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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2018年12月14日

However, you can change your life

However, you can change your life


I have been giving counseling for many years.  Many hopelessly ask me “the problem I have is my own personality.  Do you think I can change my personality?”  So, I answer “because God created your personality, the basis of your personality cannot be changed.  However, you can change your life.”


Let me give you some question.  Who made those statements as listed below?


1)    “As I became 31 years old, the only thing that suits me is my death.”

2)    “There is no one more miserable than I am.”

3)    “There is no one like me who is fast in getting angry, envious and the mind twisted.”


These statements are so negative.  Now, the answers are;

1)    Nightingale, who is the role model of nurses.

2)    Lincoln, who was the president of the US, famous for releasing slaves.

3)    Inazou Nitobe, whose portrait was on the old 5,000 Yen notes, a great contributor in the areas of Education and International Relations.


Those above three people were suffering with their own personalities being “negative and short-tempered.”  Yet, their contributions to our society were so great. 


How could they do that?  Some would say “because they had special talents.”  Yes, they might have talents, yet that is not the decisive factor.  The most important thing is to change the point of view in your life.  In other words, you should change your focus from criticizing your own personality or reacting to people’s evaluation which always change over time, to the creator, almighty and loving God who can change your shortcomings to blessings.  That is how you can change your life to something blessing.


“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. (II Corinthians 4:18, NIV)


December is the month of cerebrating Christmas.  Why don’t you spend your Christmas at a church?  You can start your life with full of God’s blessing.


Senior Pastor  Masao Nakanishi

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