米非波設與哈嫩

撒母耳記下第九章和第十章記載了看似無關的兩個人:
第九章提到米非波設,他是以色列前朝王子約拿單的兒子;
第十章則講到哈嫩,他接續他父親拿轄做亞捫人的王。

這兩個人之所以被撒母耳記的作者放在接連的兩章當中,
因為他們有一個有趣的相似之處:
就是大衛王因著他們父親的緣故,定意要施恩厚待這兩人。

而兩個人面對自己不配得的恩典有著截然不同的反應,
這兩位也代表了這世上兩種不同的人。

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聖經上說米非波設的兩條腿都是瘸的,
因為當他的祖父和父親戰死的消息傳回來的時候,
保姆因為急於逃命而不慎把年幼的米非波設掉在地上,
從此他的雙腿就瘸了(撒下 4:4)。

米非波設的父親約拿單跟大衛是忘年的拜把之交,
甚至當約拿單的父親掃羅王定意要殺大衛的時候,
約拿單仍然不止一次地為他向父親求情。

因著和約拿單的盟約(撒上 20:16),
大衛登基之後守諾地厚待約拿單的兒子米非波設,
他將掃羅的地業歸還給米非波設,
並且吩咐掃羅的家僕洗巴為米非波設耕地,
供養他主人的孫子。

除此之外大衛甚至讓米非波設常常與他一同坐席吃飯,
這是何等的恩典!
米非波設是掃羅王的孫子,是掃羅王室的繼承人,
很可能成為大衛的政敵,但是大衛仍然恩待米非波設。

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米非波設代表的是所有蒙恩得救的基督徒,
因著罪的緣故,我們有後天的殘缺(瘸腿);
本來我們是王(大衛預表基督)的仇敵,
但是因著王守約之恩,我們不僅得著產業,
而且我們還得以與王一同坐席吃飯(啟 3:20)!

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哈嫩才剛剛繼承他父親拿轄的王位,
拿轄如何恩待大衛我們不清楚,
倒是知道這個拿轄曾經攻打以色列(撒上 11:1-11)。

總之大衛王是出於善意地派人追悼拿轄,
希望能帶給喪父不久的哈嫩一些安慰。
但是哈嫩年輕不懂事,聽信了愚臣挑撥的讒言,
把大衛派來的使者當成間諜,狠狠地羞辱了一番,
隨後又集結盟友們要與大衛爭戰,
最後卻是一敗塗地(撒下 12:29-31)。

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哈嫩所代表的是至終不願意領受基督恩典的外邦仇敵,
基督用人不配得的恩典對待眾人的時候,
他們被仇敵的謊言給迷惑,因此誤解了基督的盛情,
這些人不僅羞辱主的僕人,將來還要結黨敵對再來的君王,
可是當基督再來的時候,他們會大敗在基督的手下,
他們的結局就是死亡和永遠的刑罰(啟 19:11-21)。

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其實哈嫩和米非波設最大的不同在於他們對恩典的反應,
米非波設也可以選擇仇恨大衛奪走他家族的王位,
但是他沒有;他乃是謙卑、滿懷感激地領受王的恩待。

哈嫩其實也不需要馬上領大衛的情,
他大可以觀察使者的言行、慢慢查驗大衛真實的動機,
但是他沒有。他選擇聽信讒言,
用極端的手段抵擋大衛的恩典。

問題是:你會如何回應基督的恩典呢?

