Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki
Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus
What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who breaks into your house in the middle of the day and steals your things and sense of safety, for the … Continue reading How to Pray for Your Enemies Even When You Don’t Want To
I've written before on praying for peace and how to pray for peace when you can't find the words, but I'm still wrestling with how to pray for peace. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matthew 17:20-21), then why can't our prayers bring peace? Is our faith so small, … Continue reading How to Pray Powerfully for Peace
Last year I participated in an Interfaith Symposium for the first time, and this year I gladly accepted a second invitation, again as part of a panel with several speakers, this time on fasting as a divine source of spiritual and physical health. Like last year, I was impressed by the warm welcome of our … Continue reading In the Christian Faith, How is Fasting a Divine Source of Health?
When I read a book, I'm never just reading. I jot down the occasional note, underline a quote, add a star for emphasis, slip bookmarks between the pages I want to come back to, sip my tea, look out the window, send a tweet, and find other ways to engage whatever I'm reading. This weekend … Continue reading 5 Ways to be Inspired by The Gospel Next Door
Here are my top ten articles for this year according to the total number of views--a good mix that embraces church and ministry, Scripture, prayer, personal, and writing themes. Have a quick scan below. Did you miss any of these? Is your favourite listed? Surprisingly, #1 this year is also my all-time most popular post! … Continue reading The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki
For Christmas eve, the children of my congregation shared prayers of peace that they had written for children in the Philippines and Nepal. I hope to share their beautiful words on the Emmanuel church website [See Celebrating Jesus by Praying for Peace], and in the meantime, here is the intergenerational litany of peace that I … Continue reading Praying for Peace on the Fourth Day of Christmas