2014年07月01日

English Sunday service 2014/5/11


Today's Bible: Revolution 2:10
Highlight: Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
In today’s verse, we were able to think about the nature of Faithfulness. In the modern society, the word faithfulness seems to be lightened compared from the past. But as Christians, we must not forget about real meaning of keeping our faithfulness to God.
There are 2 things that we should keep in mind about faithfulness
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1. We Christians should be faithful until death.
Many things change so easily and are forgotten. But we need to keep our loyalty until the day we go to heaven. Being a Christian is a lifelong experience, so be faithful all the time!

2. We should never minimize the meaning of Faithfulness.
Until how much can we be faithful to God? Are we really facing God and keeping our faithfulness all the time? Even though life has changed a lot, the way that we keep faith to God should have the whole meaning of the word faithfulness.




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Church Bazaar 2014/4/29


Thanks God!
We had wonderful Bazaar this year,too. The profit of Praise Fellowship was ¥16960. Praise the Lord! The total profit of all groups will be reported on church weekly later. 
Thank you very much for your participate in this event. 

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The schedule of May

5/11 Holy Communion and Healing service  
AM 9:00〜10:45 and AM 11:00〜12:45 ( There is no interpretation )
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

5/11 English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45 
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We welcome new comers to our group. We look forward to seeing you all!




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Easter Festival 2014/4/20


We held Combined Easter service. After service, the church organized a buffet style luncheon for everyone. we ate a lot of dishes at ¥200 and enjoyed recreations. We could cerebrate Eastert all together. God blessed us so rechly!

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English Sunday service 2014/4/6


Today's Bible: Romans 5:3-5
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

This is the beginning of spring. In this year we will experience both good things and hardships.
Even in tribulations, we will have hope and faith. We can glory in trying times because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.

We want to constantly have peace in our life but that is usually wishful thinking. Most people do not want to do a lot of things because that offers peace. Most Japanese pastors are that way. They do not have tight schedules because that gives them a lot of peace.

But we should not be timid, shying away from doing great things because we do not want trouble or tribulations. We should go out and work hard because we will then experience the hope from God. This hope is based on the love of God. We can rest assured that we will not be disappointed. We believe in God who is spirit, we cant see or touch Him, but He is always present.

An old man was lying helpless right on rail tracks at a railroad crossing. A young lady whose car had stopped right in front of the crossing jumped out of her car to rescue the troubled senior even though the train was just about to run him over. Well, she managed to get the old man out of harm's way but she herself did not. She was young, single, with the whole unwritten future ahead of her. She sacrificed all that for the old man she never knew.

The media was abuzz with her story, and the old man himself did not attract much media attention. People loved her. She touched so many by what she did. She was selfless. That is the God kind of Love.

The word LOVE has been used and abused by many people. We have all kinds of love around us. We must distinguish between the Love of God and love as described by the world.

The love of God is not emotional or impulsive. His kind of love is exceptional in that He died for us while we were yet sinners. We were condemned to die but Jesus Christ died to ransom us.

As we celebrate Easter in this month, let us bear in mind that Jesus LOVES us and died for us to set us free.

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The schedule of April


4/6 Holy Communion  
AM 9:00〜10:45 and AM 11:00〜12:45
English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45 
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We welcome new comers to our group. We look forward to seeing you all there!

4/13 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

4/20 Easter Festival
AM 10:00〜11:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
That day we hold just one Sunday service. After service, we will have an Easter lunch. We can eat dishes¥200 and enjoy recreations.

4/27 Sunday service 
AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

4/29 Church Bazaar (AM 9:30〜PM:4:00 )
Every year on the 29th of April, we hold an annual Church Bazaar. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends to this event. It shall be a nice time to all ourselves.




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The strawberry picking 2014/3/8


We visited the strawberry gerden in Saijo today. I was worried about the weather, but it was sunny and warm inside the greenhouse. Strawberries were very sweet. We ate a lot of strawberries untill full. We had so much fun! 

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2014年02月23日

English Sunday service 2014/2/23

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Today's Bible: Matthew 25~30
"The good and faithful servant."

We want to focus on verse 16 today.
Through a parable of Talents, the pastor preached to be a good and faithful servant.
But what is the real nature of faithfulness?  These are three key points about this.

1.The real faithfulness must be an action.
2.We have to use our ability to achieve God's command.
3.Be concerned about the result.

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2014年02月19日

The schedule of March

3/2 Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

3/8 Strawberry picking  AM 9:00~
We are going to have a strawberry picking event.  we inform the details later.

3/9 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 March.

3/16 English Sunday service  PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English.  Following the service there is a small tea time where we deepen our friendships as we chat and get to know one another. We welcome new comers to our group. Please invite your friends.  We are looking forward to meeting you there.

3/22 "Healing Seminar"
We will have Healing seminar by a pastor from Malaysia.  The preaching will be done in English.
There are two times of seminars.  Time: PM 2:00 and 6:00.

