Typhoon Update

We thank the Lord for keeping us safe from the typhoon! It passed last night. Thank you for your prayers!

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for protecting us from the typhoon and that this country didn’t suffer too much damage from it. Thank you for the people who have prayed for us. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Scheduled Posts

Recently I’ve been scheduling my posts, so just in case you’re wondering why my posts appear before replying to your comments, that’s the reason.

Blog Post Schedule:

Sundays: I’ll be posting sermons.

Mondays: I’ll be posting movies.

Tuesdays: I’ll be posting music.

Wednesdays: I’ll be posting chess lessons by Lee Duigon.

Thursdays: I’ll be posting videos, etc.

Fridays: I’ll be posting videos, etc.

Saturdays: I’ll be posting hymns, etc.

Thanks for viewing my blog, folks! May you have a good week!

American Gospel Trailer

I will post a 1-hour version of this movie this Monday. Stay tuned!

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

– Romans 1:16 KJV

Sunshine Blogger Award #8

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Lydia kindly gave me this award on July 14th, 2020!

Thank you, Lydia, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Lydia’s blog: https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/blog/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJMS5e88_rp8LxtnJH-kjZw

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.

5. List the rules and display a sunshine blogger award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Lydia’s Questions

1. Diet or regular soda?

I usually drink regular soda. Root beer’s my favorite, BTW!

2. Water with ice or no ice?

I like water with no ice. Well, it depends on the ice. If the ice is from the fridge, then when it melts in the water it makes the water taste kinda bad.

3. What is your favorite animal that lives in the sea?

Good question!! I was always a fan of sea animals! Let’s see… this is turning out to be a mind-user. Ah-ha! My favorite sea creature is the GIANT SQUID!!! Just imagine seeing it in the ocean fighting with a gigantic whale that is approximately the same size! (Of course, you will need a submarine to see that!)

If Mr. Mosasaurus was still alive, then I would have put him on the victory stand.

4. What is your favorite board game?

I think I’m going to say Scrabble. Chess comes super close second.

5. What was your biggest highlight from the past week?

We ate at a gluten-free noodle restaurant! Haven’t been to a restaurant in ages, it seems!

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Pet peeve? I can honestly say I’ve never heard that word before you mentioned it! After searching for the meaning on the internet, I found myself thinking, “Hmm… a small thing that annoys me… What can it be?” And then “💡” went my brain! I get annoyed when I drop things on the floor… from books to tissues. You know, the germs and all. I hate germs. The moment something touches the floor, I’m like… (Wilhelm scream 😱)!!!

7. What question do you get asked most?

In real life, probably the question I get asked the most is “How are you?”, to which I almost always reply, “I’m fine, thank you, and you?” Actually I get asked that question a lot in the blogging world, too! Thanks, guys, for thinking about me!

8. What was the last meal you ate?

Of course it depends on when I post this, but let’s see what the answer will be…

Wait a minute here! Am I beginning to write a poem or something?

“Let all of us see

What the answer will be,

Whether it’s today

Or some other fine day!”

Joshua Swanson (July 21st, 2020, at precisely 1:20 AM!!!… Oops, now you know what time I go to bed!)

July 21st Noon Update: Well, here we go! The answer is… (drums and cymbal)

HAMBURG STEAK AND CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE MIX!!!

You can forget that poem now.

9. Do you prefer hot or cold temps outside?

I definitely prefer cold temps outside. It’s just a matter of putting on more layers, whereas in hot temps… I hate summer! Hot temps = Hot tempers.

10. What is your favorite flavor of gum?

I haven’t chewed on gum for centuries! (Wait a minute, I haven’t lived that long yet.) Well, I wanted to say that I haven’t chewed on gum for a long time! But my favorite gum flavor is mint.

11. On a scale of 1-10, (1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest) how would you rate yourself as being an adventurous person?

Hmm… another good one. I’d say 3 or 4? I’m an indoors person, but I want to be more of an adventurous outdoors person. It’s probably healthier, and you get to know more about God’s wonderful creation!

My nominees:

  1. Lee
  2. Bonnie
  3. Rosy
  4. Hattush
  5. Jim
  6. Sheila
  7. Ken
  8. Colton
  9. Elisha
  10. Elijah
  11. Steve

My questions to the nominees:

  1. What was the best birthday present you’ve ever got?
  2. What Bible verse has been on your mind the most recently?
  3. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  4. What book do you want to read someday?
  5. Who’s your favorite Bible character?
  6. Do you do Instagram?
  7. Who’s your favorite preacher?
  8. How many blogs do you have?
  9. Who do you think should be the next U.S. President?
  10. Should smoking and alcohol consumption be banned?
  11. When the virus finally goes away, what place do you want to visit?