順服的背後

從來到新生命國際教會開始,神就巧妙地一直帶領我,藉著QT讓我看見我的過往和心路歷程,並且慢慢地被 祂更新。

神 所揀選的百姓以色列人所經歷的一切,也是我們的寫照。

從掃羅的被 神揀選興起到 神的靈離開他,後悔並厭棄他作王,都是因為他輕忽不看重 神的命令,竊取 神的榮耀,體貼人而不體貼 神-也就是目前我們所讀撒母耳記上的重點:順服。

在羣眾的歡呼聲中,掃羅被立爲王。然而他患了所謂的”大頭症”,忘記是 神的恩典,是 神藉著撒母耳的膏抹,並賜他新心新靈和能力;以致在幾次勝利後他就真以爲自己有能力作王了。殊不知他是 神的器皿,為要藉著他來治理百姓,帶下 神的祝福。

正如牧師上星期所講的,我們常常把 神拉下寶座,自己想作王!之前我們所讀的哥林多前後書,也是因為哥林多人在主裏面凡事富足,口才知識甚至恩賜都全備,因而自高自大,作為屬靈導師的保羅不得不對他們以愛心所作的勸誡。豐滿之後所帶來的驕傲自滿似乎是人的通病:「使你與人不同的是誰呢?你有什麼不是領受的呢?若是領受的,為何自誇,彷彿不是領受的呢。你們已經飽足了,已經豐富了,不用我們,自己就作王了…..」(林前 4:7-8)

從掃羅爲王後,他和撒母耳幾次的對話(撒上 15:15 & 30)都說耶和華”你的 神”,而非”我們的 神”,都讓我想起這卷書之前的路得。雖然路得記是記載波阿斯和路得生子俄備得爲大衛之祖(為大衛的上場做序),但安排在士師記和撒母耳記之間應有其屬靈意義。「那時以色列中沒有王,各人任意而行」(士 21:25),而她的肺腑之言:「你的 神就是我的 神」(得 1:16),和士師時代的以色列百姓和掃羅成了強烈鮮明的對比。「除非死能使我與你相離」(得 1:17)這樣的心意,是何等地討 神喜悅啊!

這星期的QT大衛上場了。這位被 神稱爲合祂心意的人,也有軟弱,甚至犯下 神所憎惡的罪,但 神仍喜悅他。除了謙卑順服之外,還有什麼呢?我在想。

當順服只是因為懼怕就成為重擔,若單單的因為愛,順服就再自然不過-甘心樂意,沒有憂慮或勉強-即便我們常有軟弱,力不能勝。掃羅的自誇,張狂和不順服,除了他尚未經歷 神的裝備管教和不認識 神之外,更是因為心中缺乏對 神深切的愛慕。大衛之所以蒙 神悅納,除了他的心悅誠服,更是因他凡事以愛及渴慕 神爲出發點:祂帶我進入筵宴所,以愛爲旗在我以上。(雅 2:4)(雖然這是所羅門王寫的)

我相信在這個新的屬靈季節, 神要將愛更多地栽種在你我心裏。

愛,是順服的原動力。 沒有愛,我們就算不得什麼。

By Doreanna

Pastor David Lin Revival Conference

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Pastor David Lin will come to New Life to ignite the Spirit’s fire in us again this year! If you have gotten off to a slow start thus far in 2014, come and drink from the fountain of the Spirit with us. The water Jesus gives is more refreshing than any energy drink, and it will quench the thirst in your soul. Or if you are fighting that back pain, chronic headache, or other illnesses, come and receive the healing touch of God. He desires to restore your health, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. We welcome you and your family to join us in this feast in the Father’s house.

Meetings starts at 6pm on Thursday, Jan. 16 and at 5pm on Sunday, Jan. 19. More details please see the attached flyer (thank you Andrew for the design!). Please use this to invite your friends and family to join us!

今年我們再次邀請到林大中牧師來點燃聖靈的火!如果你還在尋找2014年的方向,請來和我們一同喝聖靈裡的活泉,耶穌所給的活水比蠻牛飲料更能使你神清氣爽,並能解你靈魂的渴。或者你仍受病痛纏擾,請來接受神醫治的觸摸,祂渴望賜你身體健康,並使你靈魂興盛。我們竭誠地邀請您和您的家人朋友一起來享受天父家裡的盛宴。

一月16號星期四的聚會傍晚6點開始,一月19號星期天的聚會5點開始,更多詳情請看附件的傳單(謝謝Andrew弟兄協助設計!),也請用此傳單邀請家人朋友一起來參加。

Update from Hachinohe

Konnichiwa ( Hello )!
Brian and I would like to share some updates on us.

