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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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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