2019年03月06日

March 2019 Monthly message “A Joy of Being Forgiveness” Kenshiro Goto

A joy of being forgiven


Many of us suffer from feeling of guilt.  Those sins and mistakes we made in the past take over and overwhelm us.  However, there is no need for letting our future ruined by those mistakes we made in the past.  God prepares us for a new start.


Last month, I sent my car to a body shop for repair.  A few months ago, I bumped my car and made scratches.  The shop lent me a substitute carwhile it was repaired.  At that time, I submitted my name, address and contact number.  However, the bottom of the substitute car was bit lower than my own, and I damaged the lower part of the door.  They had lent me the car, so that I could have something to drive while being repaired.  But, I ended up damaging the substitute car.


The next day, I received a call that the repair was done.  I was really feelingdown, as I started to think about returning the substitute car back to them.  (I know it is embarrassing to say,) but because of the damaged part was where people could not easily see, I could just be quiet and not letting them know about it.  I was sure that they would never find the damaged part.  However, my conscience was hurting.  But, who knows how much extra I might have to pay.


I really wanted to keep it secret, but knowing that intentionally deceiving them, I would never receive Gods blessing.  So, I made up my mind that I was going to be honest about it.  So, I prayed.  Soonafter, I felt peacefulness.  Yet as the shop got closer, again I became anxious.  So, I prayed again.


After receiving my repaired car back,honestly explained about what had happened.  To be honest with you, I have damaged the substitute car.  I apologize for that, and am willing to pay for the damage.  The shop clerk told me with his smile.  Dont worry about it.  Its my car.  There are so many scratchesmarks, anyway.  I was amazed.


What a miracle!  He had forgiven me without any hesitation.  Id never thought that the car was his.  I was in the potion that I could not say anything if he decided to charge me.  How merciful he was!  I felt warm inside my heart.


This shop clerk really resembles of God.  What kind of images do you have for God?  In the Bible it says;

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)


For many years, I had misunderstood God.  I had images of getting angry quickly, and fearful.  However, the reality is the opposite.  He is full of mercy and blessing.  Christ came not to judge us, but to save us.  The cross placed on top our church-roof is the symbol of love and forgiveness.  I truly wish that you will find a joy in Him.


Youth PastorKenshiroGoto

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2019年02月08日

February 2019 monthly message “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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