6.08.2013

Prayers of the people 8 (Prayer for a joint event)

(Prayer for a joint event)
Jesus Christ, thank you for loving us.
Help us to love you back as much as you love us.

Thank you for guiding us to know your plan and your thoughts so that we may follow you.
Thank you for reconciling and uniting your churches.
Thank you for encouraging and helping each congregation to follow you and serve your people so that your love, gentleness and humility be known throughout the world.

May we listen to you voice more clearly.
May we understand what you are doing in our midst.
May we understand your plan so that we may follow you Jesus and live your life.
Help us to trust in you only and love you.

We ask for our each congregation.
May you help each congregation to experience you more and more.
May all of your will be done in these churches.

May everyone experience your peace and your healing and your joy and your blessings upon his or her life.
Heal us and empower us so that we may heal in your name.
Bless us God, so that we may be a blessing to other people in this community.
Make each person to be your servant who live your life and love all people as you love.
We pray this in your name Jesus.
Amen.

6.04.2013

Luke 6:37-38 (2)

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Forgiveness
Reading: Luke 6:37-38

Jesus commands a simply formula to live an abundant life.
He said:
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and you will receive.
The measure you give is the measure you will receive.”

Jesus is teaching people how to live freely.
The first step is to live without judgment and condemnation.
The second step is to live with forgiveness and giving.
Then you can live well with other people.
There will be no one who judges you.
There will be no one who condemns you.

In other words, if you don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults.
God wouldn’t do that you either.
Don’t condemn those who are down.
Then God wouldn’t do that.
Don’t finger-pointing.
Then God would not point at you either.
Be easy on people.
Then God will be easy on people.
Give away your life.
God will give God’s.
Give.
Then God will give back.
There you will have an inner peace.
You will experience the peace of God.

If we don’t judge, we may see God is doing something good with that person.
Then we can turn your energy to help and contribute.
Your mind will start loving people.
Your heart will be ready to hear God more.
Then we can think the thoughts that Jesus is thinking.
Then we can see things through the eyes of God.
Then we will experience more the goodness of God.
Then we will learn that everything is possible.
This world will be a better world that way.

That is why, when his disciples ask Jesus how to judge a man, Jesus heals the person, instead. (Luke 6:37-38)
It is to show that Jesus can help people to enter into a new reality.
So they didn’t need to judge.
So, because in Jesus, they learned to embrace all the possibility.
When they were with Jesus, they could be free from judging anybody.
Then they learn to see the world with his point of view.

Jesus can change what we see at the moment.
When we have this kind of mindset, we make things ok.
By simply letting people be who they are, we influence them more.
When we let them act according to who they are at the moment, they become free to become what Christ desires them to become.
So, instead of trying to change others, when we accept them, they become like Jesus.

So, we are called to accept them as exactly as they are.
Let them be.

In the meantime, in Jesus, we need to maintain our peace, at all times.
Then we can be kind.
We can be forgiving.
We can be generous.

Jesus didn’t come to condemn us.
So, he was saying, “You don’t condemn as well.
Then you can be free from being condemned.”
Jesus explains to us how to be free from it.

Then Jesus is saying: “Forgive as I forgive.”
As Jesus forgiving us, Jesus is saying to us to “forgive!”
Since Jesus is forgiving us, Jesus is asking us to forgive.
As a person who is being forgiven, it is something we need to do.

Also, in order to be forgiven, we need to forgive.
We need to let go and release.
Then we can see the world as it is.
Then we build the kingdom of Jesus.

God’s grace abounds, when we say, “I forgive you!”
In this way, we can enter into God’s freedom.
With this heart of forgiving, we can enter there.

In this way, Jesus welcomes us to follow this path of healings.
When we let go, our wounds are healed.
When we let go, we experience the power of God in our life.
When we let things go, we live freely.
Then we will have something within us that can change the world.
We will have an inner quality that is stronger than anything.

Then we can help people to enter into the grace of God.
We can help people to let their bitterness go and forgive.
We can help them to enter into the forgiving world of God.

Then as we forgive and let go, we may meet God of true healing.
Then we may be truly reconciled with God.
Then you can truly let all your sorrow go, and free.

Then someone may ask:
How long should you forgive people?
As long as Jesus forgives you.
That is forever.

Because God is going to be endlessly generous to you, you can be generous to others.
The bible says:
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” (James 1: 17)
Jesus gives generously.
Jesus gives endlessly.

It says everyone who experiences the grace of Jesus.

Then Jesus is asking is to live generously.
Jesus is asking us to be generous and easy on people.
In this way, we can show the world the love of God.
Only those who receive the grace of God can live graciously and generously.
When you can live like that, it means you are carrying the presence of Jesus Christ.
It means that you are being reconciled to God.

Have you ever felt the feeling of being forgiven?
You feel like being released.
When Jesus forgives you, you feel freedom and released.

When we are free from this, now we have a job to do.
We are called to live a life of giving.
So, Jesus said:
“Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.
For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38)

This is a spiritual life.
Giving is a spiritual act.

