10.31.2009

Opening Prayer

O Christ, in every creature you place these words: God’s forgiveness and your confidence in us.
To walk in your footsteps, you always offer us the energy to begin anew.
Following you through the humble events of every day means discerning a way – not a law burdening us with obligations, but you, O Christ, you are the Way and on this road God comes to meet us.

Call to Confession

Forgive us if we parade our goodness before people to gain their attention.
Forgive us if we pretend to look sad, like a hypocrite who puts on a grief-stricken air to attract attention.
Forgive us if we try to mercilessly find out who was right and who was wrong.
Forgive us if we correct only someone else’s fault.
Forgive us for not discerning Christ’s calling for our life.
Help us to remember the best we have found in others.
Help us to love our neighbors with words and deeds.
Help us to forgive and follow Christ who is the Lord of forgiveness.

10.29.2009

Love yourself and others

Do you love yourself?
Do you think God loves you?

So then when you love yourself, you join God in loving you.
When you love others, you join God in loving them.
When you love, you join God who truly loves others.

So, when you love yourself, you become one with Christ.
When you love others, you become one with Christ.

The bible says:
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (Acts 20:17-38)
Love is giving.
Love is helping.

Love yourself.
Think good thoughts for yourself.
Then you can help the world.

Let's pray:
Jesus, thank you for loving us.
We love you.
We love your people.
In your name we pray. Amen.

10.27.2009

John 19:30

“It is finished”
Reading: John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”
Jesus was not afraid of death itself.
Jesus was afraid of suffering.
But now it is done. It is finished.

All the elements of fearfulness are gone.
Jesus took his execution and finished his race.
He got rid of the sins of his children.

Now he can calmly enter into his death.
Now the death can swallow him, he had nothing to lose.
Because no grave can cover him.
His presence and his smile will be there.

Like the light broke through the curtain of thick darkness.
Now the calm confidence enters into his soul.
Now the tranquility enters into his soul.
Now he can face his Father with confidence.
The Holy Spirit was proud of him.
He had finished the work which God gave him to do.
Now he could be glorified on the earth.
God is going to lift him up in front of everyone.
Now people can flee to Jesus, when the life hits so hard.

People raised their violence against Jesus.
But now he could say in peace “It is done!”
Now he finished the works of the Savior.
Now people can follow the pattern he set before them.

Will it be so with you at a dying hour?
Will your "work" be done?
Do we know what it is?
Don’t you want to say, “It is finished. I have done all the things”?

Jesus already makes the death powerless over those who believe in him.
It is going to be our new birth: our new birth to heaven.
We are going to enter into the world of our birthright because we are children of God.
We are leaving our exile.
We are leaving the life of living in the tent.
But now we are entering into peace.

10.24.2009

Matthew 11:28-30

Lord, in this time, what are you teaching me?
Lord, in this time, what are you telling me?

My love, take my yoke.
My love, learn of me.

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10.23.2009

Luke 4: 14-37

Reading: Luke 4:14-37

He decided to serve Jewish people, within a geographical region.
Roman solders were everywhere.
Jesus was a minority in his own land.
He carried on his ministry.

Jesus through his miracles and healing power catches people’s attention. (Luke 4: 14-15) He starts preaching in various synagogues.
Synagogues are very familiar places for Jesus. (Luke 4: 16)

Once, the scroll of Isaiah is handed to him.
Jesus finds the portion. (Luke 4: 17)
And he reads it.
Then Jesus sits down probably on the sit of rabbi.
Then, he speaks.
He proclaims who he is.
People start wondering who he is. (Luke 4: 20-22)

Even before Jesus speaks to his village people he knows their rejecting of who he is.
Jesus feels the rejection.
Then Jesus decides to move on.
He walks right through them and goes his way.

In the town of Capernaum, Jesus expects that he is going to have a wonderful time.
Jesus performs many miracles.

