Monday, June 29, 2015

The Cross of Christ is a burning altar which consumes everything


 

 

The Cross of Christ is a burning altar which consumes everything.
Upon it everything of us shall become ashes.
 
The Cross of Christ is a light which shines on everything.
Upon it everything of us shall receive
His uncompromising, perfect judgment.
 
 
 The Cross of Christ is His entire rejection toward our sins.
 
By Jesus Christ the crucified One,
the sun became dark in its highest place

 
By Jesus Christ the crucified One,
all kinds of feigned hope
no matter how it may look sublime and noble,
shall turn into disappointment.
 
 
The Cross of Christ would manifest everything
as He looks at the authentic reality.
 
By His death on the Cross,
the earth quaked and the rocks were split.
 
By His death on the Cross,
all of our trust, pride, confidence, assurance, and man-made foundations
were overturned and smashed to pieces.

 
By the Cross of Christ,
our natural man was destroyed by the cursed Death.
 
All the haughtiness and pride are crushed by the Cross.
 
 
Do we really believe this Jesus Christ, the crucified One? 
 
 
Then,, only the resurrected Christ shall live.
It is Christ who is in the fire.
 
 
Only the purified and refined one shall remain.
 
Yes, only the holy stump shall remain.




Itaru Miyasaka,  jyujika ni tsukerareta kirisuto

translated into English from Japanese
 source

Lord, help us to not dwell in sinful thoughts and actions: seeking to live holy both inwardly and outwardly




This morning, I heard that one prominent, Bible-believing (and complementarian!) pastor resigned from church due to the sin of adultery. Upon this, one church leader asked us to pray that "God would keep him holy, close to Him and would not allow him to fall into sin" reminding us that "no matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. And when you give into sin, you hurt many people and discredit your ministry."

No matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. How true it is! Today, we Christians are segmented into hundreds of thousands of denominations, theological systems and various "-isms" and each blame that the other(s) are either heretical or not sound biblically.
 
Although Gal 3:28 ("There is neither Jew nor Greek,,,neither male nor female") is often used as magna carta by egalitarians and Christian feminists in order to claim "equality" between the sexes ―both ontologically and functionally―, in front of this one giant called "sin", we are so drastically alike and "equal", aren't we?

In front of this giant, indeed there is neither Catholic nor Protestant, neither Evangelicals nor Pentecostals, neither Calvinists nor Arminians,,,we are all miserable sinners who need His mercy and forgiveness every single moment.

When we pamper our own sins and keep living in them, we will die sooner or later. We are to expose it and discard it firmly in His light. However, what I am experiencing is this ; although I want to be holy in my mind and soul, various sinful thoughts are trying their best to sneak into my mind daily and incite me to dwell in these sinful and fanciful thoughts.

For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self. But I discern in my bodily members a different law at war against the law of mind and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs. Romans 7:22,23

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8,9a

In times like this, I try to remember the lyrics of Issac Watts' hymns "When I survey the wondrous cross" and medicate on the bloody Lord Jesus Christ who is on the Cross, looking straight into my eyes. By looking up the Crucifed One―by this very action in faith―the Holy Spirit wins the battle in me and delivers me from this dirty sin.

Lastly, I am going to quote one poem.



 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
So, Lord, Thy purpose shall triumph
Through Thine omniopotent Word.
With Thine authority clothe me.
Now, as I stand in Thy will,
With Thine own Spirit empower me
All Thine own plan to fulfill.
 
 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
This be my attitude always
Saviour, protection afford,
Lest, as I move at Thy bidding,
Satan should close up the way,
Stand with me, Blessed Lord Jesus,
As I Thy precepts obey.
 
 
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
Over the mountains so rugged,
Over the seas at Thy Word
Naught shall deter or molest me
If, Blessed Lord, Thou wilt be
Saviour, Defender, and Keeper,
As I go onward with Thee.
 
