Parasols

Thoughts Along the Way© Elaine Mehn Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. Psalm 36:6-8 When we first moved to Japan, ladies always wore …

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Neighborhood Sewer Cleaning

Thoughts Along the Way© Elaine Mehn  But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:18-19  Once a year our neighborhood association sets aside a day to clean the storm sewers. This involves lifting off the grates and scooping out the rotting leaves and other putrid matter that …

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Smile Search

Thoughts Along the Way© Elaine Mehn  The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17              From the bus window I saw the sign that said Smile Search, a realtor. What a wonderful name for a company that helps people find the place that will bring a smile to …

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He Will Be Called “J”

Thoughts Along the Way Elaine Mehn She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 I recently received a letter encouraging us as we serve Jesus. I appreciated the encouragement as there are times when I wonder if anyone cares but the letter did not use the name Jesus. Rather it used the letter J. Using “J” …

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Why Japan? The Case for Missions #2

Japan is needy and becoming needier The great Japanese post-war economic experiment has failed, which is leading to untold disintegration in every area of society.  Suicide rates in Japan, affecting even school age children, young adults and the elderly, are the highest in the world.  The divorce rate has climbed rapidly in the last several years.  Many marriages do not last their first year!  Abortions continue to run over twice the rate of the US.  …

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