Tag Archives: focus

Singing to God; November 30, 2017


Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. The differences in translation between the NIV and the Japanese aren’t drastic, but they’re very interesting. In the first place, the … Continue reading

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Materialism; November 24, 2017


Psalm 119:36-37 Turn my heart towards your statutes and not towards selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. It’s interesting to read the Bible and realize I’m getting more out of … Continue reading

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True Worship; November 20, 2017


Psalm 111:1 Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. And here we have a replay of yesterday’s message! In fact, where the NIV says “extol,” … Continue reading

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A Good Prayer; November 13, 2017


Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. One of David’s good points was that he knew what to ask for. His … Continue reading

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Better than Life; October 31, 2017


Psalm 63:3-4 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I learned these verses as a song … Continue reading

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Inner Peace; October 14, 2017


Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. There is a very small difference in nuance between the English and the Japanese translations of this verse. Actually, it is just a shift … Continue reading

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Stress; September 15, 2017


Nehemiah 5:13 At this the whole assembly said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised. What a refreshing statement! It is a sad commentary on human nature that it is noteworthy when people do … Continue reading

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