M.E.Barber

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Us Support And Encourage Our Dear Headcovering Sister Deborah



I love sister Deborah. Her genuine faith and passion for Jesus Christ have been my inspirations. She is using her artistic talent to make inspirational graphic art. Now let's incline our ears to her testimony regarding this;

 "One of the reasons I began doing word art was that I wanted to flood the internet with God’s word. In the short time I began posting God’s word, and inspirational hymns, in the form of art on a Facebook page, I’ve noticed that it reaches the eyes of sometimes over a hundred people, yet less than a handful press the “like” button or bother to share it.
 
 "Satan often metaphorically whispers in my ear, “See, it’s not good enough for the public eye, why are you even wasting your time?” However, I truly believe he suppresses the Christian’s desire to share it out of fear of man. I will not give up, or become downcast when crude sayings with disturbing background pictures sweep the internet like wildfire while mine go unnoticed. God is still in control! I will reset my focus on creating these solely for Him and let Him do with them as He pleases!"                                         (from "The Power Of Imagery" )
 
This is her art work
 
When I read the above testimony especially her firm determination;"I will not give up", I could not help but admiring her. Here is a noble woman who does not give up but keep proceeding out of her deep love for Christ.

Today, I received a reply from her in the comment section and understood that she has been passing through difficult times because of her head covering practice.

 "Thank you for thinking of me Kinuko! I had a difficult Lord's Day (yesterday) in respect to covering. A (highly respectable and learned) man from our church, whom counseled me against the practice prior to my beginning to cover, expressed (again) his thoughts about the passage and implied (in tone of voice and body language) that what I was doing was silly.

"He adamantly believes Paul makes it clear that the woman'
s hair is a covering, and that the passage is culturally specific. It prompted me to dig around again today, where I found that John Calvin believed (as per his "Institutes Of The Christian Religion") that the practice,ought to be variously accommodated to the customs of each nation and age.


"Needless to say, this has been a difficult journey for me. I wish I could say that I am confident enough to let these things pass, but I am not. All I can say, is I am somewhat weary and I appreciate your prayers on my behalf!"

Now sisters, what do we do? How can we help and encourage our dear sister Deborah? I believe that it is a time for us to surround her with the most tender love and sisterly affection.

  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

 Her Covering Testimony is here
 Her blog is here

Deborah, you are not alone. And we shall not let you feel alone. We all love you and stand by you. We share both joy and sadness with you. We are here for each other and thus His love shall be perfected in us. Amen.
 

O To Be Holy! : The Poem And Prayer Of Amy Carmichael



We are to know nothing among any save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

For our calling, by its very nature, calls us apart from everything else;
it has for its object nothing less than this;

the showing of Christ,
the living of Christ,
among those who do not know Him.

The love of our God must shine through us unhindered
if we would live to Him here, and

whatever makes for holiness of life,
for the clearing of the glass through which the light shines,
this is for us and nothing else.





Searcher of spirits,
Thy Thou my reins and heart,
 
Cleanse Thou my inward part,
Turn, overturn and turn.

Wood, hay and stubble see,
Spread out before Thee,
Burn, burn.

Savior of sinners
Out of the depths I cry,

Perfect me or I die;
Perfect me,

Patient One;
In Thy revealing light,
I stand confused, outright, undone.

O to be holy!
Thou wilt not say me nay
Who movest me to pray

Enable to endure;
Spiritual cleansing Fire,

Fulfill my heart's desire.

Make pure.

from God's missionary by Amy Carmichael
 
 
 

Seeking for the East Asian Connection―Regarding the Christian Head Covering 尋求關於基督教蒙頭東亞連接


 


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Warm greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. My name is Kinuko and I am a Japanese sister in Christ. As you understand from reading my blog, I am practicing the Christian headcovering out of my love and obedience to His Word. Yes, I believe that the command in 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 is applicable for today.

Now, I know that there must be sisters in East Asia who are practicing head coverings and brothers who are advocating this doctrine, but I don't know where they are exactly. So I am asking Him to guide me to find them or guide them to find me. I'd like to have fellowship with them! Dear brothers and sisters in the West, if you know any information regarding this, would you please let me know? Thank you very much.

