Japan entry 11,

Wensday July 21,

I am in a bus being toed right now, in Japan.  I feel like eating fruitcake, sipping cahi and washing my hands in lemons.  I am lso listenign to “Breakfast at Tiffeney’s.”  I have not written in a while so here is the recap…

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

9 responses »

  1. life IS about experience. why else would we be here? we, as human beings, are in this world but not of it. every human has a soul, which has chosen to slow down its own vibration to come to earth in a physical body to experience what it has come to experience. this is part of the “all and the everything” which is what god is. i am not saying that we DON’T walk with god and have a relationship with her/him. this is god’s deepest desire, and i know this. i am saying that some people think that they HAVE TO do some things, but nobody has to do anything they don’t want to. one example of this is going to work. millions of people are in jobs they hate to make money because they think they have to. this is not so, for if you trust in god, you can have what ever you want. those who have given up everything and sold all their belongings, as some in the bible if i recall correctly, know this also. sometimes you have to experience what you are not to know what you are. and if you realize you don’t like your experience, change it. that’s all. i am not saying anything about sin because you follow one definition of sin and i follow another. we clash in this aspect.

  2. In life we expiernence things, you have given no justificatino that life is all about expiernceing things.  I would not disagree however, we are created to expeiance God, and be in his fellowship of love.  Also, we were created in this world for this world at a time when earth was entirely part of the kingdom of God.  When sin entered the world however the earth feel, a fallen world with a fallen humanity.  In the new covenant, under Christ, we have freedom in Christ if we are in Christ by first we must be justified by his grace wich we recieve thorugh the word of faith, confession/repentance.  Those who are in Christ are a new creation then, not of this world but this is not true for those who are not in Christ.  Ous soul is us and does not act as its own concouis, in effect it is concously us so are souls did not choose to come down into this world rather our souls were created as part of who we are in this world.  God is God and he is holy, therefore to say God is everything, or anything for that matter takes away from his persoonhoods which they is, I speak of personhoods for God is triune, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  You are right we don’t have to do whatever soceity exceptcts us rather we should seek God and ask us what he wants us to do with our life.  As a follower of Christ onc cannot do whatever you want because to follow Christ you must first “deny yourself pick up your cross and follow” Him. Sin is defined, there is no way once can say this is what i think sin is or this, for sin is sin.  We know what it is by the law and the conviction of the Holy Spirit and we know it seperates us from God for this is what His word teachs us.  Peace.

  3. i dont think we have…. or we mite have…  O.o we mite of whent too school with ehc other at some point cus i was a a lot of diffent schools  i dont reely know =D but you are in the one thing so there is no udergond in appleton O.o so i had to see who you were ^.- so i did and thanks for the comment =D ^.- fooly cooly  kick  ass. ^.-|/

  4. you’ve basically said all the things that i have said, except you added christ as savior and sin defined by the law of god in the bible. this is where we disagree, and i don’t think that any amount of convincing will budge the other person, which is sad because we should see “what works” and make it so. i don’t understand humanity at times. myself, others, this plan, his plan, her plan… but i think we should stop going at it back and forth until we can talk in person.
    love, shanno.

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