Monthly Archives: October 2015

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danna shirleyToday’s guest writer is Danna Shirley. Andrea and I have known Danna for more than 20 years. She and her family were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Sasebo, Japan those many years ago when we travelled there to minister to Navy personnel in their charismatic church services.

“AMEN”

We all know the literal meaning of “AMEN” but I wanted to know what “AMEN” meant personally to God’s children, so I took a survey of many of my family and friends and this is what I learned:

At the end of the Lord’s Prayer it would be like saying, “Let it be exactly as the Father wills it to be” because of “on earth as it is in heaven.” Cathy Garrott (missionary to Japan)

I learned from a linguistics course long ago that “Amen” means an oral acceptance of the spoken truth. A modern translation might be “Amen to that, Sister” or “I believe the truth has been spoken.” The origin of the word comes from Hebrew and was then adopted into Greek, Latin, and Arabic. So the Lord’s Prayer, or any prayer among the faithful, is agreed upon and accepted as being the truth. Amen! Cathy Waters (childhood friend)

It’s very interesting that “Amen” is the very same in every known language on earth except for its pronunciation, as is the word “Hallelujah.” Imagine, “Hallelujah, Amen” are possibly the only two words of the original language God gave to man that were left intact after the confusion of language at the Tower of Babel! What a testimony of God’s power! Hallelujah! Amen! Nils Olson (missionary to Japan)

Amen is not a word I take lightly, but it is one I use often . . . “Here I stand” (as though I have a Bible under my hand) “I swear this to be true” or “No truer words were ever spoken.” Laura Pavao (writing class)

“I put the rest in Your hands.” Dawna lost her sister Tami on Oct 1st, 2015 after a heart transplant a few months earlier. Only through God’s comfort can Dawna, or any of us say, “I put the rest in Your hands.” Dawna Langley (my cousin)

“I am finished and leaving it all up to the Lord Jesus for His mighty work to be done.” Anne Campbell (my husband’s cousin)

I never forget how I’m to pray and thank and glorify HIM, my Lord and my God! Linda Cleverley (friend from Ohio)

I lift up my praises to Him as a thank You for what He has done and the blessing He has given me. I lift up my requests for His guidance and direction in my wants but He knows better than me so I want His will to be done, not mine; I want His strength to be able to accept it. Jean Crawford (Napa Valley Baptist Church)

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus’ purpose was to teach us how to pray and in adding “Amen” He stressed the importance and power to our every prayer. Warren Huddleston (niece’s husband)

“So be it, just as You have said, choose wisely.”  Sarah Nelson (my great-niece, age 16)

“Amen” comes out of me so easily that it’s part of my everyday vocabulary. I am in agreement with God for whatever I am facing that day, in whatever situation I find myself, and whatever path on which God has me set my foot. For me, “all the promises of God in Him are YEA, and in Him AMEN, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Cor 1:20)  Danna Shirley

In repeating something twice the Bible is emphasizing the importance of what is being said, as in these three verses below:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.”  (Psalm 41:13)

“Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 72:19)

“Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 89:52)

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The word enthusiasm comes from the prefix, “en” meaning “in” and the Greek root, “theos” meaning “God.” In other words, enthusiasm of the highest and the most lasting value is that which has its roots en-theos, that is, ‘in God.’ It has been said that love makes the world go round, but it really is love with enthusiasm that does this — and love with enthusiasm achieves the noblest things in life for the benefit of mankind.

Webster’s defines enthusiasm as 1. (orig.) supernatural inspiration or possession; inspired prophetic or poetic ecstasy. 2. intense or eager interest; zeal; fervor. 3. something arousing such interest or zeal. 4. [Archaic] religious fanaticism. Syn. see PASSION.

熱狂(ねっきょう)

means dirt, clay. Gen. 2:7 says, “God formed man of the dust of the ground.”

means the lower half of one’s body, or legs.

mentioned a second time indicating that the man is standing on the ground.

shows a bending man standing up from a lying down position.

”” is a cursive or running style of writing the character 火— fire. Adam was clothed with the “glory, fire, light” of God when he stood up after having the breath of God (in-spir-a-tion) breathed into his nostrils. When Adam sinned, this fire, light, glory disappeared from him. Cf. Romans 3:23, “”For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

The meaning of what looks like a curved F in the second half of the character is an animal, described in the Japanese dictionary as either a dog, or some other like-looking animal. Could this have been a lamb or sheep?

王 

The original way of writing this character for “king” was a straight line above and below the character for “big, large” — . It was expressive of a man standing on the ground with his hands spread out wide. It was a picture of a great man (king) standing between heaven and earth.

