2018年03月11日

On Whose View Do You Stand?

On whose view do you stand?


A few days ago, I was reading a book about parenting written by a tutor of a private tutorial school.  This author gives advices to those parents having difficulties raising children.  In that book, an interesting experience was introduced.


One day, a boy who does not like much of studying came to the tutorial school with the result of a mid-term exam.  As usual, the score was not good, about 30 out of 100.  So I told him to try harder next time.  However this boy was not disappointed at all.  He was satisfied with his score, and was even proud of it.


Then I realized.  I was measuring him with my own scale.  I was judging him whether he did well or not, based on my own scale.  It was wrong.  I did not realize that he had his own scale to measure his performance.  Tutors must measure students performance based on their scale.


And the author concluded as if we could measure their performance based on their scale, all children would perform well.  When we treat them as capable children, then they will perform much better.  


As I read this book, it reminded me of the verse from the Bible which Christ taught us.

In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. (Matt 7:12)


Usually, we look at a situation from our own perspective. We measure others with our own scale, and asking for more or trying to convince them with our own belief.  But it does not work.  First of all, we must learn to see from their view and use their scales to understand them.  This book was eye-opening for me.


Surly as a child, I was happy to be understood and told that I did a good job.  It made me try harder.  The above quotation of Christ is calledthe golden rule.”  We sure would like to live like that.


On whose view do you stand?


Youth Pastor, Kenshiro Goto


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2018年02月03日

What makes you win your battle?

What makes you win your battle?

For ages, people say “a life is a battle.” For young people, school entrance exams may be their battles, there are battles within businesses, battles against illnesses, and these battles go on until we pass away. It’s depressing…. However, how wonderful it is that the Bible shows us the way we can win our battles. This winning only takes small power, not great one. Small power creates wonderful results.

The time was King Jehoshaphat in the Old Testament. He was faced against a great difficulty (a battle). The enemy was the allied forces of Ammon and Moab. There seemed to be no way of winning this battle. Worries and fears overtook them. The usual strategy for this kind of situation is to increase the number of soldiers and arm force. Yet, Jehoshaphat was different. Instead of strengthening his army, he created a troop of “Thanksgiving and Praises.” And this led to his great victory. You may think it is impossible, yet it is a historical fact. (Refer to 2 Chronicles 20: 20 – 23.)

“Giving thankfulness has the power of changing situation.” !!

On the bulletin board In front of Kongo Baptist Church, there is a picture of a dog sitting by the tree with flowers. It says “If I could give joyful thankfulness like that dog, I wish I could have my wiggling tail, too.” We want to be like that, too. And see the power of God that lead to a great victory.

Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi
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2018年01月12日

The insurance that guarantees Peace

The year of 2018 has come. Many of us choose our new year’s resolution. Every year, I also do the same. “For this year, I will challenge this, learn that, or reduce certain kilograms of my body weight, etc.”

However, because we are human, we would never know what would happen tomorrow. It would be nice if everything goes well as we plan, yet for many times, things do not go as we hope for. There are hopes and dreams, yet we also have to be prepared for the worst situation. Losing a job, becoming ill, involved in tragedy, or in the worst case is death.

When something happened to you, your families and friends may help you. Yet, no one can take over to be you. Furthermore, no one can take over your responsibilities, at the very end. When something happens to you, who would you depend on? Will you try to cheer yourself up? But, don’t you feel some sort of insecurity?

I have my “insurance”, so I am peaceful. The insurance I am talking about is not something that you can purchase at any of those insurance companies. My insurance is the Bible. Or I can say it is the insurance in the name of Jesus Christ. If you receive this insurance, you could stay peaceful even whatever happens to you tomorrow. Why? Because, this insurance policy promises some guarantees. Here are some guarantees;

・ All those necessary things will be provided. (Matthew 6:33)
・ There is no temptation that you cannot bear. When you are tempted, you will be provided with the way out. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
・ Even under any anxieties, you will be provided with the peace of God. (Philippians 4:6-7)
・ Even under any difficulties, things will work for good. (Romans 8:28)
・ You will have eternal life, and will not be condemned. (John 5:24)

One wonderful point about this insurance is that there is no monthly insurance premium to pay. It is given to you for free of charge. There is no time-consuming application procedure, nor any renewal charges. Why don’t you take a second look at this insurance. I will guarantee you that you will have a wonderful year of 2018.

Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto
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