12.30.2013

The story of Jesus

It is not easy to explain.
But I will try.

Experiencing the story of Jesus is like experiencing an art.
It is like listening to music.
Listening to some music, you may feel the beauty of the music.
You may sense its beauty.

I don’t care what kind of music you like.
You know its beauty and its power.

But if you think about it, you are just hearing sounds coming out of various instruments.
You are hearing airs coming out of various holes of instruments.
If it is a guitar.
You are hearing noises coming out of a wooden box, because of vibrations of various strings.
There is no reason to be moved by it or feel beauty about it.
But you may feel its beauty.
You are created to feel it.

Think about watching a movie.
Have you ever cried watching a movie?
You know it is not true.
You are watching talented actors who were acting out of the script.
These actors pretend that they fall in love.
These lovers may have no desire to see each other after finishing that movie.
But you are crying and laughing over them.
Even funnier thing is that you feel good after crying and laughing for awhile.
Your mind may say it is just a movie.
But your hearts explain something else.

Now let’s think about a face of baby.
Have you ever been there when you felt the power of baby’s face?
As soon as you saw a baby, you suddenly forgot all your worries and stresses.
And you are happy.

The story of Jesus is like that.
But at the same time, the story of Jesus is more than that.
It has a power to change lives.
It has a power to give you courage.
It gives you faith.

But your mind asks:
“Why did Jesus have to die?
Why was his resurrection necessary?”
You may have many questions.
But if you allow God to touch your heart, there is some power in this story.
As you think about it and meditate on it, you experience more of it.

12.28.2013

1 John 4:7-21

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God is love
Reading: 1 John 4:7-21
Blanks: God, love, Son, Son, love, Jesus, loves, love
K-hymn: 9

(2) God loves you.
Because God loves you, God is very interested in your hearts.
God is very interested in your minds.
God is interested in knowing what is going on in our heart, because God wants to know who really loves God.
Then often God acts based on this knowledge.

(2) So, do you love God?
Do you love God more than anything?
If you love God more than anyone, you tend to remove all the stumbling blocks to your very happiness.

So, Jesus encourages us to love God more than anything, more than even our life.
When we love God like that, we can make good choices for our lives.
Then we can produce something good.

Do you know also that our heart has to love God?
(3) If it doesn’t love God, it gets sick.
Then our heart behaves strangely.
It worries a lot.
It may get easily addicted to some negative thoughts and feelings.
It may even feel uncomfortable, even when things go well.
It may even be afraid of happiness and run away from it.
So, if we don’t love God, our mind gets confused and get frustrated.
When you are like that, people may run away from you, because they feel you don’t love them, either.

Then how can we love God?
We can love God by seeking God’s happiness.
How can we seek God happiness?
(2) What makes God happy?
Jesus makes God happy.
So, God is very happy when you try to know Jesus.
God is very happy when you invite Jesus into your heart.
God is very happy as you gain more understanding of who Jesus is.
Then you will learn how to love like Jesus.
(3) Then we can love God.
And you can love people as God loves them.

If we love like this, what happens to them?
They experience Jesus, who loves them.
They experience God’s love, because Jesus loves them through you.
Then Jesus can lead their life and help them to do what God wants them to do.

(3) The Holy Spirit also seeks God’s happiness.
So, the Holy Spirit asks us to have Jesus as the most important person in our life.
Then our life will move much smoothly.
Then God’s thoughts will flow into your mind so that you may live a good life.

But sometimes, we may make some mistakes.
We might make some wrong choices.
Then we may stop loving God or loving people.
Then the Holy Spirit may come and show us that we have sinned against God, because we didn’t love God or love people.
Then the Holy Spirit may ask us to confess our sins to God.
(3) Then when we confess our sin to God in Jesus’ name, God forgives us.
God cleans our hearts and purifies it so that we may practice God’s love and kindness.

But some people may say:
“Why do we need to confess our sin to God, when we have sinned against anyone?
I mean, if I cheated anyone, or lied to anyone, if I have mistreated anyone, I have sinned against that person, not against God?”

When we sinned against anyone, we sinned against God.
So, God suffers.
That is why the Bible says if you don’t love your brother or sister, you don’t love your God.
Why? Why is that?
It is because God loves everyone and lives within every one.
God suffers, because God knows everything and loves everyone.
So, when one of us suffers, God suffers the same.
So, if you think about it, it is not fun to be God.
It is tough to be God.
But that is what is like to be God.

(3) So, you know, Jesus just couldn’t stand there when God suffers like that.
So, Jesus came to die for our sins.
Jesus came to pay the price for our sin.
We might have thought it was ok.
We might have been ok with our sinful life.
But God couldn’t stand it.
So, Jesus was like:
“I am going to die and pay for all your sin, as if I were responsible for your sin.
Then I am going to take away your sins.
Then God will be able to forgive you completely so that you may start all over again.”

Jesus lived like this, because he knew so well, who God is.
So, when we truly understand what Jesus has done for us, we will start to change.
Our hearts will start to change.
Then, Jesus may say something like this:
“Now hold on to me as I hold on to you.
Live in me, as I live in you.
Trust me with your life, and live my life.
Then I can make all things possible.
Then you can truly do what you truly want to do.
So, try to do what I ask you to do.
Then I can create wonderful life for you.”

(3) You know sometimes, I ask God:
“God, what do you want me to say to these people?”
Then God seems to say:
“Go, tell them I love them.”
So, I am telling you:
God loves you.
May you experience God’s love today. Amen.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for loving us.
Thank you for loving this people.
May we understand your love.
Thank you for giving your Holy Spirit.
Thank you for getting involved in our life.
May we want to do what you want us to do.
May we be the light and the salt of the world.
May we love our people.
May you love them through us.
And may your love be remembered forever.
In Jesus name, amen.

Note:
Because we are sinners like this, if we don’t agree with anyone, we say: "God loves me even when God does not agree with me.
God even has died for me.
This God has died for you, too.
So, you can have your place at this church.”

Note:
We have all obey God selectively.
We may have done that, because we cannot agree with God.
But still the graceful God accomplish his good will even in our disobedience.
When we know this, we will not judge anyone.



12.27.2013

John 11:17-27, 39-44

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Hello, Church, Proclaim!
Reading: John 11:17-27, 39-44
K-Hymn: 265
Blanks: rise, resurrection, believe, glory, thank, come out

(3) How does Jesus change our life?
Jesus changes our lives through his words.

That means, when Jesus wants to change our life, Jesus speaks about what he believes first.
Then his words start working in us and for us.
Then we experience the change.

Today, we read an example.
It was when Jesus wanted to raise Lazarus from the dead.
(1) So, first he said:
“I am the resurrection and the life.
All those who believe in me will live forever.”
Since Lazarus believed in Jesus, Jesus now let him experience the resurrection, by saying:
(3) “Lazarus, come out!”
(3) Then Lazarus came back to life.

(2) So, when Jesus wants to change our life, he speaks.
Then, the Holy Spirit starts to work.
Then we experience the change.
This is how Jesus changes lives.

So, Jesus spoke a lot of good words for us.
Jesus says that God loves you.
Jesus says that God forgives you.
Jesus says that God gives you freedom in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus says that you will see heaven open.
Jesus says that you will receive eternal life.
Jesus says that you will see God and be called children of God.

Jesus also proclaimed many promises to his churches.
So, today I am going to read that to you.
Then you, as the church, say “amen.”
Then we will proclaim his words together.
Ok?
Let’s practice.
I say:
God loves you.
You say:
Amen.
I say: God forgives you.
You say: (Amen.)
God heals you.
(Amen.)
Your faith will make you well.
(Amen.)

Ok. Good.
Let’s begin:
You will hear the voice of Jesus.
You will bear many fruits in Jesus Christ.

When you pray, your request will be granted.
When you pray, the door will be opened to you.
Everything is possible for you as you believe.

You will become one people in Christ Jesus.
You are brothers and sisters of Jesus.
You will see heaven open.
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
You will have the true life.

You will be made well.
You will stand firm in faith.
You will be saved.
You will be free and considered righteous.

You will be blessed, satisfied, and filled.
You will be comforted.
You will see God and be called “children of God.”
You will own God’s earth.
You will enter the Kingdom of God.
You will be great in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus will give you the keys to the kingdom of God.

So, when two or three of you gather in Jesus name, Jesus will be there in your midst.
When two of you agree about anything and ask in prayer, it will be given to you.
Whatever you allow on earth will be allowed in heaven.
Whatever you set free on earth will be set free in heaven.

Jesus will build his church.
His church will last forever.
Jesus will give you what will satisfy you forever.
Jesus will take care of you.
Jesus will give you rest.

