‘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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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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Ten Things That Make Me Happy Tag and the Before & After Tag!

Here I am with another post! Sorry for taking such a long break, but thanks for letting me have some respite! (Not that I was totally off my blog. I made some more pages and I hope you would check them out! 😊)

I was nominated for two tags not too long ago, so let me crack my knuckles and get to it already!

Thank you, Lydia, for nominating me for the 10 Things That Make Me Happy Tag and thank you, Robert, for nominating me for the Before And After Tag, a.k.a. the Then and Now Tag! Please check out their blogs by clicking on the links!

I hereby nominate the readers who are reading this post for these two tags… yes, YOU!!!

(It’s not my idea; some bloggers do the same thing!)

10 Things That Make Me Happy Tag

The Rules:

1. List 10 things that make you happy. (Linking to them, sharing pictures, writing poems about them, telling jokes, etc. are all encouraged but not required.)

2. Tag 10 people who make you happy (and notify them of their tag).

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

1. God’s Word

Reading God’s Word, the Holy Bible, gives me great joy! It’s 100% truth, and I thank the Lord for giving us His Word to read. “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him” (Proverbs 30:5). “Thy Word is very pure: therefore Thy servant loveth it” (Psalm 119:140).

2. Salvation

Jesus Christ saved me, a great sinner, from my sins by God’s grace alone! “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). Jesus Christ came to earth to bear the punishment due to my sins. I am only saved because Jesus shed His blood on the cross as the Perfect Substitute for God’s elect. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I thank the Lord for Jesus Christ!

3. My Family

I am so grateful to God for giving me such a wonderful family!

4. Reading

I really love reading books, especially the Bible. I am relatively a slow reader (not as much as before though). Please check out the “Recommended Books” page at the top!

5. Sleeping 💤

Do I need to explain why sleep makes me happy? I don’t think I have to! ZZZ!

6. Smiles and Laughter 😂

(Does that count for one? I hope so.) Who would not be happy when someone smiles at you? It is good to be cheerful and happy in whatever state you are in. Laughter is the best medicine, so they say!

7. Music

I love listening to music! I especially like listening to instrumentals. Music is a gift from God, and I’m thankful for it!

8. Blogging

What do you mean? (You may be thinking) You just took a whole month off!

Well, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like blogging. We all need a break once in a while!

What I like about blogging is that we can chat with people all over the world and make many friends!

9. Writing My Diary

I’ve been keeping a diary since January 1st of 2015! (I have some diaries prior to 2015, but I did not continue them when I was little. How disappointing!)

10. Talking

And finally… talking. Yeah, talking makes me happy. To be frank with you, I am a quiet person who doesn’t really talk much. I usually let other people do the talking, but when I get a chance to speak, I unzip my mouth and try to talk the best I can. I dare not define myself as an extrovert, and I believe I “talk” more on the internet than I do in person.

That’s that! I hope I didn’t bore you too much.

Now let’s go on to the…

The Before And After Tag

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The Rules:

It’s pretty simple really: use the image at the top of the post; answer the 10 questions; and tag the people you’d like to answer the questions. 🙂

1. Who was family for you growing up?

My immediate family, namely my father, mother, and brother, and they still are.

2. Who is family for you now?

My brothers and sisters in Christ (who are saved only by God’s amazing grace through the blood of Jesus Christ alone), and, of course, Dad and Mom and Jeremy Swanson.

3. Where did you grow up?

I grew (and am growing) up in Kyushu, Japan.

4. Where do you live now?

I live in Fukuoka Prefecture.

5. What did you want to be when you were older?

I wanted to be… a soup chef, of all things. For some reason, I wanted to open a soup restaurant and feed different kinds of soup to my customers.

6. What do you do now?

I help my dad in his business.

7. What’s your earliest memory?

Hmm… that seems like an easy question to answer, but actually it’s quite hard! Maybe making a snowman with Mom at age 3 is my earliest memory! 😊

8. What’s one of your most recent memories?

My recent memory? Writing this post! I still remember that!

9. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

My greatest achievement so far is, by the grace of God, being able to have a blog that, if the Lord wills it, I hope will bring others to Christ!

10. What is your biggest hope in this life?

My biggest hope is that, because Jesus paid the fine for my sins, I am forgiven through repentance and saving faith that only God can give, and that Jesus my Savior will take me to Heaven to live with Him forever!! 😀

And like I aforetime mentioned, YOU have been nominated for these awesome tags. Yes, YOU who are looking at the screen and reading these words right now!

