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Poster : webmaster on 2018-04-25 16:28:22 (15 reads)

Blessed are the peacemakers. They will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Makoto Watabe, NCCJ Moderator

A National Breakfast Prayer Meeting was held mainly by Christian representatives at the Convention Center Kintex in Goyang, near Seoul of South Korea on March 8th. I received the invitation for the first time in seven years and participated. The meeting was a big one with 5.000 participants, the biggest number ever with a choir and orchestra.
As it marked the 50th, the meeting emphasized on liberation and freedom in association with the Jubilee year. Under the theme of "Forgiveness and Reconciliation," it started with the prayer for the unification of the Korean Peninsula and ended with the prayer again for the unification of North and South by the President Moon Yong-Hyung and the first lady Kim Junk-Sook. The participants from Japan were only seven or eight as far as I knew, and it seemed to symbolize the tenuous relationship of Christians between Korea and Japan that is becoming remarkable recently.

Japan is doubtful about their unification, but from the prayers of the Korean Christians, the cry and spirit were conveyed that the driving force to move politics toward the unification of their nation with the DPR Korea (North Korea) founded in 1948, is Christians' prayer.

After returning to Japan, when I attended a seminar by a military critic, I learned the analysis that the route change toward North Korea epitomized by the inter-Korean summit to be held in coming April is highly credible. It is inevitable that there would be more than one million casualties if a war in reality occurs, and the USA deployed the cyber-attack that could paralyze the military command system without causing damage to people as its deterrence. As a result, optimistic criticism was developed that the situation had to be forced to change the route at the end of last year.

Nobody knows how ethnic unity with different regimes will be achieved. But it is human beings that control knowledge, and it is God that controls history and human beings. I pray there would be more Christian politicians in Japan and "world peace" might be kept by the wisdom of God.

Poster : webmaster on 2018-01-17 15:53:01 (67 reads)

Koichi Kobashi NCCJ Moderator

Since the beginning of the New Year, the Lord's word is echoing in my mind. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, saying "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." (Luke19:41-42)

Isn't it just the word said to us Japanese today? The Lord is weeping at us.

The road to Peace that Jesus showed by his own action on a donkey is the deed that "he will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth." (Zechariah 9:10)

And just before the crucifixion, he affirmed: "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

These words are neither idealism nor desire ignoring the reality. It is the fundamental policy of the ruler of the world who sees the history of human beings' sin.

According to this policy, Japan has experienced the perishing by the sword. However, the country did not repent and is making their way of military alliance relying on the sword and is going to change the Constitution along with that.

It is no longer enough only to protect the Constitution. We should apply the Constitution to the world. It is our mission given by the Lord of the history.

Poster : webmaster on 2017-11-01 11:41:58 (67 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 (104 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 (159 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.

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