We would like to thank each every one of you for sending us aloha shirts. We delivered them to a gathering of 37people of Tohoku region on 3/23.

Special thanks to the following people……

Linda- we are so glad that the Lord put in your heart to send woman’s aloha shirts. They really loved them. Please see the following article on us.
You will see Linda’s aloha shirts on the paper!
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/otona/news/20130325-OYT8T00515.htm
To me, this was a symbol of love of God that was expressed through the gifts you sent!

Kevin & Shirley- You two initiated to send us Hawaiian caps last year.
We finally got to bless people through the gift!

We also brought Hawaiian coasters, name tags sent by Pastor Mei Li last year.
May the Lord bless you all for what you have done!

When our friend, Mayumi invited us to the gathering, she warned us not to share anything about Christianity. I guess we are not allowed to share the faith of any religion at public meeting in Japan.
We were asked to give a speech, so we seek the Lord what we should share.We felt He wants them to know that they are NOT forgotten. People in Hawaii still care about them and pray for them. Even we can’t share about Jesus, if we focus on love, He abides in us (1 John 4:12)
I saw people crying during the speech given by Brian, we believed that the Lord was touching them.
These 37 people were forced to move from their homes due to a radiation or loss of homes. Many people were willing to share their pains, concerns, and fears with us.
We also asked the Lord before the meeting, “Please bring people whom you want us to connect with”… And He did!
Mr Fukuda and his family were forced to evacuate from Fukushima because his house was situated in the area of high radiation.
He approached us because he wanted to discuss about radiation problems in Fukushima. During the conversation, he mentioned a Christian pastor who is against the restarting of the nuclear plant. So we said, we are Christians, too! Then he said ” I went to a seminary school, but I couldn’t follow regulations of the denominationI used to belong to , so I stopped being a Christian.
He invited us to his home because he wanted to talk to us more. We met his wife and mother in-law. His wife, Hiroko, also used to be a Christian, but she does not want to believe in Jesus anymore.
She has been in depression since 3/11. We felt the Lord wants to bring them back to Him. He sees their pains and wants to reach out to them. We are so grateful that we can be there for them. We decided to get together time to time. Please add Mr & Mrs Fukuda in your prayer.

Ah, we finally purchased a car 2 days ago! Thank U for all your prayers. This car was 10 yrs old, but unbelievably in a good, I mean a perfect condition.
When the Lord gives us something, He does give us the best.
It was a worthwhile waiting!

We have 2 more students for English lessons.
Their names are Shizuka and Riko. We are excited for more opportunity to share about Jesus.

We were also asked to teach Sunday School and lead a small group at a local church we have been visiting. Please continue to pray for the unity among us. It has been an amazing journey how the Lord opens a door.
Brian and I are so humbled by His goodness.
Your prayer, support and love allows us to be where we are!
Until next time……

Much love,
Brian & His scribe, Yuka

03/01/2013 靈修筆記 Devotional Journal

摘要Summary:拉結怪罪雅各譲她不能生育,雅各回答是神的旨意,拉結把使女辟拉給雅各為妾,連生二子,取名但(伸冤)和拿弗他利(相爭)。利亞因自己停止生育,也把使女悉帕給雅各為妾,悉帕也連生二子,取名為迦得(萬幸)和亞設(有福)。

上帝屬性Attribute of God:上帝是信實的,信守祂對亞伯拉罕和雅各的約。

教導Learning:上帝是信實的,祂承諾讓雅各後裔如天上的星星和海灘的沙,雖然利亞和拉結彼此競爭,一再用人的力量來增添雅各的後裔,以取得雅各的寵幸。他們所用的手段不正當,但神仍然信守祂所立的約。相反地,人一再對神背信毀約,神一再原諒,赦免人的罪,就只因為祂是我們的阿爸父,我們是祂的兒女。我自從信主以來,已多次和神摔跤,忘記神的存在,而用人的力量來處理事情。但是神仍然原諒我,愛我,祝福我。我應該把神的愛去愛我週遭的人,饒恕那些曾傷我的人,走在神的道路上。