Well, that’s all, folks! Thanks a lot for taking time to read this!

Thanks again for the nomination, Lydia!

Mystery Blogger Award #7

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Lydia Potter nominated me for this on May 14th, 2020!

Thank you so much, Lydia, for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!! That was so kind of you! (To my readers: make sure to check out her blog and to give her a follow!)

The Rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Mention the creator of the award.
4. Answers the five questions you were asked.
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate ten to twenty bloggers.
7. Notify the bloggers (tell them you nominated them) by commenting on one of their posts.
8. Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one.
9. Share a link to your best posts.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

My best posts (well, my personal favorites at least) are: Creation VS Evolution, The Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon, The Adventures of Joshua and Jeremy: The Hike Up Thunder Mountain, The Scrabble Game 2, J&J’s LEGO Stories: #1, and The Word of God.

3 Facts About Me:

I believe that the Bible is true.
I like to write my diary every day.
I am a very, very, very, very slow eater.

The Questions:

1. Do you prefer solid color clothes or a pattern?
I like both, but I prefer clothes with patterns,

2. What are your 3 favorite things you do every day?
I like to drink coffee, read my Bible, and pray.

3. How often do you post on your blog?
I used to post every day, but recently I’ve been doing only a few posts a month.

4. When you handwrite, do you write in cursive or print?
I write in cursive.

5. When was the last time you ate bacon?
The first thing I wrote was: “Hmm… I don’t remember exactly when I last ate bacon, but I think I ate some with fried rice (called “chahan”) four or five weeks ago,” but later, the time of my latest bacon consumption changed. On June 10th, 2020, Wednesday, at approximately 12:00 PM, I ate bacon strips, and, oh, they tasted swell.

(P.S. – I also ate bacon on June 17th, Wednesday, when it showed up in my lunchbox. Thanks, Mom!)

(P.P.S. – Sigh. This is what’ll happen if you wait until after Father’s Day to post this… you get to eat a whole pig before you can answer the question!!! On June 19th, Friday, Mom served us some delicious Japanese food which included some salmon, miso soup, and, you guessed it, bacon. I ate bacon on that day at around 12:15 PM, by the way! So what!?)

(P.P.P.S. – On June 21st, 2020, which, come to think of it, was yesterday, I ate chahan, and I don’t think I have to mention what was in it. 😉 )

I feel as if I’ve eaten an entire pig in order to answer this question! 🐷

I will nominate 12 people…

Mr. Holliman

Mrs. Holliman

Elijah Holston

Elisha McFarland

Lydia Rose

Keziah Hofmann

Joah Pearson

John Eli Garay

Sophia Lorena Benjamin

Jacquie A. Bradford

Robert Chamberlain

Ryan Callahan

The 5 Questions to the 12 Nominees:

1. What encourages you during these trying times?
2. What gives you the greatest happiness in your life?
3. How often do you wear a watch?
4. What is your favorite zoo?
5. Have you ever eaten black garlic? If so, do you like it?

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Thank you once again, Lydia! And thank y’all for reading! 🙂

The Real Neat Blog Award #4

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I was nominated by Lydia Potter on April 15th!

Thank you so much for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award, Lydia!! I really appreciate it, and you’ve given me the 4th one of this award!

You can go and visit and follow her blog, “In His Service And Loving It,” right here!

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

Lydia’s Questions:

1. What was/is your favorite school subject?

My favorite subject was English!

2. How often do you do something really weird that you regret?

Probably every time I write a comment, as almost every time I tend to write something dumb.

3. In your opinion, what’s something you do that passes time really well?

Reading the Bible, blogging, and watching YouTube videos!

4. Meat or veggie pizza?

I like the combination of both, but I prefer meat to veggies.

5. Do you like lizards?

Yes, I do, but not when they crawl all over my legs, which never happened before! 😄

6. Blue tooth, headphones, or earbuds?

Earbuds! They’re my ears’ buddies!

7. What did you do for Easter this year?

I watched and listened to sermons on the Internet, and prayed and thanked God for sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to Earth to die on the cross for those whom He has chosen, and for resurrecting Him from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is evidence that He will return to Earth and judge the world at His Second Coming!

