my dad had told me when I talked with him about an accident he had had that … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 3:12-20 — So you think you’ve arrived?

This blog is dedicated to my father who truly has arrived after 79 years of life on this earth.  Until we meet again Dad… I’ve already mentioned this story in an earlier blog, but as I read the recap of … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 3 — Against all odds

There are some battles in life that seem impossible to win.  It may be a rough marriage.  It may be a struggle against sin.  It may be health problems or financial problems. And that’s what the Israelites faced when facing … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 2 — Being content with what God has given you

There are times that I wish I could have more things.  A new computer would be nice  (Ours is ten years old — anyone remember Windows ME?).  I’d love a big screen TV.  I could probably go on and on … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 1 — Time to leave

The church I attend started 7 years ago.  We just celebrated our 7th anniversary last Sunday, in fact.  In those 7 years, we went from a team of about 12 (and 3 kids) to about 130.  We’ve been staying at … Continue reading

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Numbers 36 — God’s will

I remember hearing a message on God’s will once.  And the speaker talked about how some people see God’s will as the bull’s eye on a target.  You have to hit the exact center or you’ve missed God’s will.  But … Continue reading

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Numbers 35 — The value of life

“I don’t approve of murder.”  That was one of the credos of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. As I read this chapter, I get the feeling that God feels the same way.  As a result, he devotes a great deal of … Continue reading

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Numbers 33 — Barbs and thorns

I’ve always hated weeding.  When I was a kid, I was occasionally given the chore of weeding our garden.  And we had a pretty big garden too.  The thing my mom taught me was that you had to pull the … Continue reading

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Numbers 32 — Second best?

Sometimes, as I read the Bible, I wonder about how much is God’s perfect will, and God’s permissive will.  God’s perfect will, of course, is when everything is done exactly as he desires.  God’s permissive will is when he allows … Continue reading

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Numbers 31 — Rooting out all temptation

The Old Testament can get pretty bloody sometimes.  And this chapter is no exception.  God told the Israelites to wipe out the Midianites.  Why?  Because they were the ones that led the Israelites to sin.  And when the Israelites spared … Continue reading

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Numbers 28-29 — A pleasing aroma

Chapters 28 and 29 go over in detail the sacrifices that were to be made by the Israelites.  I won’t be reiterating any of them here.  Most of what I have to say on the subject of sacrifices, I’ve already … Continue reading

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Numbers 26-27 — The wages of sin

And so we come to the second reason for the book of Numbers…the numbering of the people after the original generation that came out of Egypt died off. But what’s interesting to me in this numbering is that Moses seems … Continue reading

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Numbers 25 — Led into temptation

Balaam may have prophesied about the Messiah, but as I mentioned before, he was no friend of his, nor was he a friend to Israel.  When God refused to let him curse the Israelites (costing Balaam quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Numbers 24:17 — To know is not enough

It’s officially Christmas in Japan.  Sort of.  As I write this, stores everywhere are starting to put up Christmas decorations and sell them.  And it’s only November 2nd.  Actually, things were being put up two weeks ago.  Yesterday, I went … Continue reading

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Numbers 23-24 — A God who is determined to bless

A very amusing story here.  Balak the king of Moab is desperate to curse the Israelites.  Balaam desperately wants to help him.  But God intervenes each time.  Balak said, “Curse the whole nation!”  Balaam answers, “Sorry, gotta bless them.” Balak … Continue reading

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