Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

December 10, 2009

I heard an interesting story about a mother and her daughter Isabel.

They were sitting at church one day, and the pastor was very inspired. He was talking about a certain topic,  and the sermon went on for 30 minutes, for an hour, an hour and half, and he kept on being very inspired and kept on preaching.

 Isabel became very visibly disturbed, she was getting a little impatient and frustrated. Mom kept on saying: “Shh, he is speaking!” Finally, Isabel pulled on her mom’s arm with an angry face and said:

“Mom, give him the money now, so that we can go!” 

Sermon: United We Stand / May 23, 2009

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Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Prayer

December 10, 2009

Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for this day that You have blessed us with.  Father, we entered into Your presence with praise and thanksgiving, with gratitude.  Father, we know that You have done so many amazing things in our lives.  After we met True Parents, our lives changed completely.  Father, we may have become blessed with somebody that we have never, ever met.  Father, we pray that we may understand this incredible life that we have lived.  Father, we understand that we may have had tribulation and obstacles and hills that we had to cross but, Father, we know that each one of those things were planned. Each one of those things caused us to become stronger, to become more victorious, Father, to become filled with the overcoming power that You wish for us to have.

Father, we know that now in this incredible time, in this incredible nation,  True Father’s life story and his word are now creating tremendous interest among the nation’s people; not just in our own desires but in reality.  Father, we see that the autobiography is third bestseller nationwide amongst all genres of every single book that is published here and every single international book that is here as well.  True Father’s word, his life is number three.  It is creating a tremendous interest in this nation.  Father, let us understand that in this hard time, in this nation of Korea, where people are losing their sense of identity, where they are losing hope in their futures, Father let us truly allow the Unification Movement to be that incredible beacon of hope, to be that amazing source of inspiration Father, the inspiration that has guided our own lives on our incredible path of faith. Father, we have seen incredible, astonishing changes that have happened in our church.  The age of liberation is here and it is unfolding before our eyes and Father we pray that we may be able to lead the nation; we may be able to inspire the nation Father, to understand that this land is a holy land and truly to understand and pick up the mantle of this incredible providential work.

Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to be here in this nation.  We know we may not be here forever or long in this nation but Father, while we are here, let us truly participate. Let us truly be Cheon Il Guk owners so that we can truly inherit your true love and be able to make an incredible difference in the lives of those around us.  Father, we thank you so much for we know that united we stand and divided we fall.  We pray that we may come together in unity into a common purpose to truly testify about the life of our True Parents, about the incredible preparation and providence that you have prepared and the incredible community that has lived and served and sacrificed for the world – the Unification tradition – an incredible community!  Father, we pray that this can be shown to the world, that we also may continue to grow and mature.  Father, we wish that we can become greater in every single aspect so that truly we may be that incredible beacon of hope for this new era that You are preparing.  Thank you so much.  We pray all these things together in our own names, united here as one and around the world, as central Blessed families.  Aju.

Sermon: United We Stand / May 23, 2009

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Special Testimony by Mr. Toru Goto

December 3, 2009

November 21, 2009, Headquarters Church, Seoul Korea

     So many former members like that visited me in my confinement place; they all looked very different from when they were in the church. They don’t have hope, there is something about them very different. The only thing they live for is to oppose the Unification Church. That’s the way they had to change. These people would try to convince me to deny my faith, and after a while it psychologically become difficult to endure.

Welcoming Remarks:

 Yeon Ah Nim

Welcome brothers and sisters, welcome to the headquarters of our Unification church. Today we have a guest speaker; I am sure you all know him and want to meet him. We heard about him so much but today we are going to meet him in person. He came from Japan. We want to welcome Goto san. Let us give him a warm applause. Thank you Goto san for your true faith for True Parents.

Hyung Jin Nim

Welcome brothers and sisters. Let’s begin by manifesting the principle.