Jesus was even able to serve people of other race.
Then even the Roman soldier (centurion) confessed that Jesus was truly the Son of God.
In this way, Jesus became the Messiah.

Jesus makes difference because he is equipped for the good work.
Jesus focuses on the will of God, even when he faces difficulty.


The mission of God is to be who God is.
The ministry of God is to manifest who God is.
Jesus shows just that.
So, we experience blessings through Jesus.
Experiencing Jesus, we learn to be inspired by the living God.

10.15.2009

Matthew 5:43-48

Love
Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 5:43-48


In John 8:31-32, Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

So, in order to become a disciple, you need to obey what he said.

For example, in John 13:34, Jesus said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

When you love, you can show who Jesus is.
When you love like Jesus, you can set people free.

In order to do that, you need to work to make friends in this world.
You need to make your enemies your friends.
If you want to be the disciples of Jesus, you need to try.
In Luke 6:27-28, he said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

In Luke 6: 32-33, he said, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.”


In Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”


When Jesus summarizes everything teaching in the bible Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

In order to teach this message, God has been preparing to send the Son of God to the world.

In Jeremiah 31:31-34, God says,

“The days are coming, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

In Hebrews 8: 8-13, Paul explains that “By calling this covenant “new,” God has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
In Hebrews 10: 16-18, Paul remembers again that God says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Since through Jesus and the Spirit of Jesus who is given, our sins are forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Matthew 17:24-27 (3)

What does coincidence tell you?
Reading: Matthew 17:24-27

Why does God use coincidence?
God may want to stay anonymous, because of the gentle character of God.
God wants to help in secret.
This may be an introvert aspect of God.

Jesus says, “Ask, seek, knock and it will be given to you.”
Here Jesus is asking you to think, pray and take action and see what happens. Invite God into your life and thoughts so that God can work with you.

In God, everything is possible.
God is the creator.
God can help you.
If you know God, you would have faith to ask God.

As you offer your life to God, saying, “Jesus, this is your life. Use me. And do whatever you want to do.”
As you seek the will of God, you may be in tune with God.
Then as you live an obedient life, you may hear people saying to you: “I was just thinking about you!” “Ah, we were talking about you!” “Would you want to do that?”

Don’t be surprised.
Be ready to serve. Be ready to be useful.
Just know that you are in the right place.
That is a good place to be.
You are there because your name is written in the book of life.

There try out some of teachings of Jesus.
Then you will know what God can give you.
In this way, you invite God to work with you.

Christ loves us.
Jesus wants to lead you to an abundant life.
Try to use your life for Christ.
Then God may show you in various ways that God is with you.

Do not fear.
Trust in Christ.
Everything will work together for you.

In the mean time, stay humble where you are.
God needs you to be humble so that God can use you.
Pray also for others and bless them so that they may move toward God.
As you do, God will also bless you.

Here is an interesting thing about obedience.
Let’s say you want to be a medical doctor.
But you misunderstand that God wants you to be a pastor.
But in fact God wants you to be a good doctor for his people.
Since you misunderstood God, now you try to be a doctor thinking you are not doing what God wants.
Then you may not have a good time.
The only reason is because in the depth of your heats, you didn’t want to obey the will of God.
If you want to do the will of God, you may still be a doctor and feel peaceful and purposeful.

We pray.
God listens to your prayer.
Christ is listening to your thoughts.
In fact the whole universe is ready to follow your thoughts.
So, God may want to guide your thoughts so that you are on the right track.
God may even send some coincidences.

