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Poster : webmaster on 2017-06-07 15:47:09 (174 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 (170 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 (152 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.

Poster : webmaster on 2017-02-01 14:24:29 (179 reads)

Rev. Shoko Aminaka, NCC General Secretary

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 8:14)

I pray that your days in 2017be filled with God's blessings. As we say A.D. (Anno Domini), and B.C. (Before Christ), the whole world took its new step with the birth of Lord Jesus. The joy of welcoming our Savior as the true Light of Christmas is not an event of the past, but the origin of joy given to us every day.
When I was in the kindergarten, I did an artwork. I first painted all over the drawing paper with colorful crayons, painted black over it, and then scratched the surface with a stick. The light appeared in the dark like fireworks in the night. The liturgical color of both Advent and Christmas is purple, which means that they are periods we spend with repent. But do we not turn purple back to black with regrets? It is important to reflect or to regret, but Jesus came to the world as a Savior. He died on a cross to perish our sins, was risen again, and became the hope of the Second Coming. After being saved, even if we are hurt, we see beautiful colors like the artwork I have mentioned before. I hope the New Year will be the days to fully experience the happiness of the Lord.

Poster : webmaster on 2016-07-20 17:11:44 (262 reads)

In the general assembly of Japan Episcopal Church held on June 3rd and 4th, we approved a statement of apology for the recovered from Hansen disease and their families and a plea for a retrial of Sayama case. On June 5th, many people prevented a hate demonstration in Kawasaki by surrounding the demonstrators.
The human rights are described as the right approved by society so that every person can live as a human or the right to secure existence and freedom, and pursuit happiness.
It is our duty to love God and people, and its foundation is a conviction that God loves and cares each of us. That is, all the people have the right to be loved by God and others. This right to be loved by God is not what we assert or demand, but what is given unilaterally by God as blessings. The right to be loved and the right to be cared which is given to us as the gospel is the human right, isn't it?
When we talk about the human rights and peace in the church, I sometimes hear voices that say "It's a secularization of Church. Don't push that on us. Speak more gospel." That reminds me of a question: Jesus was crucified for whom? It was thoroughly for others. I would like to cherish that every one of us has the right to be loved and to meet people God loves.

Jesse Shinichi Yahagi, NCCJ Vice-moderator

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