I hope all of you picked up the pamphlet that is being given out.It tells this incredible story of not only one man but thousands of brothers and sisters particularly in Japan who are not only being persecuted but are having their human rights being stripped away from them. Their democratic freedom being stripped from them. This is not only a Japanese issue as the holocaust was not just a German/Jewish issue. It is a worldwide Unificationist issue just as the holocaust was a worldwide Jewish issue. We need to realize that although Japan may be far away from us and that although Korea is a different country, this is  something that does impact our community. This is something that we need to find justice in. I want to share in this context True Father’s words. (Cheon Seong Gyeong, page 783)

“What kinds of people live with the hope of the love of God? They are those that can cross joyfully over the valley of death that brings sorrow to humankind. Those are the people who hold on to the hope of God. Therefore you should not become someone who in the face of death resents and laments over all of the affairs of this world. Instead you should become someone who can stand before heaven with joy and be proud of the value of your death. We should know that God is looking for the sons and daughters of hope. God cannot help loving a person who feels the joy of heaven in such a situation. He cannot help but answer the cry of a group of people who cry out to him from such a position.”

Brothers and sisters today in this modern world the group who are crying out to him in this kind of situation are our Unificationists. Let us give it up for our worldwide Unification family. Today we want to really honor those who have been through these illegal, forcible confinements and this undemocratic deprogramming. We know that a lot of our brothers and sisters not only in Japan but in other countries as well have encountered and have gone through the trauma of that. Today we want to remember them and also instill within our hearts the incredible victory and the incredible hope and faith that has brought these incredible heroes of our faith to be able to stand now on the world stage and to be able to talk about the incredible holocaust that has been perpetuated against these people who truly serve the Messiah with faith and love and filial piety. Brothers and sisters let us all rise and do the family pledge.

Introduction of the speaker by Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters when you came in you should have received this pamphlet entitled “Abduction, Confinement, Deprogramming, and a Modern-day Holocaust.” We encouraged the brothers and sisters to take a look at that to inform themselves. We need all brothers and sisters to be educated about this issue. It’s a very big issue to understand and to learn about it, and also to talk about it. The world needs to know that the Unification Church has been a victim at the hands of illegal practices, because we’re a community of faith, and we have true faith, and we have the truth and because we serve True Parents. This is why our human rights have been forcibly stolen, in many of our brothers’ and sisters’ cases around the world.

This is the time where we really as a unification community must not be irresponsible in a sense that we say it’s a Japanese issue. It’s not. It’s a human rights violation, with over 4,300 cases. This is a Unificationist worldwide issue. Brothers and sisters, we absolutely encourage all of you to take a look at what happened – the real stories are in there – and understand that it’s just a very small portion of the incredible number of victims that are present in our church.

 Today we are going to have Mr. Toru Goto speak to us. A lot of us have heard about him. We spoke about him many times during the service. A lot of us have seen his pictures. After he was able to leave his confinement, after 12 years and 5 months, we heard some of the incredible details. They’re just atrocious, absolutely atrocious. It’s a horror that is happening in a modern democratic state, Japan, the 2nd economic power in the world. It’s an absolute atrocity. He was confined for over 12 years, in a room the size of six “Tatami mats.” The size of them is very small. Now notice how small that room is. Probably it’s not more than 10×10 feet. He was confined and kidnapped there and all the windows were barred up, mashed up, so he couldn’t leave. Twelve years he had to spend there, not ten days. If any of us were kidnapped for one day or even ten days think how dramatic that would be. This is 12 years and 5 months. This is unbelievable.

Mr. Toru Goto was born in Yamakata, Japan, on the 2nd of November, 1963. He’s very smart. He went to Nihon University and his older brother invited him to learn the Divine Principle. Then later he became a member of the Unification Church. After graduating in 1987 with a degree in Architecture, he started working in a construction company. That’s when his first kidnapping occurred in October, 1987. He successfully escaped pretending to surrender his faith after one month of confinement. He was kidnapped again many years later on September 11, 1995. The confinement continued for 12 years and 5 months until he was released on February 10, 2008.

