Happy Father’s Day!! 😉💚

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TO MY FATHER, AND TO ALL THE FATHERS IN THE WORLD…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for giving me and my brother a kind and gentle father, who takes care of us lovingly. Help us, LORD, to become like our father, hard-working, strong in the faith, living each day in your sight. I ask this in Jesus’ most precious name, Amen!

(For June 16th, 2019)

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Liebster Award #4

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Nominated on 6-13-2019 by Elisha McFarland.

Thank you very much for nominating me for the Liebster Award, Elisha! This Liebster Award is an upgraded version. Please check out Elisha’s cool blog and follow him at: https://africaboy.home.blog/

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!
  5. Make up 11 questions and ask them to your nominees!
  6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts About Joshua M. Swanson:

  1. I have been living in Japan for all my 18 years.
  2. I am about 5’7″ wide… I mean tall.
  3. I am a Christian who accepts Jesus Christ as my Savior from my countless sins.
  4. I am a night owl who goes to bed at “AHH!!!” and wakes up at “EEK”! 😱
  5. I teach English to children.
  6. I have much more fellowship with other Brothers and Sisters in Christ than before I made this blog, for which I am very thankful to God.
  7. To list a few of my dreams for the future, I want to be a made-successful-by-God English teacher, translator, writer, and maybe a father.
  8. I’m right smack in the middle between an introvert and an extrovert.
  9. I’m practicing the piano and guitar.
  10. The “M.” in my name doesn’t stand for “Mickeymouse”… it stands for “Makoto”, which means “truth” in Japanese.
  11. I want to become a better person, a person who is useful for Christ’s ministry.

11 Questions Asked By Elisha W. McFarland:

  1. Predestination or Free Will? Predestination. I am a Calvinist.
  2. How long have you been a Christian? I was born in a Christian family. Although baptized on June 16th, 2013, Father’s Day, it is a recent thing that I thought more about my sins and about the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not sure when I became a Christian, but I have the assurance that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. It is an every day thing that pray for the forgiveness of my sins. And I pray for all the true Christians in the world.
  3. What is your favorite type of smoothie? I like banana smoothies.
  4. McDonald’s or Wendy’s? McDonald’s. When you said “Wendy’s”, some nostalgic memories came back to my mind. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve been there.
  5. Do you follow sports? If so, what sport and what professional team? I sort of like baseball. I like Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Los Angeles Angels, the latter is because Shohei Ohtani, last year’s American League Rookie of the Year, is in that team.
  6. The NBA Finals have been going on. Do you have any opinions on this? Dad kind of likes the Warriors, so I’m kind of rooting for them.
  7. What is your favorite thing about your way of schooling (homeschooling or real schooling)? Oh, without question, I definitely like homeschooling. It’s more Biblical, students don’t get taught the Big Lie called evolution, and students get to have more free time, and they learn a lot more than students going to “real” schools. I’ve been homeschooled my whole life.
  8. Do you think soda rots your brain? Well, no, not really… honestly I never even thought about that… I actually like soda, my favorite being root beer!
  9. What is your favorite chapter of the Bible? That’s a hard question! There are many answers, but my #1 favorite chapter of the Bible is Psalm 23. I recite it every night before I go to sleep.
  10. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Bell Mountain, by Christian fantasy author, Lee Duigon. Bell Mountain is the first of 13 books (#12 is coming soon, and #13 is now being written by Mr. Duigon). I really love the whole Bell Mountain Series, and I hope some of you folks out there would read them! I’ve always wanted to make a post about the series, and I hope to do it someday soon! Please check out Lee Duigon’s blog at: http://leeduigon.wordpress.com/
  11. If you could live in one country for a week, what would it be? I’m fond of Latin music and nature, so I wouldn’t mind living in Peru for a week! A group I like is from Peru (Please go ahead and search “Rijchary” on my blog!) I’ve studied Spanish a little, but recently I haven’t… Muchas gracias for reading!

I Nominate…

Elijah Holston

Lydia Potter

Lydia Rose

Lee Duigon

Keziah Hofmann

Ilona Madam

Jyoti107

John Eli

Allison D. Reid

Jacquie A. Bradford

Hannahjoy1914

(I hope you will enjoy doing this, dear friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!)

My Questions For My Nominees Are…

  1. Have you read the Bible?
  2. What’s your favorite place?
  3. Whose autograph do you want to get?
  4. Do you have a pet? If so, what is/are its/their name(s)?
  5. How many blog followers do you have?
  6. Who is/are the hero(es) of your life?
  7. What type(s) of music do you like?
  8. Have you ever had a close encounter with a wild animal?
  9. What’s your favorite day of the week?
  10. What movie would you like to be in?
  11. What color are your eyes?

Thanks again for the nomination, Elisha! I enjoyed this.

See you around, guys.

By Joshua Mickeymouse Swanson…

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Randomness Award

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I was nominated for this new award by Keziah Hofmann on May 31st, 2019!

