Pastor Yoshida, and a representative, Brother Sumida participated in the inauguration ceremony at Fukuoka International Church on June 23, 2013.
After the ceremony, they visited Daimyo Cross Gurden, a new church in Tenjin area of Fukuoka. https://www.facebook.com/daimyocrossgarden
The prodigal son
goes to a “distant land” (15:13). This “distance” is not just referring to
physical distance but the “distance” of relationship. He had cut off his
relationship with his father. ◆There was someone
who said, “To cut off a relationship is to kill that person within you.” I see.
People who have denied God’s existence are like the prodigal son. ◆However, humans
become truly humans in God’s presence. As it says “God made man in his own
image” (Genesis 1:27), humans cannot cut themselves off from God.◆In verse 17 it is
written, “He came to his senses.” To “come to one’s senses” is to return to
your true self. And our true self is when you is when you turn to face God the
Father. This is repentance. ◆The reason Jesus
came is to lead us humans back to God the Father. He is the way back.◆The reason we can
return to God our Father and be held as “His child” is because of the sacrifice
of Jesus’ life. The reason why we are greatly touched when we read this parable
is because the one speaking is none other than Jesus himself.◆The gospel of the
Bible is, “Everyone, welcome home in Jesus’ name!” Through Jesus, we can enter
the kingdom. Through Jesus, we can become God’s children. That is the true
blessing for us and allows us to be truly human.