Brothers and sisters let us give Goto-san a big round of encouraging applause for his great incredible faith (Applause)

Incredible! I was speaking with him downstairs and I mentioned that in Korea one of the greatest saints is a Buddhist monk by the name of Son Cheol Sinim. I told him that Son Cheol Sinim went for an ascetic practice and stayed in a small room for 8 years as a training practice. That’s revered. It’s something incredible. Eight years he spent in a tiny room practicing and confined. He didn’t let himself out. Goto-san is not even a short 8 years. His level of faith, dedication and perseverance for 12 years and 5 months of kidnapping and forced confinement is absolutely amazing.

On October 2008 together with other victims and determined people, he founded a civil group called “The Association to Eliminate Religious Kidnapping and Forced Conversion.” At present he serves as vice-representative of the group. Brothers and sisters, before we invite him up let us watch this brief introduction video of this issue. Let’s see the video. (The video title is Abduction and Confinement; it summarizes Mr. Toru Goto’s confinement story).

Brothers and sisters as we welcome Goto san to the stage I want all of you to rise up and give him a big warm round of applause. Here is one of the heroes of our faith. Let’s give it up for Goto san.

Main Sermon: Testimony of Mr. Toru Goto:

I’d like to express my deep gratitude to God, True Parents and to our international presidents, Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim that I was given this opportunity to come to the Headquarters Church to give my testimony to you today.

I’d like to testify to you today about my experience of being confined and kidnapped for 12 years and 5 months. It’s a long period so if I tell you everything, you’ll be here until tomorrow morning, so I’d like to focus just on the points where I was in my greatest struggles.

I’d like first to explain to you about the apartment where I was confined. What you see now is an 8 story building nearly in the center of Tokyo, and I was in this room for 12 years. This is how the door was locked. There was a chain  this way from the inside and there was also a padlock on it. This is the window. You can see there is a mash wire in the glass. Normally, with a window lock you can still open the window, but when you see the hole in the middle there, you have to enter the key and turn it in order for the window to open. All the windows were locked this way, so they couldn’t be opened by me.

This is the layout of the apartment. It’s a good layout to confine someone in. Two  sisters have been confined in such an apartment in the same building on a different floor. The reason why this layout is good for confining people is this. I was in the bottom, in the 6 mats room. Above that there is a kitchen and a bathroom, and a place for washing up. Of course I went to the bathroom, and I took a bath. You cannot be there for 12 years and not take a bath, but this was the layout so the person just can live in the space below without having to go anyplace else. Because it’s an eight story building you have to go by the main entrance in order to get in and out, and you cannot go to the main door of the apartment without going through the other 2 rooms, and you have to go through another door to get to the main exit of the apartment.

This is an apartment that has been reconstructed in order to confine people. This is a place in Tokyo called “Okikubo,” so please remember this place. This is where this abduction started. The place got reconstructed so that the people confined there, especially the unification church members, could not get out unless they leave the church. So it’s a confining apartment building. This is what was going on and even today is going on around Japan; there is this kind of thing going on in various places. I’d like you to know that although Japan is a democratic country and legislatively there is a guarantee from the constitution, still these things are going on. Remember that fact.

So let me tell you what was going on in that apartment. First of all – and this is true with many people who were confined – a person being confined wants somehow to get a message out. So many people cry out, they scream, and the person next door can hear that voice saying, “I am confined here, I want to be helped!” They cry out that way, so that’s what I did in the beginning. This is how I shouted: “This is a confinement place, help, call the police!” Day after day I’d cry out like that but then after a while I began to realize that nobody is going to hear me. Maybe I need to be louder, maybe if I have a higher pitch in my voice it might work. So I began to cry out like a woman’s voice and that kind of higher pitch in my voice was loud, but then my confiners would cover me with sleeping quilts. Several people were with me in the apartment and they would put me under the quilts so nobody could hear me shouting.