感恩Thanksgiving:感謝主再次原諒我,耐心地等候我再次與祂在靈裡有親密的交通,感謝神讓我在上星期天的敬拜中再次經歷祂的愛,應許祂對我的不離不棄。

聆聽Listening:我的孩子,我很高興你再次回到我的身邊,看到你勞苦的工作而心中沒有平安時,我很心痛,孩子,你有個大毛病,就是常忘記把我放在你心上,你要記住我隨時在你左右,感官的享受只能給你片刻的休息和滿足,只有我能才能給你內心真正的平安喜樂,不要忘記這點!

應用Application:把神帶著上山下水,不要把神當消費品,需要才拿出來用。不要忘記靠神才有平安喜樂,一早禱告,時時禱告,處處禱告。

回應禱告Prayer:感謝神,感謝你的信實和美善,感謝你對我的不離不棄。求神繼續在我弟弟榮宗一家人身上做工,讓他們能去旌旗教會。求主継續代領我兒子凱文,為他前面的道路鋪路,也繼續柔軟他剛硬的心,好讓他能早日歸向你。求神給我知足感恩的心,凡事不要像利亞和拉結永不滿足的競爭。感謝讚美榮耀歸給神,奉耶穌基督的名,阿門。

自訂題目Topic:信守立約的神

By Sharon

02/15/2013 靈修筆記 Devotional Journal

創世記 24:54-67 (Genesis 24:54:67)

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摘要 Summary:第二天,僕人便準備立即回迦南地,利百加的族親不捨她那麼快離開,要求再等十天,但是僕人堅持要盡快上路,而利百加也同意馬上與僕人同去,因此家人們便祝福歡送利百加;一行人到了南地,就是以撒居住的地方,利百加舉目看見以撒在田間默想,僕人便向以撒報告事情經過,以撒便帶利百加進了他母親撒拉的帳篷,然後兩人結為夫妻。The following day, the servant prepared to return to Canaan immediately, yet Rebekah’s relatives did not want her to leave so quickly.  They requested for her to stay for another ten days, but the servant insisted to hit the road at once.  When asked of her opinion, Rebekah agreed to leave right away.  So the family members blessed her and sent her on.  When they got to Negev where Isaac lived, Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac meditating in the field.  The servant reported what happened to Isaac; Isaac then took Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and the two of them got married and became husband and wife.

上帝 God:神是賜人信心的神(徒3:16羅12:3弗6:23),不論是叫我們得救的信心(弗2:8)還是超然的信心之屬靈恩賜(林前12:9)都是從神來的,僕人和利百加的信心也是神所賜的,甚至家人們給利百家的祝福也是信心的表現。神是主宰婚姻的神,祂安排了以撒和利百加的婚姻,將來祂也要為祂的愛子耶穌預備完美無瑕的新婦!神是安慰人心的神,當以撒在田間默想的時候,神就將他的妻子帶來,他因此從喪母的傷痛當中得了安慰。God is a giver of faith (Acts 3:16; Rom. 12:3; Eph. 6:23); whether it’s the saving faith (Eph. 2:8) or the spiritual gift of supernatural faith (1 Cor. 12:9), they are all from God.  The faith of the servant and of Rebekah were both given by God as well, and even the blessings spoken over Rebekah by her relatives was an expression of faith.  Secondly, God is the God of marriage.  He arranged the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, and He will prepare a perfect and spotless bride for His beloved Son Jesus!  Thirdly, God is a God of comfort.  When Isaac meditated in the field, God brought his wife to him.  He thus was comforted from his grief of the loss of his mother.