My 7 Nominees Are…

Mr. Holliman
Mrs. Holliman
Ryan Callahan
Green Mountain Girl
Bonnie Hawkins
Kenneth Ratcliffe
Hattush Reschly

My 7 Questions to My Nominees:

1. Have you ever read the Bell Mountain series?
2. What did you like to do when you were around 5?
3. How often do you take a walk outside?
4. What Bible verse did you find the most inspiring recently?
5. Can you see well enough without glasses?
6. When was the last time you saw a rainbow?
7. What future event do you look forward to the most?

Thank you all, or should I say “y’all,” for reading this blog post.

And thank you once more, Lydia, for the nomination! I really enjoyed doing this!

Stay tuned for the next post! 😊

The Real Neat Blog Award #3 (For All!) [+Bonus!]

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This blog award logo was created by Colton Beckwith.

I have been nominated by Mr. Holliman for the Real Neat Blogger Award! Thank you so much, Mr. Holliman! Please check out his blog, and don’t forget to give him a follow!

Blog link: Mr. Holliman @ A Happy Life

The Rules For The Real Neat Blog Award:
1. Display the blog award logo in your blog.
2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
3. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.
4. Answer all the questions they have given you.
5. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers of your choice.
6. Ask them 7 questions.

Mr. Holliman’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite amusement park to go for fun?

I’ve been to Tokyo Disney Resort twice. That is my favorite amusement park!

2. What is one of your favorite posts that you came across?

Wow! What a hard question! Almost all the posts I come across I deem awesome, but one of the best ones so far (Note: this is only my personal opinion!), I think, is “Jesus is Our Rock” by Unashamed of Jesus.

3. What is your favorite holiday? Why?

My favorite holiday is Christmas because it celebrates Jesus Christ the Son of God becoming a man so that He can die on the cross for the sins of those who believe in Him! “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

4. Four-wheel skates or rollerblades?

Neither, because I can’t do either of them!

5. What are your favorite toppings to put on your pancakes or waffles?

I like to put maple syrup and butter on them! 🍁🥞

6. Cookies and Ice Cream or Brownies and Ice Cream?

Hmm… Cookies and Ice Cream! 🍪🍦

7. What is the funniest thing your pet ever did?

Sorry, I can’t think of any right now! (Which probably means the pets I had before weren’t comedians.)

My Nominees Are…

Robert Chamberlain

Saania

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Elisha McFarland

Noah

Rosy Marr

Lydia Potter

Colton Beckwith

Wait a minute here! The title says “For All,” so that means YOU can participate, too!Anyone can join in (those whose names aren’t here) by either doing a post or answering the questions below in the comments section.

My 7 Questions For “All” My Nominees:

1. If there was going to be a “family reunion” of bloggers all around the world, let’s say, in Honolulu, Hawaii, would you go?

2. Speaking of Hawaii, can you hula dance?

3. How many times have you eaten turtle in your life?

4. Do you think you can blog for 24 hours straight?

5. What do you think is the ideal temperature for you?

6. What do you want for your next birthday?

7. Did you know that caterpillars have more muscles than humans?

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Thank you all for your time, for coming over to my blog, and for reading this! 🙂

See you soon! Keep safe, and wash your hands regularly, carefully, and fervently! 👏

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Bonus Feature:

Try Not to Laugh Challenge #2 (Two Videos!)

(Click here for #1!)

Liebster Award #7

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I was nominated by Mrs. Holliman on March 23rd, 2020.

Thank you, Mrs. Holliman, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! (The 7th time!) Please visit and follow her blog! (Click here to go to her blog!)

Rules of The Liebster blogger Award:
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) gave you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers that deserve the reward.
5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer.
6. Let them know they’ve been nominated.

11 Facts About Me:

1. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior from all my sins!!
2. I believe that every single word in God’s Word the Holy Bible is true!!!
3. I am thankful to God for giving me my life and all the blessings He has given me!
4. I live in Japan.
5. I’ve been to three countries: South Korea (only the airport), the U.S., and… Japan (of course)!
6. I want to be a stronger Christian with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
7. My favorite book in the Bible is 1 Corinthians for now!
8. I like to read books, especially the Bible.
9. I brush my teeth every day.
10. I have a blog, as you probably guessed!
11. I like to watch YouTube videos!

Mrs. Holliman’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I like to blog about a variety of things, especially things about God. (Well, I used to blog about various things a lot before, but now I mostly reblog others’ posts, share videos, and do “Awards and Tags” posts.)