3/23  Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

3/30  Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

 
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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2014/1/26

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( Today's verse  Jonah 1:1-3 )
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

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The pastor said that this year's theme is SEED FAITH.

Christians should sow seeds of faith for the future harvest. We look at other people's success and envy them. Forget about the success in other peoples lives and concentrate on your own life by sowing seeds, preparing for the future.

A thriving economy is good for us, but we do not depend on it. Japan has experienced an economic recession and the authorities are saying they can turn the situation around. Good news but that is not enough for Christians. At the beginning of the year it is wise to start with sowing seeds of faith so that we can have a true blessed future.

There is a famous sumo wrestler by the name of Hakuho who migrated to Japan on invitation in the year 2000. He was fifteen years old then. He was one of eight invitees who came for trials to become sumo wrestlers. The other seven were recruited but not him, because he wasn't stout enough. He had the height, but he didn't have the rest of the sumo wrestler physical features. He was going back to Mongolia as a reject, but the recruiter decided to give him a chance, hoping that he would gain more weight.
Hakuho has won 27 championships since, which is a phenomenal feat. He has made a name, broken records and is so loved by the Japanese citizens.
The first two months of his stay in Japan defined his destiny. Against all odds, he was determined to be great at his profession. Those first steps were very important.
The first steps of this year have consequences on the rest of the year. You can be blessed in this year by making wise decisions right now at the beginning of the year. When we take the right steps at the beginning, the rest of the journey is blessed.

Having read the scripture above, let's look at two things.

In the scripture above,

1). The presence of The Lord.
Jonah decided to flee to Tarshis, instead of going to Nineveh. He was fleeing from the presence of God. The consequences on him and the the people on the vessel were catastrophic. We can not flee or live without God in our lives. We must be in the presence of God all the time.

2). In Jonah 1:3 it is is said that Jonah went down to go with them. We sometimes sin under the pretext of "I am doing something with him/her or them". In Japan, there is a saying that translates to English as "If everybody is crossing on a red light, it is "OK" for you to cross too". Meaning if everybody is doing it, you can do it also.
But as Christians, we must be different. We must follow god's lead, not the crowd.
Martin Luther King was summoned by the emperor and forced to disown his assertions about Christianity. He prayed to God for boldness and did not budge to the emperor's demands.
Do not follow instructions that are unGodly even if everybody is doing it or says so.
May your new year's resolutions be Godly. Decide to be a worshiper as we begin 2014 so that you will have a blessed future.

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These are some of the moments captured during fellowship on Sunday afternoon.

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It was a blessing seeing Bernard's family for the first time.

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Also Minson's family came to Japan from Indonesia. They started a new life in Matsuyama.

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The schedule of February


2/2 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....

2/9 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

2/16 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

2/23 English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English
Following the service there is a small tea time where we deepen our friendships as we chat and get to know one another. We welcome new comers to our group. Please invite your friends. All are welcome to join us at the service and get-together afterward. We look forward to meeting you there.

(Pray for the mission in India)
Pastor Mandai is planning to have a big meeting in India. The work will be performed on February 24th (Monday)~ March 7th (Friday) this year. Your pray and support will be needed for the mission! We believe that the big succes will be reported in March.
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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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2013年11月25日

THe schedule of December

◆12/1 Holy Communion  AM  9:00〜10:45  ( interpreted into English on PC )
We have a small gift for those who were born in the month of December.
 
◆12/8  Healing Service  AM 9:00〜10:45 ( interpreted into English on PC )
We will pray specially for the sick and those who are in need.
 
◆12/14  Matsuyama Charity Christmas ( interpreted into English on PC )
We celebrate Christmas with special music and message of Pastor Mandai.
Place : Nankaihousou Honmachi Kaikan
Time : We hold 2 times, PM 2:00 and  PM 6:00
 
◆12/15 The English Sunday service  PM 1:30〜 2:45
Let's enjoy worshipping and singing to God in English.
A refreshment will be provided after the service for fellowship.
 
◆12/22  Combined Christmas Sunday service  AM 10:0〜12:00  ( interpreted into English on PC )
Don't  mistake the time.  We have only one service on this day.  After service we will have Christmas lunch and fellowship.
 
◆12/24 Holy Night with beautiful Tone Chime Music 
Place : Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Time : PM 7:15〜    
 
◆12/29 Sunday service  AM  9:00〜10:45  ( interpreted into English on PC )
 
◆12/31 Count-down prayer meeting for a New year PM23:00〜
With thanks we will conclude this year and start a New year in praying.
 
There are many types of Christmas events during the month of December.  Please pray that all Christmas events will be blessed and be successful!  And don't forget to write them down in your schedule diary, so that you can attend.  Please invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of God.  We are looking forward to seeing you.
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Matsuyama Charity Christmas 2013

 

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Praise the Lord.
 
