Author: Erich Boileau

A Day Spent in Wanderlust

Meeting Darren Wilson and Seeing the Holy Ghost Movie Last Friday I had a great opportunity to spend some time with the folks at Wanderlust Productions and pre-screen their new film Holy Ghost. I backed the project on Kickstarter last year, which is how I got connected with them and soon found myself with an invite to visit and pre-screen with a few other backers. Chicago Wanderlust is in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, so it’s not an incredibly difficult journey to make for me—just a little over three hours away. Despite what I would consider to be some of the worst, high-speed traffic on the planet and a few outlandish tolls, it was an uneventful drive. I also arrived an hour early because Illinois, while only roughly 25 miles from the Michigan border, is in a completely different time zone. I know this is a fact but always seem to forget it when I’m making the drive. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to botch my first introduction to the crew while I interrupted their work day. I survived the embarrassment by tucking myself away in a corner couch and phoning for an hour while I waited for the other backers to arrive. The Man behind the Films: Meeting Darren Wilson I think if I really knew how famous I was, I would probably quit making films altogether. Darren Wilson,...

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The Power of God to Provide & Recognizing the Person of Jesus

Recently I was honored with two speaking opportunities — one at the Japanese Worship Service in Battle Creek, MI and the other at our home church, Moran Park in Holland, MI. Last weekend Pastor Bob Herman was speaking on John 6 (the multiplying of the loaves and fishes), and in discussions with him leading up to his sermon, He decided that some of my life experiences fit into the message. It was a great experience, and I felt to privileged to introduce myself to a church I love so much and share some of the things God has taught me in my experience as a believer and missionary. The whole message is around 30 minutes, and my segment begins at around 20 minutes in. /wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bob-herman-and-erich-boileau.mp3 Listen to “Jesus Is Who He Says He Is” or perhaps a better title, “The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing the Main...

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Prophetic Deliverance

I had the benefit of receiving deliverance ministry about 18 months ago, which helped me find freedom at a whole new level in my life. This past week, I was able to study under experienced teachers and get some hands on training for five deliverances. I’ve had more than a few questions about the trip, so I thought I would share what I’ve been learning. For those of you who are not in the know or are a little unsure of what I mean by “deliverance,” deliverance is casting out demons. It’s not figurative speech or a metaphor for some type of inner-healing ministry (though often the two go hand-in-hand). I just mean casting out demons, Jesus-style. Some Problems with Deliverance in America Deliverance is by no means a new ministry, but in the States it’s difficult to find people who won’t complicate it with a 29-step program, a 300-page self-help book or (in some churches) a three-hour scream session that ends with puking in a bucket. Of all the ministries in the church today, deliverance is probably the least understood and the most stigmatized. And it makes sense — for the majority, the fact that demons can even exist would take a huge leap of the imagination. We’ve rationalized the stories we hear in the bible with explanations of psychological instability or mental illness, which may or may not...

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Whale Sharks! and Atlanta

By this point, if you’re the faithful reading type, you’ve probably noticed the absence of California Trip Part II. Shortly after recovering from the illness that allotted me the free time to write the former post, I was launched into extreme busyness with school and visa applications and work. Fortunately, this holiday weekend has given me a little extra time to catch up on important things like writing. The rest of the California trip is quite important, but it’s quickly fading in my memory, so I hope to get up a short post about it soon. More recently, Emi and I just returned from a fantastic trip down to Atlanta. Here’s a little table contents: Chick-fil-a Sharks & Fish & Groupon & Whatnot Prophetic Deliverance Seared Sashimi Tomahawk Chop Chick-fil-a For those of you who’ve been there, you’ll know that Chick-fil-a is one of the best restaurants in Georgia/the South/the whole planet. Visiting our good friends, getting ministry training and going through deliverance were really just the guise for once again tasting the exquisite flavors of fried chicken and waffle fries that were at one time reserved only for a select few south of the Mason Dixon. Though over the past decades her reach has widened to include segments of the Midwest, we Michiganders continue to wait in eager anticipation for the borders of the Chick-fil-a Empire to reach...

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California Trip Part I

  I was looking forward to being sick. Lacking time management skills and general self-control, sickness (when it’s not completely debilitating) affords me an excuse to skip some work, stop worrying and think. It also provides me ample time to read and write, two things that consistently escape me during the regular hustle-bustle. It’s been about two weeks since we returned from our California trip, and at the very least, I owe my readers (oh ye few and loyal) an update. Japanese Marathon My Japanese professor has emphasized, and correctly so, that cultural emersion is the best way to...

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Foreigners & Students: Our January Update

Greetings from the icy cold of Michigan, or as my Holland readers call it, “next door.” It’s getting dangerously close to six weeks since our last post, so it seems like a good time for an update. A good friend of mine and ex-roommate prefaces his newsletter updates with a nice table of contents. So I’ll take a take page out of Megill’s proverbial book and do the same: Table of Contents Regent University Gaijin LLC Free Time YMCA Upcoming Trip to CA – Mari’s Wedding – David & Berkeley – Nate & Redding Ending Regent University As some...

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The Symptoms of Selfishness

Exemplary public service Yesterday, I spent most of my day helping other people. Mr. Obama called me this morning to discuss a date for me to receive the Presidential Citizen’s Medal for my acts of exemplary selfless public service. My accoladed works include: Changing a dirty diaper Cleaning up lunch dishes (after someone else cooked) Shoveling a driveway Fixing loose plumbing Spending time with sick people Walking a dog Refueling a car Ordering pizza I’m selfish Doing a few, moderately-inconvenient good deeds yesterday reinforced in me a conviction that I’ve had for a while now — I’m probably more...

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A New Model for Testimony

I had a thought about a new model for testimony. When I say “new,” I mean new relative to what we’re doing now in turn-of-the-millennium  in America because this model for testimony has existed for quite some time — I’ll get to that later. A short disclaimer: if you’re reading this thinking, “Erich heard my testimony and hated it, so he wrote this post,” please note that I haven’t read or heard anyone’s testimony recently, and this isn’t written about anyone in particular. It’s as much a critique on myself as it is anyone else. In general, a great...

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Battle Creek Message

An approximate transcription of a few stories I shared at the Japanese Language Worship Service in Battle Creek, MI on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Introducing Erich & Emi Good evening. My name is Erich Boileau and this is my wife Emi. I’ve been part of the Japanese Christian community in West Michigan for about a year now, and we’ve really enjoyed our experiences with you. Here’s a little background about myself: I grew up in Holland, MI and I studied English at Grand Valley State University. I joined the Japanese Christian community last year just after I returned from two and a half years doing the Lord’s work in Morocco. Emi and I are planning to leave sometime next summer for Japan to start our lives as missionaries to the Japanese people. What I’d like to talk about today is how I started thinking about Holy Spirit as an active person, instead of a vapor or silent ghost watching from above. Hebrews 4:12 says “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, dividing soul and spirit.” The Word of God is living and active. Freshman Year The year is 2006 and I’m finishing up my first year at Grand Valley State University. I would say, and people who knew me would say that my identity was almost entirely built on my intellect. From...

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On throwing away five keys

I threw away five keys today, which seems as good as a reason as any to write. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I mean throwing out some old keys, not the writing; although I’ve been putting that on the back burner for the past four or five years too. The occupants of my key ring have been multiplying almost monthly with bulky car key fobs and half a dozen grocery store memberships – it was becoming incredibly difficult to find a pair of skinny jeans whose pockets will contain both a ring of 15...

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