2014年01月06日

New Year's greetings from pastor Mandai

〔 Fresh blessings for your new walk in 2014! 〕

Our yearly theme for the church is "Seed-Faith!: Let's sow seeds of faith for the great harvest in a future!"

People say that changes in our society is going to be realized in many places in coming years.
In the time of transition like this, don't miss the chance to experience the mighty hands of the living God which makes impossibilities into possibilities with His blessings.
So, please don't forget to sow your seeds of faith and actions in every realms of your life, including your health, family, school, finances, relationship, activities in church and etc.
Knowing our heavenly Father is the source of all the blessings, let us sow our seeds of faith in everything we face in life.
And, let us expect great harvests, blessigns and miracles from our gracious Father.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you richly as you walk the days in 2014, believing in His name.

Eiji Mandai
Senior Pastor: Matsuyama Fukuin Center

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The schedule of January


1/1 New Year Combined service (Holy Communion)
PM 1:00〜2:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
Let's start New Year in the Presence of God! After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of January....


1/5 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

1/12 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
Pastor Mandai pray for a person who become 20 years old. We celebrate "Coming of Age Day"

1/19 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

1/26 English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English.
Please invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
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Chrisymas card from abroad

I've received a Christmas card from Edward(Philippines) and Asante(Ghana).

Dear Praise fellowship Group
Hello! We hope you and your whole family and all members of the Praise Fellowship Group are fine and always in good health.
We supposed, this time, it's already cold in Japan. We miss the winter in Japan and all our friends there....
Recently, there are many tragedies in Philippines. First, the earthquake, then the very strong typhoon. Thank God, we are safe, our place is quite far. Please pray for the victims of the typhoon.
As this year ends, we wish you Merry Christmas and a prosperous and wonderful New Year 2014!
Regards and May God Bless You always.
from Edward and family

Dear Pastor E. Mandai and members,
I hope all is well with you and the family in Matsuyama. We are also doing well by the grace of God. An ocassion like this calls for a roll call of which you are one. On the birth of Jesus Christ, let me also cease the chance to wish you and the family as well as the church a gargantuan Christmas and a blissful New Year.
May you achieve your aspirations in 2014.
Benign regards,
Asante sama desu.

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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2013/12/15


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Bible reading:Luke 1: 34-37
“… with God nothing is impossible”....

God has been faithful to the church to reach out using the secular channels. He has faithfully provided us with the great opportunity. Let’s use it.

Christmas: Jesus is the real and living savior. He is the same yesterday today and forever. Christmas is the real experience. Its not just history and culture, but it's an experience which is still real and available today. In Luke 1 from vs 34, the angel appeared to Mary and made it clear that through her (Mary), a savior will come into the world. Because of the historical settings, Mary did not have a relationship with any man, not even Joseph. She had a big question, how a child would be born. But the angel assured her that the child will be through the work of the Holy Spirit. Christmas and our very faith is born out of the work of the Holy Spirit. It's the Holy Spirit who drives us. We need the Holy Spirit to work in us everyday, even today.
The birth is not in the past, the power of the Holy Spirit is not in the past. The power is real and alive everyday. EVEN today.

Salvation is only from the Living God. The birth of Jesus, created and born of the Holy spirit, brings an opportunity to transform our lives.. The son came and brought eternal life to the evil world. He changed our very nature. He brought salvation.

In Addition, the angle told Mary, “. with God nothing is impossible”.
Nothing is impossible with our God. He changes nothing to something. He create something from where there is nothing. Jesus broke the impossibility. He abandoned the glory in heaven to become one of us. He made the forgiveness of sins possible. He made healing possible. He washes our sins away. Death was the end of our lives but Jesus changed. GOD can do anything. He breaks the limitation of our imagination setting us free and giving us hope.

Christmas is not a ritual; it's a real-time and daily celebration. When Jesus is with us we have all the possibilities. Jesus is our savior.

Make sure you have Him in your heart. Lets receive and walk with Jesus because He is our God and always realistic. Always confess vs 37, “with God nothing is impossible”

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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2013/11/24


 

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Message from [Luke 11:9-13]

1. (Verses 9-10) We should not forget that our Lord God has given us vision.

2. (Verses 11-12) God is our heavenly Father who only gives us good things.

3. (Verse 13) God has given the Holy Spirit to those who asks. This is the best gift that God has given us!
Even when hard time comes, let's not forget that God has prepared the best things for us and be strong in Faith!!

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