10.09.2009

Mark 4: 39-40

Being still and waiting is not wasting. You will have power afterward.
Reading: Mark 4: 39-40, Acts 1: 4-8; 2:1-4

We grow spiritually when we learn to wait for Christ.
Here is a selection of Scriptures that explain being still before Christ and waiting for Christ:

Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4: 39-40)

We experience God when we can be still.
Then we learn who God is. (Ps 46: 10)

When we return to God and rest in God, we experience salvation.
When we pray showing our trust in God, and when we pray in quietness and in trust, we experience God’s strength in our life. (Isaiah 30:15)

When we stilled and quieted our soul; like a weaned child with its mother, we experience God’s guiding light and power in our life. (Ps 131: 2)

So, Jesus needs to make us quiet as well so that we would learn of God.
We need to wait for God.
We need to strengthen ourselves and have courage.
Then we need to determine to put our hope in God sometimes. (Ps 27: 14)
We need to hope in God.
We need to wait for God, who is our help and shield. (Ps 33: 20)

There is a blessing for those who wait in hope. (Isaiah 30:18)
Trusting in God we sometimes, need to return to God and serve for what is right and just, and then need to wait for God’s timing. (Hosea 12:6)

That is why Jesus also says to students, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1: 4-8; 2:1-4)

When their waiting ends, they were able to work with the power of God.
When their waiting time ends, they were able to preach like no others.
They were able to heal people like Jesus.
When we pay the price by waiting, we receive an extraordinary power of God to do the will of God.

Luke 15 : 11 - 24

Jesus tells this story to explain about the heart of God.
Telling this story, Jesus explains why he does what he does.
That is, this story explains the philosophy of his life and his ministry.

Jesus explains that God is so forgiving. God is like a father who would always love his son.
Since Jesus knows this heart of God, Jesus is willing to dedicate his life for God and for the world that God loves so much.

The father in this story is there like a breath of fresh air.
He is just there to uphold you.
He is there waiting.
He is there giving.
He is always there for you.
You are the child of God.

Jesus truly believes that this is the heart of God.
That is why he left everything to talk with people on earth.

God loves you. Everything happens because God loves you and makes you a wonderful and successful person.

Let’s here the story Jesus told a long time ago:

There was a father who had two sons.
The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.”
So the father simply divided his property between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.”
So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
So they began to celebrate.

10.08.2009

Matthew 27:46

After silence

4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Reading: Matthew 27:46

From noon to three, the whole earth was dark.
Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" (Psalm 22:1-18)

Jesus prayed again.
He might have said: "Why? Why? Why are you abandoning? Why?
Is it needed?
Is it unnecessary?
My feet are pierced.
I am bearing of the cross for your sake.
And are you abandoning me?
I preached your love, your truth, your promises, your sustaining grace, your sufferings, and your glory.
And I am near the end.
This is my darkest hour.
Are you going to leave me when I need you the most?

Do you have to leave me like this?
But I am not going to leave you. I will love you until the end."

Jesus as a peaceful protester submitted himself to his father.

This feeling of being abandoned. must have been Jesus' great tribulation.
This must have been his greatest trial.

But then this was the cross.
He was here as a sin offering.
He was to be abandoned like a scapegoat.

After this prayer, and after this suffering, he will be welcomed again into the everlasting arms of God.

Note:
Psalm 22
Col. 1:24; 2 Cor. 1:5, 4:10; Phil. 3:10; 1 Peter 4:12-16

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#98 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
#102 Were you there?

Relationship

Once upon a time God creates the human being.
God and the human were having a wonderful time together.
They communicate with each other very well.

Soon, the human being fell in love with something else.
Then their relationship was infected and broken.

Then a big gap was formed between God and the human being.
Some people were faithful to God and experience God in their life.
God has been speaking to them in a small and still voice.
But people were having a difficult time understanding who God is.

Then Jesus came.
Jesus explains who God is.
Jesus explains how God thinks.
Jesus explains how we can have a new relationship with God.

Through Jesus came the grace.
Through Jesus came the forgiveness.
Through Jesus came the reconciliation.

So now, we can be united with God in Jesus.
So now, we can be one with God in Christ.
So, now, we can have relationship with God, through Jesus.

This is the result of what Jesus has done for us.
This relationship is very peaceful.
This relationship is exciting.
This relationship with God is mysterious.
You are invited into this kind of relationship again.

