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  1. Akemi Posted on 2013/09/29 at 7:10 pm

    I`d like to share the prayer that we prayed in church yesterday. We have a lot of sin but God still forgives us. God is amazing. I thank him for his mercy.

    Prayers for Confession, Repentance and Receiving Forgiveness

    Our God, We pray in the name of Jesus. Let our prayer come before you. We have sinned and been faithless. We have done violence and spoken immorally. We have forged lies and counseled evil. We have spoken falsely and corrupted ourselves. We have gone astray and have led others astray. For all these, O God, forgive us, for you are righteous.
    What will we say to you, God. You know all things, both the hidden and revealed. You search the innermost parts of our hearts. May it be your will to forgive us.
    Sins we have committed under compulsion, or of our own will;
    Sins we committed in hardening our heart;
    Sins we committed unknowingly;
    Sins committed knowingly and deceitfully;
    Sins committed openly or secretly;
    Sins by wronging our neighbor;
    Sins by speaking with our mouths;
    Sins by evil thoughts;
    Sins by associating with impurity;
    For all these, O God of forgiveness, forgive and wash our hearts.
    Sins by despising parents and leaders;
    Sins by violence;
    Sins by foolish speaking;
    Sins by denying and lying;
    Sins by scoffing;
    Sins by slander;
    Sins in business;
    Sins in eating and drinking;
    Sins done in boldness;
    Sins by telling vicious stories;
    Sins by breaking trust;
    Sins by failing to trust God;
    Please strengthen our hearts to turn from these sins;
    We ask that the blood of Jesus wash us clean;
    Do not let us receive God’s judgment that we deserve;
    At this time, we also forgive other people who have sinned against us;
    We forgive as God forgives so we will be children of God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  2. Christian Posted on 2013/10/16 at 10:49 pm

