2018年08月31日

Trials are gifts from God Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto

After the earthquake disaster in Northern Osaka, there was the heavy rain disaster in Western Japan.  What happened to others might happen to me.  These things make us anxious.  We may also face our trial individually.  What and who should we depend on?


Recently, I have read a booklet written by a flute player, Kaori Shion (Wind of Praise published by Every Home for Christ).  And it was encouraging.  Her life was peaceful until early 20s when she faced a series of large stormsof her life.  First, she had separated from her loved one, making her realizedhow unloving person she was.  Next, she lost her financial background.  Her fathers company went bankrupt.  After that, she became ill, making her thinking of dying.  Until then, she had believed that a talent, financial background and health were the bases of securing a peaceful life.  Yet, she lost all of these things.  She became like a ship with no compass.  It is easy to imagine how difficult her life was then.


One day, she met a particular phrase of words.  Do you know the number of hairs you have on your head?  Of course, nobody knows.  Yet, they said there is God who knows the number of your hairs.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matt. 10:30, NIV). Before her difficult time of her life, she was full of confidence.  Yet through her trials, she realized how little and how weak she was.  And knowing there is God who knows even the number of her hairs filled her with joy.


Soon after, Ms Shion accepted Christ and became a Christian.  After that, she realized that all those unhappy experiences were really the blessings.  In other words, because of those trials she went through, she met God, and found the unshakable support of God.  She says when now I think of it, everything was OK even it took me long time to overcome.  The trials were gifts from God.  Because of those trials, I found Him.  As long as He is with me, whatever happens in my life, I will beOK.


With Gods grace, she became healthy again.  And now she holds concerts nationally as well as internationally.  She also teaches music, acts as a music producer and releases CDs.  


Unforeseen trials will happen to anyone of us.  What do you depend on, and who do you seek for your protection?  The Bible tells us that there is God who created us, and He knows every difficulties and trials we go through.  And He promises to change such unhappy experiences into blessings.  Please find your answer in the Bible.  I promise that you will find what you look for.


Kenshiro Goto

Youth Pastor


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2018年08月09日

The hitting rate of an anxious thought is 1% Rev.Nakanishi Masao

Most of us are anxious minded people.  How about you?  We worry about our health, about our job, and about our family.  There are so many reasons for our worries.  And the difficult part is that the reasons for worrying appear one after another, negatively affecting our mind and body.  Of course, no one wishes to be worried, yet the reality is that we have no choice but to worry.  Is there anything we can do?  A French philosopher and a political activist, Montaigne said I was anxious that the life was full ofdevastations.  However those devastations did not occur.  The hitting rate of an anxious mind was only 1 %. (Les Essais)

Truly, it is a wisemanstatement.  We should keep that in our heart.  Yet, those who have anxious mind might say that what if the 1% becomes reality.  Thisisthe particular characteristic of anxious people.  However, what if there was God who can turn the worst reality into the most blessing opportunity.  That would be the best news for us.  And, Yes.There is God. God who created us and rule all of His Creation, tells us through the Bible.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, (Romans 8:28 (NIV)

We, human have the limits to what we can do and know, yet we have loving God who created us promisesall things will work for the good.  It is such an encouraging truth.  I invite you to accept God intoyour life, and relieved from all worries.


Masao Nakanishi

Senior Pastor

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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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