We have only one month left to the end of this year.
This month we are going to have Christmas season.  Our church started the preparation of many Christmas events.
 Christmas is the best time to evangelize the people around us.  So don't be satisfied with only joyful feeling or atmosphere of Christmas in this country. People look like to celebrate secular Christmas where there is no Jesus, no salvation.  Only the Christmas parties, Christmas cakes, Christmas trees, Christmas presents,  Santa Claus ….  many things are there.   But the main character of Christmas, Jesus Christ, is not shown in Christmas in Japan.
 
So as believers of Jesus Christ, let's make sure that we are going to celebrate real Christmas.  We are Christians.!   
We really want to  bring the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We want to pray so that we can utilize the opportunities to take our friends to Christ, to Christmas meetings, Christmas Sunday service, and Christmas concerts.  There are several special meetings provided for many people.  So why don't you just remind of  faces of  people around you, Japanese people, professors, fellow students, neighbors?   I believe there are many good people around you.  Why don't we pray that  the salvation can be happened to those people?
Let's pray that people can come to Christmas meeting.  They're going to open their hearts and receive the message.  And they're going to receive Jesus Christ.
Let's pray for the people, our friends to be saved at Christmas time!!  
  
 ( Matsuyama Charity Christmas 2013 )
We will have Citizen Charity Christmas as the annual event.  This year we hold it 2 times since 14:00 and 18:00.  There are a play of Tone Chimes, whose sound is very beautiful. And also there are Christmas songs and heartwarming short message by Pastor Eiji Mandai.  It's a good chance to invite your loving people to Christ.  You and your friends shall enjoy it.  We will prepare the front right side corner of the venue for the English interpretation.  We hope you will join and celebrate Christmas together.
 
Date: 14th of December
Time: PM 2:00 and 6:00 ( Twice performance )
Place: Nankaihousou Honmachi Kaikan
Address: Matsuyama City Honnmachi 1-1-1
Advance ticket: \1200 for an adult, \600 for a high school or junior high school student, free for an elementary schoolchild.
 
We, Praise fellowship, are also a supporter of this citizen Charity Christmas.  We have already paid the support.  So if you want to invite your friends to this Charity Christmas, please let us know. (Please buy your ticket from us or from church. )  ※When you want to ask something or want a ticket, please ask sister Ayame or Fukiko.

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2013年11月11日

The schedule of November

Praise the Lord
We inform you the schedule of November.

 

11/3 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

11/10 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
This month we will have Holy Communion at the prayer meeting on Thursday, not at the Sunday service. After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of November.

11/17 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.
We will have the baby dedication at te first Sunday service, the second baby of Maurice & Ponyadira. Her name "Keiko" means "blessing child". So let's join us and pray for her together.

11/24 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 Mastuyama 2013/10/27

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Bible reading: 2 Timothy 1:5-7

In his introductory remarks, the Pastor mentioned that 2 days ago it was his birthday. (Cogratulate you & Thank you, Pastor!)He got many delicious birthday cakes.  As he was eating one of the cakes that contained fig fruits, he was reminded that now it is a harvest season.  In the same way GOD has the best things prepared for us and He wants to bless us.  Therefore, we need to exercise our faith which is already in us to practically receive GODs blessings.
Then he continued with his message by referring to 2 Timothy 1:5-7. From the scriptural reference, the pastor taught the following 3 important points:

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1.As Christians, we should remember and be mindful of our pure faith which we received. Also we have to know that we are precious in the sight of GOD and so He has prepared and given us good things. Therefore we need to bring them out and make use of them.

2.Secondly, we need to stir up our faith in Christ Jesus and to avoid being lukewarm. Otherwise GOD will spill us out. GOD wants us to be hot for him and do things for Him. We need the Holy Spirit to stir up our faith and to ablaze the fire in our heart and to be hot for Christ.

3.Lastly, we should not fear to do things for GOD because He has not given us the spirit of fear but of love, power and sound mind. Usually instead of having big visions for GOD we are trapped by the spirit of fear and worry.
A good example is the disciples who run away from Jesus Christ because of fear. However, when they received the power of The Holy Spirit in Acts 1:8, they were transformed and had power and were bold for the work of GOD. Now GOD also promised to give us power of The Holy Spirit and if we do not have this power we are easily trapped and controlled by the spirit of fear, anger, hatred and negative feelings of Satan.

Furthermore, the world expresses love in different forms and in all those it is mostly selfish love. But for us, when we receive The Holy Spirit He gives us genuine love, self control or sound mind, humbleness and power to do things. So we should not excuse ourselves and remain in the same state or at the same stage. We need to also to realize that we cannot do it by ourselves. It is only GOD our creator, healer and comforter who equips us and makes a way for us.

In conclusion, he emphasized that as Christians we should keep ablaze the fire of faith in us and to be hot for GOD by the power of The Holy Spirit. We need to be filled with The Holy Spirit in order to effectively serve Him.




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