    Oct. 14 2013 – Church Retreat.
    God’s Love Purifies Us
    Our theme at this retreat is how to live lives that are pure like God. We have heard a lot of practical advice this weekend. My talk today centers on love.
    God’s love purifies us. As we try to get rid of sin and try to do good things for God, we often fail. We depend on our own human love. We try to use the same old human love and we try to make our love stronger, but our old love is no good and it cannot be strengthened. Why is that so?
    1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
    One reason we fail to love is that true love does not come from our own heart or our efforts. Love comes from God. I did not first love God. “Hey, God. Come here, and let’s have a relationship!”
    No, even as a child I was looking for fun for me, things that would help my daily life. It was not convenient to think about God. But God loved me, so he sent me wonderful parents who made me go to church. God spoke to me by the scriptures at church: “Danny, you are dying in your sins, and I want to forgive you.” He said, “You are lonely, and I want to be with you.” God said, “You want to be good, but you don’t know how, and I will help you.” At first, I didn’t love God, but he loved me. We should be that way with others.
    When I do evil, God hates evil, but he doesn’t give up on me because he came to me when I had deep serious sins. When I am foolish or unattractive, God doesn’t turn his head, but he loves me. When I cause God pain, he doesn’t avoid me. I want to be a giver, like God accepted and gave to me.
    But love does not begin in my heart. Love must begin in God. I must realize that love comes from God. We need to ask often, “God, give me your love. Give me your faith, your peace.” Those frequent prayers make a big difference in whether struggle by your own power or whether you find God’s power to love. Let’s cry out often, “God give me your rich love.” Then his love will come to us.
    I’ll talk about 4 ways that we need to show love to others. But even as I speak on these 4 ideas, you should be praying, “God, give me your love.”
    Point 1. We love by seeing others.
    1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
    The first thing we can learn is that we love other people by seeing them. One way to learn how to love God is to love people that we can see with our eyes. But do you see people around you? Do you really notice them? Let me use these glasses as a symbol of seeing others like we should see them.
    This scripture says that if we do not love our brother whom we have seen, we cannot love God. But do you even see the people around? As a child, my church was a good church, but we focused on loving God, not people. We prayed to God, thought about God. I felt like, “I want to focus on God! Yeah, yeah, I love these people. But I really want to love GOD!” But John wrote that I must learn to love these people in this room or I cannot love God.
    Love those you see, so you can love God whom you do not see. We need to take notice of people, not just to do our job, not just to make them notice us. Look at the person. One of the signs that you do not love someone is that you do not even see them or notice them. When you really love someone, you enter the room and your eyes immediately search: where is that person? And when you see him or her, you smile with joy.
    Do you see the people in your family? Look at your son or daughter. Does he have a need? Do your child have faith in God? Do you noticed from his actions and words whether he shows faith in God? Do you see your child? Look and notice.
    Look at your coworkers or your students. Who is this person? You may just be talking, working, responding, and your whole focus is to get the job done. But God is not very concerned with getting the job done. God is concerned with the people in your office who have eternal souls. Have you ever really looked at those people and thought, “That is an eternal soul. Does that person know God? How can I encourage his faith? Can I have a conversation about God and see if I can encourage him to think about God?”
    Look around at the people in this room. You might not hate them, but do you love them? Maybe you have not even seen them, not really seen them. Look at the people here and take joy in them. Really TAKE joy in them. Remember their names. If they say they have a cold or they need something, remember it and pray about it. Then the next week ask them, “How are you doing now?” Make people’s needs important to you. Notice people’s expressions and if they are tired or feeling strong. Don’t notice them in a critical way, but just care about them. So we can first love people by seeing them.
    Point 2.
    John 13:4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him . . . . 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
    The second thing we need is to serve others. This is how we love others. Jesus is Teacher, Lord, King of Heaven and Earth. But Jesus got a bowl and a towel, and he washed these men’s feet.
    We need to take time and energy to wash each other’s feet. We will not actually wash feet today, but some church’s have a foot washing ceremony. It is very humbling. But Jesus was teaching us to serve each other.
    Let’s let this sponge be a symbol of serving people. Take a humble position. Do something that helps someone, something that is not pleasant. Help someone clean his house. When Suzy’s mother died, we lived in Osaka, and we had to move back to America immediately. So some Japanese people from our church said, “Don’t worry. We will clean your apartment for you, so that you can return quickly to the U.S.” A big bunch of youth came over with a church leader and they cleaned our apartment. Soon we flew back to America. Now if someone is strong and can clean his own apartment, then you don’t have to help them. But if they are a good friend of yours, you might still offer to help them clean. And if they are grieving or in trouble, go over and clean with them.
    Cook for someone. Visit lonely people. When Suzy and I were in America, Suzy used to visit a blind woman. This woman’s children all left her and would not visit her. Suzy visited her often just for conversation. I visited a few times with Suzy, but then we moved to another city. I liked visiting that woman because I felt it was so important. So in the new city we moved to, I tried to visit some old folks there, but the old folks center said that no one in their center needed to be visited. So I gave that up. But later we went to a church with a blind woman. She had two children and they could not drive to church. So we picked them up and took them to church. Many weeks we took her to church. There was not enough room, so one child sat on her lap. Helping people is not always convenient. But she was so kind, and she had a real strong faith in God. She had a difficult life. But she often praised God for being so good to her. When we moved away from that city, we were sad to here that that blind woman had trouble getting a ride to church after that. It was too much trouble for other people to go pick her up.
