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 Power of Prayer’ (2005)

“Pray without ceasing!” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Reblogged from Lee Duigon’s blog.

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If you take away anything from this 2005 Chalcedon editorial, take this: Pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on us.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-power-of-prayer

Here at Chalcedon, we’re totally dependent on God’s providence, manifested through voluntary donations from readers. Put bluntly, if the donations dry up, I dry up.

But this is good for us. This is humbling. So we work–we work hard. We plant and we water. But the increase is from God. Always from God.

He is, after all, our Heavenly Father who has begotten us in the Spirit, by the blood of Jesus Christ. It’s good for us to rely on Him.

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Joni Earecksen Tada: ‘A Calming Word’

Joni Earecksen Tada talks about the current coronavirus. Reblogged from Lee Duigon’s blog.

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(Thanks to Susan for the heads-up)

Take five minutes to hear Joni Earecksen Tada speak on responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Joni was an athletic teenaged girl when an accident left most of her body paralyzed. That was decades ago. She has been a minister in God’s service ever since.

Anyway, she knows whereof she speaks.

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Hyper-Humanist Heeby-Jeebies

I wanted to share this post by Lee Duigon with you!

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I think we all know that the brass ring, for global elitists, is a world government. Absolute power. Because they’re The Smartest Persons In The World and we should consider it a privilege to be ruled by them.

How crazy are these kooks? How filled with hubris? Here’s how they put it back in the Seventies, in Humanist Manifesto 2:

“Using technology wisely, we can control our environment, conquer poverty, markedly reduce disease, extend our life-span, significantly modify our behavior, alter the course of human evolution and cultural development, unlock vast new powers, and provide humankind with unparalleled opportunity for achieving an abundant and meaningful life.”

If that doesn’t give you the willies, you’re probably dead.

Oh! And all you’ve got to do is give up all belief in God, all hope of eternal life and forgiveness of sins, and the last vestige of sane humility.

Now, who’s going to

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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???

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