The Eternal House

TNBG Christmas 2017

“You need to tell me what you want for your Christmas,” my mom said to me. But I didn’t want to tell her what I wanted because, after all, Santa knows everything, right? Why did she need to know?

But my mother kept asking me every day, so I finally gave in and told her, “I want to have a Rika-chan house (doll house).” Continue reading

The Three Wishes

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“At least I want to survive until I hold my baby …” She told me quietly, and she stroked her large belly with her slender fingers. It was three more months until her due date. She looked abstract and detached from reality. I was overwhelmed by a flood of various emotions and could not hold back my tears. I was shouting in my mind, “Why? Why, God? She is a faithful Christian who loves you so much. Her husband and her two boys, and her unborn baby need her. And I don’t want to lose her either. She is my best friend and dear sister in Christ. She is too young to go to heaven. Maybe after forty years, but not now.” Continue reading

Even Death on a Cross

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Who though he was in the form of God
Did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped
But emptied himself
By taking the form of a servant
Being born in the likeness of men
And being found in human form
He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death
Even death on a cross
Therefore God has highly exalted him
And bestowed on him the name that is above every name

Philippians 2:6-9 (ESV)

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Happy 241st Birthday America!

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Our True Freedom is Found ONLY in Christ!

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

 Galatians 5:13 (ESV)

 “God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us – as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.”

– John Calvin

May God bless your Independence Day!

 

Mariko

 

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My very first Bible from a dear sister in Christ, Mariko

 

I woke up in the morning, worked hard for eight hours, went home and rested, and fell exhaustedly into bed. Every day was just the same as the day before. I began to wonder what was my purpose in life? “I will do the same things tomorrow and even ten years from today, I’ll be doing the same stuff,” I thought. At last I had found the life which I had always dreamed of; a good job with a high paying salary, a small but nice apartment, a brand new Suzuki Samurai, and my own freedom. Before long, I realized that none of these things actually could satisfy and fill the big empty holes in my heart. In fact, the more I enjoyed my possessions and this life I had created, the more my heart grew dry and cracked. Continue reading