Here is one excellent article about Christian Head covering in traditional Chinese. (source: here)
 
有關蒙頭的迷思

邁倫.霍斯特(Myron Horst) 著
邱克倫 譯

  在我唸大學的時候,我開始研讀有關蒙頭這事,想要找到根據來證明現今神不再要求蒙頭了,因為我看不見再有蒙頭的需要。但當我深入研究蒙頭這事,卻發現有許多關乎蒙頭的迷思,被宣稱為真理。這些錯誤的教導見於許多釋經書之中。這些迷思在講臺上被人傳講,也由一個基督徒傳給另一個,他們對那段聖經已有自己的一套見解,這些迷思更有助他們「清晰」理解自己的看法,但其實這些都沒有聖經或者歷史的根據。這些法很經常被重複提,使人相信它們都是真確的,並且不去證。畢竟,那些重複這些法的人當中,有許多都有博士學位。結果,教會基於錯誤百出的資料就在蒙頭這課題上教導、實行和反對。一般而言,我發現在蒙頭這課題上缺乏有素質和具學術水平的研究。

  以下是有關蒙頭其中幾個較為得注意的迷思,以及為甚麼它們是謬誤的:

迷思1:只有妓女才會不蒙着頭四處走動,保羅不想人家把基督徒婦女與妓女聯想在一起

  這個迷思一直流傳,是因為缺乏具良好學術水平的歷史研究。有些人把古代希臘的哥林多城和在羅馬帝國統治下的哥林多城混為一談。這就如同在距今一千年之後,有人研究殖民時期的美國之生活狀態,然後在公元二千年的美國就是那樣的。

  哥林多古城連同其廟妓的制度早在公元前146年被摧毀。凱撒(Julius Caesar)在一百年後重建哥林多。哥林多前書寫成的時候,即廟妓制度被摧毀二百年後,哥林多已是一個徹頭徹尾的羅馬城巿。在公元頭一個世紀,此時羅馬帝國的生活狀態在許多方面跟現今的社會相像的程度,比起歷史上其他時期更甚。婦女享有許多方面的「自由」,是她們從前所沒有的。她們被允許接受教育,在公眾場合話,以及主動提出離婚。婦女使用避孕用具、墮胎、行使「性自由」。(Pandora's Daughters: The Role and Status of Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity, by Eva Cantarella, John Hopkins University Press, 1987, p.140,141, 148

  使徒行傳提及在幾個城巿中「尊貴的」婦女,以及保羅站在亞略巴古當中講時的婦女。這時期雖然有些婦女戴上頭帕或其他蒙頭的東西,但許多非基督徒婦女並沒有在頭上蒙上頭帕。在這時期,精巧的髮型也流行起來。

迷思2:哥林多前書第十一章所述的蒙頭是基於風俗習慣

  在新約聖經中並沒有這樣的命令,指示教會要依從非基督徒的做法。身為基督徒,我們不要跟從世界的樣式,而是要跟從耶穌和的命令。從對第一世紀羅馬帝國婦女的描述,你們可以看見哥林多前書第十一章有關蒙頭的教訓並非基於哥林多的文化,也不是基於猶太文化。在猶太人的文化中,男人和女人都要蒙頭。在那個時候,猶太男人很容易因着他們的闊邊帽而給人認出來。

  哥林多前書第十一章中婦女蒙頭是一種基督徒才有的實行。女人要蒙頭和男人不要蒙頭的命令是基於創造,而非基於文化(7-10節)。

迷思3:哥林多人戴上頭帕是因為那是「東方」(中東)的習俗

  這個迷思的一部份早已被人提出,但由於那些人對地理的無知,使它一直存在於釋經書中。哥林多是位於希臘,而希臘是歐洲的一部份,而不是在中東!再者,在哥林多的教會似乎主要由非猶太人所組成。這不是一個以猶太人佔大多數的教會。(哥林多前書第十二章二節那裏:「你們作外邦人的時候,隨事被牽引受迷惑,去服事那啞吧偶像,這是你們知道的。」也見使徒行傳第十八章六節。)

