Collab With Elisha McFarland

I did my first collab with Elisha McFarland, a.k.a. Africa Boy!! It was fun, Elisha! Thanks for letting me do this!

Please check out his cool blog by clicking on the picture below! And don’t forget to follow his blog if you haven’t yet!!

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Here are Elisha’s answers to our interview.

1. What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

Hmm, quite a difficult choice, but I believe my answer to be Romans. There is so much in there, I could read it twenty times and only comprehend 1%. There’s also a lot of guidance to younger Christians, so I greatly appreciate Luke’s foresight in his writing.

2. Who is your favorite Bible character? Besides Jesus?

Easy answer- Elisha. He had several great traits- he was bald, he was faithful, and when kids messed with him, he restrained himself and let God do the work.

3. What is your favorite Bible verse?

The Lecrae verse, Romans 1:16. It says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” I am unashamed! Do what you want, call me names, insult my age, insult my upbringing, but I’m in this “Till the day I die”.

4. Do you like your name?

Of course! It’s actually related to the name of Jesus! They have similar meanings- Elisha means “God is salvation”, while Jesus means “to deliver”.

5. Which do you prefer: American food or Mexican food?

I don’t eat a lot of either, but American food would take a slight preference, given that it’s a bit more extensive. While Mexico has tacos, America has burgers, steak, ribs, etc.

6. What is your favorite African food? Matooke!

It’s a type of mashed plantain that’s served with peanut sauce. It’s quite filling, but I manage to eat more than the average man, so I usually request it on my birthday!

7. How many siblings do you have?

I have five biological siblings and three that I would consider adopted (although not legitimately). My biological siblings are, in order of age, Noah (13), Isaiah (12), Ellie (10), Malakai (5), and Selah (3). My non-biological siblings are Betty (29), Hannah (19), and Johnny (18).

8. If you could only write about one subject, what would it be?

Christianity. It’s such a massive niche to write in, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of content. Even when you’ve written about all possible doctrine, something new is unearthed or spoken about nearly every week.

9. Would you consider someone, besides Jesus, in the Bible as your role model?

Absolutely! Although Elisha is my favorite character, I would place Timothy or Paul as my role models for different reasons. Timothy was a young man during the writings of many of the New Testament letters, and many of the words addressed to him can be beneficial towards young Christian men. Paul, on the other hand, was an older but wiser man, one well-versed in Scripture. Quite possibly the most brilliant man of his time, he had the equivalent of two PhDs by the age of 21!

10. What’s your favorite movie?

Lord of the Rings. The music, characters, plotline, everything is completely unparalleled. Harry Potter takes a close second, but it’s rather dark, which marks it down a bit in my books.

11. Do you watch Marvel?

As often as I can! When a new movie comes out, I try to watch it as soon as possible, which isn’t too hard to do here, since movie tickets aren’t extremely expensive.

12. If you could choose one place to eat at for your birthday, where would it be?

Mesa Shawarma. It’s a shawarma place in Kampala and it serves quite possibly the best shawarma and fries in existence. If you haven’t had shawarma, you need to try it as soon as possible- it is a gift from God.

 

And here are my answers to our interview.

1. What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

That is also a hard question for me! For now, my favorite book of the Bible is 1 Corinthians, mainly because Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is my favorite chapter in the Bible. Chapter 15 is like a summary of the Gospel, and is easy to understand.

2. Who is your favorite Bible character?

Jesus Christ is of course my favorite Bible character, because He is God Himself! He is the Word and the Lamb of God whose precious blood was shed for the remission of the sins of His elect. I believe that He died on the cross for me, for which I am forever grateful. He still lives because God raised Him from the dead on the third day after His death, and He will come back in glory to judge all the people who ever lived on earth, sending the unsaved people to Hell and bringing His chosen ones to His home to live eternally with Him in Heaven! I am looking forward to the day when I will meet Jesus, my Creator and my Lord and Savior, face to face.

3. What is your favorite Bible verse?

My favorite Bible verse comes from 1 Corinthians: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

4. Do you like your name?

Yes, I do! I am thankful to my parents and ultimately God for giving me my name, which is the Hebrew equivalent to the name “Jesus,” which is Greek. My name, “Joshua,” means “Jehovah saves” or “Jehovah is salvation.”

5. Which do you prefer: American food or Mexican food?

Hmm, that’s tricky! I think I like Mexican best because I am a fan of tacos and taco rice. My favorite American foods, by the way, are hotdogs and hamburgers!

