2017年12月02日

If there were no Christmas

Not because I am a pastor, but if there were no Christmas, the world would be much dimmer. There would be no Jingle Bells, no White Christmas, no singing of the Silent Night, or no Christmas presents. There would be no pretty illuminations, no Hallelujah Choirs, no parties, no Christmas cakes. It would be such a dim year ending. However, that is not the ultimate loss. The true loss is the loss of salvation given by Jesus Christ who is the hero of the Christmas;

1. We would lose the way of winning the victory over death, which is the greatest fear of mankind,
2. There would be no forgiveness at the Judgement Day by God after our death,
3. The absolute and true value of ourselves would not be provided by anyone,
4. There would be no relief from our fears or loneliness,
5. There would be no peace of mind during our time in troubles.

We would lose all those wonderful things Jesus Christ had done for us. So, when we think of it, we can see how important the salvation given through the birth of Christ was. And that salvation was even given us for free. Listen to the words of Christ,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12, NIV)”

I pray for you that you would visit a church on one of Sundays in the month of December where Christmas is celebrated, and receive this wonderful joy for yourselves.

Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi

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2017年11月25日

No need to worry

We usually think that “we cannot foresee our future.” The statistics says that 80% of Japanese worries about their future. There are so many worries, such as “will I get sick? , will I receive enough pension? , will there be any danger?” How should we deal with them?

Kenji Igarashi, the founder of a cleaning company called “Hakuyo Sha”, had invented the method of washing clothes without using water, the dry cleaning. He had spent many hours in his laboratory, conducting many trials of his research, yet could not come up with the result which was desirable. Soon, he became ill, and was in large debts. Being buried under a big pile of invoices to be paid for, a new year was just around the corner.

At that time, his wife advised him to read the Bible. She showed the verses were spoken by Christ at the mountain top.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:33 -34, NKJV)”

“For the last 2 months, I was only thinking about the dry cleaning, from morning until night.” Being as a Christian, he finally realized that his only concern was the dry cleaning, not praying or leaning to God. He said to his wife. “Thank you for your advice. I was wrong. I should have put Him first. If I do that, all my needs would be fulfilled.” Then, he gave the prayer of thanksgiving together with his wife. Soon, he was filled with His peace.

After that, both of them went to visit his investors one by one. He had explained the situation, apologized, and paid some small amount of money back to them. He was expected to be scolded at. However, it was opposite. No one was angry at him, but instead, they encouraged him. Two of them were able to spend their new year in peace. Through these difficulties, he has achieved his current success.

We worry about things, even being told “not to worry.” Yet the Bible promises us that God knows our needs, and all needs will be provided when we believe in, trust, and seek Him. He cares your life. May His blessing be poured onto you and your life.

Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto
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2017年10月16日

Realizing your limit is the time of knowing unlimited God

The founder of Richo Company, Kiyoshi Ichimura once said “trying to live- there is a limitation, being allowed to live- it is unlimited.” There is a similarity in the world of the Bible. In other words, when we feel there is a limitation in our lives, we get disappointed and depressed. But God who watches over us, allows us to experience His unlimited power, as we realize there is a limitation within us.

Peter who was one of Christ’s 12 disciples, used to be a fisherman. Later in his life, he became a leader, but until he met Christ, he never had any interest in faith or the Bible. Rather, he was interested in catching fish. How was such a man changed, and became a man who accomplished so much, by just meeting and believing in Christ? Let me tell you what had happened to him.

One night, he fished all night long, yet caught nothing. May be the same thing had happened to him before. While he was fishing, Christ was preaching to a mass, teaching valuable lesson. Peter was not interested in His teaching, and mending his fish nets with great disappointment. Christ walked to him after His teaching, and told him to “put out the boat into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch”. Peter was annoyed. “No way, a professional fisherman like I am that fished all night, but couldn’t catch anything. A son of a carpenter like you, what do you know?” That was his thought. He might also want to embarrass Him. “OK, as you say. Let me throw the nets to see what would happen.” That was how he thought. As he tried, he found the largest catch of his life. Another boat came to help, but the catch was so large that both boats almost sank. Then, Peter realized that how small, how poor, and how helpless he was, at the same time, he realized the unlimited power of Christ.

Now, you may be experiencing failure and disappointment. You may be trying with every knowledge and experiences you have had, yet you may be realizing that your efforts have limitation. If so, it is not the time of the ending, but it is a chance for you to experience the unlimited power of God. I urge you to seek for Him.

Pastor, Masao Nakanishi
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