教導 Learning:若是沒有信心我們便無法討神的喜悅(來11:6);若是沒有信心,亞伯拉罕的僕人便無法在整個招親的旅程上堅定前行;若是沒有信心,利百加便無法立即離開她的家鄉,跟著僕人去嫁給一位素未謀面的陌生人;信心是我們屬靈生命的基石(彼後1:5-7),耶穌要我們將房子蓋在磐石上(太7:24-27),這個房子的根基就是在基督裡面的信心,若是我們的信心不穩固,就好像把房子蓋在沙土上,隨時可能會有倒塌的危險;並且這個信心是活潑有生命的信心,是遵行基督話語帶出行動的信心(雅2:17),而不是只有頭腦知識的死信心。Without faith we cannot please God (Heb. 11:6).  Without faith the servant of Abraham could not persist in this journey; without faith Rebekah would not be able to leave her home at once and followed the servant to marry a stranger whom she never met before.  Faith is the cornerstone of our spiritual life (2 Pet. 1:5-7).  Jesus told us to build a house on top of the rock (Matt. 7:24-27).  The foundation of this house is faith in Christ, and if our faith is not rock-solid, then it would be like building a house on quicksand; the house can come tumbling down at any moment.  True faith from God is also a living faith, one that obeys God’s Word and brings forth action (James 2:17); it is not a lifeless faith with only head knowledge.

感恩 Thanksgiving:感謝主為以撒建立家室,將滿有信心的利百加賜給他為妻,安慰他的心。感謝祢使用利百加的族親再次重申祢恩典的約定,讓亞伯拉罕的後裔蒙大福,能得著仇敵的城門,得勝有餘!感謝主讓屬靈的產業能一代一代地傳承下來,讓屬神的百姓得著上尖下流、連搖帶按的滿滿福份(路6:38),不只是物質的產業,更是屬靈的產業–就是豐盛的信心、敏銳清楚的屬靈分辨力、立即而完全的順服,這些祝福有許多是世上的人看為愚拙、不值一哂的(林前2:14),但智慧之子總以智慧為是(太11:19b路7:35)。Thank You Lord for building Isaac’s household, and for giving him the faithful Rebekah as his wife, bringing comfort to his heart.  Thank You for using Rebekah’s relatives to restate Your covenant of grace, that Abraham’s offspring will be greatly blessed and will possess the gates of their enemies, for they are more than conquerors!  Thank You Lord that spiritual inheritance can be passed down through generations, so that Your people can receive blessings that are pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38).  And these are not just physical inheritance, but also spiritual inheritance–which are abundant faith, sharp and clear spiritual discernment, and immediate and complete obedience.  Some of these blessings are viewed by the people of this world as foolishness (1 Cor. 2:14), yet wisdom is proved right by all her children (Matt. 11:19b; Luke 7:35).

聆聽 Listening:孩子啊,我愛你,甚願賜福與你,我所賜的不像世人所賜的,你要憑著信心來領受,才能得著;不要注目在那些看得見的、短暫的事物上,乃要掉轉你的眼目來注視我,你越親近我,你就越明白我對你的心意,我對你的愛是超乎你所求所想的,不要選擇那次好,要切慕那上好的,我喜悅把上好的福份賜給你,你願意領受嗎?Child, I love you, and I’m pleased to bless you.  What I give is unlike what people give.  You can only receive if you receive by faith.  Do not keep your eyes on those temporal things that are seen, but turn your eyes to gaze upon me.  The more you come close to me, the more you will understand my will for you.  For my love to you is more than what you can ask or think of.  So do not choose the second best, but choose the very best.  For I long to give you the very best of blessings.  Would you come and receive?

