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Called to bless (I Peter 3)

There are many good things in this passage, but verse 9, struck me today. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:1-3 — That we may know God’s blessing

Happy Easter from Japan! And welcome to the book of Revelation! I think for a lot of people that try to read this book, they think, “Why Revelation? Why do we need it? It’s so obscure and difficult to understand. … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:6-12 — Finish what you started

This passage is so rich with spiritual truth that I think we’ll be here for a few more blogs. Paul starts and ends this passage by basically saying this:  “Finish what you started.” The Corinthians, when they had first heard … Continue reading

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Acts 3:17-26 — Before we can receive blessing

Lots of people desire to receive blessing from God.  And God is a Father that gives his children good gifts.  We can expect blessings from him as his children. But before we can receive blessing, there is something we must … Continue reading

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John 20:24-31 — Though we have not seen him

Seeing is believing. At least sometimes it is.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law saw all the miracles Jesus performed and they still didn’t believe.  They saw Lazarus alive after he had died and they plotted to kill him because … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45 — Afraid to ask

In this passage, we see the second time in which Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about what was going to happen to him in Jerusalem.  He couldn’t have been more clear. He said, “Listen carefully to what I am … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:27-34 — What Jesus can do, and what he can’t

I had to do a double-take here as I read through these two stories because they are so similar to two others.  One was another case in which Jesus cast out a demon that caused a man to be mute (Matthew … Continue reading

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Luke 11:27-28 — To find blessing

Everyone wants to find blessing in their lives from God.  But how do we find blessing? As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, a woman called out, Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.  (27) But … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:10-12; Luke 6: 22-23 — Under fire

Nobody likes to be persecuted.  Nobody likes to be disliked.  In an ideal world, everyone would like you.  But this isn’t an ideal world.  It’s a world that has been corrupted by sin.  And because of that, people’s minds have … Continue reading

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Proverbs 18-19, 21 — Blessing your husband

I don’t write many things addressing wives very often.  Most admonitions I write concerning married couples, at least up until this point, have been directed primarily at men.  One key reason for this is that God seems to put more … Continue reading

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Psalm 67 — Blessed that all may know

This psalm starts out much as the priestly blessing does in Numbers 6:24-26. The psalmist writes, May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us. (1) What’s interesting to me is the reason … Continue reading

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Psalm 21 — Remembering where victory and blessing come from

When things are going badly, our thoughts often quickly turn towards God.  But what about during times of victory and blessing?  Do our thoughts turn quickly in praise towards God?  Or do our thoughts turn towards ourselves, and how great … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 — The way of blessedness

And so we head full-on into the Psalms.  We have already touched on those where we knew their historical contexts, so if you notice that we seem to skip a few here or there, we actually covered them earlier.  I’m … Continue reading

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Zechariah 8 — Saved to be a blessing

The book of Zechariah is full of warnings and admonitions.  But as we have seen, it also has words of encouragement as well. And in this passage we see a bit of both.  God starts with words of encouragement, telling … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 35 — The blessing that comes from obedience

So many times we know what God says, but don’t obey him.  One reason is that we feel like we’ll “miss out on all the fun.”  Or that we’ll find more happiness if we do things our way instead of … Continue reading

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Daniel 1 — Resolved

I have to admit that trying to keep the chronology of Israel’s history is a bit like juggling balls.  There were so many books being written at about the same time, it’s difficult to keep every thing straight.  At the … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 18:7-23 — Turn

When I was in Hawaii, I often had Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons come to my door.  Even in Japan, I had Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door, although since I’ve moved to my condo 6 years ago, I’ve had no … Continue reading

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Isaiah 19 — Struck to be blessed, and to be a blessing

I grew up to a lot of spankings when I was a kid.  Well, maybe not a lot, but a lot more than I want to remember.  It was never very pleasant, but as I look back on it now, … Continue reading

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