Sorry for being so late to do this, but hooray! I have been nominated the Randomness Award by Keziah! That makes six awards in May! Thank you so much for nominating me for the Randomness Award, Keziah! Please follow her blog at: http://keziahehome.wordpress.com/

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you, Keziah!!!
  2. Then answer the questions asked by your nominator.
  3. Then you must nominate 5 people and ask them 10 questions.

Questions from Keziah:

1. Which do you prefer: DC or Marvel, if you are into either of them?

Hmm… I like Marvel now, but when I was younger, I liked the DC comics hero, Superman. I have watched several Marvel movies, but not recently. I don’t read the comics. Iron Man’s pretty cool!

2. If you could do anything right now, what would it be?

I would like to be translating a Christian book.

3. Would you rather be told when you died 10 minutes before, or years before?

I can do more things for Christ in a few years time than in 10 minutes, so I’d rather be told when I will die years before.

4. What do you think should be invented?

Centipede detector… to lessen the worries.

5. What is your favorite subject/s in school?

I like English and history.

6. Do you play sports, and if so, what kind?

I don’t usually play sports, I’m a stay-at-home type of person, but I like to play catch and watch baseball. I also like to play ping-pong (table tennis).

7. If you could meet anyone in the world who lives now or used to, who would it be?

It would be pretty cool if I met Shohei Ohtani. But Someone whom I want to meet more than “Show-time” is mentioned in the next question…

8. Say someone built a time machine. Where would you go?

I would go to Jerusalem when Jesus was on earth. I really want to see Jesus Christ the Son of God in person, my Savior, the King of kings and LORD of lords.

9. What is your favorite natural color?

My favorite natural color is green. I just love the green color of nature, especially during and after it rains.

10. What is one of your favorite memories from when you were under the age of 8?

Going to a fun amusement park with my family at the age of 7.

My nominees:

Jyoti

Newblogger20

Suni

Jacquie A. Bradford

Sheree

Questions for my nominees…

  1. Do you keep your blog a secret from anyone?
  2. Have you ever met a famous person?
  3. What’s your favorite movie?
  4. What country do you live in?
  5. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  6. How did you find my blog?
  7. Can you play any musical instruments?
  8. What is your dream for the future?
  9. How long have you been blogging?
  10. Are you a funny person?

Thanks again, Keziah! I really enjoyed doing this! God bless you and your family!

Joshua

An Answered Prayer, Plus Hymn Request

Amen! Praise the LORD!! Grandma and Aunty are now reading the Bible! Please continue to pray for their salvation!! 🙂

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I’m hurrying to get this posted before Joshua goes to bed. I don’t know what time it is in Japan, but it’s either very late or very early. Oh, well, he can see it when he gets up again: Blessed Assurance, sung by Alan Jackson.

And on top of it, we’ve got some good news–an answered prayer.

On May 5 Joshua asked us to pray for his grandmother and aunt in Japan, who had heard of the Gospel but not yet received it. Today Joshua reports that both are now reading the Gospel of John–and may the Holy Spirit speak to them! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Prayer Request: Joshua

Please pray for the salvation of my grandma and aunt!!

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We’re getting a lot of prayer requests this weekend. Well, prayer is one of our purposes here.

Please, everybody, join in prayer for Joshua’s grandmother and aunt in Japan, who have heard the Gospel but not as yet been called: Father in Heaven, open their hearts that they may hear. We want our loved ones with us in your kingdom; we want them all to know the joy of Jesus Christ Our Lord, that they may be saved by him. We all have people that we love who have not yet come to Jesus. Bring them, O Lord our God: in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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WSU – Weekly Scripture Unearthing

Here are some encouraging Bible verses that Keziah has shared on her blog! Courage, soldiers under King Jesus’ banner! “If God be for us, who can be against us?”- Rom. 8:31

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Hey all!!

I know a couple of bloggers that do a thing called “WBV”, which stands for “Weekly Bible Verse”. I loved the idea but wanted to go a little more in depth than just sharing a Bible verse, and so decided to come up with my own name – Weekly Scripture Unearthing, or “WSU”. Weird, I know, and the initials do look like some university’s initials, but whatever; I like it. ;D

I don’t guarantee to post exactly a week from today, or the next week, but I WILL post one of these every week, though I can’t say what day it will be on. XD

And now, for what we have all been waiting for!

1 Peter 4: 12-14 :

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at zthe fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

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Problem of Suffering in light of Christ and Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is my favorite Psalm. This is an article by SlimJim about the connection between this Psalm and Mark 14. This Psalm is a great comfort for all Christians facing trouble in their lives. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want!”

The Domain for Truth

I have posted in the past “Chuck Norris Apologetics with the Problem of Evil.”  That post was about how the alleged problem of evil presupposes Christian theism.  In this present post I’m assuming what’s taught in that previous post.  Yet what is presented here is not just looking at the problem of evil in terms of suffering from another angle but should be joined with the first post as reinforcing a Christian treatment of theodicy.

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