Dec 27, 2009

Fellowship, So Blessing!!!

As 2009 is coming to the end, I am lately looking back this past year and seeing so many blessings.
One of the blessings that God reminded me of today is that He has blessed me with wonderful guys and girl to have fellowship with.
Of course I have many brothers and sisters in Christ in Okinawa (I dearly miss you all!!) and in States(You guys too!!), but I'd like to mention specifically Tokyo peeps.

I get to hang out with them not only on Sundays but other days too. We'd go eat and play games and just chat sometimes.
Needless to say that I enjoy all of these things, but what I love most is that I get to hear what God is doing in their lives and ministries. I am blessed and learn every single time when we share God's blessing and talk about God's goodness.
Yesterday, I got to see some friends from Tokorozawa. I hadn't seen them for a while, so we had so much to share!!! I was really excited whole time; hearing what God is doing in their lives and in their church!! They encouraged me in my ministry.
Today, at dinner, we took tim
e to share what good thing God did in this year. We shared about our ministries, our devotions, our weakness and so many things!! I learn so much from my older brothers.
My prayer is that I will continually learn from, first of all, God and those older brothers around me!!
Glory to God alone!!

That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3


”私たちの見たこと、聞いたことを、あなたがたにも伝えるのは、あなたがたも私たちの交わりとは、御父および御子イエス・キリストとの交わりです。” 1ヨハネ1:3

Dec 24, 2009

Father's Love

Just wanted to introduce this video.
I actually have not watched the whole movie "Most" yet, but I think this short clip illuminates the Father's Love towards us, mankind well.

Hope you'll like it.

God bless

Dec 22, 2009

Best present EVER!!!

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13
"For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:6-8
 It is simply amazing how God teaches me things in my daily life.
I know it has been a while since I posted last time. But, God, in His grace, is still teaching me about His great love.

I was preparing for the Bible Study which I share the Word with usually a few guys weekly. This time, as Christmas is coming soon, I decided to share some thing about Christmas.
So as I was praying, studying and preparing for the time, God totally broke through my heart.
I had known that the greatest gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, Himself.
But, I found myself taking it for granted.

We all know that Jesus wasn't born on Dec. 25th.
We all know that this date derived from pagan event.
We all know that one old guys with white bear comes from chimney and leave some presents.

But, what is Christmas really means to us?
It is a day we remember God's goodness, especially sending His Son to us.
Somehow, the meaning has been twisted into wrong stuff.
(here in Japan many celebrate Christmas with KFC chickens)

We all look forward to Christmas day. Wait, do we all??
There are many who cannot look forward to.
Maybe they are in poverty, they are in broken home, they are suffering from disease. The list goes on and on

In the darkness, God sent His Son for His love towards us.
God sent His Son to earth, Jesus took all the pain that we would ever go through and was obedient to the death on the cross. Why? So that God can have restored relationship with us, and He might become our richness, He might become Father to the fatherless, He might become our healer.

When I learned this, my heart was overwhelmed with awe and .....what can I say..
Jesus is our only Hope!!!
His name shall be called Emanuel, God with us!!
He is with us forever!!

Dec 3, 2009

His Love is Supernatural!!! スーパーナチュラルな愛!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” . The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Romans 8:14-17 (NKJV)

I just finished studying Romans. God totally blessed the time of study and showed me so much.
If you never read through Romans, I highly recommend to do so. I was listening to the message of Pastor Tim Chaddick of Reality LA on this passage, which was really impacting. So I'd like to share how God spoke to me through this passage.

Chapter 8 is one of the most inspiring chapter of the Bible. ( I even once heard this joke "All the scriptures are inspired by God, but not all scriptures are inspiring as Romans 8" )

The work of the Spirit is indescribable. He enables us to call God "Abba, Father" !!!!
I was once so far from God. But, Spirit convicted me of my sins and brought into the relationship with God. Once, I was slave of sin but now child of God!!
This is supernatural awareness, awareness of where I have been adopted from, by and into.

We are to obey God. But, how do you do it? What makes and motivates you to do it?
It is Love, Supernatural Love of God.
It is the beauty of the gospel and His love that melts our hearts and makes us want to respond to the Love. So the fact that I can say that I love God, itself is supernatural.
We try to tell non-believers how great God's love is. I have hard time to understand why they can't get it. But, it is not really our work to show the love. It is work of the Spirit to help man to understand and appreciate the love and to be moved and affected by the love!!

I also found the beautiful work of Trinity there.
God's love was revealed through the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, the Son. And His Love is poured out into our hearts by The Spirit.
Francis Schaeffer said "If God were not the Trinity, He would not be Love."

His love is so deep and wide that I cannot fully understand this supernatural affection. But, Scripture remedies the supernatural.