Tag Archives: glory

What’s in our hearts (Acts 8:9-24)

When I was looking at the story of Simon, it made me think about what’s in my heart. In my church, I have a very visible position when I teach. And so it’s very easy to desire honor and praise … Continue reading

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No glory? (I Samuel 4)

In this passage, we see the people of Israel, who have been living their own way and not following God, doing something worse: they were treating God like a genie. They thought they could control him and use him to … Continue reading

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Hebrews 2 — What Christmas is all about (part 2)

What’s wrong with the world today? Until we answer that question, we can’t really answer what Christmas is about. And that’s what the author of Hebrews addresses here. He says in verse 5 that in the world to come, when … Continue reading

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II Thessalonians 1 — That God may be glorified in you and you in him

Nobody likes suffering. And it’s easy to question why God allows it. But here we find some answers in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. As I’ve mentioned before, the Thessalonian church was started in the midst of persecution. Paul … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:16-24 — A people that are an honor and glory to Christ

In this last section, Paul talks about the measures that he is taking to make sure that the offering he is collecting for the poor in Jerusalem is completely above board, that no one would be able to criticize him. In … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 3:7-18 — Why we need never be ashamed

I touched on this yesterday, but I want to look at it much more deeply today.  We saw yesterday that when Moses received the ten commandments, his face initially glowed with the glory of the Lord. At first, because the … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 3 — Letters from Christ

I must becoming ancient.  I still remember letters.  I remember receiving them, reading them, and writing them.  When I first came to Japan 20 years ago, email was around, I used it in university, but it was hardly common.  So … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:35-55 — Though we are a dim reflection

I was kind of planning to move on to the next section of this passage, but the more I reflect on this passage, the more I stand in wonder at what we will be. Our new bodies will be imperishable … Continue reading

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Romans 11:33-36 — A God who is beyond us

One of the things that amazes me is the people who think that if they were to argue with God, they could win. More than a few atheists, when posed with the question, “If God exists, what would you say … Continue reading

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Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:49-50 — Pride in ministry

As Jesus taught his disciples about what it meant to be great in God’s kingdom, it must have caused some unease in their hearts.  Not only because of how they had been treating each other, but because of how they … Continue reading

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Zechariah 1:7-2:13 — Wall of fire, glory within

This message, along with all the others in the rest of this book, came to Zechariah during the rebuilding of the temple. Here, we see a vision of horsemen going out to see the state of things in the world.  … Continue reading

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Isaiah 23 — Where your glory comes from

Where does your glory come from?  From where do you get your praise?  What in your life do you take pride in? For the people of Tyre, it came from their trading business.  They were a port city, and had … Continue reading

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