應用 Application:高等教育讓我學會分析經濟效益、按照外部條件做出判斷,這些和其他許多現下看為至理的法則卻是和聖經裡面信心的原則背道而馳,要得著屬天的祝福必須放棄屬世的錯誤價值,否則這些思考模式會模糊我們的眼光,甚至帶我們進入迷惑當中,因為我們以為可以又得著神的祝福,又能同時享有一切世界所提供的安逸。神所要給祂百姓的平安,是在大風暴中仍能安歇的極深平安,這個平安是存到永遠的;而世界的安逸卻是要我們犧牲家庭、健康並承擔極重的工作、情緒壓力才能獲得的奢侈品,這樣的安逸只是暫時的。Higher education taught me to analyze economic effectiveness and to make decisions based on external circumstances.  These and other methods that are esteemed in this day and age run contrary to the principle of faith taught in the Bible.  In order to receive heavenly blessings we need to give up the wrong earthly value system, or else these thinking patterns can blur our sight, and even bring us into confusion.  Because we might thought that we can receive God’s blessings on the one hand, and at the same time receive all the comfort offered by this world on the other hand.  The peace that God wants to give to His people is a deeper peace that will allow us to rest even in great storms, and this peace will last forever.  The comfort offered by the world is a luxury that requires us to sacrifice our family and health to bear the heavy emotional work pressures, and this comfort only last for a fleeting moment.

禱告 Prayer:主耶穌啊,求祢賜我勝過世界的信心,讓我定睛仰望祢充滿炙熱愛火的雙眼和如烈日放光的面容(啟1:14,16);主啊,我為自己仍然使用世界的價值觀來判斷是非向祢認罪,求主將祢的話語烙印在我的心上,更新我的心思意念,好讓我用祢的眼光來看事物,能愛祢所愛並恨祢所恨,以至我能選擇接受那上好的福份,而不是被那次好的吸引。奉耶穌的名,阿們。Lord Jesus, please give me faith to overcome this world, so that I can gaze into Your eyes of passionate flame and Your face like a shining sun (Rev. 1:14, 16).  Lord, I repent to You for judging right from wrong based on the value system of this world.  Please burn Your Word onto my heart to renew my mind and my thoughts, so that I may see things with Your eyes.  That I may love what You love and hate what You hate, and that I may choose the better part, and not be drawn by the lesser things.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

主題 Topic:選擇信心的道路 Choose the Pathway of Faith

02/01/2013 靈修筆記 Devotional Journal

經文 Scripture:創世記 Genesis 18:1-15

主題 Topic:耶和華向亞伯拉罕顯現 The Lord Appeared to Abraham

God Appeared to Abraham near the Trees of Mamre

摘要 Summary:神向亞伯拉罕顯現,亞伯拉罕接待祂,神再次確認明年他和撒拉會生一個兒子,撒拉卻暗笑不信,神指出撒拉心中的意念,並挑戰他們的信心說:「耶和華豈有難成的事嗎?」撒拉雖然否認自己有懷疑,但是神沒放過她。God appeared to Abraham, and Abraham received Him with great hospitality.  Then God confirmed once again that he and Sarah will have a son the following year, yet Sarah laughed to herself with disbelief.  God pointed out Sarah’s thought and challenged their faith, saying, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Even though Sarah denied the doubt in her mind, but God didn’t let go of her. 醫治者 Healer

上帝 God:是向祂百姓顯現的神;是不斷堅定祂應許,並增添我們信心的神;並且祂曉得我們深處的意念;祂期待我們誠實面對祂和我們自己。God is a God who appears to His people.  He is a God who will not stop affirming His promises in order to increase our faith.  And He knows our deepest thoughts, and desires us to face Him and ourselves honestly.

感恩 Thanksgiving:感謝主沒有忘記祢對亞伯拉罕的應許,也沒有因為亞伯拉罕和撒拉不信就收回祂的應許;並且主袮用話語一次次地加添亞伯拉罕的信心,使他至終成為信心之父、萬國的祝福!Thank You Lord for not forgetting Your promises to Abraham, and You didn’t take Your promises back despite their disbelief.  Time and again You strengthened Abraham’s faith with Your word so that he eventually became the father of faith and a blessing to the nations!

