Archive for Christmas

Japanese Kids & Christmas

The timid youth hid their emotions as we began the English class.  Today, the last class before the break we would talk about Christmas.  Not about the pagan origins of the celebration that still remained to a vast majority in Japan but about the Christian meaning.  When I asked what Christmas was about besides Santa Claus, the blank stares I received reflected more than lack of English ability but little or no knowledge whatsoever of Jesus’ birthday celebration.  I had been surprised before in my English classes but never more than now.  These students seemed to never have heard of Jesus.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me, but I wondered if these junior high students might never have heard about Jesus if I had not come to Japan.  When I talked about the cross, the resurrection and the fact that Christians believe Jesus is God in the flesh, there may have been a glimmer of recognition in one or two pair of eyes.  The bottom line is that I am thankful that I did come to Japan and share the Good News of the Gospel because I not sure they would have ever heard the message otherwise.

Note: This is throwback article written a number of years ago while I was in Japan.

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Great Movies Out

There are a number of new Christian movies out now or about to be released. Here is the list:
1) Grace Unplugged is about a girl’s relationship with her father as she embarks on a singing career.
2) Linsanity is a documentary of Jeremy Lin’s journey from obscurity to starting point guard of the Houston Rockets.
3) The Christmas Candle is a great family movie based on a Max Lucado book.
4) I’m In Love With A Church Girl has a great message for the unchurched and stars a famous rapper.

Redig The Old Wells

     Connecting to the positive part of our past is sadly lacking in much of the West.  Recognizing and acknowledging that which is good in our history will go far in reordering our priorities and refocusing on what is most important.

     In the Old Testament in the Bible Isaac redug the wells of his forefathers.  The process of reaching those old sources of water brought opposition, but he persevered and won great blessings in the end.

     Water is, of course, necessary for life but can also symbolize spiritual food.  Connecting to our Christian heritage can bring spiritual life when we acknowledge our need for God.  Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful opportunities to honor our Creator.  The underlying meaning of Christmas, for example, that God sent his son to earth to save it from its sins ought to be clear to all involved in such familial events.  Redigging those old wells can revive lives and bring blessings just as it did for Isaac and for those who settled here before us.