10.07.2009

Clean water

Props: a cup with clean water and a cup with dirty water.
A T-shirt from livingwatersfortheworld.org

What do you think this is? (Dirty water)
What do you think this is? (Clean water)

What do you think you would do if someone gives you this kind of water to drink?
Will you drink it?

In many part of the world, people don’t have clean water to drink.
So, they drink this kind of water.
You may not believe this.
So, let me show you this 3 minutes video.



As you see, in many part of this world, people don’t have clean water to drink.
But we can do something about it.
We can do something to give them good water.
If they don’t have good water, they would get various kinds of pains.
They might get a bad stomach pain.
But we wish that they would live healthier.

So, there are many organizations that are working to provide clean water to our neighbors in the world.
I am inviting you to join in this journey.
How?
Tomorrow when you come, bring some coins and put it here.
Then we are going to collect all of them and give to an organization that helps people to have clean water.
In this way, we will provide clean water to many parts of the world.
Sound good?

In our case, we are going to send money to the Living Water for the world: (http://livingwatersfortheworld.org/) I am wearing their t-shirt. Because water is important, on my back there are many words that say water in many languages.

Also, we know that spiritually Jesus is our source of living water. (John 7:37-38) Those who don't know Jesus will be thirsty for life.
Those who know Jesus will have eternal life.

So, let's pray that everyone may know Jesus as well and have eternal life.
Also let’s pray that everyone would have clean water as well. Ok?

Let's pray: God, we welcome you in this place. May you come and give eternal life that you promise us. And may you give clean water to each nation so that they would have drink and be healthy. With their good health, they may come to learn of you, too. In your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Luke 15:2

ppt
Welcomes sinners
Reading: Luke 15:2.

Jesus loves sinners.
Jesus welcomes sinners.
Jesus purposefully welcomes them.
Why?
Because he understood who God is.

Pharisees didn't understand that way.
They practice religion differently.
They live differently.
That's Jesus’ ways are not like those of Pharisees.

So, Jesus wanted you to build some new movement where people believed like him.
So, Jesus wanted to work for sinners.
Jesus was interested in helping them.
Jesus even said that he was not call to serve the righteous, but sinners.
Jesus was interested in bringing sinners, to repentance.
Jesus was interested in talking with sinners.

Some may call them outcasts.
But Jesus didn't.
Because Jesus knew that secretly, they were regretting things.
They easily felt guilty.
They were also wounded.

So, they wanted to bring those things to Dr. Jesus.
They couldn't explain what's wrong with them.
They didn't know how to turn to God.

But when they came to Jesus, they found forgiveness and a gracious welcome!
Their wound may be covered with a deeper than any bodily leprosy.
But Jesus was able to heal them.

Even if they were sinners, they find comfort in Jesus.
Pharisees may treat them badly mocking unkindly to their tears.
But not so with Jesus.
He welcomes sinners.

When Nicodemus came at night to talk with Jesus, Jesus was available.
So Nicodemus was able to observe who Jesus is.
Many people in every age have done the same in their night of sin and sorrow.
They find a heavenly friend.
Jesus didn’t punish their timidity by shutting his door against them.
Jesus didn’t reject them.

As the Bible said:
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. (Matthew 12:20)
And Jesus did just the same!

Then Jesus was arrested.
He was charged as a blasphemer.
But he only opened his mouth for faith and love.
He performed miracles only full faith and love.

And to those who come for his help, he said:
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
(John 6:37)

Are we from this to think lightly of sin?
Or can we overlook some bad conduct and its consequence?
Not so!

Sin, as sin, is harmful.
But we must seek carefully to distinguish between the offence — and the offender.

But we don’t mock their sigh of a guilty spirit.
We don’t send the trembling outcast away, with the despairing feeling of "No hope."

Jesus welcomes sinners.
Shall we?

