2019年12月11日

A prayer for peace

“A prayer for peace”

2019 Christmas message


In the last month, the Catholic leader, Pope Francis visited Japan, and gave speeches of peace and nuclear abolition in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the cities where bombed by Atomic bombs.  His messages had reached and inspired many.  Yet shortly after such heartwarming experience, a Japanese medical doctor was shot to death in Afghanistan.  Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was a devoted volunteer doctor.  Not only a doctor, but he had built many irrigation canals in the desert, developed large area of green fields.


This made me think that peace cannot be reached even we gather much wisdom throughout the world.  The answer to this appears in the first Christmas message in the Bible;


“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14 NIV)”


This message was given to the shepherds by God.  And we must note the order of this message.  Firstly “Glory to God in the highest.”  This comes as the first thing.  In other words, instead of making ourselves absolute or being greedy for our desires, we must be humble in front of God, the creator.  We should start out from being fearful to God, and seeking for his glory.  Once this was done, then the following part of the prayer “on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” can be achieved to the men on whom his favor rests.  “Seeking for peace” without following this order becomes vain.  They might obtain peace for a while, but would be lost quickly.


People on this earth may need to be humble to the words of God, and return to the Bible, especially in the month of December.


May I invite you to the church where the Christmas worship will be given in the month of December?


Senior Pastor

Masao Nakanishi

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2019年11月06日

The view of being awaken to the truth

           The view of being awaken to the truth


When the painful things keep on happening to us, our spirit goes down.  I had suffered many difficult trials since I my childhood.  They started with poverty, bullying and loneliness.  I lost my confidence in myself, and my school years were very dim.  So many times I thought “why do I have to suffer so much?” 


However, since I believed in Jesus Christ, I started to read the Bible.  And it had changed my thinking.  In the Bible, it says “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. (Hebrews 12:6 NIV)”


As we believe Jesus Christ, we become children of God (John 1:12), and God becomes our Father.  If we face much trials, that means God is not being malicious, but rather, he is disciplining us, and those are punishments for us to grow.  I started to understand this meaning, as I started to raise my son. My son loves bread, and tries to eat only bread.  However for his benefit, his diet also requires vegetables and other food that he does not like.  He rejects eating such food, but I patiently feed them even he spits them out or he cries.  I am not bullying him.  I do it because he is so precious to me that I wish him to grow strong and big.


As I changed my point of view, then it also changed my understanding.  Trials are painful things, yet the way I accept those trials has changed.  Before knowing the Bible, I always thought Why me?  Yet now, it is rather the opposite.  I have been accepted as a child of God.  These trials are the proof of his love.


God has a plan for each of us.  Even we face difficult trials, the Bible releases us from unhappiness, and allows us to look up and hope for God.


Youth PastorKenshiro Goto


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2019年10月09日

Monthly Bible massage of October 2019 “The Greatest “No””

There is a time in our life, when we desperately wanting a thing to be come true. So we pray very hard to God.  When the prayer was answered, we rejoice in acclamation.


However, there is also an opposite situation.  You prayed so hard, but not being answered.  It is devastating.  You would be overwhelmed by the feeling of hopelessness.  


Let me introduce a poetry displayed on the wall of a rehabilitation institute in New York.  This poet was apatient in that institute.


I asked God for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.  

I asked for health that I might do great things; I was given infirmity that Imight do better things.  

I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.  

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.  Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.  I am among all men most richly blessed.


If we could accept our own situation as this poetry, it would be the same as receiving everything that is moreprecious than our health and riches.


How could we live like this?  We know it is not easy.  Yet, it is possible.  We need to start from knowing God, whom this poet was asking all those things for.  Now you know that there is such a way to live your life.  Why dont you seek the way by reading the Bible.


The words from the Bible;

But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (II Corinthians 12:9, NIV)


Senior Pastor

Masao Nakanishi

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