迷思4:蒙頭的教訓只是單單寫給在哥林多的教會

  這個迷思在講述的時候,通常也同時猜測在哥林多的教會發生了甚麼事,並且為何要寫下蒙頭的指示,以及為甚麼現今並不適用。這個迷思忽視了一個事實,在哥林多前書第十一章裏面關乎蒙頭的命令是聖經,是神的話。這卷哥林多前書是寫給所有的基督徒,而不是僅僅寫給哥林多人(林前一2;十一16)。我們忽視聖經中的一段經文,並這段經文對於我並不適用,這在屬靈上是很危險的。

  許多學者猜測為甚麼這些東西被寫下來,並很自信地把他們的猜測當作事實來陳述。這是高等批判(higher criticism)的一部份。你若看見一些措辭像「這可能是」、「明顯地」、「最有可能」、「顯然」等,就要小心,不要隨便接受一連串的推論作為真確的。這通常是人的猜想,而不是真理。

迷思5:保羅是那發出這命令的人(而不是神發出的)

  這個迷思直接攻擊聖經的默示。這個迷思通常用以下的措辭作為幌子:「保羅所的是這樣」、「保羅所寫的是……」。這使到聖經中的命令變成人的教導。哥林多前書的作者是神,而不是保羅。保羅不過是秘書,而不是哥林多前書的作者。是聖靈告訴保羅要寫些甚麼,保羅不是以他自己的權威來寫。「若有人以為自己是先知或是屬靈的,就該知道我所寫給你們的是主的命令。」(林前十四37)並沒有歷史或其他的根據可以這是保羅而不是神所發出的命令。


 

迷思6:頭髮就是作蓋頭的──正如新國際譯本(NIV)的註

  這是一個曲解聖經的例子,使聖經出某人想的東西。希臘文並不能好像新國際譯本註所翻譯的。在希臘文有些字被加上去或刪減,從而得到這樣的解釋。新國際譯本並不是一本逐字對譯的譯本,裏頭有許多地方顯露出譯者的偏見,這是其中一個。我從來未曾在歷史或研讀希臘文時找到這種解釋的根據。從歷史和希臘文可以相當清楚地看見,哥林多前書第十一章是女人應該有兩種遮蓋──長頭髮和頭帕。

迷思7:關乎蒙頭的這段經文是指到公開的敬拜

  哥林多前書第十一章肯定包括了公開的敬拜,但它並沒有這是唯一實行的場合。聖經也吩咐我們要不住地禱告,不僅是在教會中禱告。初期教會整個星期都實行蒙頭,不僅是在星期日。

  這個迷思因着譯者和釋經者的偏見而一直存在。在新國際譯本的標題「敬拜的禮節」(還有其他譯本的其他標題),是譯者所加上去的,在希臘文原文中並沒有這標題。基督徒婦女在任何靠近神的時候都要蒙着頭,無論是在家中或是在公開的敬拜。男人則無論是在家中或公眾場合中禱告時,都不要蒙着頭。

迷思8:順服使女人低於男人

  神在十一及十二節對這個迷思的回應是:「然而照主的安排,女也不是無男,男也不是無女。因為女人原是由男人而出,男人也是由女人而出,但萬有都是出乎神。」神告訴我們,男人和女人都是必需的,也是同等的重要。丈夫不是獨立於妻子而運作,倒過來也一樣。男人和女人都有神所賜予同等重要的角色。男人沒有女人就不能存在,因為他們是由女人而生。女人沒有男人也不能存在,因為她們是由男人所授精而孕育的。身為基督徒,神想我們把男性和女性看成同等重要,不是低一等或高一等。