Thanks for reading. See you again!

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 be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32

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.

Merry Christmas 2019 & The December Tag

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Thank you, God, for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, Who has no beginning, nor will He have an end, to this earth in the form of a man, to die on the cross for undeserving sinners whom You chose to save. Thank you that Jesus is risen from the dead, and will come back to earth to rule for eternity! May the time come soon when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all!!


The December Tag

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I was tagged on December 12th.

Thank you, Mr. Holliman, for giving me the December Tag!! Please check out his interesting blog!!

Here are the rules:
Thank the person who tagged you and link their post to yours.
Link the original post so the creators can read them.
Use the original featured image and include it in your post.
Answer the questions
Tag at least TWO people.
Have fun and enjoy the rest of your month.

Here are the questions:

Q.1. If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be?

I would like to be the gift giver.

Q.2. What kind of holiday shopper are you: Black Friday? Christmas Eve? Yearlong hoarder?

Sorry, I’m not a holiday shopper! 😅

Q.3. What colors are your favorite holiday decorations?

I like red and green!

Q.4. Would you rather build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight, or stay inside drinking hot cocoa?

I’d rather stay inside and drink hot cocoa while reading my Kindle.

Q.5. If you were Santa Claus, what type of cookie would you want to be left out for you on Christmas Eve?

I would be happy if the good kids left some chewy chocolate chip cookies out for me! I’d be so happy that I’d wake up the children with my “HO! HO! HO!”

Q.6. If someone offered you a gift card to any store you wanted, which one would you choose?

I’d choose the local supermarket!

Q.7. Name three words that best describe Christmas for you.

SALVATION, IMMANUEL, and JESUS CHRIST!

I hereby tag…

Lydia Potter & Mrs. Holliman!

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful time in the last days of December and 2019! 😉

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21 

“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, God with us.” – Matthew 1:22-23

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas prayer, by Lee Duigon.

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I’m typing this on Sunday morning, for publication Wednesday morning, when I expect to be doing more Christmas shopping.

This is a prayer, for this Christmas and every Christmas. Please join in.

O Lord our God! Bless this Christmas of 2019, and give it power to work day in, day out, day and night, and every day of 2020. Give it speech that all might hear. Give it the power to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior and our rightful King: give it the power to make us strong in His service, strong in His love. And may it move us to love one another, as Our Lord Himself commands.

All year long, O God! Bless this Christmas all year long. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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O Wretched Man That I Am!

“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 7:24-25a (King James Version)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23 (King James Version)

Barnabas Award #2

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I was nominated for this award by Lydia Rose on October 23rd.

I have been nominated for the Barnabas Award by Lydia Rose!! Thank you, Lydia!

Make sure you check out her awesome blog!! (P.S. – To see her posts, you need this password: LydiaR. She told me it’s OK to share.)

“You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.“

The way this works: Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself. Answer the questions you got asked. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because is the number that signifies grace.

5 Facts about me:

1. The Holy Spirit showed me my sins and that I need a Savior, and I prayed and asked God to forgive my sins and now I am saved through faith in Jesus Christ!

2. I define myself as a man of few words.

3. I used to go to the gym, but I haven’t gone there recently.

4. I want my blog to be used to bring others to Jesus Christ.

5. I am relying on God to guide me my whole life.

Here are the questions asked by Lydia:

Q.1. Which of your family members encourage you the most? How?

My father encourages me the most. He talks to me about God and about how to live the life God has graciously given me.

Q.2. Who do you go to when you need encouragment?

I always go to God when I need encouragement. I pray to Him, and He comforts me.

Q.3. Who was your first blog follower?

My first blog follower was Elijah Holston. He has a candle business and makes movies that glorify God. Watch his movie, “A Tangled Web,” here! Please check out his websites at CountryCowboyCandles.com and SteadfastPics.com!!

Q.4. What is an encouraging Bible verse or quote that you enjoy?

Matthew 28:18~20:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.” Amen.

Q.5. Do you encourage others when you see them crying or distressed? How do you encourage them?

I remind them that Jesus loves and takes care of them.

My nominees are:

Lydia Potter

Keziah 

Marcia

Renee

Jacquie

Thank you once again, Lydia, and thank you all for being an encouragement to me and to others!! 😉