Japan entry 16,

Thuresday, July 22,

Ok, I am offcially homesick.  I switched host families today.  Mrs. Kuabota both playded and sang “Mononoke Hime” to me, It was so beutiful I almost started to cry.  I still have not gotten camp out of my head and I am not over missing peru.  And then there is this me stuck in Japan.  Actually I am having the time of my life its just that there is osm much I have to think about.  I am exahusted and am supposed to be taking a nap right now but cannot sleep.  They want to go swimming but I dont’ want to at all.  I feel bad because my first host famil’s home was really big, my present host families is much smaller and Kuabota san made a big deal about it.  Ok, anouther completely differnt note,… [my pen died here and i did finish the sentance but you can read the rest of it next time.] 

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.

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  1. In Response.
    Regardless of the interchangeability of those two phrases, you obviously take the stand that the love of money is evil.  This is a lie.  The love of money, or shall i say the physical representation of a persons ability to deal value for value with another person to the benefit of the ever expanding knowledge of the human race, is one of the noblest epistemologies that a person can have.  It establishes the idea of reason, that you can logically acquire exactly what you gave.  And to the fact that you stated, because of this, that automatically implies that “the fact that money exists means people can be honest”, is actually the real fallacy.  For money to exist it means that someone had to produce something of value, and also had to trade it to another person for something else.  This is the basis of an honest man, a man who creates and recieves in the same amount.  A dishonest person is one that tries to acquire money, not by trading equally what he has for something he wants, but by force or deception or some other ugly form.  There can not be an honest man that does not trade equal for equal.  So when you said, “The to have no corralation people can be honest both in and apart from money”, you weren’t telling the truth, you didn’t say what money really is, people cannot be honest with out having something of value to offer.  However I agree with one part of what you said.(believe it or not)  The world is in a deplorable state when you look at the economy.  I wasn’t saying that everyone is an honest person, as i just discussed, but rather that we should be striving towards that ideal of reason and logic.  The impliments of debt and credit are just what is described, they are not an equal disbursement of money because you either didn’t pay enough or didn’t even pay anything for the things you acquired.  America being consumer based is its most attractive quality though, materialism as usually depicted is always wanting more, and wanting it without having enough to pay for it.  But true materialism and the pursuit of things and competition to acquire them are the only things that our holding our economy right now, without it no one would buy or produce new things ever.  Capitalism is the only solution to a succesful government, for the reasons i just discussed.  Communism and Socialism are the most venemous and deceptive governmental philosophies ever created, for they rob people of any type of progression and self worth.  This is similar to the teachings of religion, and more specifically christianity.  To say that the desire of things is the cause of all suffering is one of the worst things i have ever heard.  If we had no desire for things, for the continuing technological displays of human ingenuity, we would still be living in caves just eating, living, and reproducing just like animals.  So to say that it is nobel is someone doesn’t desire anything is quite wrong, it makes them quite like animals.  Now on all of this you believe that we should live on the basis of faith and not of reasoning and logic.  Having faith in God is a failure to face responsibility for your own life, instead allowing yourself to be guided through life through a supernatural force that is all knowing and perfect.  Faith is belief in the absence of evidence, how a person can believe in something, nonetheless give there life to something, that does not logically exist is beyond me.  The idea of religion would all together fall apart if god was proven actually, religion relies solely that its people have faith in something not have logical proof. This is its greatest fallacy.  It takes its followers and makes them believe that they are imperfect, and that the only way they are ever going to amount to anything is for them to give there lives to to this perfect being called God.  It is really quite an animalistic view of somthing that God deems so good.  Saying Self=God is also wrong, Self does not need to justify its self to anything or anyone but its self, it is only reasonable and logical to believe this.We do not need to be set from free from sin, for we have never sinned so badly as to have to dedicate it to a worthless supernatual theory.  We as humans are in themselves all we need and our accomplishments that we have made are the greatest testimony to that.
    I hope this clears some stuff up for ya.

  2. but what if one person thinks its true love. and the other doesn’ love then still a good thing?
    ha and my background is actually i drawing from the art museum i went to.

  3. Hey Spencer, I actually like to read a lot of Historical fiction, anything in that area, um…Hamlet, and others by Shakespear, and some non-fiction things, anything in that area as well. I’m not really a picky reader, I just find what really sounds good and seems interesting at that time. It also depends on my mood.Meg

  4. This debate will never end.  You state scriptures as fact.  Those scriptures mean nothing to me.  That is something i do not believe.  You believe that we need God to exist and that we own our lives to him.  I do not believe that.  In my opinion, we would exist without God; we do.  I do not need religion or a God to guide my morals.  I adhere to my own moral code.  I believe that faith in a God that doesn’t exist is detrimental to to mankind.  I do not believe that we have sinned in anyway; and we don’t need salvation from anyone or anything for it.  These are the differences that hold this conversation at a stalemate.  I am not going to say that we are both right in our own way; I believe 100% that I am correct.  But so do you.  The reason I restated what I said again and again is because it is correct. 

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