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Angry at evil? (Acts 17)

This past week, in Japan (where I live), a terrible incident happened in which 34 were people were killed due to an arsonist who set fire to an anime studio called Kyoto Animation. A friend of mine, who is an … Continue reading

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The One who is on the throne (Psalm 9)

Sometimes, we look at the world, and it can get discouraging. We see all the evil and all the people who are hurting. Sometimes we ourselves are hurting. And we wonder where God is. But to David, the answer was … Continue reading

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Calling evil, “evil” (Deuteronomy 19)

I’m thinking about my next message I’ll be giving at my church, where Jesus talks about “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” versus forgiveness. I think one thing that many people don’t realize is that “eye for eye, tooth for … Continue reading

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Revelation 2:12-29 — Tolerating evil in our midst

Tolerance. It used to have such a good meaning. It used to mean that even if we disagreed with someone, we could still love them and at the very least have a civil relationship with them. Now it means that … Continue reading

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I Timothy 4:1-6 — Seared consciences

We live in a world where people no longer seem to know what good or evil is. Things that are evil, they call good. Things that are good, they call evil. Why? What has happened to us? The problem is … Continue reading

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Acts 17:16-20 — Provoked

It can be easy, sometimes, to get numb to the evil that we see in the world.  Perhaps at first, the things we saw bothered us, but as time passed, we started getting “used to it all.”  Now we barely … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 — Why evil?

The problem of evil is one that many people in this world struggle with.  They wonder how a good God could allow evil in this world. In this parable, we see at least part of the reason. I think the … Continue reading

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Psalm 140 — Deliver me from evil

And so we come down to the homestretch for the book of Psalms.  It’s taken about 4 months to get this far, and we have just under two more weeks to complete it. Anyway, as I look at this psalm, … Continue reading

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Psalm 120 — Angered by the evil around us

How often do you get angered by the evil that you see around you?  That’s how the psalmist felt. What did he see around him?  Lying lips.  Deceitful tongues.  (2)  And people who not only disrupted peace, but caused war … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 13 — Whitewashing the truth

”Do I really need to share the gospel with my grandma? Sure, she’s not a Christian, but she’s a really nice person. Surely God will accept her.” How often do we hear Christians say this? Or maybe they won’t say … Continue reading

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Habakkuk — Trusting God in the midst of an evil world

We hit yet another minor prophet here.  Habakkuk probably prophesied during the time of Jeremiah, and this book was probably written sometime during the reign of king Jehoiakim the son of Josiah.  Jehoiakim came to power (so to speak) when … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 4:5-31 — Bringing evil upon ourselves

Why is this happening to me?  People often ask that question when bad things happen in their lives.  Sometimes, bad things happen because we are caught in a world corrupted by sin.  But sometimes, we bring evil upon ourselves.  That’s … Continue reading

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