Monthly Archives: January 2020

When we fail to believe. When we fail to share. (2 Kings 7)

This passage starts and ends with the story of the king’s captain. He failed to believe in the salvation God promised to provide, and as a result he perished. The same is true for people today. If they fail to … Continue reading

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Thankfulness and worship (2 Kings 4; Psalm 145-146)

Today, I was reading 2 Kings 4 as part of my Bible reading plan, but I was also reading Psalm 145-146. And I could just imagine all the people God helped in 2 Kings 4 worshiping him with those two … Continue reading

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Two questions (I Kings 20-21, Psalm 141)

Very short and sweet today. Read I Kings 20:42-43, 21:20, 25-29. Then take a look at Psalm 141 and ask yourself these two questions. 1. Who has influence in my life? 2. How do I respond when I am rebuked? … Continue reading

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Though we may not see (I Kings 19)

I’ve read this story dozens, if not hundreds of times. Today I saw something new. Here is Elijah, fresh off an incredible victory in which God answered his prayer with literal fire, and people are proclaiming, “The Lord, he is … Continue reading

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Praying for our nation (I Kings 18)

As I read this passage today, I thought about Japan, where I live. Like Israel, the Japanese worship gods with no voice, gods that do not answer, gods that do not pay attention. And so I pray for Japan, and … Continue reading

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Trusting the Lord and heeding his voice. (Hebrews 1-13)

The danger of reading the Bible one chapter at a time is that you can lose the overall message of what is being said. And the overall message of Hebrews  is to put your trust in the Lord, paying heed … Continue reading

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Commended (Hebrews 11-12)

As I read this passage, the word “approved” or in some translations “commended” strikes me. You see it in 11:2, 4, 5, and 38. The word also has the idea of someone testifying to something. The question is, “who is … Continue reading

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Better (Hebrews 7-10)

It’s worth noting that the letter to the Hebrews were written to Jews who because of persecution by their own people, were being tempted to turn their backs on Jesus and return to Judaism. And so the whole theme throughout … Continue reading

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The reason for our hope (Hebrews 5-6)

Sometimes, because of our weakness, we wonder if God can truly accept us as his children. We look at all our sins and failures, and as a result, our faith starts to shake. But thankfully, our salvation is not based … Continue reading

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A time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)

There is a time for everything in life. The question is, during the hard times, will we rage against God? Or will we keep trusting God? Will we keep trusting that there is a plan? That this life is not … Continue reading

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Receiving our King (Matthew 2)

Today is the “Feast of Epiphany,” the day when many Christians remember the visit of the three wise men. (Though honestly, I have never been in a church that has celebrated this feast or thought about its significance). But reading … Continue reading

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A new start? (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Happy New Year all! With the new year, often comes New Year resolutions for a lot of people. The idea is, “Let’s have a new start, a fresh start.” But the truth is, we don’t need a new start. We … Continue reading

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