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Poster : webmaster on 2017-11-01 11:41:58 (13 reads)

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Shoko Aminaka, NCCJ general secretary

In the ecclesiastical calendar, a new year begins from Advent, the period when we wait for the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Although God exists, why is there still evil? Why doesn't God destroy the world? It is because of God's patience to wait for all the people to come to themselves, that is, to live in the Lord's love, complete free love in which He created a man in the beginning. It is the church that prays for the very person's salvation.

I saw the sky filled with stars when I flew over China on a business trip. The unseen light prevented by the clouds. Some stars have already finished their lives and only emit their lights. God gave birth to His only son in the night. This child was born to destroy the egocentric sin everybody has by His death on the cross. Jesus, our Lord, is risen from the death to make redeemed people live newly in the eternal life.

"Darkness shall cover the earth, thick darkness the peoples." Yes, we face such a situation. However, it is not everything. Like the stars, even if the lights are not seen and recognized, obstructed by the severeness of realities, "the Lord will arise upon you," "and his glory will appear over you." Here is our hope.


Poster : webmaster on 2017-08-25 16:31:18 (48 reads)

Shinya Kim NCCJ Secretary
Anyone must have a certain image to a word "hope." But I have once met a young boy who asked me, "What is hope?" That the present society comprises those people who cannot help but pose a question like this may be an indisputable fact. Paul speaks of "hope." What is the "hope" that Paul says that he is waiting for groaning? He also says "Hope that is seen is not hope." Is the "hope" that Paul describes the same as "hope" we talk about in our ordinary life?

The "hope" Paul speaks about is "to be adopted as a God's child." In the Korean Bible (both the Revised Hangul and the New Intercofessional Versions), it is also translated as an "adopted child." We are not naturally born as children of God but are beings that are "allowed" to be children of God. The Subject that "chooses" us, who have no direct relation to Him, to be children of God is not us. The boy who mutters "what is hope?" is also a "chosen" one; however, even if we told him that he is also chosen by God, he may never accept it. What we have to consider now is how we speak of "hope" to people like him.

I have read a diary written by a doctor who had invented a home hospice system and given "hope" to many people. He himself was suffering from terminal cancer. On the last page of his diary, he wrote; "I have suffered enough. From now on, I should advance toward joy, advance toward joy." The last refrain of "hope" that was woven at the hardest moment of his life stings our hearts. It is the "hope" spoken by words based on the experiences engraved in one's own body in which power and blessings dwell. With a deep self-admonition, I strongly think so.


Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 15:47:09 (98 reads)

Rev. Shinichi Jesse Yahagi, Vice-moderator

Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.(Genesis 2:7)

A person asked me one day, "Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?" That may have been a greeting half-joking, but I felt it was kind of a question posed to our churches. We are made to be living beings by God's breath, but sometimes we forget that and think by mistake that we live with our strengths. If we had a battery of heart, the place to charge is the church. Are our churches the places where we can be tied to each other comfortably as existences loved and made live by God? Are they the bases where we are filled with the Holy Spirit and be sent out again?

Having the Pentecost that is the church's birthday, "we were all baptized into one body, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:13) As such beings, we gather to church every Sunday, listen to God's words, confirm that we remain to Christ's body, are pushed forward by the Holy Spirit, God's breath. And making use of one another's gift, we are dispatched to society, blessed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We would like to sail out to the ocean of the world, committing ourselves to the Holy Spirit who connects person to person, respecting one another's difference, without fear.


Poster : webmaster on 2017-04-26 17:15:51 (103 reads)

Makoto Watabe, Vice-moderator

We had Easter worship on the 16th April. The story of the Lord Jesus who died on the cross despite innocence resurrected on the third day from the tomb is told us as a testimony of "the eternal life" in the scripture.

I couldn't understand enough "the eternal life" described in the Bible when I was young. I couldn't eliminate a question why Jesus, the son of God, couldn't go to heaven alive, why he died finally on the cross.

But as years went by, I came to understand that the Lord Jesus testified the existence of "the eternal life" that will make you live even though you die. And "the eternal life" means not only the resurrection after death but also the life that is given to those who believe that Jesus is the son of God.

In John 11:23-26, when Jesus says "your brother will rise again," Martha answers, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Then Jesus asks her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Our body surely dies. But Jesus, the Son of God, defeated the power of the body's death as "the eternal life." Through the life which will never die in this world, he gave us the way to live. Here, we find our way of faith for us who were given lives of flesh.


Poster : webmaster on 2017-03-22 15:24:42 (104 reads)

Koichi Kobashi, NCCJ Moderator

Walking toward the cross, Jesus spoke not only about his suffering but also the troubles that await those who follow him.


War, famines, earthquakes, lawlessness will pervade, and love will grow cold.
And those who live by faith to the Lord will be hated by all the people.


"But this is the beginning of the birth pangs." The birth pangs we should undertake so that the world of sin would change to the world of life.


So be aware not to be confused. Do not lose your head or despair, but "Endure to the end."

It's not to be patient and overlook, but to take the sufferings squarely and to prepare with calm, head for the life helping one another.


We, walking in Lent toward Easter, are also facing the troubles of famines, earthquakes, hostility, war, and difficulties of the mission.


But we don't lose hearts, never give up, but take every one of these squarely, prepare with calm, advance step by step helping one another. The hardships we suffer is the birth pangs for the world to rise again.


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