    We need to serve others. Adeng and Annie often cook for people, pick people up from the bus, help people when they are moving, and do many physical things. My wife gives people advice, shows them directions to places, takes people to the doctor, let’s people spend the night in our home. Some of you have helped others who were in need. Let’s be active. Search for people’s needs, and act to help them. Don’t be so busy with entertainment. Leave a little extra time to serve people. Today did you help when people were cooking. Did you help sweep? Did you bring someone some food? Did you get a drink for someone? Did you help with a crying child? Do you help others like Jesus?
    We need to see people, and we need to serve people.
    Point 3. Let’s read 1 Peter 4:8.
    1 Pet. 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
    The next thing we need to do is to cover people’s sins. We see people, but we shouldn’t look at their sins. We cover over their sins and we overlook their weaknesses.
    There is a time to notice someone’s sin, and that is when it is hurting them. I am a pastor, and the Bible says that church leaders should “preach,” “correct,” “rebuke,” and “encourage. But we cannot correct and rebuke people constantly. People need patience and love. People need to be encouraged. I do correct people when I think they are falling into a sin. I instruct people when I see that they are not praying or reading the Bible. But people are stubborn and don’t change quickly and we cannot scold people for every weakness. It is impossible to be perfect. I cannot be perfect, so how can I demand that you be perfect. So the church is primarily a place to receive love and encouragement, not scolding. Love each other. Cover each other’s sins. You might see the sin, but quickly, in your mind, cover that sin. Don’t keep looking at it. Don’t keep thinking of that person’s weak point. Don’t keep playing over in your mind that insult that they said to you. Say to yourself, “Well, maybe he shouldn’t have said that, but he’s a pretty good guy.” “Well, she should not have eaten all the left over chicken, but she does help clean up and she has some pretty good points.” Look for the good in people.
    Let me show you how important this is. The devil’s name is Satan. Satan means “accuser” or “prosecutor.” A prosecutor is a lawyer who goes to court and says, “He is guilty and I can prove it.” The devil’s name is accuser or prosecutor. When you constantly try to prove how wrong people are, you are acting like the devil. But when you cover over someone’s sin, you act like God. God sees your constant laziness, your pride and your selfish ways. Mine, too! But He doesn’t go around thinking of your shame all the time. He thinks of your good points. This is the time of grace, when God overlooks our sins. God does not meet you at the door scolding you for all the wrong you did during the day. He is kind, and very patient. God can see that you have tried to improve. He can see that you praised him and honored him. He is focusing on that, not the other negative things. He is so kind and gentle. God calls us to do the same. Find the good points in people of this church. Speak well of them. When they hurt you, think well of them.
    There is a time when someone hurts you so badly that you need to speak to them about it. Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, rebuke him.” If you find that someone hurts you so badly that you need to deal with it, it’s okay to talk to that person. It’s better to talk to someone honestly than to walk away and never talk to them again. If you stay away from people because they hurt you, you need to go talk about it and get the problem in the open because your love is dying.
    But most of the time, we can just overlook their weak point without saying anything. Love covers a multitude of sins.
    Some people have a very great skill at insulting people. I worked with a girl. People did not like her. She made everybody angry. But she didn’t mean to make them angry, she just didn’t know what she was saying. She was going to get married, and she was talking excitedly to me about her plans. So I showed her my wedding pictures. She answered, “Oh, I couldn’t get snapshots like that. I want a professional to take my pictures.” Well, a professional did take my wedding pictures, and I love those pictures. But I just kept quiet. I don’t have any bad feelings for her. I remember that today because she was often so strong that it was quite funny, but she had no idea. But I liked her. I worked with her and we had a very good relationship. I went to her wedding and helped her to celebrate her marriage. She didn’t have very many people at her wedding because she made so many people angry. But I truly liked her. Try to like people. Don’t make a list of people: Like, don’t like, like, don’t like.”. I have met people that are so intolerant, that if someone does one bad thing to them, they are finished with that person. Make it your business to like people. God wants you to care about people. Try see good in people. When someone hurts you, cover it up. Say to yourself, “That wasn’t nice, but I care for that person very much. God bless that person.” And keep a loving attitude.
    The last thing I want to say today is that we need to learn to feel deeply with people, and feel deeply for people. That’s point 4.
    John 11:35 Jesus wept.
    John 11:36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
    To truly love someone is to care about their joy and their pain. In this scripture. Jesus cried when Lazarus died. Jesus cried for Lazarus. He cried for the sisters who were very sad. Jesus loved, and he cared and hurt inside. Let’s use this black handkerchief as a symbol of feeling deeply for other people.
    I am a person who hates pain. So I often try to cover my emotional pain. I turn my mind from the pain. If I start to feel sad, I say “No!” and I try to think very logically. This is a way I learned to avoid pain as a child. But I had to unlearn that. I became pastor, and I saw some people in pain one day. Others were crying for them and hugging them. And I felt ashamed because I could not feel pain with others. I felt I was supposed to care about people. But when a sad event came, I could not share their pain. It is very healing when people cry with you and share your pain. So I prayed, “Oh, God help me to open up my heart to feel other’s pain, and help me to cry with people.” I learned to cry. I am still not the best crier. But I did learn to cry, and I often cry or feel sad when I hear sad news. I let myself feel that sadness because that person is important to God. Rom. 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Let us feel with others.
    If we are truly going to love God whom we cannot see, we must learn to love other people. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian brother and sister right here. 1. We need to see people, be happy to be with them, and see their needs. 2. We need to serve others. We need to do physical work, taking time and effort. 3. We need to cover people’s weakness. Try to like people and see good in people. Focus 10 times on their good points and try not to think about their weak points. 4. We should feel others’ pain and also feel their joy. In these practical ways, we open our hearts to let God love through us.
    This is a retreat. We will all be eating and playing and having fun. But let’s not forget our spiritual focus, and I pray that God will bring a deep love into our lives. Let’s pray.
    Prayer: Father, in Jesus’ name, let this simple message stir love in us. May we see people tonight, truly see their needs and love them and overlook their weaknesses. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  3. Christian Brown Posted on 2014/01/16 at 10:14 pm

