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

Random Acts of Kindness Award #2

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I was nominated by Lydia Potter on December 22nd, 2019!

Thank you, Lydia, for nominating me for this award!! I’m very happy to get it! 🙂

Please follow her blog!!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you, and tag them.
  2. Write a paragraph or more on the experience of an act of kindness or something you have read or seen, or done, yourself.
  3. Nominate three people to participate in this award.
  4. Paste and copy the picture from above on your post.
  5. Let the people you nominated know they have been nominated.

My Story:

It was with inner grief that my brother and I waved good-bye to our parents. We looked up at the ominous train station. “Well, bro, here goes nothing,” said I to my brother. (Well, actually, in real life I didn’t say that. Keep in mind that probably about 34% of this story is exaggerated.) After spending 3 hours and 12 minutes trying to buy the tickets (There, I did it again. Sigh.), we waited for our train on the platform. “Look! Our train is a-comin’!” cheered my brother. But as it turned out, it was only Thomas the Tank Engine chuffing past us and whistling, “Hi, y’all folks! I’m a very useful engine!”, and we watched him as he disappeared into the distance. “WAIT!!!” I screamed, waving my hands in agitation. “I was your fan back when I was sometime between 1 and 7, so I sort of want your autograph!!!” But alas, by that time it was too late. Our real train arrived, and we made way for the 53 pigs to get off the train. (Four of them were apparently a quartet in a group named The Hotdogs Of The Future.) One of them stepped on my foot, but I’m alright, don’t worry. (By the way, please raise the percentage from 34% to 65%, because I didn’t know I was going to write all that junk.) So we got on the train, and about 20 minutes later (There that’s more like it!)…

We gave our seats to two elderly women.

THE END

Conclusion

Showing kindness to other people, like simple acts such as encouraging others, gift-giving, and giving your seat to someone else, is a way to spread happiness to the ones around us. Furthermore, it is a kind of reflection of the merciful kindness of Jesus when He was on this earth, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, making the lame to walk, and giving life to people who have died. The greatest act of kindness ever done on this planet earth was the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross. He willingly died for the people Whom God the Father gave to Him to be His chosen people before the world began. Let us thank God always for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the gift of salvation, for redemption, for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for the work of the Holy Spirit, for the Word of God, the Holy Bible, for creating us, and for ruling over all things by His almighty power.

“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” – 2 Peter 1:7

There are three people who will get nominated for this special award. And they are…

Keziah Hofmann, Lydia Rose, and Elijah Holston!

(Well, if I was permitted, I would have nominated ALL of you!!!)

Thank y’all for reading, and may 2019 end in happiness for you and may 2020 begin with joy and brightness. 😉

Thank you, God, for this precious year of 2019, and please bless the next year, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Held Over! Our Christmas Carol Contest

Let’s go and request carols on Lee Duigon’s blog!

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G’day after Christmas! Byron the Quokka here–and are you ready to close our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest? Well, I’m not!

Crikey, look at all the carols that we haven’t posted yet! The carol with 44 views the day it was posted, Dec. 12 (I think), is still in the lead. I don’t think anyone’s going to beat that, but we can keep on playing. The winner gets an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it’s published–which should be pretty soon.

Sorry, I’m not allowed to tell you who got those 44 views: don’t want to spoil the surprise. Meanwhile, no way we’re gonna run out of carols! You request ’em, I’ll post ’em.

And a Merry Christmas to us all, and as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one!

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Second Chances Trailer!

Steadfast Pictures’ new film, “Second Chances,” directed by Elijah Holston, will be coming out in June 2020!! Please watch the new film’s official trailer!

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The Second Chances Official Trailer is now available to watch!

Please share this with everyone you think would benefit from watching Second Chances!

The film itself will be coming out in June 2020.

Visit secondchancesthemovie.com for more details. You can also go the Second Chances IMDb page for details about cast and crew.

God bless!