2. What would be one thing that you would change that you did in your life?

I want to undo the thefts that I committed in the past.

3. Strawberries or Blueberries?

Strawberries!!!… Though blueberries come close second!!

4. What is your favorite food to cook?

Oh, oh! I really love to cook… Nothing… I can’t cook. ☹

5. What does love from GOD mean to you?

God’s love means everything to me! God made me and gave me a Savior, Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son! That is God’s amazing love, grace, and mercy towards a sinful wretch like me!

6. What is one of your favorite quotes?

I really love this quote by Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

7. Hot dogs or Hamburgers?

I prefer hotdogs to hamburgers!

8. What is your favorite TV show to watch?

I like to watch some Japanese TV shows sometimes.

9. What would you be doing if snow came to your city?

I’d make a snowman and have a snowball fight with my brother!

10. What is your favorite flavor of cake?

I like chocolate cake! (Also I like fruit cake!)

1. What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my life, for my family, and most of all the Lord Jesus Christ!

My 11 Nominees Are…

Keziah
Elisha McFarland
Hattush
Steve McLeod
Renee
Mr. Holliman
Lydia Rose
Ezra
Jaël
Kenneth Ratcliffe
Jacquie

My 11 Questions For My Nominees:

1. How many countries have you been to?
2. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
3. Do you like to play board games?
4. Do you watch videos on YouTube?
5. What do you treasure the most?
6. What place in the world is your favorite?
7. What place would you like to go to someday?
8. Can you play chess?
9. What are your top-ten favorite hymns?
10. Do you like singing?
11. Can you swim? (I can’t, by the way!😅)

Thanks a lot for reading this, and thank you again for nominating me, Mrs. Holliman!

See y’all!!!

The Decade Tag

Thank you, Mr. Holliman, for giving me the Decade Tag! Please click on this link and go to his amazing blog! Don’t forget to follow him!

To Play Along With This Tag:
1. Please share a link to the creator of the tag: jesusluvsall.wordpress.com
2. Share some of your highlights over the past decade and if you want, a few low points.
3. Tag whoever you wish.
4. Ask them some questions.
5. Use any picture appropriate for such a tag.

The Highs (😆) and the Lows (😖) of the Past Decade

My highs ☝:

1. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as my only Savior from my sins! 😊

2. Starting this blog! 😊

3. Making new friends! 😊

4. Being able to go to the gym! 😊

5. Learning how to play chess! 😊

6. Learning how to play the guitar! 😊

7. Getting my guitar for my 16th birthday! 😊

8. Getting this computer for my 17th birthday! 😊

9. Being able to spread the gospel in various ways using this PC! 😊

10. Getting rid of bad habits, for example making strange “Mm” sounds! 😊

My lows👇:

1. The surge of new bad habits, such as staying up late. ☹

2. Losing my favorite toy, a little black teddy bear. ☹

3. Spending too much time on my computer. ☹

4. Acting weird and not acting my age. ☹

5. Losing interest in going to the gym. ☹

6. Not paying attention to others. ☹

7. Losing too many chess games. ☹

8. Scratching Mom’s kitchen. ☹

9. Losing my temper. ☹

10. Oversleeping. ☹

Mr. Holliman’s Questions:

1. Where do you want your life to be in 10 years?

I would like to become an evangelist and have my own business.

2. What is your favorite moment in your decade?

My favorite moment… seriously? I don’t know! I have too many of them!

3. Is there anything you wish you could change that happened in your 10 years?

I wish I was more diligent and practiced the piano more and studied harder, etc.

4. How would you describe your 10 years ago?

I would describe myself as dependent on almost everyone around me, especially my parents. In fact, I still am! 👶

5. What was your proudest moment in your 10 years?

Hmm… passing a super-difficult exam!

I will hereby tag the following special people:

Mrs. Holliman

Caleb E. King

Lydia Potter

Lee Duigon

Bonnie Hawkins

Pastor SlimJim

Rosy Marr

Noah

(And anybody else out there, you’re nominated, too, by the way. 🙂 )

Here are my questions:

1. Which decade do you think is the best one for you?
2. How many decades have you lived?
3. During the next 10 years, what would you like to do?
4. What is the best memory of when you were 10?
5. If you had to eat just one thing for the following 10 years, what would it be?

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Thanks for reading this, guys! 🙂

And feel free to do this tag if you have any free time! 🙂

See you in the next post I will do sometime in the near future! 🙂

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