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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
于是特别在还记得的时候记下来，这样的心情 -- 一个小孩，摇摇晃晃 --
Monday, January 28, 2008
There is different message for different time.
In Genesis 18:22-33, Abraham tried to convince God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if as many as ten righteous people could be found.
In Jeremiah 5:1, God offers to forgive Jerusalem if a single honest person can be found.
While I am reading Jeremiah 3:25, I thought I saw Japan.
"Return, faithless people; I will cure you of your backsliding."
"Yes, we will come to you,
for you are the LORD our God.
Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception;
surely in the LORD our God is the salvation of Japan.
From our youth shameful gods have consumed the fruits of our fathers' labor --
their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters.
Let us lie down in our shame, and let our disgrace cover us.
We have sinned against the LORD our God,
both we and our fathers;
from our youth till this day
we have not obeyed the LORD our God."
"If you will return, O Japan, return to me," declares the LORD.
"If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,
and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear,
'As surely as the LORD lives,'
then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It's a pain in my heart before I can start writing again after reading these books.
Perhaps there were a lot of truth in there which we as missionaries and evangelists had failed to see, and we are repeating the same cycle again because of our ignorance.
Or perhaps it's reminding us about how the history was, and we really need ask God why, and pray that He will pour His Spirit on us, so that we can pray and act according to His will!
I encourage you to find these books, and read it, and learn, and pray, and share with us!
Peace be with you, Amen.
Friday, January 11, 2008
About tithing, very true! I experienced the same as the couple said.
And giving out more than 10%, I believe it's the practice of most of the readers here.
As of reverse tithing of 90%, hmm... I never done that....... but then it came to a part of my life, that I felt giving my off-work time, and weekends to Him and the work of Heart4Japan was not enough. I needed to give it more, perhaps all of my time, all that I have.
Guess perhaps that's tithing.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
In the observation of Hattori Yuichi 服部雄一, some clients reported emotional abuse by their parents, particularly shunning or ignoring the child, which is called "mushi" 無視 in Japan.
He further described the case of "mushi無視" probably being a mother refused to talk to a child from a few hours to several days or weeks. The mother will not tells the child the reason for her behavior and never responds if the child asks for an explanation. And this emotion neglect had left pain and wounds in these children, thus perhaps as the trauma experience hidden within a hikikomori patient.
Yuichi defines Hikikomori as a disease, a post-trauma event.
Well, the findings does not support if a Hikikomori is a post-trauma event at all, but the association of "mushi無視" with "emotional trauma" experience.
"mushi無視" is definitely not a pleasant experience. I'm not sure if it only happens in Japan, but I guess Asian females share this commonality in "purposely neglecting one's request in silence". Perhaps you can tell me more!
Re: Yuichi Hattori. Social Withdrawal in Japanese Youth: A Case Study of Thirty-Five Hikikomori Clients. 2005 Haworth Press.