You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
You will receive power as the Holy Spirit come upon you.
You will be the witnesses of Jesus Christ.
You will bring people to Jesus.

Jesus will raise you up at the last day.
Jesus will acknowledge you before the angels of God.
Jesus will reward you openly.

You will receive eternal life.
You will gather the fruit of everlasting life.
You will live forever through Jesus Christ.
You will find rest.
And Jesus will have you forever.

Amen!

Now may you experience the power of his words in your life.
May you experience what we proclaimed here today.
As you obey Jesus, you will experience more and more of him.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for being our God.
May we live according to your words.
May we live with you forever.
In Jesus name, we pray amen.

12.23.2013

John 6: 51-58 (2)

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Eat Jesus? (Lord’s Supper)
Reading: John 6: 51-58
Additional reading: Isaiah 30:15
Shouting: Jesus
Blanks: heaven, forever, eternal life, feeds on me
Prop: Communion cup and bread
K-hymn: 488

(1) Jesus said something like this:
“I am food.
I am the food from heaven.
God sent me to be your food.
I am the healthy food ever.
So, you can eat me and live forever.”

Now why is Jesus saying that we need to eat him?
Then what is like to eat him anyway?
So, we are going to think about it.

Now then, let’s think about eating.
(3) Do you like eating?
You cannot live without food, right?
So, you think about food a lot.
So, Jesus is saying:
“Think about me a lot.
I am much better food.
If you eat me, you can live forever.
I am the true food.
So, if you eat me, you can truly live.”

(1) So, during the communion, we sort of eat Jesus, right?
But let’s think about this way:
(2) Jesus is God.
Then does it mean that we are eating God?
But how can we eat God?
God creates everything.
Can God be our food?

Yes, in fact, God wants to be our food.
Because if we eat God, we become like God.
Then God can teach us about the truth.
Then we will have courage to be like Jesus.
Then we can do what Jesus does.
Then they can overcome the world.
So, all those who eat Jesus will have Jesus in them and become new people.

(3) So, in order to give this food, Jesus died on the cross.
Then Jesus rose back again so that he can help people live again.

(3) Jesus also told us:
“Drink my blood, because my blood will cleanse you.
My blood will protect us.
Then you will be free from your sin.”

So, Jesus died on the cross to offer his blood for the forgiveness of our sin.
Then Jesus will save all those who believe in the power of his blood.

But again Jesus is God.
So, it is God who bleeds for us.
It is God who was wounded on the cross.
It is God who gives his blood so that we may live forever.
So, Jesus is asking us to drink his blood, and think about the power of his blood.

(3) Again, Jesus is saying:
“This bread is me.
So, eat it.
This cup is my blood.
So, drink it.
If you eat it, you can have me in you and you can live my life.”

(2) But here is one more thing.
We always eat Jesus and drink Jesus together.
Why do we always take communion together?
Because we need to see that everyone is having Jesus in them.
Not only me, but everyone.
So, we recognize that God will work through everyone.
God will strengthen everyone.
God will work through everyone.

It also means that everyone needs to remember what Jesus says.
Everyone needs to think about his death and life.
Everyone needs to love God and love people.
Everyone needs to live a pure life for him.

(3) So, we eat Jesus together.
Then we try to understand the meaning of his life together.
We try to obey together and practice what Jesus says.
We try to turn to him and find rest in him, knowing he loves us this much.
We can trust him, and even pray to him knowing that Jesus even wants to be our food so that we may have the eternal life.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for listening to our prayer.
Thank you for shedding your blood for us.
Thank you for your words.
Thank you for your life.
Thank you for strengthening us.
Thank you for making us live spiritually.
We trust in you.
So, by participating in your Lord’s Supper, may we proclaim your story until you come.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

12.18.2013

Matthew 26: 47-56

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A nation of Peace?!
Reading: Matthew 26: 47-56
Additional reading: Matthew 10: 32-39, Mark 16:15, Matthew 25:31–46, 1 Chronicles 28: 2-7

(2) It was when Jesus was captured.
When Peter saw the soldiers taking Jesus away from him, he took the sword and fought back.
This was the only way Peter knew how to deal this kind of situation.
Peter was risking his life for him, as a matter of fact.

But Jesus stopped him saying:
“All who take the sword perish by the sword.”
Even at this moment, Jesus wanted to choose the way of peace.
Peter also needed to choose the way of peace because that is the way of the Christ.

But Peter was so shocked.
He thought Jesus would support him to fight back.
But Jesus was asking him to follow him to the way of peace.
As for Peter, this was more difficult.
Then here Peter discovered a new Jesus.
This Jesus was not the person that he thought he knew.
Peter was not ready to follow this kind of Jesus.
So, he ran away.

It is very difficult to follow this way of peace, knowing you would die.
It is difficult to speak what you believe knowing you will be killed.
It is difficult to boldly follow the way of peace.
But Jesus wanted to achieve his goal in this fashion.
Jesus achieved his goal giving his life away.

But Jesus wanted to start this movement.
Jesus also sought to plant this seed in this world.
So, Jesus said to his students:
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
And make disciples of all nations”

What is the gospel?
The gospel is the story of Jesus as the whole.

Jesus asked them to preach his teaching and his life to all creation.
Then his teaching and his kingdom would grow and grow.
Then it will help many people and nations.

So, to follow this teaching of Jesus, some Christian denominations became peace churches and commit themselves for Christian pacifism.
They are Quakers, and Mennonite.
Some leaders of our denomination are also seeking to make PCUSA a peace church at this time.

Now, let’s imagine that there is a nation that decides to follow Jesus in his this way of peace.
What would this nation look like?
How can a nation stand believing “All who take the sword perish by the sword”?
Can you imagine a nation without weaponry?
Can you imagine our policemen or policewomen don’t have any kind of weapon? (In fact, UK does that.)
Can a nation exist like that?

If there is a nation like this, what kind of things would happen?
Let’s say that a nation declare her intention to be a nation of peace.
Then they abandon all military plans.
Then in order to follow the way of peace, they use money for peace.
They give money to help other nations, since Jesus said Matthew 25:31–46, helping the poor and prisoners and so on is important.
They use money to educate other nations to live peacefully.
They try to have a peaceful relationship with their neighbors.

This nation can only exist, if their people want to live like this risking their lives.
Will there is a nation that is courageous enough to try this way of life?
Will other nations recognize their effort and follow?

Let’s say, there is a president who want to run a nation like that.
Can he or she survive?
Can he or she be even elected?
Will a nation follow his or her leading?

What do you think?
Can this kind of nation exist?

We can be very violent people.
There is violence in us.
All those who pray for their enemies may understand how violent we are.
All those who try to forgive someone may understand this.
We are so violent that we need the Savior who gives his body and blood so that we may be so moved enough to follow his way of life.
We need to have God in us to live for God and others.
So, Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit, knowing that if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we may be able to live his way of peace.
If we can be one with Jesus in prayer, we may live what Jesus is talking about here.
If we are empowered by the Spirit of Jesus, we may be.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, our Savior, help us to follow you.
Give us your Holy Spirit so that we may follow you in your way of peace.
In your name, we pray. Amen.

12.12.2013

John 12:1-11 (1)

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Prop: a perfume of any kind.

What is in my hand?
That is right.
This is a perfume.
It smells like this. (Let them smell)

Now, imagine that you take your mother’s perfume and pour the whole thing on the feet of your father?
You like the idea?
Do you think your mother will say, “Well done, my child”?
Do you think your father will say, “Well done; it smells nice”?

No?
Why not?
Right, you don’t use your mother’s perfume like that, right?

But today in our bible story, somebody did just that.
Her name was Mary.
It was right before Jesus died.
Mary came to Jesus with an expensive perfume.
Then she poured the whole thing on Jesus’ feet.
That is not all.
She dried them with her long hair.

If you were there, what would you say, if Mary did something like this?

We wonder and may ask:
Why would Mary do that?
Is she trying to say something?
What is she trying to say?

As for Mary, Jesus was very special.
So, she wants to give him her best perfume like this.
In this way, she was trying to say to Jesus, "Thank you for coming.”

I think we all have our own way of saying our thanks.
How do you show your appreciation to someone?
Some of you may simply say, “Thank you.”
Some of you may give a gift.
Some of you may do something for others.
Some of you may give a smile and a hug.
Some of you may gently hold their hands.

There are many ways we can say thanks.
We show our appreciation and gratitude in various ways.
But God understands them all.

So, when Mary showed her gratitude in this way, Jesus understood.
Jesus knew that Mary really felt good about Jesus.
So, Jesus felt warm and fuzzy inside.

