Category Archives: Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 34/Psalm 90 — How will people remember you?

And so after about 7 months, we finally finish up the books of Moses.  Ironically, we finish with the one chapter Moses didn’t write.  Instead it was an epilogue relating Moses’ death.  And then it gives this tribute to him: … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 33 — Praying a blessing on others

As Genesis, the first book of Moses ended, so does Deuteronomy, with a blessing.  (Okay, okay.  Technically the final chapters are not blessings in either book, but it’s close enough.) And while Jacob prayed specifically over his sons, Moses prayed … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 31-32 — Words of life, Word of Life

God had no illusions about the righteousness of the Israelites.  He knew how faithless they had been, and how faithless they would be.  And so he told Moses to write a song, so that when they turned from God, and … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 31 — Immanuel

All of us have had people that influenced our lives.  It may have been your mom or dad.  It might’ve been a teacher or friend.  It might’ve been a pastor. But eventually, the time will come when they can’t be … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 27-30 — Not hidden, not unattainable

Blessings and curses.  That’s basically what these chapters come down to.  God told the people he had great blessings in store for them, if they would only love, obey, and follow him.  But if they turned from him, he let … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 26 — Grateful

Christmas is now several days away as I write this, and it is a time to be grateful.  Grateful for the gift of God’s Son.  Grateful for the gift of eternal life. That’s what I think as I read this … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 25:13-16 — Honesty

I had an interesting conversation with a young woman yesterday.  We were talking about honesty in business, and the following scenario was brought up.  If two companies were bidding for your product, but the bids were lower than you want, … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 24:1-5 — Bringing happiness to your wife (or husband)

Very interesting passage here about marriage and divorce.  The Pharisees used it to justify divorcing their wives, with the only bone of contention being what constitutes “indecent.” I’m not going to get into that now, other than to repeat what … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 23:9-14 — Staying pure

In this passage, God sets out some sanitary laws, (which was probably a good idea since they had no sewage system in those days).  But in doing so, he impressed on the people the need for purity.  He said, When … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 22:1-4 — But it’s not my responsibility!

“But it’s not my responsibility!” That’s an age old excuse going all the way to the time of Cain.  When God asked Cain where Abel was, Cain replied, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  (Genesis 4:9) But God did hold Cain … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 21:22-23 — The one who was cursed for us

In this passage, God talks about dealing with the body of one who was killed for committing a crime.  And he said, 22 If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 20:1-4 — Fighting on your own? Fighting with God?

Often times in sports, the coach or one of the players will give a pep talk to the team, especially if it’s  a big game.  One thing I doubt has ever happened is for a priest to come up and … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 19 — Revenge or justice?

When Osama Bin Ladin was killed this year, I didn’t mourn his death at all.  Quite frankly, I’m happy that he’s dead.  I think the world is a lot safer without him.  I do have some mixed feelings about the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 18:14-22 — False prophets, true prophets, and the Supreme Prophet

There tends to be a lot of false prophets in the world today.  Time and again, you hear these so-called “prophets” predicting dates for the end of the world, despite Jesus saying that no one will know the time or … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 17:14-20 — Leadership

“I’m no leader.  Nobody follows me,” some of you might say. That may be true, but often times, there are people that God has put in your life that he does ask you to lead.  If you’re a parent, you’re … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 16 — Celebration

I talked with a woman today that’s going to six year-end parties this week.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to six parties in one year, no less one week. But it’s that time of year again.  A time of … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 15 — Openhanded people

As I read this passage, God makes it very clear what kind of people he’d like us to be.  He told his people, 7 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 14:22-26 — Rejoicing in God’s goodness

It’s very interesting as I look at this passage the purpose for the tithe God commanded here.  He told the Israelites that a tenth of all the food they grew was to be set aside.  But it was set aside … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 13 — When seeing isn’t believing

“I’ll believe it when  I see it.” That’s a phrase that is commonly used when we find something hard to believe.  Whenever there’s a typhoon warning for Nishinomiya (the city where I live), that’s my usual response.  Why?  Because typhoons … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 12 — Worshiping God His way

“Why can’t there be many ways to heaven?  Why does there only have to be one way?” This is a common question that Christians are asked.  And there are many reasons that we can give.  But one important one was … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 11 — Enticed away

I suppose one of the difficulties of following an invisible God is that it’s so easy to get pulled away from him by the visible. We get pulled away by our hobbies.  We get pulled away by our girlfriend or … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 10 — Loved by God

One phrase really strikes me as I read it. The LORD set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you… (verse 15) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were far from perfect people.  So too were the Israelites.  … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 9 — Interceding

I’ve probably mentioned before how I would’ve hated to lead the Israelite people.  I’m sure there are a number of pastors that can certainly relate to Moses in how difficult it can be to lead people. Moses at times lost … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 8 — Dependence

Independence.  If there’s one thing I learned from my dad, it was how to be independent.  I’m not sure, but I suppose my brother and sister would say the same. But independence can be a dual-edged sword.  While every parent … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 7 — When problems are bigger than you are

As I look at my life, I’m amazed at how many problems God has brought me through.  I think about the time I was trying to get a long term residency visa in Japan.  In Japan, you can get one … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 6:6-25 — Pass it on

There’s a song that we sing at our church called “Pass it on.”  And no, this is not the “Pass it on” from the church choral books of 25 years ago (does anyone still remember that song?) Anyway, it says, … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 6:1-5 — The most important command

As I think about my last blog and why we obey, it occurs to me that the answer I gave is incomplete.  Certainly one reason we obey God is because he does desire our best, and if we do, we’ll … Continue reading

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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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