Spiritual Life

A house of prayer

In his book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, New York pastor Jim Cymbala describes one of his early messages at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a Sunday evening and 15 people were gathered in a […]

Spiritual Life

Why don’t we pray?

I’m sure we have all gone through periods when we don’t pray that much. That doesn’t mean we don’t pray at all, but sometimes our prayer life can become a meaningless round of perfunctory platitudes. […]

Spiritual Life

Unaware of my assumptions

When I first came to Japan I often felt like I was dancing in front of a crowd, but didn’t know my partner and couldn’t hear the music. I thought I knew what I was […]

Spiritual Life

God has great plans for Japan

I was born in Fukuoka of missionary parents in 1948, but I brought my family to Japan for the first time as an adult in 1974. After two years in Sasebo—teaching English in a college, […]

Spiritual Life

Seek God’s face, not His hand

I’ve been involved with prayer summits since the first one was held in Japan in 1994. Not being much of a pray-er, I was initially attracted to prayer summits because they had been started by […]

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Blessings in the mail

Summer had been difficult—support had been low for months, allowing for little margin. Then Bobby came down with a fever and spots. Soon Ricky had the chicken pox, too. Just as they were getting better, […]

Spiritual Life

What Is the “proper” way to pray?

What is the “proper” way to pray? Should we pray standing up, sitting down, kneeling, or bowing down? Do our hands need to be open, closed, or lifted up to God? Is it best to […]