June 2019 monthly message "The optimum vs. the best"

The optimum vs. the best

2000 years ago, Jesus said “do not worry about your life.”  It seems Jesus knew about the anxieties and worries in our time.  Of course, nobody wants to be anxious or worry.  Yet, there many situations that lead all of us to be anxious and worry.

When Jesus taught us “not to worry,” he also added the reason for it.  “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store any in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Father will not hesitate to do much better for you.”  This “much better” really means “the optimum.”  Some may say “who would call the handicap I have, or being in such a miserable condition, the optimal condition?”  But the thing I want you to know is that God leads us into the optimal condition for us, not the best condition we think of.

There are stories of Joseph and Job who went through much suffering.  They had to go through much suffering which had nothing to do with their wrongdoings.  They suffered for many years, but they were led to such peaceful lives.  Their sufferings were needed to become mature.  When we think of these, we know it may not be the best condition when we suffer.  But, there will be a time that you would be led to think it was the optimal condition for you.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Roman 8:28)”

You may live in a harsh condition, now.  I pray that you to love your creator, and to believe God who will lead you to the optimal.

Senior Pastor

Masao Nakanishi

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May 2019 monthly message “Seeing through a new 5000 Yen Bill”

Seeing through a new 5000 Yen Bill

New designs of bills were introduce last month.  The person on the 5000 Yen bill will be Umeko Tsuda, a female.  As I searched for the reason of her being selected, I understood the meaning.  Today, a large number of females are advancing in our society, and she had done so much for the women’s rights.

About 150 years ago, at the age of 7 years old, she went to the US for studying.  She met Jesus Christ there, and baptized at her own will.  Her studying went well, and returned back to Japan after 11 years.  Yet, she faced a massive culture shock.  Social status of women was so low that it was a great surprise for her.

With her dream of establishing a school, she returned back to the US for more studying.  Once she returned from her studying, she established “Joshi Eigaku Juku (College of English Studies for women)”.  She was determined to have women receive higher education, and to encourage the social advancement of women. This college is now known as “Tsuda Juku University.”  Now a day, the gender equality and women’s social advancement are normal things, yet she was the one who established the basis of this.  With her contribution, women’s rights became a reality.

What really motivated her?  It is clear that the Bible had influenced her.  Historically, many Christians had established hospitals and related facilities to help with those have handicaps.  And the role model of these efforts is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, the son of God had healed many patients and gave hope and the strength to live in the Jewish society at that time. He had touched those who were terminally ill, and sat together with lowered people for having a meal, and spent time with them. He was not some above the clouds. Where ever he went, he became a friend who had no friend.

The Bible says “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you (Isaiah 43:4, NIV).”  In this world, clever people, beautiful people and people with high ability are admired.  However, God does not look at you in such ways.  Without any condition, you are precious and honored by Him.  You are a unique creation, and God does not make any mistake in creating you.

Who are you going to listen to?  May God bless you.

Youth PastorKenshiro Goto

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