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II Peter 3:10-18 — Because this world isn’t forever

If there’s one thing that’s crystal clear in this passage, it’s that this world will not last forever. Peter says, But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements … Continue reading

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II Peter 1:2-4 — That grace and peace may abound

One of my favorite passages in C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian is when Lucy meets up with Aslan, and she says, “Aslan! You’re bigger!” And Aslan replies, “That is because you are older, little one.” “Not because you are?” “I am not. … Continue reading

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Hebrews 7 — King of righteousness, King of peace, our Priest forever

Merry Christmas from Japan, everyone. As we remember Christ today, I suppose it’s only appropriate to read this passage and remember just who he is. And he is far more than a baby in a manger. The writer of Hebrews … Continue reading

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Hebrews 3-4 — The need for faith

Many people want to know God’s blessings in life. Many people want to find true life and joy. But far too few are willing to put their trust in God in order to obtain these things. And that’s the problem that … Continue reading

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II Thessalonians 3:16-18 — Finding peace

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity in Paul’s words in verse 16 and his words in I Thessalonians 5:23-24. In the latter, he writes, May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:2-9 — Peace in our hearts, peace with each other

As I said yesterday, it’s a little hard to tell the flow of Paul’s thought in these verses, whether he was changing topics, or whether it was all one topic to him. One particular place where it’s a little tricky … Continue reading

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Ephesians 2:11-22 — Accepted

It’s really amazing thinking about the total difference Christianity brought to the Jewish mindset concerning God and non-Jews.  To the Jews, theirs was a near exclusive relationship with God.  And if anyone wanted to have a relationship with God, they basically had to … Continue reading

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Romans 5:1-2 — The grace in which we stand

It would be so easy to just zoom past these passages, having read them so often.  But I can’t help but linger here, and think about all Paul is saying here. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we … Continue reading

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John 16:16-33 — Finding peace and joy

It’s very clear from this passage that all that Jesus was saying was weighing heavily on the disciples, mostly because they were so focused on the idea that Jesus was leaving.  As a result, it overshadowed everything else he was saying. … Continue reading

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John 14:15-31 — Never alone

One thing my five year old daughter used to do quite often, and even does now from time to time is to crawl into my wife’s and my bed and snuggle in between us.  And when we ask why, she’ll … Continue reading

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Luke 13:33-35 — What God longs to do, what he won’t do, what he can’t do

This is one of the more poignant portions of scripture.  After dealing with the Pharisees, Jesus weeps, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3 — Praying for our needs

One of the most amazing things to me is that the God of this whole universe cares about me, even the simple and perhaps mundane things.  Yet he does.  And so Jesus tells us to pray, Give us today our … Continue reading

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Luke 2:8-14 — When Joy came

As I write this, it is Christmas Eve.  And as I reflect on that first Christmas night, it’s hard to truly fathom.  For it was on that day that joy truly did come to the world. When the angel appeared … Continue reading

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Luke 1:57-80 — Salvation

One wonders all that Zechariah thought during the nine months his mouth was stopped due to his unbelief.  Somehow, one gets the feeling that while he regretted his unbelief, it nevertheless didn’t put a damper on his spirit, because his … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15:13, 15-17 — Is it worth the price?

Jesus once said of being a disciple, “You’ve got to count the cost.”  (Luke 14:28-33) But there are also other things for which we need to count the cost.  And we need to ask ourselves, “Is what I’m pursuing worth … Continue reading

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Proverbs 3 — Love and faithfulness

Love and faithfulness.  Two things that are sorely lacking in this world.  It’s the reason why relationships, and particularly marriages fall apart in this world. Solomon writes in verses 3-4, Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around … Continue reading

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Psalm 29 — The awesome God…who cares about you

Many people in Japan think I’m strange, but I love thunderstorms.  I love hearing the lightning flash and the thunder roar.  Of course, this is much cooler indoors, than out.  🙂 I was looking at the Amplified Bible today, and … Continue reading

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Psalm 4 — Peace

In a world of turmoil, peace can be hard to find, especially when it seems like everyone is against you.  Or even just one person, be it your boss, your husband, your wife, or even a friend you’ve been fighting … Continue reading

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Daniel 7 — The God who will reign over all

Daniel is a bit out of order chronologically, so we’re going to skip chapters 5 and 6 for the time being.  Belshazzar was now king of Babylon.  He was the son of Nabonidus who had apparently married a daughter of … Continue reading

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Isaiah 57:14-21 — The road to peace

After a serious tongue-lashing on those who persisted in their rebellion against him, God here shows his mercy to those who humbled themselves before him. He said, “Build up, build up, prepare the road!  Remove the obstacles out of the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 32:9-20 — False security

Security.  It’s something that many people seek.  To feel safe.  To feel that their future is in hand. For many people, they seek security in money, and think that if they just have enough, they’ll be okay.  In the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Micah 5:1-5 — The one who brings peace

Peace.  What would you pay to have peace in your life?  That’s what the Israelites must have been thinking when Micah was writing.  I suspect that many Jews feel the same way even today. Micah here prophesies the fall of … Continue reading

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Micah 4:1-5 — Not forever

If there is one place that has soured on war, it’s Japan.  If you would interview most people in Japan, you’d find that they take a much dimmer view of war than probably any other developed nation.  Probably because they … Continue reading

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