Fresh oil (aug 14, 2010)

Since being in Cordova, Alaska for the past few weeks, I’ve had numerous opportunities to walk around, and even take a drive “out the road.” In doing so, I came across this one road sign (more than once) that totally impressed upon my heart this Weekend Greeting. FRESH OIL ⎯ As you know, one of the results of the long and […]

Pray wit da power God’s Spesho Spirit (may 12, 2010)

Munakata Bethel Christian Center rejoiced last Sunday when  Haruo Shimabukuro received water baptism on Mothers Day. Since our church baptistry will not be completely installed until the end of May, he decided that instead of waiting, or instead of going to the nearby still-too-cold Sea of Genkai, he opted to be baptized in the “furo” (bath) of his own home.  Brother Shimabukuro […]

What’s in them there depths, anyhow? (apr 8, 2010)

Ever wonder what happens to the sin for which you ask God’s forgiveness?  The prophet Micah asks a question and answers it in 7:18-19 — “Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger for ever, because He delights in […]

Ready, or not, here I come (mar 22, 2010)

We just finished a three-day holiday weekend here in Japan. The nation celebrates the spring equinox every year on March 21. Since this year the twenty-first fell on a Sunday, today was declared a national holiday. Lots of young couples choose this weekend to be married, like Andrea and I did 34 years ago in Seattle. I had […]

Cleaning up the messes (aug 31, 2009)

Weapons — “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17 I love this picture . . . and it’s framed perfectly before one’s eyes every time people enter the kitchen at Cordova, Alaska’s Little Chapel. Notice that not one of these knives is […]

Presence of God, everyday (jul 14, 2009)

Yesterday we drove to Fukuoka City (in the olden days this major metropolis was called Hakata) to see a seven-artisan joint stained glass exhibit. As we were about to leave the exhibit on the 8th floor, someone told us that the street was lined with people getting ready for the race-parade of floats that are […]

A drop in the bucket of God’s plans (may 11, 2009)

Sunday, May 10, 2009, was a powerful day at Munakata Bethel Christian Center here in Japan. We celebrated our 2nd Annual Praise Festival in the afternoon with people from eight or nine different churches around Fukuoka Prefecture. Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth were represented by people from USA, New Zealand, Gurkistan, Zambia, Tanzania, […]

Wiggle your tail, head upstream (mar 28, 2009)

Have you ever gone for a drive and come around a corner to be astounded by an awesome sight? That’s what happened early last week. We rounded a corner and this field of rape flowers with a backdrop of an azure-blue sky, green trees, white clouds and a strong invisible wind greeted us. After suddenly stopping the […]

Plastic police protection (mar 20, 2009)

Police protection ⎯ Today is officially the first day of spring, and a national holiday here in Japan. People will be taking advantage of the three-day weekend to go and view the cherry blossoms. They will travel to near and faraway places with their families, picnic baskets, cameras and probably even pets to sit beneath the awesome, flowering trees that are […]

Weekend Greetings (mar 11, 2009)

Made In Japan ⎯ Meet Yosuke-kun, born last Monday, 3/9/2009. In Japanese 3 (for March) is pronounced “san,” and 9 (for the 9th) is pronounced “kyu.” Put them together and we get “san-kyu,” which, when spoken, sounds like the English phrase “thank-you!”  The Japanese word “kun” is a familiar suffix added to a boy’s name. The English equivalent means “master.” About two years […]