2019年02月08日

Always Clear at the Stratosphere

Why do I worry over such a small thing? Havent you felt like this before?  Some things are not needed to be concerned or worried, but you cannot help yourself from feeling down and being depressed.  You may have experienced similar feeling before.


On one day in pouring down rain, I had to travel by theairplane.  The plane took off and flew for a while under very dark and thick cloud.  The whole plane was shaking.  The plane flew upward through the thick cloud, and finally got out of it.  Surprisingly, there was a totally different world above the cloud.  There was perfect blue sky and shining sun.  Under the cloud, rain was pouring.  Above the cloud, there was the world of blue sky.  I was so amazed, because of such a different world.  As I read a book, at much higher place calledthe stratosphere, it is always clear.


There are similar things happen in our life.  We can only see what in front of us.  We cannot ignore this fact, yet there is one thing we need to remember.  What we see is only a half of the world.  The Bible says this.


So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV)


There is God who rules and blesses everything.  The Bible says, such God prepares a totally different world with full of blessings, beyond what you see.  So, let us not be ruled by the world of pouring down rain.


Masao Nakanishi

Senior Pastor

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2019年02月02日

第202回2月のメッセージ「成層圏はいつも晴れ」音声で聴く。

「どうしてこんな事で、くよくよするんだろう」なんて思うことはありませんか。

気にしなくていいと思うのに、心が引っ張られ、ついには暗く、落ち込んでしまう、そんな経験があるのではないでしょうか。


どしゃ降りの雨の日、空港から飛行機で出かけなければならないときがありました。

飛行機は真っ黒な厚い雨雲の中を揺れながらしばらく飛んでいましたが、やがてその中を突き切ってさらに高く上昇しますと、そこは全くの別世界!紺碧に輝く青空と輝く太陽の世界でした。雲の下、地上は雨。雲の上は青空の世界。あまりの違う世界に感動したのを憶えています。物の本によるともっと高い世界の成層圏はいつも晴れだそうです。


人生にもそれがあるように思います。一寸先が見えない私たちには、目の前のことしかわかりません。その現象を無視できませんが、憶えなければならないことは、事はそれだけで動いているのではないということです。あなたが見ている世界は事の真実の半分しか見えていないのです。聖書はこう言います。


「私たちは、見えるものにではなく、見えないものにこそ目を留めます。見えるものは一時的であり、見えないものはいつまでも続くからです」(2コリント4:18)


すべてを支配し祝福して下さる神様がおられる。その神様が目の前の現象を超えて祝福された違う世界をあなたのために用意してくださっている、と聖書は言っています。ですから目の前の「どしゃ降り」の世界に支配されないようにしたいものです。

牧師 中 西 正 夫

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2019年01月18日

Making the best of this year

             Making the best of this year


Happy new year.  Many of us hope that this year would be filled with happiness.  Yet within a few weeks, we find that the reality does not change so much, your hope would be diminished, and say “this year is just as same as any other year.”  Why is that?


Isn’t it because unconsciously we are being selfish when it comes to evaluate a situation we are in?  Because we assume “I am right,” and any situation deviating from our standard, we become frustrated and stressed.


In the Bible, Paul says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (or rather, let God transform you).  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:2-3, NIV)”


In many cases, because we believe “I am right,” we blame on others or environment for things not going well.  However, unfortunately as long as we blame on others, situations would never change.  You might have experienced this before.


For this, it is important for us to have “a humble attitude.”  In other words, we should think “Although I think I am right, yet what is my righteousness based upon?  What if it was my misapprehension?”


In many cases, the reason for the situation not improving exists in yourself.  When you change your attitude, your view would be changed, so it would lead your behavior to be changed.  Thus, the situation may move forward.  The situation you had already given up may start to improve.


Lastly, there is one thing I want you to remember.  It is impossible for us to change ourselves.  Paul said so.  Only God can change you.  Start with giving up the belief of you being right, and that is the shortcut to the God’s blessings.


Youth Pastor

Kenshiro Goto

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