2020年06月05日

Monthly Bible Message in June 2020 “The rain will clear up tomorrow”

One time, I visited Sapporo in Hokkaido on my business trip.  At that time, I took that opportunity to visit Asahikawa, because there was a memorial museum of a Christian author, Ayako Miura.  

There was a two-storied building built in the forest, the books of Miura were packed in the display bookshelves.  Also, her lecture video clips were shown on a screen constantly.  Even during a weekday, there were lots of visitors which indicated that the museum was quite a popular and an influential one.  It must touch people’s heart, because the most of her 77 years of her life, she had battled against diseases.  Her life was filled with suffering, yet it was also filled with assuring hope that God had given her, and that also gives peace and strength to many visitors.   As I read her handwritten words and Tanka poems displayed, there was one phrase which caught my eyes.

“The rain will clear up tomorrow.”

The words not only tell about the weather, but also speak about our lives.  While it is raining, it would make us feel blue, making you wonder when it would be stopping.  But eventually, the rain would clear up.  We are now living in the fear of the Corona Virus, yet the words also encourage us that the “rain or storm” will clear up “tomorrow.”  

You may experience the rain or the storm of your life, or you may be experiencing it now.  You may be feeling blue and lonely.  But “the rain will clear up tomorrow.”  The Bible says;

“weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)”

What are you looking at?  Yourself?  The problem you are facing?  Or inside of yourself?  Forget where you are looking now, and why don’t you look up.  Yes, look to God who created you, loves you, and blesses your life.  You will be overwhelmed by a joyful life.

I sincerely invite you to get to know the bible, and to visit a church.

Senior Pastor, Masao Nakanishi

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2020年05月02日

Monthly Bible Message of May 2020 “To keep mental health” by youth pastor Kenshiro Goto

To keep mental health
Due to the influence of the coronavirus, days of self-restraint continue. Perhaps many people feel stressed and depressed because they cannot go to school or work, have to spend time at home, and unable to meet people.
I found out that there are several effective ways to keep our mental health. The first is to stop looking at the information that fuels anxiety and reduce the amount of time you spend on the news. Second, have someone to talk to. Talking with people can greatly reduce your stress. Thirdly, changing the viewpoint (changing the way of looking at things). How do we put it into practice?
Do you know "the story of Pollyanna"? The main character, Pollyanna, lost her mother at an early age, but she is a lively girl. She thought "I want a doll," but one day the gift she received was a crutch. When disappointed, her father John told her: "Don’t be disappointed. Look for pleasure at any time. You have legs that you can walk without a crutch! Thank God for that." He taught her a game "Find something to be glad about" to find joy even at times. Later he died and she was taken over by a relative, but there she continued the game and encouraged the people around her, though she was coldly treated by the relative and had an accident.
Before the spread of the coronavirus, we thought it's normal to go to school, meet people, go to work, and travel. However, in this situation, we realized how grateful our ordinary days were. In the first place, it is not that we are alive. We are allowed to be alive! When you become aware of that, you will be able to rejoice even for small things, reduce stress, and create a space for gratitude.
The Bible says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Whatever your situation, there are always good things to appreciate. Psychiatric experts say that those who appreciate are quicker to recover even if they get depressed than those who do not. Because there is room in their heart.
Why don’t you play the game? Thank God for keeping us alive.
Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto
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2020年04月13日

Monthly Bible Message of April 2020 “Easter That Brings Hope”

The greatest fear and sadness for humans is "death." In the case of some people, it suddenly comes. That was my case. During the summer vacation of my third year high school student, I was involved in my friend breaking up with his girlfriend. He eventually broke up with her, but sent me home by motorbike on the way home. In the evening, the prefectural road became dim and rain began to fall. When we came to an intersection, there was a car trying to turn right. My friend was driving the motorbike, but he was shocked and couldn't see the car. I noticed it and tried desperately to stop my friend, but it was already too late. We both rushed into the car. Then I realized that I was being taken to hospital. When I had surgery and I couldn't sleep at all, I thought about this. “How ephemeral my life is? If I hit my head, that was the end of life.” When I thought so, the question came up from the inside, "If a person dies, is that the end of all?"

One day, I dared to ask the monk who came home on the day of my family's death. "Buddhism says paradise and hell after death, is that true?" Replied the monk. "That's a pious fraud." In other words, it is a kind of threat that "If you do bad things in this world, bad things will happen in the world after death." I was relieved, but the next moment I was again skeptical. “So why is he memorializing the dead one if there is no post-mortem world? At the time, I was 18 years old, I felt something suspicious and I was very disappointed.

But one day, the friend of mine suddenly said, "I want to go to church." So I accompanied him like a bodyguard. In fact, I was seeking answers to my questions. In fact, I completely forgot the preaching of the church. However, after that, the teacher of the church prayed for me and I thought, "I want to go to church and learn the Bible." From the next Sunday I started going to church. And there I learned that Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. And I was impressed when I learned that the disciples abandoned their lives and passed on Christ to people. Six months later, I personally accepted Christ as my Savior from sin and death. And since then, the fear of death has disappeared from my life.

Jesus Christ said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

Are you free from the fear of death?


Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi
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