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Explode Tokyo!

Tokyo is one of the largest, most expensive, and most secular cities in the world. Grace City Church Tokyo is a church plant in the heart of Tokyo. From May 2010 it has held weekly worship at a location near Tokyo station, aiming at a relaxed, welcoming and friendly environment, so making it easier for a non-Christian Japanese person to experience and understand church.

Grace in the City

Church planting in city center Tokyo is deeply needed, but also expensive. To cover the cost of evangelism, renting a facility, salary and expenses for the church planter, Grace City Church Tokyo has a budget of about $250,000 a year. Initially about 50% will be raised in Japan through the sacrificial giving of other churches, individuals, and church members. Grace City Church Tokyo aims to be financially independent in 2016.

Pray for a large harvest, not of rice, but of God’s grace in Tokyo and the nation of Japan.   Japanese suffer from:

Hikikomori

Hikikomori

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Human Slavery still Exists! Someone Wants to Legitimize it!

Amnesty International said this about sex slavery in Iraq in 2014:

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty International’s mission is to conduct research and take action to prevent and end grave abuses of all human rights – civil, political, social, cultural and economic. From freedom of expression and association to physical and mental integrity, from protection from discrimination to the right to housing – these rights are indivisible.

Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. Amnesty International is a democratic movement whose major policy decisions are taken by representatives from all national sections at International Council Meetings held every two years. Check online for current details.

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Homosexual Abuse and How to Dis it!

This is my revelation (I can’t say coming out).   It does not fit! But, I have to say something.

I have compassion on David in the video.  You see, when I was 10 years old I was taken away from my home by a homosexual man to a motel room to be his toy.   Did my parents know what this man was up to?  I will never know.  Did I understand what happened to me that night?  No.  I had no class for this man nor for what he did.  Do I know why I felt dirty the next morning at breakfast? No. Only that he did something to me that was “wrong.”  I don’t know why I thought it wrong, I just did.  That thinking may have been my salvation from what could have been.   I did not accept what he did to me.   I rejected it.   I did not want it from him NOR for me, you see.  I never dealt with same sex attraction afterward.   Many children, who might have had a similar, should I say, more pleasurable experience, may have turned out totally different from me.   What happened to me was wrong, I know now.  He could have been put in jail based on the laws of the state. He violated me. He took advantage of me.  I was his prisoner for the night.

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Perfect Love!

Whatever it takes!  Get it!  He loves you this much!

God Hates…

 

Time Lapse

Time Lapse: Edge of Stability
Take this view out to full screen on your device.  Beautiful nature!

I’d Rather Be Damned

Scott Sauls brings us a fresh perceptive on grace, God’s grace.

When I heard the news of this man’s conversion to Christianity, for a brief moment I thought to myself, “I’d almost rather be damned than spend eternity with someone like that.”

With self-hatred written all over him, Lou asked boldly, “Pastor, do you really think there could be room in Jesus’ family for someone like me? It seems so impossible.”

It’s hard to believe that this bully resembling Hitler ended up writing one-third of the New Testament, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that through grace, his violence was transformed to gentleness, his vitriol to tenderness, his sword to a healing salve, his racism and violence to reconciliation, and his rage to love. It’s hard to believe that eventually he, too, would be imprisoned and mercilessly executed for his faith in Jesus.

So then, there are really two possible “Christian” responses to a perpetrator:

On the one hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates no sorrow or restitution for her or his abuses, the faithful response is to keep a safe personal distance while also confronting the evil by all means possible. Victims can also prayerfully celebrate that God, who will ultimately judge all and punish all evil, will achieve a complete and satisfying justice in due time… …
On the other hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates proven sorrow – a sorrow that endures, and that is accompanied by restitution, wherever possible, of what has been taken from the victims – she or he may be viewed as a candidate for grace… …

More from Scott Sauls on grace and forgiveness here.

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