Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
- The chrysanthemums in our backyard are in buds.
- I had a pleasant chat with Toshiko last Sunday.
- I played the organ at church last Sunday.
- The three-month-old girl born to Mr. and Mrs. O* attended the worship service for the first time in her life. She is BEAUTIFUL!
- I am thankful for our pastor, whose sermon is usually based on his own experiences.
- The season of my pollen allergy is finally coming to an end.
- I have a cup of hot green tea at breakfast every morning.
- I am thankful for warm clothes.
- I am thankful for the cookbook for soups and one-pot dishes that I got two winters ago.
- The Greek words I've studied this week include πιστός (faithful) and δίκαιος (just, righteous).
Friday, October 22, 2021
Last week was like summer, but this week is like winter. The weather is changeable and we had a terrible thunderstorm last Tuesday and Wednesday. When the rain let up in the afternoon yesterday, I walked to the riverbank and took the photo above.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
I listened to Discover the Word podcast, "Finding Our Identity in Christ" last week, in which we mainly studied Galatians 2:20.
Both at the beginning and at the end of the program they quoted an impressive passage from C. S. Lewis:
The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become, because He made us, invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality that I first begin to have real personality of my own.
In the program, they pointed out that the text often translated as 'I live by faith in the Son of God' can also be interpreted as 'I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God.'
- the faith in the Son of God
- the faithfulness of the Son of God
I have been crucified with Christ
and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
- delicious kaki (persimmons)
- the book One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, written by Peter McMillan
- sunny, warm and comfortable days
- my bicycle
- a cup of hot chocolate I usually have after coming back from grocery shopping
- mothballs for the wardrobes
- studying a few Greek words almost every day
- Bach Cantatas Website, which is full of information about chorales including the English translation of lyrics.
- time I spend playing the electronic organ
- the choral prelude based on Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (I shall not abandon God), arranged by J. G. Walther, which I am practicing this week
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
I studied the Greek text of 1 John1:7 with the help of Blue Letter Bible .
Since I am a beginner, I am focusing on learning nouns and verbs. Naturally, words that are associated with English are easier to remember.
φωτὶ < φῶς (light) -- photo-
cf. photograph, photosynthesis, photochemical, photon
αἷμα (blood) -- hemo-, hem-
cf. hematology, hemoglobin, hemorrhage,
cf. catharsis, cathartic
Saturday, October 9, 2021
- The toad lilies in our backyard are in bloom.
- I've got my favorite kind of apples, jonathan, at the supermarket.
- Yesterday I took part in the Bible Study meeting, where we read Judges 6.
- I'm thankful for all the people who are patient with me.
- I'm thankful for Mr. G* and his family.
- I'm thankful for surviving a busy and stressful week, though I am not going into detail here.
Greek Words I've learned this week
- φῶς (light)
- σκοτία (darkness)
- σκότος (darkness)
- ἀλήθεια (truth)
Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Clara wiped her tears with the back of her hand, took a deep breath and began to write with a fountain pen.
"...My husband was loved by God and people all his life.He loved his family and his church family all his life.Thank you for everything you have done for us..."
Sunday, October 3, 2021
I've watched these videos that show the structure of the Gospel according to Matthew, which will be helpful in reading the Gospel as a whole narrative about Jesus.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
- sweet potatoes
- Japanese pears
- Pacific saury
- κοινωνία (fellowship)
- χαρά (joy)