2018年11月12日

A Message from an artwork

A Message from an artwork


Autumn is the season for enjoying book-reading, outdoor picnicking, and mostly it is the season for enjoying arts.  The other day, I visited an art museum.  As I enjoyed watching artworks, various things came up on my mind.


Imagine there is a painting in front of you.  It does not matter what kind of painting, but let us just say there is the Mona Lisa.  Now let me ask a question.  Q: How was this piece of artwork created?  There may be two possible answers to this question.


(1)   An artist created it.

(2)   Appeared by itself. (A tree in a mountain was rained and blown, later it was tarnished, and completed itself in time)


If you ask this question to anyone, 100 out of 100 people would say “(2) is impossible.”  Even little children know that the answer is (1).  So, let me ask you another question.  You may say your answer is (1), but have you seen the artist actually creating it?  If you have not seen it being created, how would you be sure that it was created by an artist? You chose (1), because it was the only logical answer to the question.  Surely, we do not need to see an artwork being created, but there is no doubt that someone had created it.


Furthermore, how were ocean and mountains created?  Why are there four seasons, letting us enjoy beautiful colored leaves in autumn?  It is clear that we, human did not create any of these.  If that is true, then wouldn’t you think it is logical that there must be a creator, God who created them?


The Bible says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV).”  The Bible clearly proclaims there is God.  And God declares “I created the world, and you.”  You do not exist in this world by chance.  You are the artwork of God, and He has created you with purposes. 


God is knocking on the door of your heart.  If we seek him, God will make himself appear to you.  I wish you will find an answer in the Bible.  Through the Bible, you will find the meanings and purposes of your life.


Youth PastorKenshiro Goto

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2018年10月13日

Because wanting to be reunited with my father in heaven

Yesterday, our brother in Christ, Mr. H. of 65 years old had returned back to heaven.  5 years ago, the pancreatic cancer was found, and he had fought for his life since then.


By being beside with him through his fight against cancer, I found an assurance of hope in his Christianfaith.  


Some may complain to God by saying, why do you make me suffer through cancer?  Yet, Mr. H. said the cancer made me realized how wonderful the salvation of Christ is.  I am trulythankful for it.  Knowing that I will be able to win the victory over death and to receive an eternal life is so precious to me.  


Death is cruel which takes away everything.  The work, the family, and everything we have.  But when Mr. H. told me about his faith, his eyes were filled with tears of joy.


Not only that, his daughter who teaches at a university came and talked to me.  She said I have been to the church since I was little.  But I couldnt take a step forward to be a Christian.  But, because I want to be reunited with my father in heaven, I also want to receive His salvationI wish to be baptized.  Do you think that such motivation is inappropriate?  I told her if you wish to be baptized hoping that would cure his disease, then I would say it would be an inappropriate motivation.  However, if you wish to be reunited with him in heaven, I find no faulty motivation.  Soon after, westarted the preparation study for her baptism.  On August 26th, she confessed her faith, and was baptized.  It was such a heart touching moment.


The Bible says;

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Roman 8:28, NIV)


Do you have an assured hope that you will win the victory over death?  I want you to find such hope through the Bible.  Please come to the church.  I welcome you sincerely.


Senior PastorMasao Nakanishi

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2018年08月31日

Trials are gifts from God Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto

After the earthquake disaster in Northern Osaka, there was the heavy rain disaster in Western Japan.  What happened to others might happen to me.  These things make us anxious.  We may also face our trial individually.  What and who should we depend on?


Recently, I have read a booklet written by a flute player, Kaori Shion (Wind of Praise published by Every Home for Christ).  And it was encouraging.  Her life was peaceful until early 20s when she faced a series of large stormsof her life.  First, she had separated from her loved one, making her realizedhow unloving person she was.  Next, she lost her financial background.  Her fathers company went bankrupt.  After that, she became ill, making her thinking of dying.  Until then, she had believed that a talent, financial background and health were the bases of securing a peaceful life.  Yet, she lost all of these things.  She became like a ship with no compass.  It is easy to imagine how difficult her life was then.


One day, she met a particular phrase of words.  Do you know the number of hairs you have on your head?  Of course, nobody knows.  Yet, they said there is God who knows the number of your hairs.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matt. 10:30, NIV). Before her difficult time of her life, she was full of confidence.  Yet through her trials, she realized how little and how weak she was.  And knowing there is God who knows even the number of her hairs filled her with joy.


Soon after, Ms Shion accepted Christ and became a Christian.  After that, she realized that all those unhappy experiences were really the blessings.  In other words, because of those trials she went through, she met God, and found the unshakable support of God.  She says when now I think of it, everything was OK even it took me long time to overcome.  The trials were gifts from God.  Because of those trials, I found Him.  As long as He is with me, whatever happens in my life, I will beOK.


With Gods grace, she became healthy again.  And now she holds concerts nationally as well as internationally.  She also teaches music, acts as a music producer and releases CDs.  


Unforeseen trials will happen to anyone of us.  What do you depend on, and who do you seek for your protection?  The Bible tells us that there is God who created us, and He knows every difficulties and trials we go through.  And He promises to change such unhappy experiences into blessings.  Please find your answer in the Bible.  I promise that you will find what you look for.


Kenshiro Goto

Youth Pastor


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