Thursday, January 28, 2010

Men's Conference

Mark Cahill is coming to Okinawa.

He will hold a Leadership Conference on February 5 & 6.
Cost is $20.

You can sign up here.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Review

I received this book in the mail the other day. I was familiar with Charles Stanley's radio program, In Touch, but had not yet read his written work. So I looked forward to reading, "How to Reach your Full Potential for God."

I will admit to wondering if this was another book that mixes "Religion" with "Secular Philosophy", due to the subtitle, "Never settle for less than His best." It was a relief therefore to find that this book is Biblically based and never gets into "Name it and Claim it" promises.

Rather, after establishing that we were created for a purpose, Stanley lays out seven "essentials", or principles to being in God's Will and fulfilling His purpose: “A Clean Heart”, “A Clear Mind”, “Using your Gifts”, “A Healthy Body”, “Right Relationships”, “A Balanced Schedule” and “Taking God-approved Risks.”

Each of these principles is given its own chapter. By following these principles we will put aside the things that come between us and God. We will then be free to hear from God and be led by Him.

I found this book to be timely, well written and Biblical:

  • Timely, because too often people wonder "why they are here", or "why God isn't speaking to me?", yet they take no action to find out why.
  • Well written, because Stanley uses a balance of logic and true-life experiences, yet bases them all on God's Word.
  • Biblical. Stanley neither adds to, nor twists scripture to fit his thesis.

I appreciated the positive, Biblical message; it truly encouraged me to reach for my full potential for God. If you are interested in becoming your all and doing your all for God, then I would recommend this book.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Frank W Pallmann (1939 - 2010)

This week my father passed away. The son of German immigrants, growing up in Brooklyn was not easy. He was the "stereotypical" German: hardworking and stubborn, although he never drank beer.

We were not able to make it back to New York for the funeral, but if I were there I would have shared this:

My father was a good man. If I had to describe him using just one word, I think that word would be "Faithful." He was faithful in many ways:
  • He was a faithful worker. I remember how he tried hard to be honest even when everyone else was ripping off the company. I remember how he tried to be a light, by sharing his faith, even though others did not seem interested.
  • He was a faithful husband. He was faithful to his one and only love, my mother. He stuck by her through 2 bouts of cancer. As my brother put it, "Even after her death 15 years ago, a day did not go by where he did not think and talk about her." Thankfully they are together now.
  • He was a faithful Christian. My earliest memories are of going to church. He was always helping out with teaching or ushering. But I especially remember that he was the one to lead me to the Lord. He later volunteered with the Gideons.
Although I regret that my daughters did not get to know him, they will still "know" him in a sense: he has passed on many positive attributes to his four sons. I know that he was proud of all of us and we will all miss him.

Friday, January 01, 2010


As we have done the past few years, we went up to Expo, in Motobu. They have a special (free!) program for New Year's.

It's pretty much a display of traditional Japanese and Okinawan culture. In addition to enjoying Okinawan music and the Lion Dance, you can pound mochi and make some traditional crafts (tops, shuttlecock, kites, drums)

The girls made puranku, a type of drum this year, since we made kites last year.

On the way up we stopped at our favorite Soba shop in Nago, Ufuya.

Happy New Year!

Happy "Tora-doshi", or "Year of the Tiger".

We hope God will richly bless you this year.

Emi and Mika received New Year's money from family