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Nils Olson

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Nils Olson is a missionary pastor who works at Munakata Bethel Christian Center (Japan). Attended Bethel Temple Bible School in Seattle WA. Has resided in Munakata City, JAPAN for almost 40 years. Nils has authored the book, "My Chapter of the Story," a lifetime collection of stories and anecdotes.

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I keep a collection of quotes. This one will cause a person to sit back and really, really think deeply on the subject of one’s future.

“For me the truth of this subject has been exemplified in recent days by the life and times of my brother, Lonnie, winding down to what appears to be his final weeks or days here on earth.

Circumstances have necessitated my assistance in his medical and financial oversight. His ‘outward man’ is indeed perishing, yet, more importantly he has assured me, and I am confident, that his ‘spirit man’ is ready and prepared for eternity.

The Bible bluntly puts this subject into perspective — Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

It behooves each of us to take a sober look at the brevity of life, to live life without regrets, and to make our eternity of utmost priority.” —Tim Bentz

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―Buddhism was originated by Sidhartha Gautama. He died in 483 B.C.

―Mormonism was started by a man named Joseph Smith. He died in 1844.

―Jehovah’s Witness was begun by a man named Charles Taze Russell. He died in 1916.

―Christian Scientology was established by a lady named Mary Baker Eddy. She died in 1910.

―Islam was initiated by a man named Muhammad. He died in 632 A.D.

―Taoism was originated by a man named Laozi (Lao-Tze). He died sometime between 500-400 B.C.

―Bahai Faith’s founder was a man named Mirza Hoseyn ‘Ali. He died in 1892.

―Confucianism was initiated by a man named Kong-Zi. He died in 479 B.C.

―Shintoism is based on myth, that is, legendary stories and widely held but false beliefs and ideas.

―Hinduism was established by a guy named Manu and is also 100% based on myth.

Now get this:

The Almighty and Creator God desired from before the Beginning to dwell with man, so much so that His Word became flesh and began His dwelling among men sometime between 1 B.C. and 4 B.C. Jesus, the Christ, lived for thirty years and taught for three and a half years until He died on a cross. He was buried just like all the ones listed above who established world religions. The DIFFERENCE is that HE AROSE three days later; His risen body was seen by numerous witnesses; after forty days of showing Himself ALIVE, He went outside the city of Jerusalem, stood on top of a mountain called Olivet and told His followers to go everywhere and preach the gospel. Then He said, “Listen, I am with you always, even until the end of the world,” . . . and He ascended up into the sky right in front of all them. They saw it! They were forlorn, and an empty space filled their hearts and minds . . . they realized He was gone.

Then surprise of all surprises, two angels appeared in front of all those people gathered on that mountain and said, “Hey, guys, why are you all standing here gazing up into the sky? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into the sky will absolutely come back in the same way you have seen Him go up into the sky.”

So, all these witnesses didn’t waste any time. They went back to Jerusalem and waited ten days like Jesus had told them to do in order to receive the POWER of the HOLY GHOST. They needed that POWER in order to go and tell others about the heart of God wanting to DWELL with them, LIVE with them in a daily relationship. Well, the day came ― the Christian Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, and ever since people have been sharing the love of God with nations of people around the globe. All this happened sometime between the years of 30 A.D. and 33 A.D.

The founder of Christianity was born and, yes, died. BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT rose from the dead, is alive today and will return one day to this earth. None, absolutely none, of the people whose names are listed as founders of world religions above has ever risen from the dead. In fact, they are still in their graves! But Jesus lives in the hearts of those who believe in Him, PLUS He sits on His throne in Heaven and will return here to this earth one day soon.

Yes, He is ALIVE!

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A couple of thoughts . . .

I’m reading Jay Zinn’s Countdown to Eternity again, and boy, with all he writes describing the events leading up to the tribulation, I’m wondering if I’ll make it. We just need more of the Holy Ghost, it’s that simple. I long for and wait for the day when Almighty God said He will pour out of His Spirit upon ALL flesh, the good and the bad.

I feel so sorry for our President, too, and find myself praying for him often. The press is really out to get him. The newscasters are not reporting news at all. They use their inflected voices, and all kinds of body language to strongly editorialize the news, and their own opinion, to sway people to their own networks’ opinions. Real news should only include the five Ws — who, what, when, where, and why.