Then when I was taking a bath, there was an exhaust fan above the bathtub and sometimes through it I could hear the sound of other people in the building taking a bath. I thought if I could shout through that fan they could hear me, so I shouted and cried out into that as loud as I could. Then the person who was trying to get me to leave the church would come into the bathroom. He immediately would grab me by the back of the neck and pull me down and drag me all the way to the kitchen and drag me to the back room. That was the way I was spending my days.

The man who tried to convince me to leave the church was a man named “MiyamaTakashi.” He’s among many people who are doing these kinds of activities. Some of them are Christian ministers. So what do they say to the people when they have them in such a confinement? “You’re being confused, you’re being lied to, and you’re not able to think with your own mind. You’re the slave of Sun Myung Moon, so that’s why your family and I brought you here to protect you, so you will never leave this place till you learn to think with your own mind.”

They would start feeding people all the nasty and terrible lies and rumors about True Father, True Parents and the True Family. All these one-sided things they start feeding them.

This “Miyama Takashi” would come to Korea several times and he would gather materials from former members and other people in Korea, then he would take those things back to Japan, and he’d use these materials to try to convince the Unification Church members to deny their faith. This content that he was telling us was really terrible but we had to listen. Of course, it’s all untrue, the separation of blood for example, and all the terrible lies about the sexual scandals involving Father. He would give that content with very graphic terms, very concrete. They know that even if they would leave that stuff in my room, I wouldn’t read it. Therefore they would sit beside me and read it to me and force me to listen to it.

As I was listening I felt as though my spirit self had been slashed, cut by a sharp knife. That cannot be true, it’s so shocking. I knew  that this is not true but being in a confined place I was  forced to listen to it day after day.

When we think about True Parents we think about the bright aura and the glorious mission they have, but that image of Father slowly began to change. It became unimpressive and began to crumble. This is why most of the members who are confined and are put through that kind of experience – seven out of ten people – are not able to endure this kind of pain. You may wonder why so many strong people left the church. It is because of these confinement places. This is  terrible place where this false information is repeated over and over, day after day and eventually several members are not able to endure that kind of experience. So they lose their faith.

I  also had this experience for just a brief moment, to think that Father actually is a satanic existence, and I could feel Satan whispering in my ear, “Is this the kind of man you believe is the Messiah? Are you going to continue to believe in this kind of man?” This is the kind of incredible spiritual experience that I was going through.

When I was confined I was visited by many former members. Those are people who were confined and through this kind of experiences  left the church, and these are all people who loved God, True Parents and worked hard in the church. I was also visited by many members who had been working with me in the church, even my team leader in a workshop, who left the church and tried and hoped to convince me to leave the church as well. She was blessed with the 30,000 couples blessing but after that she was confined, and when she got out of that she returned to the church, but then she was confined a second time.

After the first time of confinement and escape there are good chances that people opposing will try to do it a second and a third time. That’ s why now in Japan there are many members who change their names and addresses and live underground in order to avoid the repetition of this kind of experience. This team leader came to me and she said,” Goto, I’m glad to see you after a long time.” She said, “You’re doing something really stupid, why don’t you understand this?” and she began to cry in tears, but I said, ” I don’t think what you said is right”. Then she began to shout, “Aren’t you listening to me?” There was a cup of green tea that was still hot, and she picked it up and threw it into my face. I became wet. When she was my team leader she loved me so much, she guided me really wonderfully. I could never imagine that she would do this to me, that she would throw the tea in my face. She wasn’t this kind of person before. She was a wonderful person when she was with me in the church.

