2015年01月30日

The schedule of February

2/1  Holy Communion
AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of February.

2/8  Healing service
AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.
2/11 Let's go skiing!
We will go skiing in Kumakogen as an event of our church.

2/22  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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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2015/1/25



" The Thankfulness that God Desires "

Bible  1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be joyful always ; pray continually;give thanks in all circumstances,
 
The theme for this year is “Always be thankful!” Living a life of thankfulness to God leads to grace and blessings. Shouldn’t we always experience the kind of blessings brought on by thankfulness in our every day, actual lives?


Philippians4: 6,7  “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God “ 

God in every situation (whether good or bad) wants us have a thankful attitude. If we pray with thanksgiving, God will protect us. No matter what the situation, let us always be thankful throughout this year.

What is the sort of thankfulness that God desires, which we should be mindful everyday?

@  This thankfulness has a clear direction; it is important that we lift our eyes to God and give thanks TO Him.

Ephesians 5:20  “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything”   
Psalm 118:21  “I will give you thanks ”

What the Bible says about thankfulness is at all times direct your thankfulness toward God. God, to you, to Christ, we give thanks. 

We should not shut up our feelings in our hearts. Rather our thankfulness should be able to reach God. Proper faith comes from the heart directed toward God and has a relationship with God. This is why it is important that thankfulness also be directed toward God.

A   Our thanksgiving should be accompanied by full, expressive joy.

Colossians 1:12  “and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
Colossians 3:16  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Psalm 28: My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

When we receive grace from God, when we are thankful, there is always joy.
The need to express joy, sing and dance come with it. It’s good to express and show your heart along with your faith. Thankfulness must be expressed. 
 
B Let us remember that proper action must always accompany our thanksgiving. What kind of action? This is very clear.
 
Psalm 50:14  “ Sacrifice thank offerings to God “
Psalm 107:22  “ Let them sacrifice thank offerings “
2 Chronicles 29:31  “ Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD “.
 
In order to express their thankfulness, the people of the period in the Old Testament gave a physical offering. In this, they even gave the lives of animals (as sacrifices) and showed how their thanksgiving was deep and genuine, with a true heart. In today’s society, we tend to offer superficial words and lip service as thanksgiving. To Christ, who loves us so much He gave His life for us, let’s give something worthy of being called a thank offering (with specific actions, or devotion that you give from yourself).

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2015年01月01日

New Year's Greetings

A Happy New Year!!

The theme of this year is "Thankful"!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Pastor gave us this theme at the first Sunday Service of this year!
Let's live this year with thanks and have marvelous grace in our hand from God!




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