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By his righteousness, by his power, by his promises (2 Peter 1)

The more I read this chapter, the more Peter’s words strike me. He says in verse 2, May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. How many of us know … Continue reading

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Children of light (I Thessalonians 5)

One small note. Yesterday, I said I was talking about chapters 2-3; actually, it was 3-4. (And thus we can see that there are benefits to having chapter and verse divisions after all. It keeps us on the same page. … Continue reading

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Rejoicing in Jesus (Philippians 3)

“So on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your walk with God this week?”  I used to hear this question a lot when I was in high school in the discipleship group I was in. A … Continue reading

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I John 2:28-3:10 –The mark of a child of God

How can we know we are truly children of God? That we are truly saved? I remember having that question when I was a kid. I had received Jesus when I was about 7 years old, but for a long … Continue reading

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II Peter 1:1 — A faith that puts us on equal standing

It’s rare that I ever get stopped by a verse such that I just have to write about it and it alone. Particularly when it comes in a greeting. But this one stopped me. Peter writes, Simon Peter, a servant … 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 5:11-6:3 — What true maturity is

There are some Christians that long to grow deeper in the faith. To learn the deep things of scripture that go beyond the simple gospel message. The question is, “Are they ready for it?” The audience that was reading this … Continue reading

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Philippians 3:1-11 — Where our focus lies

As we live the Christian life, it’s so easy to get off-focus. Of course, some people can get off-focus in terms of focusing on their jobs, their love life, their possessions, and their money. All these things can get Christians’ minds … Continue reading

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Galatians 5:7-12 — Abolishing the offense of the cross

I mentioned not too long ago that many people find Christianity narrow-minded.  They take offense at the idea that it is only through Christ’s work on the cross that we can be saved.  Paul calls this, “the offense of the … Continue reading

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Romans 9:30-33 — Why can’t there be another way to God?

One of the things that bothers people about Christianity is that Christ claims he is the only way to God.  That there is no other way.  And they say, “Why can’t there be another way?” There are many ways to … Continue reading

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Romans 4 — Righteousness by faith: a new idea?

It would be easy to think that this idea of being made righteous by our faith is a new thing.  That it was an invention of Paul and the other apostles.  It was, in fact, a contention that Paul probably … Continue reading

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Romans 3:21-30 — To be accepted by God

Our deepest need, whether felt or not, is to be accepted.  And not just by anyone.  But to be accepted by God. When we are accepted by God, and we understand this in our souls, our life changes.  We find … Continue reading

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Romans 1:8-17 — The gospel

In this passage, Paul talks about his longing to come to Rome that he might share the gospel with them as he had in so many other places.  Not to say that they didn’t know the gospel, as they had … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:17-20 — Fulfilling the law

I think it’s significant that Jesus probably said these things after the controversies with the Pharisees over the Sabbath had begun (although you wouldn’t guess this by looking at the book of Matthew alone).  Jesus had probably already done multiple … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:6 — Hungering and thirsting for righteousness

I suppose as you look at this passage, you can read it two ways, both equally valid in my mind. First, Jesus could be talking about having a hunger for holiness in your life.  To want to live a life … Continue reading

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