Friday, September 21, 2018

Raising Up Japan to Go to the Nations

Thousands gathering to hear the Gospel in Pakistan. So will Japan be!
The time goes by quickly and there are many preparations being made as we get ready for this new season of life and ministry.  In about two weeks I will be in America then after that traveling to Kenya with a team of Japanese to do roughly a month of ministry, mainly preaching the Gospel.  This is the first time I will be going there and I believe it is profoundly significant.  Japan as it currently stands is very far from being a nation of believers in Christ, but nonetheless I believe they have a major part to play in bringing the nations to Jesus, that every tribe and people of the earth would come to the full knowledge of the truth of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. In fact this is one of the reasons Ryan Denlinger and I have come together to start Empowering Japan.  We have such an amazing group that God has gathered around us. This month we start to do more work on the mainland of Japan.

And in addition to this I see this trip to Kenya also as an opportunity to build a bridge for many other Spirit-filled, empowered Japanese believers to go fulfill the call of Japanese to the nations of the earth.  Of course at the same time God will also be pouring out His Spirit upon Japan as we build the Kingdom here in Japan. For this reason I have laid aside many things, many dreams and ambitions fail in comparison to the call of the LORD to see the nations come into His glory and become partakers of the new life in Christ.  

This truly is the time to arise and lay aside petty things, worldly things, distractions, and divisions for the sake of the GREAT HARVEST that awaits us! Some will plow, some will sow, some will water and God will also send those to harvest.  All of His laborers will rejoice together! So don't be bogged down with worries from the news, or temporary circumstances, take hold of the tools! Take hold of the gifts God has given you so that you too can labor while there is time. 

Japan shall know the LORD! It shall be born into the truth and they shall be a people free from the rulers of this world. 

Preaching in the marketplace in Okinawa.

Some of the Empowering Japan team.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Vision - Keys & Greater Things


I actually had this vision in early March of 2017. God has reminded again of this vision and to share it more publicly.  Especially as we step out more with Empowering Japan & go into full time ministry.  This is not just for us but part of the new thing God is doing all around the world.
Here is an audio link below.

Vision of the keys

I saw a vision of many rooms and in each room there was a cage and people were trapped and frustrated in their cages. They would cry out and say why doesn't God keep His promises. Why can't we do what He wants us to do?
Then God handed me many keys too many to count and I began to unlock the cages and set people free. Then those who were set free would begin to run around overjoyed and as I continued to unlock the cage doors and set people free I became weary and the LORD said to me. Give them the keys, for freely they be set free let them set others free.The LORD gave me a trumpet to blow and call many to me and I gave them many keys and soon all of the cages were open. Then the music began to play and a stage came down from the sky and many people began to gather around it. A sign in lights read greater things above the stage and I saw great things mighty angels rise from the stage with smoke and lightning thunder and power. It was awesome to behold and I fell down because of the shaking of earth. Then a voice from heaven said. This will come to pass and I have given you authority over angels and over rulers of the earth. Take hold of such things and let loose the things of heaven upon the earth. Then multitudes of soldiers came forth and they marched in unison and could not be stopped. The sound of their marching was mighty and they could not be stopped. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Taking the Gospel outside the Building - Empowering JAPAN

Ryan Denlinger ministry partner at Empowering Japan and I at dinner in Fukuoka
This past April and May we held Empowering JAPAN conferences in Okinawa.  These were gatherings were held at churches and consisted of teaching and practical application times for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Not only was it a time for believers to come together in worship and ministry but also to go out in groups to the streets and shops and share the Gospel along with demonstrating the LOVE & POWER of God.

Paul wrote about this specifically in his letter to the Corinthians.

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power...

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

So we see this is a very biblical approach to sharing the Gospel, the message of Christ come in the flesh, crucified, buried and raised from the dead, who is alive and is LORD.  Of course there are a variety of encounters that you face when you take the message outside the walls of a church gathering.  And we talk about a variety of these in the conferences.  The coolest part is seeing everyday people go out and be used by God and see His kingdom made manifest on the earth as a result.

We saw so many healed, many people coming to faith and believing in Christ, others being delivered from demonic spirits.  And it is important to realize this is not simply for those special men and women of God but this power is available for every believer.

Below is a highlight video of the conferences.  God bless and more is to come!

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