I hope that we also show our gratitude and thanks to Jesus often.
Then we may also make Jesus feel warm and fuzzy inside.
OK?

Let’s pray:
Thank you, God for giving us your Son, Jesus.
Thank you for coming into our life.
May we live thankfully knowing that you really love us.
In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.


12.11.2013

Three Prayers

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Today, I would like to introduce three prayers by three different people.
As we read these prayers, we may recognize who they are and what they hope for.

First one is “The Serenity Prayer” by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971).
Who is Reinhold Niebuhr?
One time, he was like a Michael Jordan in a theological world about 60 years ago.
He prayed:

“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

“Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right, if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”

This person must have struggled between serenity and the need to change.
Then he realizes that he also learns to surrender to God’s will, trusting that God will make all things right.


Another prayer is a prayer of St Francis (1181/1182 – 1226)

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

“O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.”

Based on this prayer, what do think about St Francis?
He wants to serve in order to create more love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy.
In order to do those, he wants to console, understand, love, give, forgive and die for God.
This is what he learned from Jesus.



The last prayer is “Lord’s Prayer” of Jesus Christ (5 BC/BCE – 30 AD/CE).
He taught us to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, holy is your name, your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

There are few things that are important to Jesus.
Jesus wants God’s will and plan be accomplished.
He wants that we live a life of forgiveness.

For this, Jesus was ready to give his life.



11.27.2013

Three Trees

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Three Trees (It is a very well known story)
Reading: Luke 2:1-14

I am going to tell you a story.
It is a children story.
I guess in this Christmas season, I am allowed to tell you this children story, right?
Let’s begin.

(1) Once upon a mountain top, there were three little trees.
These trees had big dreams.

(1) One little tree said:
"I want to be the most beautiful treasure box in the world!
I want to hold lots and lots of treasure, gold and diamond."

(2) The second little tree said:
“I want to be the strongest and most powerful ship in the world!
I want to travel oceans carrying powerful kings and queens.”

(3) The third little tree said:
"I want to be the tallest tree in the world.
So, when people look at me, they may raise their eyes to see heaven and think about God."

Many years went by.
All these trees grew tall.
(2) Then one day three woodcutters climbed this mountain.
The first woodcutter took the first tree and went down.
The second woodcutter took down the second tree and went down.
But the third tree felt terrified when the last woodcutter looked at her.
So, she tried to stand tall pointing to heaven.
But the woodcutter didn’t even look up.
Then he took down the third tree.

(1) The first tree was so excited when she saw a carpenter.
The first tree said:
"Yeehah, now I’ll be a beautiful box that holds wonderful treasures!"

But the carpenter was not making a treasure box.
He was making a feed box for animals.
So, this proud tree was made into a feed box and was filled with hay for hungry animals.

(1) The second tree was happy when she realized that she was going to be a boat.
Her dream was coming true.
The second tree said:
"Finally, I’ll sail oceans!
I’ll be a strong ship for kings and queens!”

But there was no need for a mighty sailing ship that day.
(3) So, she was made into a small fishing boat.
Then she was too small to sail the oceans.
So she was taken into a little lake where she spent her life carrying fish.

(3) The third tree was confused when the woodcutter made her into strong beams and threw her on a pile of lumber in the yard.
Then the once tall tree wondered:
"What happened?
All I wanted was to point all these people to God!"

Many, many days passed.
The three trees almost forgot their dreams.

(1) Then one night, the first tree saw a special star shining over her, as a young woman laid her newborn baby in this feed box.
Her husband said:
"I wish I could provide a better cradle for him."

But the mother said:
"This manger is perfect.
It is beautiful."
Then suddenly the first tree realized that she was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening many years later, the second tree was sailing on the lake.
She was carrying a teacher and his students.
Then she saw the teacher fell asleep as she quietly sailed across the lake.
Then suddenly the weather changed from calm to stormy.

(1) Then the tree was scared, because she knew she was too weak to carry these people through the wind and the rain.

Then the students wake up the sleeping teacher.
(3) Then the teacher stood up and said:
“Peace! Be still!”
Then the storm stopped.
Then, the second tree knew that she was carrying the King of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, not long after that, the third tree was surprised, when she was yanked out from the forgotten woodpile.

(3) Then her beams were nailed together.
Then a man was carrying her through an angry shouting crowd.
She was so nervous.

(2) Then she cried when soldiers nailed the man to her.
It was just too much.
Then after awhile, she felt the man had died.
Then the man was carried into a tomb.

(2) But on Sunday morning, something great happened.
She saw the man rose back up again and walked.
Then the man disappeared and appeared and disappeared and appeared and so on.
Then she realized that she was with the Son of God.
God came down and was with her.

(1) God included these trees into God’s plan.
God included these threes to be part of the story of Jesus.
So, these trees could help people to understand God much better.

Initially these trees just wanted to be powerful, beautiful, strong and big.
But God chose to be humble and weak to show who God is and to be with them.
So, these trees understood who God is, and how God may appear in their life.
The end.

Let us pray:
Jesus, thank you for all the blessings that we experience.
Thank you for honoring the humble.
Thank you for being born and dying for us.
Thank you for rising back again and live forever.
May we be the people who live with your spirit forever.
In Jesus name, amen.

11.17.2013

Matthew 18:21-22

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Forgive from your hearts
Reading: Matthew 6: 14 -15; Mark 11: 22-25; Matthew 18:21-22, (23-35)
Additional readings: John 20:23, 2 Corinthians 2: 5-11, Colossians 3:13, James 5:15
Blanks: forgive, he (God), first, will

Do you think Jesus holds grudges?
Do you think Jesus makes people to pay for their sin?
(2) No, Jesus tries to forgive them and understand them.
In fact, Jesus tries to forgive them from the heart.
Jesus wants to give them new chances to live well.
In this way, Jesus helps people experience God.
You see, Jesus is very patient.

(2) Then much to our surprise, Jesus asks us to forgive just like him.
Can we forgive like him?
Jesus was like:
“If you want to follow me, you need to forgive.
You need to forgive people from your heart.
Then, God will forgive you, as well.”

Then some of you may say:
“Yeah, I can forgive then.”
Then some of you may say:
“Forgiveness?
It would be very difficult for me.”

But Jesus asks us to forgive because it is good for us.
And we can forgive people in the power of the Holy Spirit.
By God’s help, we can forgive them from our own heart.
So, Jesus asks us to try:
Try to pray for people and try to understand them.
Try to bless them.

Now I would like to show you a video.
It may be difficult for you to understand.
But let’s try.
Let’s watch: http://youtu.be/uGfNM08ef7c



(1) Jesus says something like this:
“Love your enemies.
Bless your enemies.
Forgive your enemies.”

(3) But unfortunately, as for her, her father was like an enemy.
She was mad at him.
But God asked her to forgive him.
So, she tried.
Then, God asked her to ask for forgiveness from her father.
Wow!

(1) But she had some wounds in her heart because of her father.
But she tried, because God asked her to.
(2) As she tried to obey and forgive her father from her heart, God was able to cure her heart as well.
Then she saw what is possible in God.
She learned that it is possible to forgive in the power of the Holy Spirit.

(3) In this way Jesus was able to love her father through her.
Then, Jesus could build a family of love.
Jesus could start a movement of peace in her family.
Then Jesus could improve her family life.

So, forgiveness is very important to God.
So, even God tries to forgive continually.
And that is why God sent his Son to us.

(3) As for Jesus, there are two things that make him sad.
First is when people don’t love him very much.
Second is when people don’t even try to forgive.
If people don’t do these things, they might not be able to experience God or understand God.
But if they try, they would get to know God.
They would experience God.
They would be able to see what is possible in God.
They would be able to have God’s peace, God’s freedom and God’s health forever.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to forgive people from our hearts so that we may shine your light, your character, and your kindness.
Help us to forgive so that we may share the fullness of your love throughout our days.
May you also forgive our sin and restore our life.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

11.15.2013

John 1:43-51 (1)

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Come and see
Reading: John 1:43-51
Blanks: Come, Nazareth, real, heaven, open,

(1) In the time of Jesus, there were sort of two kinds of Jewish people.
One group was living near Jerusalem.
The other group was living near Galilee.

Those who lived near Jerusalem tended to be religious and very Jewish.
And they thought that the Jewish people in Galilee were not Jewish enough.
Sometimes, they looked down on them.
And they made fun of their pronunciation or their dialect.

But Jesus loved to hang out with the Jewish people in Galilee.
(1) Jesus found many of his disciples in Galilee.
In fact, today, Jesus went to Galilee to find more disciples.
(2) Then, when Jesus found a new disciple, he said to him:
“Follow me.”
Then he said “Ok” and followed Jesus.
His name was Philip.
Philip was from the town where Peter and his brother, Andrew were from.
So, Peter and Andrew welcomed their hometown boy, Philip.