迷思9:由教會定立的特定頭帕或蒙頭物的款式是唯一真正蓋頭之物

  這個迷思出現在一些過分管制蒙頭樣式的羣體,他們在神的命令上加了人的吩咐。傳統來,門諾會(Mennonites)和亞米緒教派(Amish)訂定了某種款式的蓋頭物作為唯一有效的蒙頭方式。這樣,一種特定的蒙頭款式就被看為蒙頭的象徵,但其他蒙頭的款式卻被排除在外,並稱之為「保護性的頭飾」,或者被稱為「屬世的」。例如,許多保守的門諾會和亞米緒教派中,男人不顧哥林多前書第十一章的吩咐,在大部份時間用有邊的帽子蒙着他們的頭。儘管那頂帽子通常比起女人的蓋頭物所遮蓋頭部的範圍更大,他們的頭卻並不視為被遮蓋着,因為他們所戴的帽子並不是他們羣體所要求女人蒙頭的那種款式。對於許多門諾會的信徒來,門諾會那種白色無邊小帽款式的蓋頭物有更多含義,不僅僅只是為着禱告和講道時用的蓋頭物。在形狀、大小、和細帶子相對地小的改動,可以用來把一個人識別和歸類為自由派和保守派。有些人用這些款式上微細的分別來判斷一個人的靈性。

  神沒有明確明蓋頭物的款式,也沒有給予一些細節,應該怎樣蒙頭,這一點是很得注意的。應該是哪一種款式?是一種掛着的頭帕、或是一頂有邊的帽子、或是無邊的小帽?神沒有詳細指明。聖經所強調的是一個動詞,即「蒙頭」(covering the head),而不是一個名詞,即「蓋頭物」(the head covering)。這一點是意義深長的。因着沒有詳細指明款式,神給予我們使用各種款式和顏色的蓋頭物的自由。神給予我們自由,蓋頭物可以有創意和有吸引力的,不一定是要舊式的、單調沉悶的、或者使人覺得尬的。

  教會裏的人需要感覺到教會的焦點首先是在遵從神在哥林多前書第十一章中關乎蒙頭的命令,其次才是蒙頭的款式。若有人(特別是年輕人)覺得教會的焦點主要在蒙頭的款式,其次才是遵從哥林多前書第十一章的命令,他們就會抗拒,並拒蒙頭,把它看成一種不正確的教訓,或者是聖經中並沒有要求的一種教訓。


  在我研讀蒙頭這課題的時候,我很驚訝地發現,我們曾聽人過的大量基督徒所提供的資料都是不真實的。現時的情況似乎是這樣,儘管今天在基督徒中間普遍受過高等教育,但許多人仍然依賴其他人的研究或意見,而不是自己着手研究。我向你提出一個挑戰,就是你自己去研讀哥林多前書第十一章及其他課題,猶如你在搜求隱藏的珍寶(箴二4)。你若接受這個挑戰,就會對你所發現的感到詫異。不要僅僅因為「其他所有人」都認為蒙頭在今天並不適用,而忽視哥林多前書第十一章。

 
譯者註:

1. 這篇文章譯自邁倫.霍斯特(Myron Horst)所著的Myths About the Headcovering 一文,已得作者允許譯成中文,並在網上發表,讓更多基督徒在蒙頭這事上得幫助,謹此致謝。歡迎引用或轉載,但請保留原來的版本,不要自行刪改,並請附加文章(英文及中文譯本)出處的網址: http://www.biblicalresearchreports.com/headcoveringmyths.php

2. 「迷思」是英文myth的音譯,一般譯作「神話」,但在這篇文章的意思是指「沒有事實根據的觀點」,故譯作「迷思」。

3. 高等批判(Higher Criticism)是指一班不信主的學者,用他們的學術來批判聖經是不是由某人寫的,是不是那個時代的作品,目的是要質疑聖經就是神的話語這個權威。

4. 門諾會(Mennonites)和亞米緒教派(Amish)都是源於教會歷史上稱為重浸派(Anabaptist)的基督徒團體。

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Instead of using "misandry & misogyny", let us pursue and live in the redeemed world of "sebasmandry & sebasmogyny" !


 
In my previous Japanese blog post, I wrote about the excellent short video message entitled "Feminism and the Christian women" by Mary Kassian.



