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"Peace Be With You." (John 20:19-23)

2019/05/08  

Sungjae Kim, NCCJ General Secretary We learn how we recognize the grace of resurrection from the scripture. First, the blessings of resurrection would not be revealed to anyone. The disciples fled from the crucified Lord and, as written in the scripture, they were hiding in a room. What was floating in the room? It was sorrow, fear, remorse that they had abandoned the Lord and ran away, and it might have been an emptiness that they could not find a reason to live from now on. The revealing of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, as an amazing grace ...

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord (Luke 1:46-48)

2019/03/13  

Junko Kikuchi, head of the German-speaking Church Relations Committee My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed. (Luke 1:46-48) Not a few of those who read the Bible might feel something odd when they see this verse in March. It is a part of the famous praise that was put in Mary’s mouth and is seen not now in Lent, but in the season of Christmas as one of the beautiful scenes. However, ...

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God's Thoughts Higher Than Our Thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-11)

2019/01/16  

Sunjae Kim, NCC General Secretary For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, ...

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Merry Christmas!

2018/11/28  

Makoto Watabe NCC Moderator The Christmas season has arrived. The most significant theme of Christmas is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to the world in human form. Moreover, that he loved the world, us as much as to give his life. I visited Armenia for a business of the United Bible Society (UBS) in October this year. Along with the Orthodox Church (Orthodoxy) and the Orient Orthodox Church, it was a signing ceremony to support the work of Bible translation through the Bible Society. In 301, the Kingdom of Armenia established Christianity as the state religion, ahead of ...

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Solidarity with Hiroshima’s Pain (Psalm 147:3, Jeremiah 33:6)

2018/11/21  

Jun Kajihama, NCC Secretary Experiences ordinary for a person who grew up in Hiroshima: that I was transfixed in front of wax figures of adults and children just after the atomic bombing standing at the entrance to the Peace Memorial Museum; that I ran in front of the Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Hospital; that I was told often from grandparents and neighbors, "I don’t want to remember ‘Pika,’ I don’t want to talk about it." I spent my childhood in a town where the atomic bomb was dropped 73 years ago. In the comic "The Town of Evening ...

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The Eyes That Gaze at Peace (Luke 12:32)

2018/09/21  

Kim Sungjae, NCC General Secretary There was God's plan that was beyond people's thought in the time of 40 years Moses and the Israelites, the people of Exodus, journeyed for Canaan. The pillar of cloud in the daytime and the pillar of fire in the night were their guides, and Moses and his people didn't lose them. When the people asked God that they reach the land of Canaan and be protected by God until they get there, God asked the people that they would not lose the guide He gave even in the midst of trouble in the desert, ...

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