2018年07月05日

The apple of my eye

Last month, I had my first child (a son).  He was delivered earlier than the due date, but I was able to witness his birth.  Finally, I have become a “father.”  And as becoming a father, there are many things I find for the first time.


Already, I am suffering with him crying in the night.  My wife and I take turn dandling him, yet he does not let us sleep.  Because of him, we become busy, and have no time to tidy up our house.  Having a son costs money and it is tiring.  But, his sleeping face comforts us, and makes us wanting to protect him.


By the way, will you be surprised if I tell you that you also have someone who feels the same to you? According to the Bible, we do not exist by chance. We are designed and created by God. Just like parents watch over their children, God cares for you and watches over you.  Jesus Christ called God as “Father.” God is not someone who is unknown, nor existing far away from you. He has own personality, and is very much interested in you. Through your prayers, you can have a conversation with Him. And you can call your creator as your “daddy.”


When we talk about a father, we usually image our own.  In my case, my father was short tempered and a difficult person to be close to.  So, for many years, I also imagined God was the same as my father.  But through the Bible, I have learnt that the Father was quite different.  Not only He is affectionate, Himself is Love, with full of mercy and blessings.  Knowing this provided me with peacefulness.


In modern time, there are many children who desperately wanting to be accepted and loved by their own parents.  However, we do not need to try to be loved by our heavenly Father.  My son does not need to try to be loved by me.  I love him by just only watching him breathing.  That is enough for me to love him. 


There is a script in the Bible. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15)” (NIV)


A mother never forgets her own child. Even if she forgets, God will never forget you. I want you to know that there is such God that exists and you are loved by Him. May God bless you.


Youth Pastor  Kenshiro Goto

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2018年06月08日

Isn’t there anything wrong?

Isn’t there anything wrong?


In the book written by Harold Fickett, there is a phrase he uses, “isn’t there anything wrong?”  “Isn’t there anything wrong?  When a person taking too long to do something, people say he is too slow.  But when they don’t do things, they say they are too busy to do it.  When a person does things without being asked, they say he is being pushy.  Yet when they do things before being asked to do, they say they are being thoughtful.  A person does not have good manner, he is called as a rude person.  Yet when they don’t show good manner, they call themselves as being unique.  When a person tries to do good things to his boss, people call him as a cheeky person.  Yet when people do good thing to their superiors, they call themselves as being cooperative.  When a person is being promoted, people say he is lucky.  Yet when they are promoted, they think they deserve it for their hard work.  Isn’t there anything wrong?”  These stories make us laugh, and it is true that we are all selfish beings.


In a normal arithmetic, a hundred minus one is ninety-nine.  However, the arithmetic within our mind is not always the same.  For example, if a person gives you 100 of good wills, yet he does one thing wrong, you may say “now I know what kind of person he is.  I will never do anything to do with him anymore.”  This one wrong thing becomes a gigantic “one”, and the original arithmetic formula would be distorted.


Moreover, this formula exists only when we receive one wrong thing, or one evil thing from others.  But we insist using the original arithmetic formula when we do something wrong to them. And we may say “I did so many good things for him. For he does not forgiving me is very unreasonable.”


The Bible says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2, NIV)”


We are so selfish in the way we judge and measure others.  However, God judges and measures us in such a blessing way with full of true love. Even we commit so much sin within our heart and by our actions, God makes everything becomes null when you accept Christ as your savior who forgives all of your sin. Not only that, He fills us with so much blessing. How amazing!


Why don’t you accept Christ within your heart?


Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi

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2018年05月07日

“Before making others to be changed”

Before making others to be changed


In these days, the “human relationship” is becoming the major cause of our stress.  The feeling of exhaustion after the series of National Holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May (the Golden Week) is called the “Satsuki-byo (the May depression).”  And, it is believed that the cause of this depression is related to human relationship.


In many cases, people feel stress when “others do not do as he or she wishes to do.”  For example, if you were a teacher, then you may feel “my student does not want to study, even I try so hard to help.”  So, you may push your student to study against his or her wishes.  Yet your student would hate studying more and more.  The harder you would try, your effort would become useless.


In the book written by Masatoshi Koshiba, the Nobel Prize winner says “a student becomes fond of you who teach mathematics, not because he likes mathematics.  He becomes fond of mathematics, because you are an attractive person to him. That’s how elementary and junior high school students are.  Even, senior high school students are the same.”


I thought “that makes sense.”  The first thing we as adults can do for children is to change our ways of teaching.  Further, we should try to become an attractive adult.  It may seem a detour to create a good and trusting relationship with children, yet it really is the shortcut to success.


And this fact had been taught in the Bible written more than 2000 years ago.  Christ said “Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?    First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:3, 5 TEV)”


We are fast in finding others fault.  Yet, when we observe ourselves closely, we find there are things which we cannot change for ourselves.  “If I change, the world will change”, and it is true. If we want to say something to someone, then think twice to take a look at ourselves.  In the end, that would give us a favorable result.


Youth Pastor

Kenshiro Goto

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