Elijah

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Byron’s Contest Update

Just look at that beautiful cover of Lee Duigon’s upcoming new book!! It’s fantastic!! And don’t forget to join the fun annual Christmas Carol Contest, held at Lee Duigon’s blog! The prize is an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, “His Mercy Endureth Forever”!!

Here is the full cover:

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest seems to be slowing down. So here’s my idea to pep it up!

The prize will be an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. And if you want to find out if Ellayne and Dulayl get eaten by the giant hyena, you’re gonna need this book! It hasn’t been published yet, but it’s all ready to go and it should be coming out early next year.

The winner will be whoever requests the Christmas carol that gets the most views on the day it’s posted. So far the leader has 22 views. Do I hear 25? Thirty? And one thing we don’t have to worry about is running out of Christmas carols!

Here on Rottnest Island, we have no hyenas of any kind, not even little ones. All the quokkas agree that’s a…

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How’s the Carol Contest Going?

The contest is on a roll! Request a carol on Lee Duigon’s blog!!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. We don’t get any snow on Rottnest Island: that picture’s me on our family vacation to New Jersey. Only chance I ever got to use my skis.

Anyhow, I’m here to report on the progress of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest. And the carol that got 24 views on Dec. 1 is still in the lead. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was, or who posted it. It’s sort of a blind taste test. I love those! Did you ever see the one where they’ve got people taste-testing cat food? Fantastic!

So let’s keep those carols coming, folks. I told Lee I could make this a tremendously successful contest and I won’t want to wind up looking like a doo-dah. It would be very bad for my prestige!

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Let the Contest Begin!

Attention please!! Here’s a very important announcement from Byron the Quokka…

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Look at the neat tennis ball I found! Some careless human lost it, they must think these things grow on trees.

Ah! But I’m here to officially open our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, beginning–today!

Here’s the rules. The winner is that reader who requests a Christmas carol and, on the day it’s requested and posted, racks up the most views. So if, say, on Dec. 14, Reader A requests “Pat-a-Pan” and gets 24 views for it on that day; but on Dec. 17, Reader B requests “Noel” and gets 29 views for it on that day–well, Reader B would be the winner, unless someone else comes along and does even better.

I think the winner ought to get a tennis ball, I love the way you can pull the hair off them–the tennis balls, not the winner–but I think the prize will be an…

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Announcing Our Christmas Carol Contest

Get ready for the Christmas Carol Contest that is going to be held on Lee Duigon’s blog!!!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here… and I’m not quite sure why I’m here today. Let me just collect my thoughts.

Oh! Right! Our 2019 Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest! That’s why Lee posted that picture of our Quokka Christmas tree ornament. It’s a reminder that God’s whole creation, including quokkas, is saved by Jesus Christ.

Anyway, the contest starts the day after Thanksgiving and the winner, when the smoke clears, wins an autographed book. Last year’s winner was TheWhiteRabbit. This year–well, it could be you!

Here’s how it works. We post Christmas carols each day, all the carols requested by readers; and the one whose carol got the most views, on the day it was requested and posted, is the winner. So simple, a kangaroo could understand it.

Now isn’t that more fun than nooze?

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Ooh-Ooh, We Have a Winner! — Lee Duigon

The winner is announced!!

(This is a post from Lee Duigon’s blog which was posted on November 3rd.)

It happened last night–100,000 views on the year. And we have a winner, too, who will get a bright red Extra Large official Quokka T-shirt. And that winner is–! Byron the Quokka here, with the winner of our epoch-making milestone contest. Gee, I’m sure I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget. Let’s see… No, […]

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Just 108 More Views to Go! — Lee Duigon

The views are coming fast on Lee Duigon’s blog!!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and that’s me, boldly jumping across a river full of, well, very small crocodiles, because I want to be first in line to see who wins our 100,000 Views on the Year contest. Just 108 more views to go! We don’t know how to discover who, exactly, is the 100,000th view, […]

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