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“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” ~Isaiah 7:14

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~Isaiah 9:6

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” ~Micah 5:2

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Worth the Read

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What We Wear  to Church:  Does It Matter?~”What does the way we dress for worship say about our relationship to God? Does it demonstrate we believe that He is high, holy, and lifted up, worthy of our deepest love, adoration, and respect? Which of us would plan to meet with the President of the United States or an international dignitary, without trying to make a stellar appearance? What would our attire reveal about our appreciation and honor for their esteemed position?”

The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1)~”The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost.”

Why I’m Giving Up Daily Devotions For Awhile~”Why not say “Go to God whenever you need Him. And need Him often.”

My Journey Away from Contemporary Worship Music~”…hymns have been sung by the giants of the faith who have gone on before us over the last two millennia.”

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The Most Wonderful Time

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This is my favorite time of the year.  To be in the states this year is extra special.  We are enjoying lots of time with family and friends.  I love being in others’ homes and seeing their decorations and trees.  This is something I miss in Japan.  A special treat this year is a live tree that was purchased as a surprise by the daughter.  It is perhaps the most beautiful tree I have every had.  Please forgive me for the sporadic posting, but I’m busy soaking in as much as possible and making lots of memories to enjoy and savor when I return to our field of service.  Posting will happen as I am able.  Thank you for your patience!

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Sunday Meditation

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Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.IMG_0132
Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We’re tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav’n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in pray’r.

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Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We’ll share the joys of heav’n – a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.IMG_0156
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One gliimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

~Esther K. Rusthoi

New Memory Project

Hiding-Psalm-27-in-My-Heart_DoNotDepartDo Not Depart is starting a new memory project.  I’m looking forward to working my way through Psalm 27.  Even if I don’t finish,  there will be benefit from the time spent meditating on God’s Word.  Won’t you join in?

Top Ten

Nagoya Castle

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I’ve been doing a little research for an upcoming speaking engagement.  I wanted to confirm a few of my facts since my resources are dated a few years back.  When looking for the top 10 most expensive cities in the world to live in, I discovered that three of the top ten are in Japan.  Our beautiful city is number ten with Tokyo listed as number one.  I have no trouble believing this since I live there.  We had a young lady from our church move to Tokyo for a teaching job.  She rented a one room “apartment” with a loft large enough to hold her twin size futon mattress on the floor for over $700 a month!!!!  There were no stairs, only a ladder.  I am so grateful that we serve a God who provides.

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It Will Be Worth It All

Fall PA14-esOft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.

Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We’re tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav’n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in pray’r.

Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We’ll share the joys of heav’n – a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

~Esther Kerr Rusthoi

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