Monthly bible message of September 2019 . “The Fastest Detour”

The fastest detour

A few days ago, I was reading a book about raising child.  “A child does not listen to what a parent says.  How should a parent deal with?” That was the topic.  For example, a child does not want to study.  Theparent would scold at him, but probably it is not effective.  Not only that, he would usually become rebellious.  The parent scolds out of love.  Yet, he does not understand.  Many think it is a helpless situation.

The author of the book introduced an interesting thought.  He argues before making a child change, you should change yourself.”  Most of the time, childfeelsthat there is nothing wrong with himself.  He thinks (although parents would disagree) he isstudying enough.  Yet, he is scolded at for not studying enough.  This would make him feel he is rejected, leading to losing motivation.

In such case, we should acknowledge children by saying “you are doing well,” and assuring that theywould do great.  The author says it is an effective approach.  Children would recognize that they are accepted (it might take some time), andwould try to respond to their parents’ expectations.  They become eager to study hard.  It is like a shortcut to a detour.  In other words, instead of scolding at children, accepting them in what they do, and let them know that you trust them.  It seems a detour, yet it will lead them to cooperate and be motivated.

This approach would apply not only to children, but many situations in our lives.  Over 2000 years ago, Jesus said Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brothers eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?   first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye. (Matthew 7:3,5)

There is a proverb saying “you cannot change others or your past, but you can change yourself and your future.”  Surely we cannot change other people or things in the past.  However, luckily we can try to change our behavior.  If you could change yourself, your future could also be changed.  That is such an encouraging message.

When things don’t go as you wish, don’t be discouraged.  You can create a bright future, even starting from now.

Youth PastorKenshiroGoto

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Monthly bible message of August 2019. “You have your origin in God”

You have your origin in God

Toyohiko Kagawa was one of the Christian leadersin the early 1900s. He also played an active part in social services. He is widely known as a founder of COOP (Consumers co-operative). His novel Shisen wo koete was serialized in newspapers and became a bestseller. But he had no hopduring his age of puberty.

When he was a junior high school student, his mother told him a terriblethingYou are not my child. You are the child of a mistress and your fatherOn hearing this, he tried to commit suicide. Im not loved. I was a person who didnt deserve to be born here.Isnt there anything shocking than this? The thing that disappoints us is that we cant find the value of ourselves and the meaning of life. 

Nowadays, many young people are worried that they cant accept their environment they grew up and their parents and cant find the meaning of life. Statistics show that the number of suicide of students has been increasing. They dont want to die. Although they want to live, they cant find the meaning of life, and they commit suicide.

Have you ever felt you were ignored in society or abused by someone? Have you ever thought you have no value?Do you know the meaning of life? If so, I want you to listen to the voice of God who speaks through the Bible.

You are precious and honored in my sight and I love you. (Isaiah 43:4)

According to the Bible, you were created as a unique and irreplaceable being in this world by God the Almighty who is full of love. Moreover, God loves you just as you are. In God, you have your origin and recovery of your life. Feel free to come to our church. I welcome you from my heart.

Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi

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