December 28, 2017

 “Immanuel, God with us”

Matthew 1:21-23  12/24/2017

How do you spend your Christmas this year?  Christmas is a fun and enjoyable time if you have a good company like your family, friends, sweethearts. But if you are alone, Christmas may be a boring and lonely time.  The Bible tells us that we never have to feel alone, because “God is with us. Immanuel!” Let us look at today...

September 21, 2017

Anointing at Bethany:  John 12:1-8, & Mark 14:3-9 combined

Introduction: By reading 2 gospels (John & Mark), we know this is the same event, but both has different features.  We look at both to see better round view of the story.

Background: The scene is Bethany, just a few miles from Jerusalem and the time is night before Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem. In a Simon’s hou...

September 21, 2017

ベタニアでの油注ぎ ヨハネ12:1-9&マルコ14:3-9

2つの福音書を見比べることで、同じ記事が違ったアングルで描かれているのがわかる。今日はこの両方を合わせて話を進める。

背景:場所はエルサレムから約2マイル離れたベタニアの町。時はイエスがエルサレム入城される前夜。シモンの家でイエスと弟子たちはくつろいで食事と会話を楽しんでいた。当時食事をする姿勢は横になって片方を下にし、腕を食べ物に伸ばして、手で取って食べると言う、なんとも行儀の悪い?作法。今なら必ず叱られる。「もっとちゃんとして食べなさい。何?そのかっこうは? 3歳の子供じゃあるまし。}となる。

その時、突然、誰も予期しないことが起こった。一人の女(マリヤ)がアラバスターの壺に入った超高価な純粋のナルドの香油をもってきて、この壺を割って、中の香油をすべてイエスに注いだ。

マリヤはイエスの頭...

September 13, 2017

Martha, Mary, Lazarus    John 11

Once upon a time, there were two sisters and a brother lived in a small town called Bethany (not someone we know). Their names are Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.  They lost their parents when they were still young.  But they helped each other to live strongly. Older sister Martha did house works and cooking to support the family, and tw...

September 13, 2017

昔々、イスラエルの小さな町に三人の兄弟姉妹が暮らしていた。彼らの名前は、姉マルタ、妹マリヤ、弟ラザロ。彼らは、幼いころに両親を亡くし、三人で助け合いながら一生けんめいに生きて来た。姉のマルタが下の二人の面倒を甲斐甲斐しく見て、家事や炊事も良くこなした。年下の二人も姉を手伝い、いつも三人が助け合いながら暮らしていた。

イエスの一行はエルサレムを通って、近くのベタニアの町に来られた時は、いつも彼らの家に立ち寄ってくださった。イエスとお弟子たち13人を家に迎えて、食事や宿泊も提供した。そのことも彼ら3人にとって大きな喜びと慰めとなった。早くに亡くなった両親は裕福だったので、家は大きくて全員が泊まれる部屋があった。また最高に高価なナルドの香水も壺に入ったものを、家宝のように大切にしていた。

何よりイエスに気に入られたのは、彼らの素直で純朴な性格と、しっか...

August 14, 2017

You are invited to join us on Sept. 10 to help us celebrate our 23rd anniversary of our church building as we gather together to praise God for all the work he has done through the ministry of Japanese Fellowship Church. A potluck lunch will follow the service for everyone. Thank you for your continued support of the Japanese Fellowship Church of Minneapolis.

May God bless y...

June 21, 2017

Healing of Jesus at the Pool of Bethesda

Scripture: John 5:2-9

In central California of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, grows a kind of tree that is one of the wonders of God’s creation:  Tall and huge trees look like skyscrapers, “giant Sequoia and Redwood trees”.

And in most of the parks where those trees are protected, rangers can show you a cross section of one of those...

June 21, 2017

Who is Nicodemus?  John 3:1-15

Nicodemus was a leader and a member of Jewish ruling council, He appears 3 times in the Bible; John chapter 3, 7 and 19. Today let us look at 1, his personality outward vs inward.  2. His Seeking Salvation.

1. A.  Personality Outward

He was rather old, elderly, Rabi, a teacher in Jewish religion,  a member of the Jewish ruling council – called Sa...

April 6, 2017

You and Your Household will be Saved

Acts 16:19-34

This story today is from the second mission journey by Paul and silas. For the second journey, Barnabas took Mark with him while Paul took Silas…2 groups are born for the second mission journey.

In the city of Philippi another incident happened. Paul helped demon possessed woman releasing the evil spirit out of her. She was a...

April 6, 2017

The First Mission Journey

Acts 13:1-12

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Antioch church has some similarities with our Japanese Fellowship Church.  Do you remember?  From today’s text we also find good characteristics of Antioch church. Do you find the similarities?

I. Characteristics of Antioch church: international, multi-racial, and various ethnic groups but one purpose...

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