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The Rock

❖ Video ❖ Audio The Rock Psalm 65 Andy Nagahara 1. Our unshakable rock (1-7a) 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;7 for he…

Let’s Read the Bible From Jesus’ Perspective

❖ Video ❖ Audio Let’s Read the Bible From Jesus’ Perspective Romans 1:18-32 Mari Ikeda (English translation by Raffael Eboku) Today we will be reading from Romans 1:18-32. I think this passage teaches us more about how to read the Bible than the content itself. Before we start, let me clarify a few things. The Bible is the Word of God, spoken through human languages. Since it is through human beings, it is subject to the limitations of time, culture, and the writer’s personal values and prejudices. And because we, as readers, have the same limitations, it can happen that the writer’s errors are compounded by further misinterpretations. So it…

God Who Avenges?

❖ Video ❖ Audio God Who Avenges? Psalm 94 Andy Nagahara 1. Human misunderstanding a. The Israelites’ misunderstanding (1-4) O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.  b. The enemy’s misunderstanding (5-7) They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance. They slay the widow and the alien; they murder the fatherless. They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays…

Jesus Nudges Us Forward Into the World

❖ Video ❖ Audio Jesus Nudges Us Forward Into the World Romans 1:8-17 Mari Ikeda A. To believe in Jesus means to live in various relationships with others 1. Helping each other course correct (8-12) 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 11…

The Gospel of God: The Power to Overcome Division

❖ Video ❖ Audio The Gospel of God: The Power to Overcome Division Romans 1:1-7 Mari Ikeda 1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes…

Who is Your King?

❖ Video ❖ Audio Who is Your King? Psalm 92 Andy Nagahara 1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.2 Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.3 The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty.5 Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD. 1. The…

Let Us Praise the Name of the Lord Again This Year

❖ Video ❖ Audio Let Us Praise the Name of the Lord Again This Year Psalm 92 Andy Nagahara 1. Worship–the fount of joy (0-6) 0 A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day. 1 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. 5 How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts! 6 The senseless man does…

Only One Thing is Needed

❖ Video ❖ Audio Only One Thing is Needed Luke 10:38-42, 6:46-49 Mari Ikeda A. Listen to the words of the Lord 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the…

Jesus, the Master of Relationship Building

❖ Video ❖ Audio Jesus, the Master of Relationship Building Luke 19:1-10, John 13:14-17,34,35, John 15:4,5, Rome 12:9-17, John 20:19-23 Andy Nagahara 1. Jesus, the master of building relationships a. Jesus: the one who connects humans with God (Luke 19:1-10) Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up…

“I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy”

❖ Video ❖ Audio “I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy” 2 Timothy 1:3-14 Mari Ikeda A. God has brought us together (3-5) 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. B. Each in our own place (5-8, 12-14) 6 For this…