(1) But then Philip remembered his good friend, Nathanael.
So, he went and found him and said:
“Hey, we’ve found the Messiah that the Bible talks about!
He is Jesus from Nazareth!”

Nathanael said:
“Nazareth? (Laughing)
Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Even though he was a Galilean, he didn’t expect very much from his people.

But Philip said:
“Come and see~.”

(1) So, Nathanael came to see Jesus.
Then Jesus said:
“Voila!
Here is a very spiritual man!”

Nathanael said:
“Whoa, how do you know me?”
Jesus said: (pause)
(1) “I saw you, under that fig tree, before Philip called you.”

Nathanael was surprised because he had an experience under that tree.
But Jesus seemed to know what happened there.
Jesus seemed to know his secret life of prayer.
Well, of course, Jesus knew because Nathanael was praying to God who is Jesus under that tree.
So, Nathanael said:
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God.
You are the King of Israel!” (smile)

Then Jesus said:
“Wait a minute.
I just told you that I saw you under that fig tree.
Is that enough for you?
Well, you’ll see much, much more.
You all will see the heaven opened.
You will see the angels coming down, going up, coming down, going up on me!”

Some people thought about what really happened to Nathanael.
Then they made a video out of it.
So, let’s watch: http://youtu.be/k7ZZfSDWR44


(1) Because Nathanael was a spiritual man, Jesus came to him like this.
Jesus showed he is the Messiah like this.
But remember?
Initially, Nathanael thought not much of the people of Nazareth or Galilee. He thought that they were not Jewish enough or religious enough.

But Jesus chose these people as his disciples.
Then Jesus taught them, trained them and empowered them.
Then, Jesus sent these Galileans to make disciples in all nations.
They were sent out to teach others.
So, other people needed to be humble and listen to what God was saying through them.

Today, Jesus may still come to us like this.
He would train the humble and send them to teach others.
So, if we look down on them just because they are different, or because they don’t speak English or Korean, or because their language sounds weird, we are making a mistake.
God can use anybody.
So, we need to be humble and be ready to hear what God is saying.
Then we may receive God’s blessings that are coming to us.

(1) So, the bible says: (let’s read together)
“In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

This is our homework today.
We are called to respect others as if they are better than us.
We need to think other people well and treat them well.
We need to humbly serve other people.
Then we will be able to live the life that Jesus wants us to live.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for coming to us from Nazareth and Galilee.
You have lived the holy life there.
The power of God was even working through your disciples.
Help us to be humble and patient so that we may also be able to live your life wherever we are.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.


11.09.2013

Luke 11:1-13 (3)

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Praying for nations
Reading: Luke 11:1-13
K-hymns: 489

Jesus again teaches people through a story.
He told a story like this:
“Let’s say you have a best friend who was traveling a lot.
He is extremely busy.
Then one night, he came to your house unannounced.
You were so happy to see him.
So, you invited him in but realized that you have no food to offer.
You went to all the stores which were all closed.
So, you ran to another friend’s house and waked his friends saying:
“Do you have some food that I can borrow?”
Then you explained your situation.

But your friend was like:
“Don’t you think it is late?
I got to get up early tomorrow.
So, don’t bother me. Go away.”

But he could not give up, because he had someone at home.
Even though he knew that he was bothering his friends, he asked again and again and again.
So, his friend got up and started to prepare something.
He realized that in this way, he would get more sleep.

(1) Why would Jesus tell this story?
Jesus wanted to explain about praying.
At this story, Jesus may be talking about intercessory prayer.
It is to pray for someone else.
It is to pray for our friends so that God may help them.
We pray that God may give strength to our friends.
We pray that God would give spiritual power to our friends.
Then God’s power is available for our friends.

Telling this story, Jesus is saying:
“Don’t give up after praying once or twice.
Even if you don’t have enough faith to ask God, ask God again and again.
Then God will help your friends.
Pray again and again, until you receive what you pray for.
Then God will work through you.”

But some people may say:
God knows everything.
Why should we pray again and again?

For some prayer, you don’t have to pray twice.
Then you see God answers your prayer.
But for other occasions, you need to pray again and again.
Then, God’s thoughts will flow through you.
Then God’s power will flow through you.
Then, God will make something happen.
(2) As you pray again and again, you give yourself permission to experience God who gently works through you.
The power of Gospel happens as you pray for others.
In this way, you love them.
In this way, you become part of God’s team.
Then God will inspire you to pray for various persons.
Then God will work and make it happen.
God will work miracles for those people.
In this way as God change the world.
It is wonderful to recognize that God answers your prayer and moves along with your prayer.

So, I think everyone should have a prayer list written out.
Then it is easier to pray again and again for our friends.
Then we will experience God making something happen.

God desires to help.
But one condition is that we pray again and again.
Then we sense God’s good plan for our lives.
Then we can even pray according to the will of God.
It is a great service to God.

Talking about prayer, we can also pray for churches and nations.
That is, you can help a church or a nation to experience God.
You may pray for missionaries, ministers, spiritual leaders, deacons and elders of a particular country.
You may pray that they may live holy and pure life.
Then, you may even change that nation with God.

For this kind of prayer, you may need to pray over and over.
For example, many people have been praying for North Korea.
Sometimes, it is discouraging.
But at the same time, we have seen God is working for that nation.
So, we pray continually, knowing again everything is possible in God.

If you like news, you have a lot of information to pray for the world.
You can pray to make our world peaceful and safer and prosperous.
Then God may make the world peaceful and a better place.

As we pray, we celebrate the fact that God is good.
So, we praise and give thanks to God.
We express our love to God in your prayer.

Lastly, I heard about someone who didn’t really believe in God.
But he decided to have a test by praying for awhile.
Then as he prayed, he sensed or realized that God really listened to him.
God was working through his prayer.
He experienced the power of God.
Then he ended up knowing more of God.
Then this person even find God’s will and plan for his life in Jesus Christ.
So, help us pray according to the will of Jesus, so that we may become like him.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to pray so that we may truly help those who are around us.
Encourage us to pray so that many nations may find peace in you.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.

11.08.2013

Matthew 11:28-30 (1)

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There is a true work that if you do, you will find rest
Reading: Matthew 11:28-30
Additional reading: Psalm 131: 1, 2
Props: bag, basketball,
Blanks: rest, yoke, easy, light

What is this?
Right, it is a bag.
What’s inside?
What is this?
It is a basketball.
What about this?
Who put this in the bag anyway?
Well, there was one person who carries this kind of bags all day long.
I don’t know why she does that.
So, let’s find out.
We are going to watch this video to find out:
http://youtu.be/KrvJIznZKtU


(2) Can you understand this video?
Ok, then why did she carry all those bags?

She carried those bags because she was anxious.
She worried about things.
So, she carried each bags.
Then when she worried about her future, she added more bags.
When she worried about meeting people’s expectation, she added more bags.
Then it became too many.
So, she could not live a normal life.

So, she tried to share her bags with her friends.
But most of her friends could not understand why she carried all those bags.
So they didn’t want to carry her bags.

(1) She also wanted to be free from her bags.
But she didn’t know how.
So, she added more bags.
Then she struggled to carry all those bags, without knowing how to get rid of them.
That is, she didn’t know how to stop worrying.

(2) Then some people asked her invite Jesus into her life.
They said instead of just carrying the bible, she could give her life to Jesus and be free.
Because Jesus has the power to create heaven and earth, Jesus can take all her bags.
So, she started to give each bags to Jesus. (put the bag)
She started to give her worries to Jesus.

This is a mystery.
Then she took the bag of Jesus.
Then she was free.
When she carried Jesus' bag, she was free in Jesus.
She was free to do what she truly loves to do.
She was free to help her friends to do what they truly love to do.
She can help people because she was free to live in God’s power.
She was free to live a new life with Jesus.

(3) Then the more she got to know Jesus, the more she could give her every worry to Jesus.
The more she knows Jesus, the more she can give her bags to Jesus.
The more she understands Jesus, the more she can give her worries to Jesus.
Then the more she gives, the more she was free.
Then, she stops worrying about things.
She stops worrying about her reputation.
She stops worrying about her family’s expectations.
Then she just lives her life with Jesus.

(1) To every people, Jesus said something like this:
“Don’t carry al those bags, burdens and worries.
Come to me. I will give you rest.
I will give you freedom to do what you truly love to do.
Continually learn from me.
I am gentle and humble.
So, live my life.
Then you will truly find peace and rest.”

