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The Japanese Adopt Adult Men

Adoption New Birth Kingdom of God

Source: “98% of all Japanese adoptions are employers adopting the adult men on their staff, not children,” by Lianna Brinded, Business Insider, Jan. 12, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50 ; Ephesians 1:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lianna Brinded, with Business Insider, writes: 

In Japan, 98% of adoptions are actually adult men, aged between 20-30 years old — not children.

That is according to government data cited by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner in their book "Freakonomics," as well as a number of other reputable media outlets also citing government data.

... It all started hundreds of years ago when Japan’s civil code dictated how a family's wealth would be passed on after the death of the family elder.

... In households which only have daughters, a family would look to adopt a son, so they could fulfill the role of carrying on the family business as well as receiving and being custodian to the family's cash and assets. 

Nowadays, legal adoption of this kind is paired up with an arranged marriage — known as "omiai" — of a daughter, meaning the adopted son becomes son and son-in-law at the same time because he changes his name to the wife's family name ("mukoyoshi"). 

... In Japan, there are even matchmaking companies that recruit voluntary adoptees for Japanese corporates.

Some of Japan's most famous companies have remained a "family-run" businesses because of "mukoyoshi," such as carmaker Toyota, which was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937.

Suzuki is also famously run by adopted sons — in fact, the current chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki is the fourth consecutively adopted son to run the group.

APPLICATION

In Japanese culture, adoption is a practical solution to perpetuate the bloodline in the absence of an heir.  God has a similar dilemma.  Since “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” God has also turned to adoption! No one is born a citizen of Heaven. Every son and daughter of God is so by adoption.  

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:50).

“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Ephesians 1:5). 

A Kingdom of Robots

Servanthood Kingdom of God Free Will

Source: “Theme park's 'robot kingdom' seeks to upend Japan's service industry” OH NIINUMA, Nikkei staff writer, April 22, 2016.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

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TOKYO -- An amusement park has unveiled plans to open a "robot kingdom" featuring over 200 automatons on the premises. 

 [All] part of a long-term strategy to revolutionize Japan's anemic service sector.

... The androids will include a chef that can cook okonomiyaki (a Japanese pancake), a bartender that can mix no fewer than 10 cocktails and a wait staff ready to serve and clean up after visitors.

... The kingdom will expand on a "smart hotel" that opened last summer at the Nagasaki Prefecture theme park. Automatons check in customers, provide information and carry luggage. The facility started with about 30 flesh-and-blood staffers, but robots have taken over many duties, cutting the human headcount by more than half.

APPLICATION

Imagine it, a kingdom of robots programed to serve the needs of people. Perhaps God’s purposes would have been better served had He established a kingdom of robots. Instead, He has called believers to serve others of their own free-will.

While man dreams of a utopia where he is served by an army of robots, God dreams of a kingdom where “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

In the Kingdom of God, you won’t need robots. Everyone there will be your servant.

In Search of Cracker Barrel

Kingdom of God Seeker Perseverance

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-06-12

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13 ; Matthew 7:7

Author: Barnett Gushin
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My husband I recently had a hankering to visit a Cracker Barrel restaurant. We saw a sign on the highway that one should be coming up at the next exit. As we exited the highway and drove down the access road that traveled along the frontage, we couldn’t find an entrance to the restaurant. “That’s so typical of Cracker Barrel,” my husband said in frustration. “They never have access from the frontage.” Nevertheless, with great perseverance, we began peering down every side road to see how we could gain entrance. One wrong turn and two more turns later, we finally wound around to the back of a parking lot and finally came upon the entrance to the restaurant. 
 
If you love the restaurant like we do, you know exactly what we’re talking about, and know doubt you’ve had a similar experience. We began querying as to why Cracker Barrel never has an entrance on the frontage access road. We speculated that it probably saves them millions of dollars to set their restaurants behind the expensive frontage real estate, but wouldn’t they be equally losing millions of dollars in business when those who, in frustration, just gave up on their hunt for the entrance, only to visit the Burger King or Ryan’s Steak House which had easy access from the highway exit? 
 
We continued discussing the topic as we enjoyed our meal (we always enjoy our meals there!). We decided to ask the manager as we paid our check. We were surprised that he admitted our speculation was correct—Cracker Barrel DOES save millions by positioning their restaurants just behind the expensive frontage. As for losing money, his reply was again surprisingly candid. “I can assure you we don’t lose any business. We are the single most trafficked restaurant in the US. We have a proven track record and a loyal following. People who want to find us always do!”
 
It just goes to show you, what you crave you find! A principle Cracker Barrel proves true everyday.

APPLICATION

Have you noticed that it's not always easy for people to find the entrance to the Kingdom of God? That's because the world has gobbled up all of the easy access, placing a host of competing alternatives on the frontage that blocks our way. Nevertheless, has established a loyal following. People who want to find it always do!
 
What we crave, we find!
 
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
 
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Tiny (Fake) Nations Convene At Microcon 2015

Kingdom of God Witness Influence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: Revelation 5:10

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Wealth Kingdom of God Seeker

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-01-06

Scripture: Matthew 7:7 ; Jeremiah 29:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Buried Treasure

Kingdom of God Reward Seeker

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-10-04

Scripture: Matthew 13:44

Author: Neal Pollard
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The End Is Just The Beginning

Kingdom of God Eternal Life Afterlife

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-30

Author: C.S. Lewis / Illustration Exchange
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Preparing for Our Spiritual D-Day

Spiritual Warfare Kingdom of God Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 ; Matthew 10:

Author: James C. Denison, Ph.D.
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Upper Crust

Prosperity Kingdom of God Poverty

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-03

Scripture: Romans 8:18

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Made for the Kingdom

Kingdom of God New Birth God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-29

Author: E. Stanley Jones/Illustration Exchange
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