    Here are my very rough notes on Assistant Pastor Adeng Chen`s sermon on 1-11 2014.

    The Model of Joshua

    Joshua 3:35

    1. See

    See what? See the ark. The ark represents the Lord`s presence. Are we we seeing and seeking God or are we seeking other things? See the priests (spiritual leaders). Leaders have responsibility to lead others. (responsibility is the ability to respond) Responsibility should be our privilege and we should do it eagerly so we will receive our crown in heaven.

    2. Move

    Don`t try to figure out everything by yourself.
    We should not stay put but we need to move as we follow God.
    Following and leading both take faith.

    3. Consecrate yourself

    Consecrate in the Bible meant to take a bath and change your clothes. Baths were not taken often in this time, so taking a bath represents doing something new and fresh. It was costly to take a bath. In modern times in Japan it would be like paying the price to move to a new house.

    If we do all three of these God will do amazing things. God will bring revival!
    Sometimes we see others and we see ourselves and ask God, “Why haven`t you done great things in my life?”. This is because we worship God at church but then go home and worship other things.

    We need to hunger to renew our relationship with God.

    Other important scriptures to look up and read:
    2 Timothy 2:21 “cleanse themselves”
    Isaiah 42:19 “doing a new thing”

    If we fear God, repent of sin, and consecrate ourselves God will start a revival.

    Joshua 3:14 -16
    Finally, they crossed over. It was a miracle.

    Do you believe God is a God of miracles? God hasn’t changed. What has changed is the people. Are you willing to change and move forward in faith?

    Great message. Let`s take action by moving forward and following God. May God`s revival come to Japan soon!

  4. Christian Posted on 2014/03/03 at 11:14 am

    Here are some very rough notes of a sermon that Pastor Danny Brown spoke a few weeks ago.

    What Has Happened To Me? (An introduction to Philippians.)

    Open to Philippians 1:12-13
    In these verses Paul used his situation to tell all of the palace guards that they need Jesus.
    Problems: Some Preachers tried to defeat Paul. He didn`t get angry. He rejoiced because good things were happening.
    God loves you and hurts when you hurt, but God has peace and he is not nervous or down crushed even though he sees your pain. Praise the Lord and rejoice always.
    We often say, No, this is not from God.”
    Give God the problem. He loves you.

    Open to Romans 8:28
    Meditate on it!
    Look for strength. He will strengthen you and encourage you.
    God gets angry at the devil. God could stop those things, but he doesn`t.

    Open to 2 Corinthians 4:16
    Do not complain or fear. Even the bad things are in God`s control.
    God uses things to bring us close to God.

    Open to Exodus 4:11-12
    God is in complete control: good and bad.
    Learn to pray harder.
    Some of you don`t like the idea that God allows bad things. God always stops bad things, but not always. God gets angry at evil.
    God is not punishing us but giving us a chance to get close to God.

    Psalms 91:11-12
    Nothing can happen to you out of God`s direct guidance and plan.
    We need to look at the good God has done. If you look to God you will “go up”. If you focus on problems you will “go down”. Praising God says he`s more important than problems. God will never leave you.

    You have a purpose. In prison Paul wrote letters that changed the world.

  5. Christian Posted on 2014/03/03 at 11:18 am

    Here are some very rough notes of a sermon that Pastor Danny Brown spoke a few weeks ago.

    What Has Happened To Me? (An introduction to Philippians.)

    Open to Philippians 1:12-13
    In these verses Paul used his situation to tell all of the palace guards that they need Jesus.
    Problems: Some Preachers tried to defeat Paul. He didn`t get angry. He rejoiced because good things were happening.
    God loves you and hurts when you hurt, but God has peace and he is not nervous or down crushed even though he sees your pain. Praise the Lord and rejoice always.
    We often say, No, this is not from God.”
    Give God the problem. He loves you.

    Open to Romans 8:28
    Meditate on it!
    Look for strength. He will strengthen you and encourage you.
    God gets angry at the devil. God could stop those things, but he doesn`t.

    Open to 2 Corinthians 4:16
    Do not complain or fear. Even the bad things are in God`s control.
    God uses things to bring us close to God.

    Open to Exodus 4:11-12
    God is in complete control: good and bad.
    Learn to pray harder.
    Some of you don`t like the idea that God allows bad things. God always stops bad things, but not always. God gets angry at evil.
    God is not punishing us but giving us a chance to get close to God.

    Psalms 91:11-12
    Nothing can happen to you out of God`s direct guidance and plan.
    We need to look at the good God has done. If you look to God you will “go up”. If you focus on problems you will “go down”. Praising God says he`s more important than problems. God will never leave you.

    You have a purpose. In prison Paul wrote letters that changed the world.

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