Jesus wants to show you how to live an easier life.
If we understand Jesus, we can live that easy life with Jesus.

So, let’s carry his bag.
Meaning, let’s live his life:
We can live his life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We will be able to do what Jesus wants us to do.
Then we will find joy.
Then we will find rest and have peace in our heart.
Ok?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you always wait for us.
So, we will give all our worries to you.
Then help us to listen to you.
Help us to live your life.
Because then, we will be just fine, because of you.
May we find peace and rest in you.
May all people find peace and rest in you. .
In Jesus name, amen.

Note:
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

11.06.2013

Pastoral Prayer 6

Jesus, you want us to move into new future, New Year with you.
So, we pray that you may free us from our past wounds and humiliations.
Free us from our past hurtful memories which may keep us apart.

If we have ignored someone, because they have reminded us of our wounds, forgive us.
Help us to forgive.
Help us to bless them.
Help us to be reconciled.
Help us to live like you, opening us up to the Holy Spirit.

Jesus, now we pray for this world.
We pray for all those who wish for peace and freedom.
We pray with those who pray for their safety and prosperous in this world.
We pray for those who seek to find Jesus in their own mind and heart and life.
May they find you and know you.

We pray for this country and this city.
We pray for those who serve your good will in governments.
We pray for this city.
We pray for all those who work for this city.
We pray for our neighbors.
We pray for the kids in this neighborhood.
May they know that you love them and you have wonderful plans for them.

Jesus, we pray for our family and friends.
We pray for those who are always remained in our heart.
We pray for all those who ask for our prayers.
Manifest yourself to them even now.
Give them your peace, guidance, and healings.
Fill them with your joy, love and spirit so that they may move with you forever.

Thank you for this year.
Though many things have changed, you have made all go smoothly.
Continually remind us of our callings so that we may move with you here.

Thank you for all the youths and children in this church.
Thank you for teaching these children.
Even when they are young, like Jesus, may they hear and follow God
May our children know you, and be faithful to you for all their life.
May they live like you, think like you and be like you wherever they are.

May you also bless our teachers, small group leaders and all those who share the story of Jesus.
May you inspire them and fill them with the Holy Spirit so that they may share your knowledge and wisdom faithfully.
Thank you for all your works in this church.
We pray this in your name, Jesus. Amen.

11.02.2013

Matt 1:18-25 (2)

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Mary, did you know?
Reading: Matt 1:18-25
Additional reading: Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 7:14
Blanks: Holy Spirit, Immanuel,

(1) Merry Christmas!
Since this is the week when Christmas comes, I am just going to tell you the old Christmas story that you all know.

Many, many years ago, God told Jewish people:
(2) “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son.
And they will call him Immanuel.”
What is Immanuel?
Immanuel means “God is with us.”

When God said this, Jesus, the Son of God, was living among the angels.
But Jesus wanted to be with people.
So, Jesus decided to become a man.
Then, Jesus was wondering who could be his mother.
Who could give him a chance to be born?
Then, Jesus thought Mary could be his mother.
So, Jesus sent her an angel to get her permission.
Luckily, Mary said yes.

(1) Then, Mary let this news known to her fiancé, Joseph.
But Joseph was confused, because Mary was so serious about this.
But Joseph was like:
“What is this?
Is she trying to break up with me?
Then what does it mean that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit?
Is she saying that she was unfaithful to me?”

Aaa. It was too much.
So, he went home and went to bed.
Then he relaxed enough to receive God’s thoughts.
(2) Then, in his dream an angel appeared and said:
“Joseph, do not worry about marrying Mary.
She is really pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
So, get married.
Then when she gives birth to a son, call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their errors.”

Joseph might have wondered:
“Is it really from God?
Is God really speaking through dreams?”
Then he remembered that in the bible that God often used dreams to make the plan known.
In the bible some people interpreted the dreams to know the plan of God.
So, Joseph also decided to have a go
(3) Joseph accepted that God had a bigger plan.
So he took Mary home as his wife.

You know, sometimes, God can speak to you through your dreams.
Sometimes, your dream may be speaking you about something.
Of course, sometimes, your dream doesn’t make sense at all.
But God seems to understand it.
God seems to understand what your dream is all about.
So, if you can understand it, you may know about yourself or about God’s plan.

(1) Anyway Mary gave birth.
Joseph called him Jesus.
The name Jesus means “God saves.”
This name simply explains what Jesus would do.
Jesus saves his people from their sin.
Then Jesus helps them to become the children of God.

Now let’s watch a video: http://youtu.be/A1oHJR2g7Tw


(1) Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn’t really know who Jesus really was.
Even when Jesus started his ministry, Mary didn’t understand.
But she heard every day that:
Jesus was healing the leper.
Jesus walked on water.
Jesus gave sight to the blind.
Jesus healed people on the Sabbath.
Jesus calmed the storm.
Jesus served the poor.
Then Jesus died and rose back again to show who he is.

Then, Mary understood who Jesus was.
Mary understood that Jesus was God who created her.
Jesus was God who will one day rule the nations.
So, Mary believed her son.
Then because of her son, her sin was taken away.
Because of her son, she became a new person.
Because of her son, she understood God.
Because of her son, she was saved.
Then she followed Jesus and lived like him.

In a sense, our calling is very similar with that of Mary.
We also need to have Jesus in us.
We need to welcome Jesus into our hearts.
We need to allow Jesus to grow in us.
Then Jesus will live his life through us.
Then Jesus will guide us, save us and free us from our sins.
Then Jesus will make us a new person in God.
So, let’s have Jesus in us and let him to grow and grow and grow so that he can live through us.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to listen and obey.
Sometimes, you speak to us through our dreams or through our circumstances.
May we listen to you and obey, so that we may serve you forever.
We pray in Jesus name, amen.


10.31.2013

Mark 10:46-52

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Try again
Reading: Mark 10:46-52
Prop: yoyo
Blanks: mercy, stopped, What do you want me to do for you, Go

(1) What is this?
Right, it is yoyo.
Have you played with yoyo?
If you want, you can learn these skills.

Now let’s say I want to learn these skills.
What do I need to do?
Of course, I need to practice.
I need to practice daily, until I learn these skills.

Then what is practice anyway?
To practice means to try again and again until you get used to it, and until it becomes your second nature.

(1) Today we read about a person who tried hard to reach out to Jesus.
His name was Bartimaeus.
Let’s call him Mr. B.

Mr. B was blind for many years.
But two thousand years ago, there were not many things that a blind man can do.
It was not easy to make a living.
So, he sat on the street and begged for money.

Then, Mr. B heard a large crowd passing by.
Then he heard that this big crowd was here for Jesus.
(1) So, he began to shout:
"Jesus~, have mercy on me~!"

People were saying:
“Stop.
You are hurting my ears!”
Oh, gee, please be quiet!"

But Mr. B was so excited to meet Jesus.
He wanted to see Jesus, too.
So he shouted all the more.
"Jesus~, have mercy on me~!"

He also knew that Jesus could heal him.
Jesus could make him well.
So, Mr. B continually tried to get Jesus’ attention.
He shouted various ways:
"Jesus~, have mercy on me~!"

Then Jesus heard him.
Jesus heard his faith as Mr. B continually sought Jesus’ attention.
So, Jesus asked people to bring him.
(1) Then Jesus saw Mr. B had faith to heal himself.
So, Jesus simply said:
“Your faith has healed you!”
Like this, Jesus gave him his sight.
Then, Mr. B also followed Jesus.

Jesus was like this.
When people tried hard to meet Jesus, sometimes, Jesus saw their faith.
Then, Jesus simply responded to their faith.
Then people were healed and got well.

We were talking about practicing.
If we keep on trying, there are many things that we can learn.
(2)If we keep on trying, we can even learn to trust in Jesus.
If we try daily, we may learn enough to believe in Jesus.

(2)Learning to pray is the same.
If you want to learn to pray, you need to try continually.
Then you may learn how to pray.
As you try continually, you may be able to talk with God better.
Then, you may see that things start to happen.
Then we may know what Jesus can do for us.
Then we may be able to trust in Jesus even more.

(2)Getting to know Jesus is the same.
If you want to know him, you may need to try.
Then you may need to read about him and seek him.
Then you may get to know him personally, because he is alive today.
Jesus is trying to reach out to us.
So, let’s us also try to reach out to Jesus.
Then we will get to know Jesus better.

(2)Finding out our calling is the same.
If you want to know what on earth you are here for, we need to try. .
You need to pray about it and try to find it.
Then you will know why you are here.
You will know why Jesus wants you to be here.
Then as you try to carry out the task that Jesus has given to us, you may know how much Jesus can do for all of us.