He allows the worst garbage of human wrongdoing to hide at His feet.
Jesus welcomes with his forgiving appearance with the uplifted eye of hope.
Jesus wishes we also dare not to deal out harsh, and severe and crushing verdicts on an offending brother.
This brother might have done something that is deeply offending.
But still Jesus shows us what to do.

We may not also pronounce sins and sinners, beyond mercy.
Because Jesus does not.

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this:
Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)


Rather, when a sinner, lawbreakers, and backsliders cross our path, we should not talk down on and keep them away.
We need to bear, endure, and deal tenderly with them, as Jesus did.
Jesus does so!
Jesus desires us to arm ourselves like him with the same mind.
Jesus desires us to have within us his love of souls.
Jesus hopes that we have his desire for the everlasting happiness of sinners.
Jesus hopes that we may help them in words and love, making sure that they don’t receive no other than harsh looks and repulsive words.

If this mind really is in us, which is also in Jesus, we would more frequently ask ourselves: have I done all I might have done to help them experience grace?
Do I remember what grace can do and what grace is made up?

10.06.2009

Luke 2: 41-52

Reading: Luke 2: 41-52

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
At this time, Jesus was twelve years old.
His family went up to the festival, according to the custom.

Now the festival was over.
While his parents were returning home, they didn’t know that the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day.
Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

After three days they found him.
The boy Jesus was in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him, they were astonished.

His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

He said, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
He knew who he was already.
But he folded his ideas as he saw that his parent did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.
But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
After gaining more understandings on who he was and how he should live, he restarted this process.


Matthew 13:44-46 (1)

A children sermon
ppt

Do you like basketball?
When I was young, I love basketball.
I pray a lot.
I shoot a lot.
I failed many times.
At first, I didn’t have much success.
But then I learn that the more I played, the more I was better at it.
Then I learn something about this life.

So, I want to ask you?
Do you have something that you want to do with your life?
Do you have some goal for your life?
What do you want to be when you grown up?

When you try to do those things, you may fail couple times.
You may be not able to accomplish at your first trial.
If it is that easy, anybody can do that.
If you have a high goal, you may need to be comfortable in your some failings.
It is very natural.

As you fail some of your trials, you may learn how to do better next time.
Then you can move forward.
Then you may accomplish you goal.
So, I hope that you prepare to fail some.
Through those failures, you will finally succeed.

Now what happen if you know what God wants you to do for your life?
What if God asks you to do something that you haven’t done before?
Would you hesitate because you haven’t done it before?
I think you may need to prepare to go beyond your couple of failures.
Try one more.
Try one more time.
And try one more time.
Doing so, you will learn a lot.

If you read the Bible, God also fails couple of times.
God wants us to love God.
God wants people to love God.
But people didn’t really love God back.
So, God tries again and again so that we may know God and love God.
That is what Jesus did.

I hope that you will be someone who tries and tries to do what God wants you to do even though you may fail couple of times, ok?
Good.

Let’s pray: Jesus, thank you for showing us how to live.
Thank you for helping us to try one more time and one more time.
Help us to be strong so that we may live fully and wonderfully in you.
In your name, Amen.

Jesus Living Within Us

When we come to the communion table, we eat from the same bread and drink from the same cup.
Then we say, "This is the Body and Blood of Christ."
Then we also become the living Christ, here and now.

Our faith in Jesus is not that Jesus, the Son of God, lived long ago, performed great miracles, presented wise teachings, died for us on the cross, and rose from the grave.

It means that we fully accept the truth that Jesus lives within us and fulfills his divine ministry in and through us.

Because we experience the living Christ in our life, we can believe the mystery of the incarnation, death, and resurrection as historic events.

Because the Christ is in us, we can show the Christ to the world.
Because Jesus Christ lives in us, we can proclaim God’s forgiveness to all generations.
Because Jesus lives in us, we can remember and be connected spiritually.

10.05.2009

Call to Worship

God loves you.
God loves you more than you would ever know.
God loves you.