Jesus has practiced what he preached.
He practices to have this heart of graciousness and kindness.
Then he invites us to do not judge; do not condemn; and forgive.

Jesus is praying that this kind of reality may happen within you.
Jesus is praying that God’s forgiveness may happen in your hearts.
Jesus is praying that Jesus is with you as you do this.

When we experience God, it is always something to do with experiencing forgiveness and kindness.
When we are filled with this forgiving love, we feel happy, spiritual happy.
Then we can truly rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)
Then we can pray always, because we have God in our minds.
So, we can give thanks always.
Right?
Let’s pray:


6.03.2013

John 1: 1-5 (1)

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Reading: John 1:1-5
Blanks: God, life
Words: manifestation, verb, translation

Today, we are going to read John 1:1 in various languages in order to learn about Jesus the Christ, OK?
So, it is going to be very boring.
Hopefully you will survive.

(1) First, we are going to read again in English.
(John 1: 1)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Can you understand this?
In the gospel of John, this is how John introduced Jesus.
Jesus is the creative Word of God.
Through this creative Word, God creates everything.

Then many, many years later, this Word became a man living among us.
That is Jesus Christ.
And because Jesus is from God and is God, he can speak what God wants to speak. (pause)

(2) Now, this gospel is written first in Greek.
So, originally it looks like this.
Here they are saying Jesus is the “Logos.”
Saying Jesus is the logos means a lot at that time.

So, this Greek bible is saying that Jesus is the idea, logic and reason of God. (pause)
For Jesus, God designs and plans ahead.
That is what it means that through Jesus, God creates everything.
Jesus is the reason why God creates things.
So, through Jesus, everything is made.

So, if you want to understand the universe, you need to understand Jesus.
If you want to understand human beings, you need to understand Jesus.
Because Jesus is the wisdom that God uses to create the world. (Sirach 24:3-8)
Because Jesus is God’s rational principle.

In other word, God uses Jesus to create us.
So, if we want to think wisely and live peacefully, we need to continually get power and understandings from Jesus.

3) Our Old Testament is written mostly in Hebrew.
Even though John 1:1 is in New Testament, if you read John 1:1 in Hebrew, it looks like this:
בְּרֵאשִׁית הָיָה הַדָּבָר, וְהַדָּבָר הָיָה עִם הָאֱלֹהִים, וֵאלֹהִים הָיָה הַדָּבָר

Jesus is "הַדָּבָר" here.
"Ha-Davar" means the Word or the thing, matter.

What is it saying?
It is saying that God speaks to make things.
When God says something, something happens.
When God says words, things come to exist.
Jesus is that Word, through which everything comes to exist.
So, if Jesus says something for us, it can happen in our life.

6) When Jesus was living in Israel, he spoke Aramaic. (Syriac)
In Aramaic, John 1:1 is like this.
Here Jesus is "Miltha:” ܡܶܠܬ݂ܳܐ.
The Miltha means Word, Manifestation, and Substance.
So, this translation may be saying:
Jesus is the Manifestation of God.
Jesus is God’s spoken thoughts. (pause)

3) Now just curious, how does the Chinese Bible translate this?
太初有道, 道与神同在, 道就是神。
(can anyone read this? anybody wants to read out loud for us)
Jesus is the “Tao (道)” in Chinese Bible:
The Tao literally means the Way.
But it has more profound meanings.

This Chinese bible is saying:
Jesus is the Way of God.
Jesus is God's basic truth, law, and assumption.

So, Jesus is the way that every noble human being must walk upon.
Jesus is the wise path of life, on which wise people walk on and will choose to walk on.

Then through Jesus, our questions will be answered.
Then as we meditate on him, we can understand things.
Then through Jesus, we can realize how we should live our life.
Then, we can live a good life.

Interestingly, in the beginning, Christianity is called the Way.
Because Christians are known as those who believe that Jesus is the way and those who follow the Way of Jesus.

4) What about in a Spanish bible?
How is John 1: 1 translated?
It is like this.
"En el principio era el Verbo, el Verbo estaba con Dios y el Verbo era Dios."
(anybody wants to read)

It says: In the beginning, there was the Verbo.
What is verbo?
What does "Verbo" look like?
Right, it is verb.

This Spanish bible is saying that Jesus is the Verb.
Jesus is the motion and movement of God.
Without Jesus, there is no movement of God, no verb of God.
God moves through Jesus.

So, when we move with Jesus, and have our beings in Jesus, we can truly live in God.
As we move with him, we gain understandings and godly wisdom.
Then we will understand Jesus is God’s principle, basic truth, and law.

Reading the story of Jesus in various languages, we can learn about Jesus.
I hope you try to read the gospel in many languages to understand Jesus.
Reading the Gospel in various languages, you may be able to look at Jesus from different angles, or directions.
Then you may gain more understandings of who Jesus is.
As you meditate on him like this, and pray to him, you can live an amazing life that God is providing for you.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, we have learned about you a little bit today.
You are the governing principle of this world.
You are the most important person in this world.
Help us to understand you.
We pray this in your name.
Amen.

Note:
infinite level of understanding