(2)Lastly, this is a thanksgiving Sunday.
We have a thanksgiving Sunday every year.
Why?
It is because we want to practice giving thanks to God.
We want to try to give thanks so that our hearts may be always thankful to God.

So, these are what we try and practice.
I hope you practice daily, so that you get better and better.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for encouraging us.
Thank you for helping us to pray so that we may experience you.
Thank you for giving us our calling in life.
Help us to find it so that we may also serve your people, according to your will, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen

10.27.2013

Matthew 9: 9-13 (3)

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God’s love can change people
Reading: Matthew 9: 9-13 (3)
Additional reading: 1 John 3:15, Luke 6: 27-39
K-hymn: 493

(1) Two thousand years ago, in Israel, not many people were able to read and write.
But Matthew could read and write.
He was really good at it.
He was also good at organizing things.
So, he became a tax collector.

But there was one problem in his life.
In those days, tax collectors were Jewish men.
They took taxes from Jewish people and gave money to the Roman Empire.
So, Matthew’s job was to make his people money and gave to the Roman Empire who was occupying their land without their permission.
Moreover, he had to overcharge his Jewish people, in order to make some profit for himself.

So, you can guess that Jewish people didn’t like the Romans and didn’t like their tax collectors.
They didn’t want to meet Matthew.
But Matthew was waiting for them in the place where they had to pass day by day.
So, they had to pay taxes even though they knew that they were overcharged.

(1) Then one day, the Jewish Jesus saw this Matthew collecting taxes on the street.
Jesus thought: “Hey, Matthew could be a good disciple.
You know, he could write down my teachings and organize so that other people could read about it.”
So, Jesus said to Matthew:
“Follow me and be my disciple.”
Then Matthew got up and really followed him.
Then Matthew learned about the teachings of Jesus.
He really liked it.
So, he became a good student of Jesus.

But initially, people were puzzled when Jesus invited Matthew to be his disciple.
But soon they were able to see why, because Matthew was changing as he experienced Jesus and his teachings.

(1) Then Jesus also told his other students something like this:
“Matthew is your brother now.
So learn to work with him.
I think Matthew would be very important person for my ministry.”

Then Jesus helped Matthew to be a good teacher.
Matthew was also having fun because he could use his organizing skill for Jesus.
He even organized Jesus’ teaching according to its theme.
(2) Then later, he wrote a book called the gospel of Matthew.
It is one of the best written gospels we have.
God’s Church is still using this book to learn about the teachings of Jesus.

This kind of change was possible because Jesus didn’t judge him or condemn him.
Instead, Jesus sort of told him like:
“Your sins are forgiven.
Now all is ok.
Live your life for me.
Receive the Holy Spirit and live your life for God.
Then you can live like me and change the world for me.”

The students of Jesus also tried to work with Matthew.
They pray for him.
They forgive him.
Then, a tax collector becomes a gospel writer.
Then through his book, he was still preaching the gospel today.

Jesus was changing one person at a time, knowing that in this way, he could change the world.

Jesus liked like this, calling Matthew, because he knew God’s love is the most powerful way to change people.
Jesus knew that when mercy is shown, people change.
When forgiveness is shown, people change.
When compassion is shown, people change.
When freedom is given, people change.
So, Jesus forgives many sins and mistakes and helps them to find the right path for them. (1 Peter 4:8)

In this church, Jesus is trying to do the same.
Seeing God’s possibility, Jesus adds various people into his ministry.
Jesus was like:
“I am a good doctor.
I can cure you.
So, hang out with me.
Be with me.”
Like this, Jesus still finds those who haven't served God and then train them to serve God with their gifts and talents.
So, if we want to follow Jesus, we need to pray for these people, forgive them, and give them another chance to serve God.
This is the only way that we can follow Jesus.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you welcome people.
Then you help them to serve God.
You help us to know the joy of serving God.
Change our hearts also so that we may see, speak and act like you.
May we practice your compassion and ministry so that there may be more disciples like Mathew.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

10.22.2013

Matthew 12: 1-8 (3)

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God understands
Reading: Matthew 12: 1-8 (3)
K-hymn: 404

Jesus and his students traveled a lot.
They went to various places to preach and teach and heal people.
Then, some people voluntarily provided foods and moneys.
They gave enough money so that Jesus could help the poor.

But today it was different.
Because they were traveling on Sabbath, there was no place to buy food.
So, they were hungry.
Then, as they passed by a field, they picked some heads of grain and ate them.

But at this time, there were other religious group who thought that working on the Sabbath, meaning, picking the heads of grain was sin.
It so happened that these people were watching Jesus and his students.
Then they were shocked seeing the students of Jesus were picking some heads of grain and ate them.
They thought that Jewish people should not work on Sabbath.
They thought that they should not make God mad at them, by breaking the Sabbath like this.

So, they were saying to Jesus like:
“Jesus, what is this?
Your students are breaking the Sabbath!
Why don’t you stop them, huh?”

As for Jesus, he had more important things than keeping the Sabbath.
It is to preach the gospel.
He spent his time traveling on Sabbath, because there were others who needed to listen to the gospel and experience the gospel.
So, even though they were poorly prepared for Sabbath, they traveled to help people understand God.

So, Jesus told them like this:
“Let me help you understand God.
God gave Sabbath for people to rest.
The same God understands our situation and would not judge my students.
So, relax, because God is merciful.

“It is like this.
When people had to run away to save their lives, they can run even on Sabbath.
God understands.

“Or it is like this.
Some people had to work on Sabbath to serve God.
They are pastors, church leaders and so on.
God understands that they need to work to preach the gospel.
So, God would not judge them.
Instead, God would bless them to work well on Sabbath.
“So, I don’t judge my students who eat because they are hungry.
My students can live like this.
They have more important works to do.
Besides, I am the creator of the Sabbath.
I am creating the Sabbath.
I’m creating the rest that is necessary.
So don’t worry.
“Instead, trust that God is merciful like this.
In other words, blessed are the merciful, for they’ll receive mercy.
So, dare to be merciful and kind like God.
Dare to forgive and love.
Then you will receive mercy.
Then you can serve God in the way that God wants.”

Jesus has a different understanding about sin.
Jesus understands that sin is inside of us.
It is jealousy, envy and hatred and so on.
Jesus is struggling with these because God understands our deepest thoughts.
So, even though Jesus didn’t call his students sinners, because Jesus understood about God, Jesus offered his life on the cross to take away our true sins.
Then when he rose back, Jesus said:
“Everything I taught is right.
So, remember my faith, my life style and my attitude toward life.
This is the life that I give you so that you may have the eternal life.”

Looking at this life, we form a community to practice what Jesus practices.
So, we would not judge easily when people made mistakes.
Before that, we try to understand God.
We try to understand a merciful God.
Then we try to understand people and their situation.
We try to understand their mental and psychological situation.
We try to understand their upbringings.
We try to understand their thoughts.

Then we can be merciful to people.
Then, we would not condemn those who are innocent.
Then, we can truly help people.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you are compassionate.
You understand.
Help us to understand so that we may also be merciful.
May we be easy on people like you so that they may experience you the most merciful one.
In Jesus name, amen.

10.13.2013

Revelation 3:20

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Four Spiritual Laws
Reading: Revelation 3:20
Props: Four Spiritual Laws for each person who is attending
Blanks: knock, voice, opens

Today I like to introduce a small booklet.
I am sure that some of you already know it.
Have one.

This booklet is for those who don’t know anything about God.
So, people use this booklet to introduce God.
Some people give out this booklet so that other people can read it.
Or, people use this booklet to start a conversation.
You know, they can say:
“Have you heard of the Four Spiritual Laws?
If not, can I explain to you?”
Or, they can say:
“We are surveying how this booklet is received by people.
Can I read this booklet to you and know your opinion?”

Anyway, let’s go through some big ideas in this booklet.
We are going to read only the left sides of the booklet, since only that is in English.

This booklet talks about four spiritual laws.
(1) If you turn to the page 2, it gives you the first spiritual law: that is, “God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.”
Then on the page 6, it suggests a second spiritual law: let’s read together.

(2) Then on the page 8, through this diagram, it explains that because God is holy, it may be difficult for people to know God.

But through Jesus the Christ, we can know God:
So, on the page 10, it gives the law number three: let’s read together.
Basically, it says that Jesus saved us from our sin.
(2) So, on the page 12, through this diagram, it explains that through Jesus Christ, the holy God is able to communicate with you.
And through Jesus Christ, you can communicate with God.

