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The faithfulness of our Shepherd (Jeremiah 31)

As I look at this passage, I can’t help but see the faithfulness of our Shepherd. You see it in his faithfulness to Israel. He told them, The people who survived the sword found favor in the wilderness. When Israel … Continue reading

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Speaking God’s word faithfully (Jeremiah 23)

How faithfully do we speak God’s word to those around us? The prophets and priests in Jeremiah’s day didn’t. Nothing they said turned people away from their sin and to God. How about our words? Do they turn people away … Continue reading

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Making the most of our time (Ephesians 5)

Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (15-17) As I read Paul’s … Continue reading

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Being faithful in what God has called us to do (Acts 6:1-7)

I have been continuing for the past couple of years to translate my original blog posts into Japanese, and am now in Acts. As I translated what I originally wrote, another aspect of this passage struck me. Obviously, the apostles … Continue reading

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Faithful (Jeremiah 23:28)

I was reading through several chapters of Jeremiah today, but it was this verse that struck me. It’s in the middle of a passage in which God condemns his people’s leaders, particularly the priests and prophets, for not warning the … Continue reading

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Why we have hope (Psalm 88)

This is probably the most depressing psalm in the Bible. And yet as I read it today, I saw something different: I saw Jesus. This is not what is typically thought of as a Messianic Psalm. And of course, not … Continue reading

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Colossians 4:17-18 — Faithful

If there is one word that I think encapsulates this passage, it’s “faithful.” Tychicus, “a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” (4:7) Onesimus, a once unfaithful slave (see Philemon), but now a “faithful and dear brother.” (9) Aristarchus, … Continue reading

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Ephesians 6:5-9 — How we serve

We close up this section on family living with one more picture of our relationship with God, namely Christ. We saw how our marriage relationships are a picture of our relationship with Christ, how our parent-child relationships are a picture of our … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 9:24-27 — Whatever it takes

This is a pretty famous passage in scripture.  And it compares our life to a marathon. We are all running the race God has put us in.  The prize we’re running for?  The crown we receive from Christ for accomplishing … Continue reading

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Romans 3:1-4 — God’s faithfulness

It would be easy for the Jew to conclude from what Paul said in chapter 2 that there was no value in being a Jew or being circumcised. Yet Paul makes clear in verses 1 and 2 that there is … Continue reading

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Matthew 25:14-30 — Being faithful

The second parable in this chapter goes to the point that Jesus brought up earlier.  That we need to be faithful, doing the things that God has called us to do until he returns. In this story, Jesus talks about … Continue reading

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Luke 16:10-12 — Being faithful

While Jesus praised the dishonest manager in his story for at least planning for his future, he also criticized him, saying, Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little … Continue reading

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Proverbs 25 — Winning favor in the eyes of men

I should say right off that it shouldn’t be our top priority to win favor in the eyes of men (or women).  Our top priority should be to please God. But I titled this as such because of what the … Continue reading

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Psalm 117 — When all nations worship

This is the calm before the storm.  Here we have the shortest psalm in the Bible (as well as the shortest chapter), soon to be followed by the longest one.  I’m still not sure how I will tackle Psalm 119, … Continue reading

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Psalm 102 — The God who never changes

I love how this psalm ends. In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.  Like … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:10-16 — Acting treacherously against your spouse

We come to a pretty painful topic for many people.  Around 50% of marriages, even among Christians sadly, end in divorce.  The percentage is much lower in Japan, where I live, but even here, the total is rising. In this … Continue reading

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