If we understand, we may live in confidence.
We may come before God with thanksgiving.
We may worship God!
We may sing and give thanks to God of our salvation.

It is good to praise God.
It is good to proclaim the love of Christ.
It is good to proclaim Jesus’ faithfulness.

The Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Leader: Whenever we lose our faith and hope,
All: Forgive us Christ who loves us so much.
Leader: Whenever we give in to fear,
All: Forgive us Christ, who loves us so much.
Leader: Whenever we lose our cool, love, or kindness toward your people,
All: Forgive us Christ who loves us so much.

Silent Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Jesus brings our soul back to life.
All: Christ sees our weakness and still loves us.
Leader: Even today, Jesus proclaims his forgiveness to all creation. Even today, Jesus shouts his love to all people.
All: Jesus teaches us to stand up again and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Christ lifts us up to shine with the divine light within us.
All: In Jesus we are a new creation. In Christ we have a new beginning.

10.04.2009

Isaiah 11:6-10

The prophet Isaiah says a little child leads our way. (Isaiah 11:6)
Jesus as a child is going to lead the world. (Isaiah 11:6-10)
There will be innocent and pure joy.
Peace and joy are very important part of the kingdom of Jesus.

Jesus wants to lead people to the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is leading the world to peace.
Jesus is guiding us to a universal fellowship.

Jesus, the child of God, fills the whole world with the true knowledge of God.
That is why the story of Christ is to be known.
Through this story, all nations recognize how God thinks.
When we learn the story of Jesus, we experience that our nature and characters are changed.
We learn to accommodate this peaceful and joyful kingdom of Jesus.
Peace and joy become our nature as we are awakened to our new selves.
Then we see the glorious resting place of Jesus.

The peaceful vision of Jesus might have been this:
Young people grow up together having all kind of international friends.
People have new diet program.
Children play outside safely.

Telling his own story Jesus creates peace on earth. Jesus is awakening us to new reality. Jesus awakens us to see beauty in nature. Jesus awakens us to see peace and harmony in the world. Jesus awakens us to feel the very heart of Christ.

When we see beauty in nature, Jesus sees that beauty through us. It is because we are created in the image of God. Jesus feeds and nurtures your divine nature so that you would realize that you are God’s beloved creature.

When we feel good, when we experience holiness and purity, we feel Jesus in us.

Luke 17:6

Jesus says, “If you have faith, you can command a mulberry tree to be uprooted and plant itself in the sea, and it will be done” (Luke 17:6)

Since Jesus believes in this, he asks us often, "Where is your faith?"
All things are possible, for those who believe.

10.02.2009

Job

A children sermon:
Preparation: write a word, “Job” “Jesus” and "Faithful" on a paper.

Show to the children the word, “Job” and say, “How do you read this word?”
Show other two words and get to know these words.

A long time ago there was a man named Job.
Job was always kind to everyone. He was a good man. Since he was a good man, everyone liked him. Since he was faithful he became very rich as well. "Faithful" means that he was worthy to be trusted.

But then one day something bad happens to him. He experienced something very tough. Some thought that he must have done something wrong. Some wonder why he is still kind and faithful. Job was still good to people. He was kind to everyone.

Yes, something bad happened to him. But he was still good and kind. Job didn’t give up on being good. He must have thought “Everything will be ok eventually.” And he was right. At the end everything was ok.

Jesus also lives like this. Jesus doesn’t give up. He loves us until the end. He is faithful. He loves us no matter what. Jesus believes that by loving the world like this, he makes the world beautiful. Jesus believes, “Everything will be ok. Everything will be fine.”

Sometimes you may feel bored. What are you doing when you are bored? When I am bored I also get excited. Do you know why? It is because usually I get a good idea or a wonderful idea after I am bored. You see, whether you are bored or not, everything will be ok, eventually.

Let’s pray: Jesus, thank you for loving us. Thank you for being faithful to us. Thank you for being kind to everyone around us. Amen.