Then, on the page 14, it gives you the law number four: let’s read together.
It asks you to invite Jesus into your hearts:
(2) Then on the page 16, it explains when you invite Jesus into your hearts, they can move from a self-directed life to Christ-directed life. (read)

Then after explaining these Four Spiritual Principles, on the page 18, it shows you how to receive the Christ through a prayer.
Here people can have a chance to invite the Christ into their heart.
So, let’s read together their suggested prayer that starts with “Lord Jesus” in the middle of page. Can you find it? Let’s read together.

Saying this prayer can be very important because it may be their first prayer based on God’s promise.

(2) Then on the page 20, it says if you pray that prayer, Jesus will keep the promise, because Jesus said this:
(2) Then, on the page 22, showing this picture, it asks you to trust in his promise, instead of feeling, because feeling may follow your faith, as your faith follows God’s words.
So, it encourages you to trust in his promise.

On the page 24, it explains what will happen because of this prayer.
It says at least these things have happened: (read)

Then on the page 26, it encourages people to grow spiritually doing these things: What are they? (read)

Again, people use this booklet to evangelize people.
If you understand these four spiritual laws, you can also help people to invite Christ into their life.
Since this booklet logically explain each step, those who think logically tend to respond well in this approach.

But, this small booklet cannot contain every teaching of Jesus.
So, on the page 28, because many teachings of Jesus are not in this booklet, it encourages people to go to church and learn the teachings of Jesus.
It encourages people to part of a church that teaches the good teachings of Jesus.

(1) Jesus also said: (John 14:21)
“Those who obey me are those who love me.
My Father will love those who love me.
I will love them, too.
And I will reveal myself to them.”

Jesus is saying as we obey his teachings, we will experience his love and get to know him more.

For example, Jesus taught us to love our enemy and pray for them.
When we obey, we will experience Jesus and his love.

Anyway, there are various teachings of Jesus that is not here.
(2) Some people show Jesus film like this in remote villages, so that people can learn about the story of Jesus more.
Then they invite people to pray to receive the Christ.

That is to say, there are various ways to share the story of Jesus.
You can pray for people.
You can explain the meaning of the story of Jesus, as you understand.
You can tell people what God has done for you.
You can help people so that they can experience God Jesus.
There are various ways, and many options.
This booklet is one option.
I share this today hoping you can find your own ways to share the story of Jesus with others.
OK!

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for entering into our heart.
We pray for those who don’t know you yet.
May they also know you and live a wonderful life that you promised.
Then help all of us to understand you and live faithfully with you.
In your name, we pray, amen.

Note:
Now let’s watch a short video.
This is about one person who didn’t know what to share when he evangelized.
It was his first experience of sharing and inviting a person to pray the prayer.
Let’s watch:
https://youtu.be/Ifv2zyr_wSw


10.10.2013

Matthew 5: 14-16 (2)

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Share your love
Reading: Matthew 5: 14-16
Prop: a bowl, candles and the Christ Candle, an envelop, a piece of paper that says "God Loves You!"

What is this?
Right, it is an envelope.
Do you know when we use this kind of envelope?
We use this when we have an important mail to send.

I prepared a letter to send.
It has a very important message in it.
Let’s see what’s inside.
It says?
“God loves you!”
God loves you more than you ever know.

This is the message from Jesus.
Jesus wants to tell us this.
Then in order to show how much God loves, Jesus was willing to die for us, and rise back for us so that we may live with him forever.

You know, we are like this envelope.
God puts an important message in us. (Put the letter into the envelope)
God puts God’s love inside of us.
Then God mails us to tell the world that God loves everyone.
God is saying:
“Go and tell the world that I love them.
Wherever you are, share my love with people.”

Now, I like to explain that using this Jesus candle.
I am lighting this candle.
Lighting this candle, I want everyone to see it.
So, I would not hide this light, like this. (cover the light with a big bowl)
I will let it shine.

Now I want to show you something.
In order to show you, I need to give you a candle.
So, have one.
Have you all got your candle?

Now we are going to turn off all the electric lights.
Then we will all receive the light from this Jesus candle.
Then we can help this light to shine brighter.
If we share the light from this Jesus candle, we can make this place shine brighter.

Are you ready?
I need two volunteers who can come and receive the light from this Jesus candle.

Ok, now we are ready.
Turn off the light please.
See it is pretty dark here.
So, let’s receive the light from this Jesus candle.

(To two volunteers) Now when you receive the light, go back to your seat and share with your neighbors, ok?
Then when you guys receive the light, share with people next to you, ok?

Now as we share this light with each other, we make this place shine brighter and brighter.

Have you all received the light?
See?
Because we all receive our light from this Jesus candle, we make this place shine brighter.
This is what will happen when we share God’s love with one another.
When we share God’s love with one another, we can help Jesus shine brighter like this. (Pause)

Remember that we are like this envelope.
So, we like to share God’s love with one another so that more people can see and experience God’s love.

Now, let’s pray:
At this time, you can open your eyes and pray, since you need to be careful of your light, ok?
Now, let’s pray:

Jesus, thank you for giving your light.
Thank you for giving your love.
Thank you for sending us to the world.
Help us to share your love so that the world may shine brighter and brighter.

We pray for our friends and family.
May you keep them safe.
May you give them peace and wisdom and power to follow you.
May we also share your love and peace with our family and friends.
Help us to share your love through words and life.

May all of us be always yours forever.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Now we are going to turn on our electric light.
And you can blow off your candles.
Teachers and parents, please collect the candles.

Now we are going to go out and play some games.
As you play, remember that you are like this envelope.
Remember to share God’s love with everyone, because God mails you to the world so that you share God’s love with everyone.
Ok, let’s go out.



10.08.2013

Luke 17:11-19 (2)

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Reading: Luke 17:11-19
Prop: linen, a flower

(1) One time, 10 people came to Jesus and said:
“Jesus, have mercy on us!”

What’s going on here?
These people had a big problem with their skins.
And in those days, people didn’t have any medicine for it.
So, other people were wondering whether it was contagious.
So, they asked these people to live somewhere else.
So, these ten people lived separately from everyone.
And they lived a lonely and poor life.

So they were here asking Jesus to heal them.
Then Jesus simply said to them:
“Go and show it to a priest.”
Huh?
In those days, priests were like doctors.
They were supposed to examine their skins and proclaim whether they were healed or not.
(3) So, they understood what Jesus said and see a priest.
But on their way, they saw that their skins were healed.
Their skins were beautiful and clean.
They were so happy.

But only one person thought that he should go back and give thanks to Jesus.
(1) Only one person came back and said:
“Jesus, I am so grateful, grateful to you.
Thank you! Thank you!
And thank God because God has sent you!"

Jesus was also happy and said:
“Your faith has saved you!
Go home. Have a wonderful life!”

(2) Then Jesus waited for 9 other people.
Jesus knew that everyone was healed.
But they didn’t come to say “Thank you.”

You know, Jesus has the great power to heal people.
Jesus loves to heal people for free.
He always wants to make people well.
But, occasionally, Jesus wanted to hear people say, “Thank you.”

God is like that.
God loves when people say “thank you” to God.
When people say “God, thank you; we love you,” then God loves it.
That is the joy of being God.
So, Jesus wants people to show their gratitude to God.

So, we came here to say “Thank you” to God.
We sing songs and hymns to say “thank you” to God.
I want you to say a lot of "thank you" to God today.

We want to show our gratitude to God.
So, I brought this flower to say “thank you” to God.
We want to thank God for all the blessings.
We want to thank God for loving us and caring for us.
Then because of you, God would be very happy.
Right?

Let's pray:
God, thank you for all your blessings.
Thank you for loving us and caring for us.
Thank you for sending us Jesus the Christ who shows the wonderful truth about you.
May we live our life based on that truth.
Thank you.
We pray this in Jesus name.
Amen.

9.20.2013

Matthew 5:41-42

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Give!
Reading: Matthew 5:41-42
K-hymn: 492

Jesus said something like this: Matthew 5:41-42
"If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to the one who asks you.
Do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Give, because then it will be given to you.
If you give what you have, you will experience God who gives more.
In this way, you can live a life of giving.”

In terms of material things, Jesus wants you to give like this.
Then, you provide very generous spirit among people.
You make people relax.

Jesus invites you to give for God.
Jesus invites us to be available for God.
So, we give our time and talent for God.

When we are asked, we do a good work for God.
You do more than what they ask.
You give more than what you promised.
You prepare to give better for God.

God is a giver.
God gives things out of love.
God gives the world and universe.
God gives the Son of God.
God gives God’s own spirit: the Holy Spirit.
We know God is still giving.
So, we give because God gives.

Sometimes, when we give, God can bless us even more.
So, sometimes, God asks us to give so that God can fill in.
Then God will work accordingly.
We will receive what Jesus promised.