教導 Learning:要期待主在我的生活中彰顯,不要讓世俗的煩擾、生活的壓力、或五光十色的事物曚蔽了我屬靈的眼光;除了保守自己清心能以見主(太5:8),還要常常讓祂的話語充滿我的心,以免失了信心(羅10:17)。I need to expect God to show up in my life, and not let the worries of this world, pressures of my life, or other shining and blinking objects blind my spiritual sight.  In addition to keeping a clean heart so that I may see the Lord (Matt. 5:8), I also need to let His word filled my heart always so that I don’t lose faith (Rom. 10:17). 立定心志

應用 Application:我的心常被世界吸引勝過被神吸引,難怪我時常信心軟弱;應當關掉電腦,回到神的面前來追求祂自己,越多尋求,就越多渴慕。My heart tends to be drawn by the world more than by God, and that’s why my faith is often weak.  I need to turn off the computer and come back before God to seek after Him.  For the more I pursue Him, the more I will desire Him. 我心切切渴慕袮

聆聽 Listening:孩子啊,我從沒收回我對你的命定和呼召,不要失了信心,仰望尋求我的面,聽我給你愛的呼喚;不要被環境和景況給左右,乃要讓你所觸及的人事物都變成聖的。你是我的愛子,我喜悅你。Child, I never take back my calling and destiny for you.  Don’t lose your faith, but look upon and seek after my face; listen to my call of love to you.  Do not let the environment and circumstances sway you, but make everything and everyone you touch holy.  You are my son, with whom I am well pleased.

禱告 Prayer:主耶穌,謝謝袮的話語加添我心裡的力量,讓我能勝過試探,持守在袮應許的道路上。我雖然有時失信,但主袮總不失信,並且在袮沒有難成的事,袮必會幫助我走過我所面臨的每一個挑戰和艱難。奉耶穌的名,阿門。Lord Jesus, thank You for increasing my inner strength with Your word, so that I can overcome temptations and remain steadfast on Your promised path.  Even though I sometimes lose faith, but You are always faithful.  And nothing is impossible for You; You will help me walk through all the challenges and difficulties that I face.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Update from Hachinohe

Aloha! Dear sisters and brothers of New Life ICF.
Brian and I pray that 2013 will be the year of full of His joy, peace and love!
We would like to share some updates on us.

Editor of Hawaii Houchi ( ハワイ報知)contacted us after he read the article that Kumi wrote .
Somehow he found it in the Daily News paper website. Again, God is beyond our understanding…
Instead of being happy about it, my ( Yuka ) first reaction was ” I was nervous”.
I did not realize that I felt shame after being turned down by NHK Aomori ( TV program).
I felt that what Brian and I have been trying to do would not be recognized by people in JPN.
I realized that I was trying to make myself  look bigger than who I am.
After talking with God, and repented, I asked Him ” If this is your will for me to share, please help me to write.”
I felt so much freedom after that and I could write freely.( I attached a copy of the news paper.)
I shared about both of our good and uncomfortable experiences since we moved to Hachinohe also, how people are still struggling in Tohoku.
Even though we can’t do anything big, or might not be recognized, if we are allowed to care and help one person,
we want to be there for that person. Because we believe what the bible says, ” Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored. And I have loved you.” We wanted to share His heart of how precious we are!
Surprisingly, he did not edit  any part of the article. I thanked the Lord for the opportunity and received another freedom in my heart!

The Lord has been bringing more people into our lives. We have been praying for more people, but the way He does things is always unexpectedly.We can never out think our God.
I want to list the names of people who need prayer. None of them are saved yet, so please pray with us for their salvation.
Please pray for me and Brian that we only do what the Lord wants us to do. If possible could you pray Colossians 1:9-12 for us.
One of the things that disappoints us is when people praise us we don’t want them to focus on us ,but want them to see Jesus!

