2019年08月31日

Monthly bible message of September 2019 . “The Fastest Detour”

The fastest detour


A few days ago, I was reading a book about raising child.  “A child does not listen to what a parent says.  How should a parent deal with?” That was the topic.  For example, a child does not want to study.  Theparent would scold at him, but probably it is not effective.  Not only that, he would usually become rebellious.  The parent scolds out of love.  Yet, he does not understand.  Many think it is a helpless situation.


The author of the book introduced an interesting thought.  He argues before making a child change, you should change yourself.”  Most of the time, childfeelsthat there is nothing wrong with himself.  He thinks (although parents would disagree) he isstudying enough.  Yet, he is scolded at for not studying enough.  This would make him feel he is rejected, leading to losing motivation.


In such case, we should acknowledge children by saying “you are doing well,” and assuring that theywould do great.  The author says it is an effective approach.  Children would recognize that they are accepted (it might take some time), andwould try to respond to their parents’ expectations.  They become eager to study hard.  It is like a shortcut to a detour.  In other words, instead of scolding at children, accepting them in what they do, and let them know that you trust them.  It seems a detour, yet it will lead them to cooperate and be motivated.


This approach would apply not only to children, but many situations in our lives.  Over 2000 years ago, Jesus said Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brothers eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?   first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye. (Matthew 7:3,5)


There is a proverb saying “you cannot change others or your past, but you can change yourself and your future.”  Surely we cannot change other people or things in the past.  However, luckily we can try to change our behavior.  If you could change yourself, your future could also be changed.  That is such an encouraging message.


When things don’t go as you wish, don’t be discouraged.  You can create a bright future, even starting from now.


Youth PastorKenshiroGoto

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2019年08月09日

Monthly bible message of August 2019. “You have your origin in God”

You have your origin in God


Toyohiko Kagawa was one of the Christian leadersin the early 1900s. He also played an active part in social services. He is widely known as a founder of COOP (Consumers co-operative). His novel Shisen wo koete was serialized in newspapers and became a bestseller. But he had no hopduring his age of puberty.


When he was a junior high school student, his mother told him a terriblethingYou are not my child. You are the child of a mistress and your fatherOn hearing this, he tried to commit suicide. Im not loved. I was a person who didnt deserve to be born here.Isnt there anything shocking than this? The thing that disappoints us is that we cant find the value of ourselves and the meaning of life. 


Nowadays, many young people are worried that they cant accept their environment they grew up and their parents and cant find the meaning of life. Statistics show that the number of suicide of students has been increasing. They dont want to die. Although they want to live, they cant find the meaning of life, and they commit suicide.


Have you ever felt you were ignored in society or abused by someone? Have you ever thought you have no value?Do you know the meaning of life? If so, I want you to listen to the voice of God who speaks through the Bible.


You are precious and honored in my sight and I love you. (Isaiah 43:4)


According to the Bible, you were created as a unique and irreplaceable being in this world by God the Almighty who is full of love. Moreover, God loves you just as you are. In God, you have your origin and recovery of your life. Feel free to come to our church. I welcome you from my heart.


Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi

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2019年07月03日

July 2019 monthly message "The treasure more valuable than money"

The treasure more valuable than money


There is something in common among happy people.  That is “they are happy to have whatever they possess.”  On the other hand, there is also something in common among unhappy people.  They envy what they do not possess.  No matter how much they possess or how fortunate they are, they can never be satisfied.


In the Bible, there is a story about the man crippled from birth.  In those days, people with handicap could not get any job, and the only way to make living was to become beggars.  When Peter and John walked by the man, he begged for money as he always did.  But the answer from two was something unexpected.


“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. (Acts 3:6, NIV)”


Was the man disappointed to find out he could not get any money?  No!  The man tried to find out what Peter had.  As Peter reached out to the man, he accepted Peter’s invitation.


Immediately, the man felt his feet and ankles becoming strong.  And for his first time in his life, he began to walk and jump.


Of course we need money.  We cannot say money is meaningless.  Yet, money would be gone as we use it.  There are so many things that we cannot buy with money.  On the other hand, there is no limit with the name of Jesus Christ.  His name has overwhelming power than money.  Christians pray in the name of Jesus.  God is the one who created earth and heaven, and rules them.  With the faith to this name, we can possess the power that money cannot provide us.


I, myself grew up in a poor family, yet I do not think of myself as an unhappy person.  Among the same age as I am, there are many people who are wealthier than I am.  But I do not envy them.  I have the treasure worth more than money, the direct call line to God.


Are you happy now?  What is your purpose in your life?  You do not need to admire the life of celebrities.  Just in front of you, there is a shortcut to the blessings.  All you need is to ask, then anytime, the blessings will be given to you.  Through the name of Jesus, there are countless number of people who have already received hope and happiness.  I wish you would also receive this privilege into your hands.


Youth PastorKenshiro Goto

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