6. What is your favorite African food?

I don’t think I’ve tried African food before, but I would like to someday when I have the chance!

7. How many siblings do you have?

I have one brother named Jeremy, named after the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah. He’s almost 16, and God has given him gifts in music and making things!

8. If you could only write about one subject, what would it be?

Like you, Elisha, I would write about Christianity, because it is the only thing worth writing and taking about — true Christianity, straight from the Holy Bible, which is God’s holy Word. God never lies, therefore His Word is true.

9. Would you consider someone, besides Jesus, in the Bible as your role model?

I would like to be someone like Peter was in Acts. He was once of a timid nature, and he went so far as to deny three times that he knew Christ (John 18). Right after he committed that wickedness, which Christ had foretold he would do (John 13:38), he repented (Luke 22:62), and a few days after Christ rose again from the dead, He appeared to Peter and commanded him to take care of the church (John 21). Later on, Peter, after being filled with the Holy Ghost, by Whom all true Christians have the capability to serve God, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the very city in which Jesus was crucified (Acts 2). God gave him the gift of preaching and the courage to do so. I would like to be a preacher and a soul-winner like Peter, by God’s grace!

10. What’s your favorite movie?

I like Star Wars Episode 3, mainly because the lightsaber duels are so cool!

11. Do you watch Marvel?

Yes, sometimes. I’ve watched probably about half of them, but not in chronological order. My favorite one is Avengers: Endgame. My personal opinion is: If you watched one, you watched them all!

12. If you could choose one place to eat at for your birthday, where would it be?

I would choose Sushiro, which is a… (Yes, you guessed it!)… a sushi restaurant!! There’s nothing better than raw fish meat on rice dipped in soy sauce… or is there???

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Thanks for reading, guys!

The Real Neat Blog Award #2

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Mr. Holliman nominated me on December 28th, 2019.

Thank you very much, Mr. Holliman, for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award!! Please visit and follow his blog here!!!

THE RULES:
Display the blog award logo in your blog.
Thank the blogger who nominated you. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
Answer all the questions they have given you.
Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
Ask them 7 questions.

Questions from Mr. Holliman:

1. What was your favorite moment on Christmas?

My favorite moment was singing carols and praising God for Jesus Christ! 🙂

2. What is your new resolution for the new year of 2020?

My new resolution is to live my life for Christ, not for myself.

3. What was your biggest blessing in 2019?

That’s a hard question! God has given me so many blessings in 2019, but I think the biggest blessing was that God gave me a clearer vision of Jesus’ dying on the cross and rising again for me, a bigger assurance of my salvation.

4. Do you like being in the snow or on the beach?

I like being in the snow, but no snow so far this winter. 😦

5. How would you say this year went for you?

So far, this year is going fine for me, by God’s grace.

6. What do you like on your salad?

I don’t usually put dressing on my salad, but I like cobb dressing.

7. Do you like to take a run or a walk in the morning?

I don’t do either in the morning, sorry!

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My nominees are…

Lee Duigon

Lydia Potter

Renee

Jacquie

Keziah

Elisha

Saania

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Questions for my nominees:

  1. What book are you reading now?
  2. Have you ever moved?
  3. Do you like hot cocoa?
  4. How’s the weather out there?
  5. Have you ever gone bowling?
  6. What place on earth would you like to go to?
  7. Do you think you’ve said “OK!” over a thousand times in your life?

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That’s all for now, my dear ladies and gentlemen, and sorry for taking such a long time doing this! Thanks again for the nomination, Mr. Holliman! 🙂

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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The year 2020 has arrived in Japan! I am so grateful to God for making 2019 (and all my previous years) such a blessing to me and my family. I want to thank God right now.

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for helping me throughout 2019, and thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed upon me in all the past years. Please guide me and all of us in this new year of 2020, and please draw many of Your elect people into Your bosom this new year. I thank You for bringing me to this blogging work, for letting me make many wonderful friends, and for speaking to me and teaching me through Your Word. I pray this is in Jesus’ most precious name, Amen!

I’d like to share this song my friend Lee Duigon posted on his blog on New Year’s Eve.

My blogging friend, Rosy Marr, has written her own song, “Unending Love,” to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” that was used for the above song as well! You will certainly love this beautiful song!

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” – Psalm 100:1-5