In terms of having the knowledge of who God is, it is true.
If you want to learn more of God, you may need to share what you know of God.
You need to give your knowledge to people.
The more you give, the more you receive.
The more you teach, the more you learn.
Then you will learn more of God.

So if you want to know God, teach and evangelize.
Give what you want to have.
So, give what you want to receive.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you ask your followers to live the life of giving loving God.
May we obey you and follow you, serving people that you love.
Then may we live with you forever.
In Jesus name, amen.

Note: either you use God to gain money or you use money to gain God.
Giving disarms the power of money.





9.17.2013

Luke 6: 27-39 (1)

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“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
Reading: Luke 6: 27-38
K-hymn: 194

Jesus says: (v 31)
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
This is what God wants.
Everybody knows it.
It is in our hearts.
It is within every human being.

Christians are called to practice this.
We are called to practice this at the church.
We are called to encourage people to “Do to others as you would like them to do to you."

Practically, we can practice this like this:
Love others, as you want to be loved.
Treat others, as you want to be treated.
Pray for others, as you want to be prayed for.
Give others, as you want to be given.
Think of others, as you want to be thought of.

Then when we talk with others, we speak gentler and kinder languages.
We choose better words so that we may not hurt someone.
Even when we have to point out someone's fault, we talk kindly.
So, we talk about what they are doing well, first.
We will talk about how much we appreciate them.
Then we may talk about what they could change to make it better.

Jesus says:
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
But it does not mean that we need to give something without knowing what people want.
It does not ask us to give someone a coke, because we want to drink a coke.
We cannot do that, unless we want people to give what they want for themselves.
So, we need to understand people first so that we would not do something or give something that they don’t want.
We need to understand people and how they behave.
We may need to understand people as we understand about us.
Then we may be able to practice what Jesus says here.
Then we may be able to do to others, as we will have them do to us.

Jesus said it in many other ways.
Jesus said something like this: (v 37-38)
You don’t want to be judged.
So do not judge.
You don’t want people to talk behind your back.
Don’t talk behind someone’s back.
You don’t want to be condemned.
So, do not condemn.
You want to be forgiven.
So, forgive.
Give what you want to receive.
Then God will give you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over.
God will put them into your lap.
For the measure you give is the measure you get back.”

Then Jesus went one step further.
Jesus is asking people to try to practice this even for their enemy.
Jesus said something like this: (v 27)
“Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who curse you.
Pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you.
If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”

Here Jesus is asking us to treat others as God treats us.
This is how Jesus introduces God.
When we practice like this, we learn of God.
In this way, we become God’s disciples.
To help us live like this, Jesus is willing to send us the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit enables us to live like this.
But still we also need to try to live like this.
Then, we may learn how to live with God forever.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to live like you.
In your name, we pray. Amen.



8.31.2013

John 10:22-39 (2)

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Jesus, the Son of God
Reading: John 10:22-39
Additional reading: John 20: 19-31
Blanks: Messiah, believe, one, works, God’s Son, understand

(1) Have you heard the word, Hanukkah?
It is one of the Jewish holidays.
Usually, during the Christmas time, they celebrate this Hanukah.
In English, it is called the Festival of Lights.
Then they light this menorah.
They light one candle per day for 8 days.

Hanukah is also called the Feast of Dedication, because they rededicated the temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 BC.
Their story goes like this.
So now it was about two hundred years before the time of Jesus.
(2) The Jewish people then were living under the rule of the Greek kings of Damascus.
But one of the kings control of the Temple in Jerusalem and forced the Jewish people to abandon their God, their customs and reading of the Torah, the bible.
(3) He also forced them to bow down to other idols at the very Temple in Jerusalem.

The Jewish people were really upset by this.
So, four Jewish brothers raised up an army to regain the temple.
(1) After three years of fighting, they were able to regain the Temple and rededicate it to God.
That is what they wanted to remember every year during this Hanukkah.

So, when Jesus came along, after about 200 years later.
They wanted to know whether Jesus would also raise up an army and establish the Jewish Kingdom in the land.
They wanted to know whether Jesus would be their new king chosen by God.

(1-2) So, during this Hanukah, when Jesus was at Solomon's Porch in the temple area in Jerusalem, the Jewish people gathered around him and asked:
“How long are you going to keep us guessing?
If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."

Then, Jesus said something like this:
“Think about my miracles that I am doing in my Father's name.
That should explain you about me.
Think about my teachings.
Don’t you think I am a little different?
Those who follow me and listen to me understand this.
My Father has given them to me.
So, I know them.
And they will be with me and with my Father forever.
I will give them eternal life so that they may live forever.
I can do that because my father is in me and I am in the father.
I can do that because I and the Father God are one."

When Jesus explained it like that, they tried to kill him, thinking Jesus was violating their cultural way of using words.
They hated when Jesus said that he was the Son of God.
Because they understood that Jesus was saying that he was God.
So, they were like:
“If you keep on talking like that, we are going to kill you.”

But as for Jesus, they need to understand this.
This was the very reason why Jesus was performing miracles.
Jesus was trying to help them understand that Jesus is the Son of God.

But they didn’t even want to hear it.
They only wanted to know whether Jesus would do what they wanted.
Otherwise, Jesus was out.

But, Jesus insisted on it and talked about it, even though they hated it when Jesus talked about his identity.
Jesus decided to talk about it, until they understood, because then Jesus could really help them.
Jesus could really start his ministry in them.
Then, Jesus could give them the better thing: the eternal life.
Jesus could teach them to live forever.
So, they needed to accept his authority, and believe who he was.
Then Jesus could help them live forever, because he had the authority of God.

Now let’s talk about you.
(1) God may give you a calling.
You may receive a very valuable mission from God.
Then God may ask you to follow your calling.
But some people may not understand it.
They may say otherwise, because they don’t know God’s plan for you.
Now then, what would you do?
Would you follow God, even though people don’t understand you?

If you follow God, God will celebrate because of you.
God may say:
“That is why I created you.
That is why I’m peacefully guiding you.
Follow me. Then you will become truly you in my way.
Then not only you but also your people will be benefited because of you.
Because of you, people will learn the mind of God.
Because of you, they will learn to live in faith.

Then you may say later:
“Ah! That is why Jesus wanted me to work for this.
That is why Jesus was guiding me and leading me in this way.”

(1) That’s what happened with Jesus.
People didn’t understand him.
But Jesus knew what God wanted him to do.
Jesus understood his calling.
So, today, Jesus wanted people to understand that he was the Son of God.
It is good for them that they understand.
Because then, Jesus could give them eternal life.
That was why Jesus wanted then to understand him.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for dieing for us to give us eternal life.
Help us to understand.
And help us to work on what you want us to work on.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.




8.28.2013

Luke 16: 1-13

Taking good care of the little things in life
Reading: Luke 16: 1-13 (10-11)
Props: A tricycle

Jesus said something like this.
Anyone want to read?
(3) "Whoever can be trusted with little things can be trusted with big things.”

Now let’s try to understand these.
First, what is this?
Right, it is a tricycle.
Do have something like this at home?
Or do you have a bicycle at home?
Now do you take good care of your tricycle or bicycle?

You may drive this now.
But when you grow up, you will probably drive a car.
Right?
Do you think so?
Now if you have a car, do you think you will take good care of your car?

I can say this:
If you take good care of your toy, wagon, tricycle, bicycle, you will probably take good care of your car.
Usually, those who take good care of little things in life will take good care of big things!
So, if you take good care of a little thing, we know, you can be trusted with big things.
Because those who take good care of little things, probably take good care of bigger things.

So, Jesus said something like this.
(3) He said:
"Whoever can be trusted with little things can be trusted with big things.”

So, let’s take good care of little things in life.
Let’s take good care of a little toy or a little money.
Then we will know how to take good care of big things.
Then eventually God will trust you with bigger things.

So, if you love your brother and your sister and your friends and share your stuff or your toys with them, God will know that you can be trusted with more people and with better things.
Then God may help you to love more people around you.

So, if someone asks you to do something, try to do a good job for them.
Try to take good care of somebody else’s stuff.
Then, God will trust you and give you what is yours.

Sometimes, something may look small.
But if we take good care of little things first, then we can be trusted with big things.
Ok?

Let's Pray:
Jesus, thank you for taking good care of us.
Help us to take good care of little things in life.
Help us to learn so that we may take good care of yours later.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.

Now, we are going to go back to our seat and continually worship God here together with our parents.
So, if you want, you can take one of this pen and this legal pad.
Then you can write down your thoughts or draw pictures as you worship God together here with your parents.
Ok?
If you want, take one.