Here is the list of our friends in Hachinohe

1. Yuko ( she takes English lesson from us)
2. Kozue, Shinsei(8yrs) and Yuzuki ( 7yrs) ( 2 children take English lesson from us) f
3. Shigeki Nakui
4. Haruka & Chris
5. Saka-san
6. Ayako-san
7. Mr& Mrs Hasegawa
8. Mayumi-san and Aika
9. Mr & Mrs Takada
10. Tony & Coco
11. Ritsuko
12. Kumi
13. Sachiki & Kimio

We received a letter from Kumi. She said that she felt so light and warm when she came to Hawaii. She really appreciates each and everyone of you, especially Pastor Mei LI.  What Pastor Mei Li prayed for her really made an impact in her heart.
She realized that life is not all about work or success. She was given a chance for promotion after she came back from Hawaii.
She said she was very happy, but turned it down.
Because she wants to re-evaluate her life to seek what she really should do in her life.
Please pray that the seed we planted will continue to grow in her heart.

Lastly we want to share the note from a book called ” The Emotionally Healthy Church” by Peter Scazzero.
This is what Brian & I have been experiencing since we moved to JPN. We felt sometime we were going backwards…
Thanks to the faithful God who gives us comfort when we need.
We thought this might help and encourage some of you.

” God the Divine Archaeologist”
As we progress in the Christian life, we find that it is a never-ending process. We go back, breaking some destructive power of the past. Then later, on a deeper level, God has us return to the same issue on a more profound level. I suspect more conversions will follow for me in the years to come. Thomas Keating  compares God’s work in us to a Middle Eastern tell, or archaeological site, in which one civilization is built on another in the same place. Archaeologists excavate level by level, culture by culture, down through history. The Holy Spirit is like a divine archaeologist digging through they layers of our lives.

The Spirit intends to investigate our whole life history, layer by layer, throwing out the junk and preserving the values that were appropriate to each stage or our human development… Eventually, the Spirit begins to dig into the bedrock of our earliest emotional life…. Hence as we progress toward the center where God is actually waiting for us, we are naturally going to feel that we are getting worse. This warns us that the spiritual journey is not a success story or a career move. It is rather a series of humiliations of the false self.

God  uses disorienting events and experiences to do a profound inner work in us. Every spiritual journey takes us to the hardest realities in our lives, the monsters within us, our shadows and strongholds, our willful flesh, and our inner demons. It is essential that we understand these enemies within us or we will inevitably project them outward on to other people”

In Him
Brian & his scribe, Yuka

Hawaii Houchi

Message from Dr. David Jeremiah

https://player.vimeo.com/video/52163082

David Jeremiah says goto http://www.afaaction.net from American Family Association on Vimeo.

Pray for Hindus 為印度教徒禱告!

Last month the Director of YWAM Frontier Missions South Asia, Cindy Anderson, came and shared their ministries. Many of us responded to pray with them. Starting Tuesday (10/16) was the Hindu festival of Navratri. This festival will last for nine nights and Christians are encouraged to pray for the believers of Hinduism during this festival of heightened spiritual activities. Pray that they will be shown the gospel truth and the salvation through Jesus Christ and be freed from darkness and spiritual oppression. Here is a prayer guide teaching Christians how to pray during the Navratri festival period: Prayer Guide (click to download). Let’s intercede together for our brothers and sisters still in Hinduism!

上個月青年使命團的南亞宣教前線的負責人 Cindy Anderson 來分享他們的事工異象,許多弟兄姊妹回應她的呼召來與他們一起代禱。這個星期二 (10/16) 開始是印度教的九夜節 (Navratri) ,顧名思義,這個宗教節慶持續九個晚上;而基督徒則可以在這個節期當中為印度教徒來代禱。禱告讓他們能領受福音真理和從耶穌基督來的救恩,並從黑暗權勢的壓制下得自由。這裡有一份教導基督徒如何在九夜節期間代禱的指南:代禱指南 (抱歉只有英文的,請點擊下載) 。讓我們一起來為這些還在印度教裡面的弟兄姊妹們禱告吧!