Imagine the Possibilities – Yuichi Hattori

When I was baptized in 2005, I had a vision that Japan would be a Christian country soon. Although I believed God had a plan for Japan, I was not sure how the vision would be realized. The answer is the natural disaster in Japan from March 11th. The people of Japan will soon experience a “moral vacuum,” as the apocalyptic situation forces them to abandon their economy-centered, national value system. The entire nation will experience spiritual dryness and become ready for a new value system. That change will be drastic on all levels of the society. History shows that the people of Japan made two major changes through the […]

Encouragement – Kristin Hanaoka

An excerpt from Osward Chambers- My Utmost for His Highest . . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ —Luke 11:1 To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature.   As I reflect on the past year, I’ve seen God move in powerful ways in my life […]

WHY WORSHIP? – Aaron Peterson

Why should we worship God? Why should we give praise to the Lord? Does God need our worship? Will God’s glory diminish if we do not worship Him? God is the self-existent, self-sustaining being, who is from everlasting to everlasting. He has no needs. His glory is beyond comprehension, and it will never diminish, no matter what we do. As C.S. Lewis said, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” Does God need us to inform Him of how great and mighty He is? God […]

AND BE THANKFUL – Aaron Peterson

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Thankful? Why should I be thankful? It’s raining, I feel sick, my phone isn’t working, and I live in a country where no one understands me. Why on earth should I be thankful?? Well, for starters, I should be thankful that I can both see and hear the rain, as some people can do neither. I should be thankful that my sickness is not terminal, as there are people dying from disease every day. I should be thankful that I even own a phone, as […]