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Like a flower of the field

❖ Video ❖ Audio Like a flower of the field Sermon Series “Praise the LORD, O my soul” (Psalm 103 & 104) #2 Psalm 103:11-22, Luke 12:27-31 Andy Nagahara Today, we will read Psalms 103 and 104, the second in the series, “Praise the Lord, O my soul,” from verses 11-22 of 103. First, let’s read the whole passage. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD…

Captivated by Jesus

Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20  on Pixabay ❖ Video ❖ Audio Captivated by Jesus The Series on the Book of Romans #12 Romans 6:15-23 Mari Ikeda Do you all think you are captivated by Jesus? Today we’re going to read the second half of chapter 6 in the Book of Romans, which exhorts us to become slaves of God, but I pondered if there was some better word than “slave,” because “slave” means a forced labor, which is neither what God demands us nor what Paul wanted to say. Then the word “captive” came to my mind. Because to be a captive originally means to be in captivity or be a…

Praise the LORD, O my soul

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash ❖ Video ❖ Audio Praise the LORD, O my soul Sermon Series “Praise the LORD, O my soul” (Psalm 103 & 104) 1 Psalm 103:1-10 Andy Nagahara Starting today, I will be speaking over 4 or 5 Sundays on Psalms 103 and 104. Both of these psalms begin and end with the exhortation: “ Praise the LORD, O my soul.” Today, we will read through chapter 103 verse 10. Let’s start by reading this entire section. 0 Of David.1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his…

We’re No Longer Ruled by Sin, but Under the Reign of Go

❖ Video ❖ Audio We’re No Longer Ruled by Sin, but Under the Reign of Go Romans 6:1-14 Mari Ikeda      Today we will be reading the first half of chapter 6 in the Book of Romans. The first half and the second half of chapter 6 and the first half of chapter 7 are all speaking of a same content but from three different angles, which may give us an impression of it as a little persistent. The reason for this persistence is that Paul, who wrote this letter, was often misunderstood by both the Jew and the Gentile and that he needed to clear up the misunderstanding.…

Pour Out Your Lament Before the LORD

❖ Video ❖ Audio Pour Out Your Lament Before the LORD Psalm 102 Andy Nagahara 1. A lament is also a prayer (0-11) 0 A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD.1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.2 Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.3 For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.5 Because of my loud groaning I…

From Adam to Christ: From the Cycle of Sin to the Cycle of Grace

❖ Video ❖ Audio From Adam to Christ: From the Cycle of Sin to the Cycle of Grace Sermon Series on Paul’s Letter to the Romans #10 Romans 5:12-21 Mari Ikeda (This message borrows heavily from Professor Takeshi Nagata’s final lecture at International Christian University on 2/12/2013 titled, “Adam and Christ in the the Book of Romans: The Arrival of the New Man”) From Adam to Christ: From the Cycle of Sin to the Cycle of Grace      Today, we will be reading the second half of chapter 5 in the Romans, but let me make a point before we start. As I prepared today’s message, I borrowed heavily…

Where is the City of the LORD?

❖ Video ❖ Audio Where is the City of the LORD? Psalm 101 Andy Nagahara 0 Of David. A psalm.1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. 2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life– when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him…

Reconciliation with God

❖ Video ❖ Audio Reconciliation with God Romans 5:1-11 Mari Ikeda Today we are going to read the first half of Romans 5. This part can be said to be the conclusion of chapters 1 through 4. Here, Paul’s contentious tone stops for a moment and he talks about the joy and hope of living by faith in Jesus in a way that he cannot contain. Let’s read it a little at a time. First, let’s look at verses 1-2. 1. Reconciliation with God produces hope (1-2) 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we…

Shout for Joy to the Lord!

❖ Video ❖ Audio Shout for Joy to the Lord! Psalm 100 Andy Nagahara 1. The basis of our joy that makes us want to shout (1,5) 1 A psalm. For giving thanks.Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 2. The relationship between us and the Lord (3) Know that the LORD is God.It is he who made us, and we are his ;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 3. Worship and service (2,4) 2 Worship the LORD with gladness;come before him with joyful songs. 4 Enter his gates…

A Promise of Blessings as Numerous as the Stars

❖ Video ❖ Audio A Promise of Blessings as Numerous as the Stars Romans 4・Genesis 15:1-6 Mari Ikeda Today, we will be reading the whole chapter of the Romans chapter 4. I picked the whole chapter, as its content is one and cannot be split in the middle, but I will be skipping a good amount of its middle part. Let’s start from verses 1-3.  A. Abraham, father of the faith(1-3, Genesis15:1-6) 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What…