In my opinion, in combining all these defined radicals, the meaning of the Chinese character for ‘enthusiasm,’ or ‘nekkyou’ would mean a “man who is created out of dirt (by God) standing up from a laying down position, being clothed with the presence of God and having dominion over all that the Almighty created.” Adam was “in God” (en-theos), but when he sinned God “drove out the man” from His presence in the Garden of Eden. BUT, when we look down the road that led to the death, burial, resurrection and manifestation of Jesus Christ, we see something awesome that happened:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ (en-theos), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“ . . . for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit (en-theos), and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit (en-theos), let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16, 25

Jesus speaking to his disciples the night before the cross said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in the Father (en-theos), and you in me (en-theos), and I in you.” John 14:19-20

The expression ‘little while’ was indicative of the next day when Jesus would die. The world lost sight of Jesus, but the disciples saw Him in His resurrected body. Jesus then goes on to tell them that He was in His Father (en-theos), the disciples are in Him (en-theos), and that He is in us! This is expressive of the intimacy God desires with us in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. When one is filled to overflowing with the Holy Ghost, the “en-thu-si-asm,” the “in-God” fervor, zeal, intense interest, eagerness, ecstasy and passion begins happening. It’s only the beginning! It is just like the little old English sister Nancy Baldwin used to say when I first got saved, “Brother, it gets better farther on.”

enthuse2Are you enthused yet? Man, what do you think He would have in store for us if we just stopped right now and shouted at the top of our lungs, “Hallelujah, Jesus!”? I imagine it would be like a kind of rush from somewhere deep within. Our heart would leap up into our throats, our faces would get all red, our breathing would become ecstatic. We’d probably calm down only to say, “Whew . . . that was fun!”

Nobody can be too enthusiastic!

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I was driving to the next island north of us one day on my way to do a wedding. It’s a perfect time to pray, or in another words “to have a chat with God.” The most exciting thing is when we stop and listen, He shares His heart. You know, praying should never be just one-sided, but so many times that’s the way we do it. Let me share an experience to suggest trying something different.

I remember one day several years ago I climbed Munakata’s Mt. Jou (see above photo of 城山) to pray. In my prayers I looked toward the Shinto shrine that has culturally dominated this city for centuries with the worship of nature’s rocks, trees, seas, and even mountains. I knew the names of the evil spirits that are devoutly worshipped there by the people. I directed my commands to the demons swirling around in the air above me and told them to take this message to the three evil spirits that are worshipped in the shrine . . .  “Let the people go . . . so that they might rightfully worship their Creator, the LORD God.” I yelled at them, commanded them and let ’em know to tell those three evil spirits where to go, and that this land is God Almighty’s, not theirs . . . and that He was the One who had called us to this city to establish Munakata’s Bethel Christian Center.

Afterward, I turned toward the Lord and said, “Okay, God. I’m done. Now I’m going to close my mouth and listen to whatever YOU want to say.” I shut my mouth and listened. What a surprise to almost immediately hear His answer in my thoughts: “They (the demons swirling above) have taken your message.” That was all He said, but it set me to doing a jig and dancing a patch all over the top of that mountain. Yes, those three evil spirits know we are here in the city!

Anyway, while I was driving to the next island that day praying on my way to do the wedding, the Holy Spirit spoke to me some pretty wonderful thoughts. Those thoughts are the crux of this little article.

— Jesus was tempted in every way we are. There is not one temptation, hurt, abuse, sin, or experience of the sin nature of man that He has not already experienced.

— He knows your heart . . .

— He knows the deepest part of you . . .

— He knows everything . . .

— He understands and wants to heal, restore, rebuild, and re-establish YOU!

“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

Let’s put it another way.

Almighty God,                                                                                                                                                       the One who created you in your mother’s womb,                                                                                               the One who created heaven and earth and all that is in them (the fish, birds, insects, animals, plants, rocks, electricity, the whole gamut)                                                                                                                               made His Son, Jesus (whose birth we celebrate at Christmas),                                                                       who knew no temptation, hurt, abuse, sin, or experience of the sin nature of man                                             to take our place on the cross, die, and descend into the realm of darkness (hell as it were)                               so that because of Jesus death, burial and resurrection our relationship with God might re-established. 

Man, why not think deeply about that . . . and, if you haven’t made a decision to REALLY become friends with God, talk to Him about it. By all means when you’re done talking, close your mouth and LISTEN. He just might surprise you real good!