Monthly Archives: November 2019

Glorifying God and showing him gratitude (Romans 1:18-22)

It is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Here in Japan where I live, we don’t have such a day, unfortunately. But even in the States, it seems many people have lost sight of what Thanksgiving is about. Namely, who … Continue reading

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Living by grace (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

I was thinking on a passage I was reading with my small group yesterday. It’s a pretty famous passage in which Paul talks about his “thorn in the flesh.” Three times Paul asked that it be taken from him, and … Continue reading

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Following God, seeking his will. (Joshua 5)

As I was reading today’s passage, I thought about prayer. In this passage, the commander of the army of the Lord appears to Joshua. Most likely, that was Jesus himself, hundreds of years before he came to this earth as … Continue reading

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Crossing the river (Joshua 3)

Short and sweet today. As I was reading Joshua 3 today, I couldn’t help but remember the words of Isaiah. Now this is what the Lord says— the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel— … Continue reading

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In a world where wrong is called right (Psalm 119:1-16)

We live in a world now where wrong is called right. Where people think the greatest happiness is in living as they desire. Where things that were once called sinful are now celebrated. The scary thing is that many in … Continue reading

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Beloved and righteous in his sight (Deuteronomy 32-33)

I suppose I’ve known for some time that the name Jeshurun was another name for the nation of Israel. But until today, I never thought to actually look up what it means. It basically means “upright” or “righteous.” But when … Continue reading

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Empty words? (Deuteronomy 32)

After singing a song warning the Israelites not to turn against God, Moses said them, Take to heart all these words I am giving as a warning to you today, so that you may command your children to follow all … Continue reading

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A bitter root (Deuteronomy 29)

The writer to the Hebrews wrote this: Pursue…holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many. … Continue reading

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To truly know God (Job 42:5)

I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You. I’ve been thinking about these words of Job recently, as I’ve been reflecting on what it means to truly know God. Paul prayed in Colossians 1:10 that … Continue reading

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Muzzling oxes? What does this have to do with me? (Deuteronomy 25)

One thing I have tried to do as we go through Deuteronomy is show the relevance of these laws to us. And again, an important principle to keep in mind is what Jesus and the apostles say about it. In … Continue reading

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Remembering the mercy we have received (Deuteronomy 24:17-22)

When life is good, it’s easy to forget the times it wasn’t, and our struggles become a distant memory. Of course, it’s great when we see God’s work in our lives and how he has delivered us. But we should … Continue reading

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