Upon this, Sanae, my fellow sister, left a thoughtful comment and there she explained to me about the meaning of the words such as misandry, misogyny.

As many of you might know, these words came from the Greek misos (μσος, "hatred"), andros ("man") and gyny ("woman"). So, misandry means, the hatred or dislike of men, whereas misogyny means the hatred or dislike of woman.

When I heard these words, my heart ached. Because I live in the Greek-speaking world, the word misos ("hatred") is familiar to me. It is a strong, piercing word like a sharp knife. And it is, unfortunately, everywhere.

Negative, hateful words are produced and kept in the dark hearts of man and these words spread so quickly. In contrast, sound and uplifting words are disappearing from the hearts of man day by day. O it shouldn't be like that!

 

Today, I read the portion of Anne of Avonlea again where Anne and her friends are trying to name a woodland pool in the forest. Here it goes;

The path was a winding one, so narrow that the girls walked in single file and even then the fir boughs brushed their faces. Under the firs were velvety cushions of moss, and further on, where the trees were smaller and fewer, the ground was rich in a variety of green growing things.

,,"Oh, girls, look at that!"

"That" was a shallow woodland pool in the center of a little open glade where the path ended. Later on in the season it would be dried up and its place filled with a rank growth of ferns; but now it was a glimmering placid sheet, round as a saucer and clear as crystal. A ring of slender young birches encircled it and little ferns fringed its margin.

"HOW sweet!" said Jane.

"Let us dance around it like wood-nymphs," cried Anne, dropping her basket and extending her hands.

But the dance was not a success for the ground was boggy and Jane's rubbers came off.

"You can't be a wood-nymph if you have to wear rubbers," was her decision.

"Well, we must name this place before we leave it," said Anne, yielding to the indisputable logic of facts. "Everybody suggest a name and we'll draw lots. Diana?"

"Birch Pool," suggested Diana promptly.

"Crystal Lake," said Jane.

Anne, standing behind them, implored Priscilla with her eyes not to perpetrate another such name and Priscilla rose to the occasion with "Glimmer-glass." Anne's selection was "The Fairies' Mirror."

The names were written on strips of birch bark with a pencil Schoolma'am Jane produced from her pocket, and placed in Anne's hat. Then Priscilla shut her eyes and drew one. "Crystal Lake," read Jane triumphantly. Crystal Lake it was, and if Anne thought that chance had played the pool a shabby trick she did not say so.

    ―Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Avonlea, Chapter 13 A Golden Picnic


 

"The Fairies' Mirror"―isn't it so beautiful? I was captivated by her lively imagination and her lovely, uplifting and creative spirit. Then, inspired by Anne, I also attempted to create new, uplifting words this morning. Yes, instead of misandry and misogyny, I created the alternative words which are;

sebasmandry =the respect or reverence of men

sebasmogyny =the respect or reverence of women

 *Sebasmos (σεβασμός) means "respect, reverence" in Greek.

Friends, shall we glorify Him by cherishing, preserving and creating sublime, hopeful words together? Shall we decorate our inner world with soft and feminine words? Shall we ask Him to sanctify our vocabularies and encourage others with spirit-filled, life-giving words? O that our words may reflect His beautiful attributes!

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

From The Sin Of Coldness, Good Lord, Deliver Us



 
 
We cannot be held fast in peace and
nerved to inner, private discipline
 
-to a soldiership
that knows nothing of reserve to love
 
that can plunge into very hell to save a soul,
 
unstained by the foulness,
unshrivelled by the heat
 
-unless we live within sight of Calvary.
 
 
God forgive us for the strange coldness of
so much of our love
 
 
The calculating love of Christians is
 
the shame of the Church
and the astonishment of angels.
 
