Tag Archives: deception

Listening to God; February 17, 2019


John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” I like the way the Japanese expresses this verse. “My sheep distinguish my voice.” I’m preaching this morning on discernment, so this is very relevant. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts; September 30, 2018


1 Corinthians 12:1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. This is one instance where I feel the Japanese really loses the flavor of what Paul said. In Japanese it says, “I want you … Continue reading

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Honesty; May 23, 2018


Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?” These passages were chosen on the basis of God giving or providing things, but here Jesus gives a very astute, politically incorrect … Continue reading

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Honesty; December 27, 2017


Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts … Continue reading

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September 13, 2014


Matthew 23:24 “You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” Jesus was certainly a master of descriptive language! This particular remark is so striking that it is quoted widely, but there is real question whether those … Continue reading

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June 15, 2014


Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. This is a well-known verse, but I don’t recall noticing before that the Japanese says “straight” where the English says … Continue reading

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November 26, 2012


Proverbs 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. I really like the way the Japanese translates this verse: “The walk of a person who walks completely straight is safe, but … Continue reading

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