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Poster : webmaster on 2018-09-05 14:55:18 (25 reads)

Kim Sungjae, NCC General Secretary There was God's plan that was beyond people's thought in the time of 40 years Moses and the Israelites, the people of Exodus, journeyed for Canaan. The pillar of cloud in the daytime and the pillar of fire in the night were their guides, and Moses and his people didn't lose them. When the people asked God that they reach the land of Canaan and be protected by God until they get there, God asked the people that they would not lose the guide He gave even in the midst of trouble in the desert, and that they grow as people advancing united as one by trusting and obeying God. The road we Christians head for Canaan called "peace" is the same. The politics have grown corrupt like a desert where plants have withered, and propaganda that whips up people's hostility, anxiety, and hate dazzle us. However, God is asking that we Christians stand firm on God's word, make it our guide, keep on going the road heading earnestly for the peace the Lord indicates, say "No" to what we should say no, without closing our eyes to the corrupt politics, being embarrassed, manipulated. The Lord speaks to the Christians who work for the peace today as ever, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32) Because of this voice of the Lord, the peace we aim at has already begun as console, encouragement, and hope.

Poster : webmaster on 2018-06-13 15:54:09 (65 reads)

Hikari Kokai, NCCJ Vice Moderator

The most challenging thing about our relationship is communication. While the Internet environment has developed and communication can be done broader and faster, on the other hand, there is a reality that friction occurs and the relationship breaks, creating thicker walls between us.

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven, there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." Those who saw it were surprised saying, "How is it that we hear them telling us the great work of God in our languages."

The Holy Spirit gives the recovery and power of communication to us who have been divided by differences of culture, language, customs/traditions, religion, and race. That means not only to be able to speak but also to be able to listen and understand. Because even if we speak the same language, we often have experiences that we don't understand each other. When our hearts are closed, our ears, eyes, and souls are also closed. And the word becomes only a noise. But when you receive the power of the Holy Spirit, you will not insist on yourself but will see other's existence, hear other's story, and understanding and trust will be born.

Then, not conformism but unity with diversity will be possible. I pray that the power and love of the Holy Spirit given on Pentecost may unite us so that our ears will be open to listening to each other, and proclaim the great works of God as the members of NCCJ.

Poster : webmaster on 2018-04-25 16:28:22 (65 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 (114 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 (118 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.

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