 
By Thine agony, and bloody sweat;
by Thy cross and passion;
 
by Thy precious resurrection and ascension;
and by the coming of the Holy Ghost,
 
 
from the sin of coldness,
Good Lord,
deliver us.
 
 
from Gold by Moonlight by Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Beauty Of Silence: My Testimony Regarding Christian Woman's Silence In The Church (1 Cor 14.34)



Let your women keep silence in the churches. 1 Cor. 14.34a

Recently, one of my Japanese blog readers asked me, "how come you accept 1 Cor 14.34 and obey it's command? I cannot! Besides, it is said that this verse was inserted by somebody else in the later century."

Well, I don't write down the contents of our discussion regarding the validity of 1 Cor 14.34 here. Instead, as a former female preacher, I'd like to testify to you how this particular command of silence in the Bible has brought me blessings and recovery.

The writer of the Ecclesiastes said, "(there is) a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Eccl.3:7 b).

By obeying the word of God, our Father grant us amazing inner joy and fulfillment which the world can never imagine.

Ladies, when we enter the gate of 1 Cor 14.34 with trustful and humble heart, we will be guided to the world of beauty sooner or later. This is the world where pious sisters are being nourished spiritually, silently adoring her Bridegroom.

Silence, deep as time eternal, Broods around the throne divine, 
Where in loving, blissful union,  Father,Son and Spirit shine.  
Then the heav'nly Sanctus thunders, As Thy prostrate hosts adore, 
Cast their crowns before Thine altar, Praising Thee for evermore.
             --B.Schlink



In Japan, there is a distinct sense of beauty called, Yohaku no bi. It originated in the medieval Japanese aesthetic principle described as the "beauty of the remaining white". Yohaku designated the white space, the unfilled space or margin, which bears a aesthetic significance for the overall impression of a scene in the calligraphy work, room, image etc.

For me, sister's silence in the churches wonderfully reflects Yohaku no bi in a spiritual sense.

O that we all taste the blessedness of biblical silence and its wonderful effects upon our souls. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

One life of obedience can, and will, affect many other lives



Dear friends, how have you been? First of all, thank you so much for your visit. I have never imagined that my humble testimony regarding headcovering has been read by so many friends in all over the world. 

I thank Brother Jeremy Gardiner (headcoveringmovement.com) for his tremendous effort and dedication for the sake of Him and for us. I also thank our Prayer Team friends, especially Jessica who is my fellow coordinator. Thank you, Sanae, my fellow headcovering sister in Japan. Without her constant help and support, I could not have continued this work until today. Dear Caroline, my little sister, thank you for translating my writings in French. It is my great joy to have many visitors from French speaking nations! Kegan, I see the spirit and passion of Amy Carmichael in you. Irina, your life testimony has touched many lives in Japan! Deborah, your holy passion for His Kingdom has inspired me. MB, Tessa, Regina, Sarina, Ruthie, Wanda, Amy, Laura and all,,,O how much I love you and cherish your beings!


I respect you because of your firm faith and love toward Jesus Christ. I know that many of you decided to cover in the midst of difficulties and loneliness. You are so brave and beautiful. One of the remarkable characteristics, which I have found in you, is your passion for seeking the Bible truth and your sincere desire to please Him by obeying His words. It is rather difficult to find a believer like you and I say from the bottom of my heart that you are a precious treasure. In my room, there is a big world map, --the dreamy map which I see each of you in it. Is it possible to see you face to face one day while we are on this earth? I wish we do!

Lastly, I am going to quote a beautiful poem composed by our sister Jessica. The theme of this poem is: One life of obedience can, and will, affect many other lives. We see the prime example of this in the very life of Jesus Christ. And it also applies to your courageous life, my friend!



                          Ripples in the water

This sea was made by God. 
All the people talking, eating, driving, singing, hurting, celebrating:
This great sea of people had it’s beginning with just One Person. 
Sometimes, the world seems so immense to me; 
I am just one in billions. 
How does my One Life make sense in this crowd? 
After all, even without me,
All the people will continue talking, eating, driving, singing, hurting, celebrating. 
And then, I remember: 
On the deep water’s smooth surface, ripples spread quickly and far. 
One person. 
One person brave enough to make ripples in the water.