When I was majoring in TV and radio news many years ago, we would have lost our broadcast licenses if we were to do and speak the way present-day newscasters do. Plus, anonymity was never allowed. Anonymous people were and are unqualified sources of information. Back then, unless we identified at least the actual source’s name, it was not allowed to be aired. I wonder where in the world these days can we see and hear the real news?

I suppose I should just quit watching the news, but then again, being informed of what’s happening is important. If I completely remove myself from what is happening and become so spiritually minded, I’ll become no earthly good.

We need a balanced life. 

–nils

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A doxology (Ancient Greek: δοξολογία doxologia, from δόξα, doxa, “glory” and -λογία, -logia, “saying”) is a short hymn of praises to God in various forms of Christian worship, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns. What is know as “the doxology” is almost always sung at the end of a worship service.

The doxology below was written by Fintan O’Carrol and Christopher Walker and is taken from the Japan Episcopal Hymnal No. 579. It is sung by Sachiko Koyakumaru, singing melody, and Saori Hotta who sings the harmony. It is simply two words, words that are the same in every language spoken on earth ⏤ HALLELUJAH, Amen ⏤ and it brings great glory to God in the end.

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I would like to introduce guest writer Karl Dahlfred, a missionary serving in Thailand. He writes about what we missionaries probably all feel when it comes to serving in a foreign country away from our homeland. ⏤nils

When a new missionary first gets to the mission field, it is obvious where home is. It is that place where you just left. It is the place where you grew up, went to school, got an education, discovered a church family, and formed your most important relationships. 

But when you live overseas long enough, a strange transition takes place.

Your “home” country doesn’t quite feel like home anymore. When you “go home”, some of the same people and places are there, but life has moved on in your absence. When you show up for the so-called “home assignment” or “furlough,” you can not just pick up where you left off. You are a visitor. An outsider. A guest without a permanent role.  Your close friends have made new close friends. Half the people in your home church only know you as a line item on a list of prayer requests.  Some new technology, slang, or cultural trend has become commonplace… expect for you because you missed it when it first came out.

On the mission field, you said things like, “Back in my count . . . ” but few local people in your host country could relate to your story. They listened politely but you knew they didn’t really understand. But that’s okay. You comfort yourself with the thought, “People back home would understand me.”

But strangely enough, those people back home who were sure to understand . . . well, they don’t.  Now that you are home, you are full of experiences and stories from the place that has become your second home. You say things like, “Back in my host country . . . ” But, of course, whatever story you tell them about your host country is hard to relate to. The things that you really miss about your host country receive a blank stare, or a “That’s weird.” After your quaint tale is done, people go back to talking about the local sports team, the latest in national politics, or something else that you haven’t given much thought to in the past few years. It is not that they don’t like you.  They do. They are glad you are finally “home.” But those “back home” people simply can not relate to your experiences “out there” in that country with the funny name whose people have even funnier (and unpronounceable) names.

On “home assignment”, people say to you, “Isn’t it great to be home!” and you think, “Yeah, kind of.” Now that you’ve had a few of your favorite foods and seen a few old friends, there are fewer reasons to stay “home.” You start to miss all those things about your host country that you came to love. Certain foods, local friends, the ministry role that you were happily engaged in. 

Home is no longer home. And sadly, that other place on the mission field will never truly be home either. Home is both places, and neither place, at the same time.                                                                             

When at “home”, the missionary dreams about their host country. When in their host country, the missionary dreams about their home country.

Missionaries are forever caught between two worlds. They can no longer completely identify with the people whom they left behind in the home country. But they can never truly identify with the people in their host country.

Home is everywhere. Home is nowhere.

But that’s okay. There have been other travelers on this road.

“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had an opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:13-16

While here on earth, we will always feel a bit unsettled and out of place. Missionaries and those of us living away from the place we grew up might experience that more than others. But someday, all those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will finally be home again.

Source: http://www.dahlfred.com/index.php/blogs/gleanings-from-the-field/747-why-missionaries-can-never-go-home-againSee also bio information at: http://www.dahlfred.com/index.php/about-us/bio