So many former members like that visited me in my confinement place; they all looked very different from when they were in the church. They don’t have hope, there is something about them very different. The only thing they live for is to oppose the Unification Church. That’s the way they had to change. These people would try to convince me to deny my faith, and after a while it psychologically become difficult to endure. I really came to the border where I didn’t know if I can continue with my faith. This is the place where many people have been confined, and you begin to feel you would rather die than betray True Parents. At one point I was in so much in pain. So at night  I’d pray, “God, if possible please don’t let me wake up tomorrow, please just take me to the Spirit World tonight.” Sometimes I’d pray like that.

I was confined when I was 31 years old, and I was approaching 40  in confinement, and I began to wonder whether I am going to be separated from society for the rest of my life. I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t make noise, so I decided that the only thing I could do is to fast. “I’m going to protest, to fast.” So I fasted for 21 days on 2 occasions, and on the third occasion for 30 days. 

Then my family was more and more unhappy with that. After my 30 day fast my physical strength was at the limit. I thought I needed to stop the fast, so I called my family in and I said I will stop fasting. I told them because I expected that they would give me some food the next day, but the next day I was given no food. So I said to them,  “I’m sorry. I actually stopped fasting.” And the family said to me, “You are ready to die, right? Why don’t you fast till you die?” So I thought, “Maybe it’s God’s will that I die here.” But I decided, “That’s not right, I can’t die here.” So I asked them honestly to give me food, and from that day they did.

You know when you cook rice, you cook with water, and so they would take the water from cooking the rice, put it into a small bowl and  give me this water. That’s what they gave me 3 times a day and a sport drink once a day. I thought I should fast. I thought maybe they were doing this to help me recover from my fast. But this kept up a week, 2 weeks, and 3 weeks. They were serving me the same way, the same food. This was the same as not eating anything at all. And I began to feel I may die of hunger.

There was a refrigerator right in front of me in the room. I thought I can take some spices and eat those spices like mayonnaise, some sauce, ketchup, and maybe they would not find out. I would endure by taking a little bit from that each day. But after a while I discovered that someone took all those away and hid them so I couldn’t find them. Of course, it was very different from Father’s situation in Heung Nam, but it reminded me very much of that. And when you’re hungry like that, you begin to lose your rational thinking. You are desperate to eat something, anything, and in the kitchen sink there were some apple peels and some cut-off portions of carrots, and I ate those in a way that no one would notice. But then soon they stopped leaving those things in the sink.

And finally I thought of  the rice that was not cooked. Before you cook rice you have to let it sit for a while in water, so I thought of eating the raw rice that was sitting, soaking in water. That was hard but I would put it in my mouth and chew it until it became liquid before swallowing it. Then I tried to grab a whole handful, and then they put water in there and  cooked the rice in that. I was sitting at the same table with them. And they would start to think, “It seems the rice these days is kind of watery.” Because I would take some rice they were cooking it with too much water compared to the amount of rice, and they began to notice that there was too much water in their rice. I kept asking God to help me so they would not find out what I was doing, and fortunately until the end, they didn’t realize that I was doing that, until I was released there, which was about 2 years later.

Gradually, they began to give me more food over that period. They were eating regular meals but I was given pickled, white radish, roots and things like that, the same menu every day. This is how they explained,  “You did all that work in the U.C. We went all through this trouble to create this environment for you, but you don’t try to think for yourself, you don’t try to find out about the U.C on your own. That kind of person doesn’t deserve to eat regular meals.” That is how they justified cutting down my food.

On February 10 last year, 2008, my family came into my room. They asked me, “Do you want to find out about the U.C.?”  But over the years I had never changed my position. Over the years  I was telling them, “You call this protection? This is not protection, this is arrogance. This is confinement and an attempt to take away my U.C. faith. Stop this crime, stop this human rights violation!” That is what I kept telling them during the time I was kept there. When my older brother heard me saying that he said, “OK. Get out of here.” I was 44 years old then. I left there without a penny in my pocket. I was angry about that. I had an argument with them but I was malnourished, so they picked me up, and they threw me out of the front door. They tossed me out, and my older brother picked up a pair of shoes that I was wearing when I was first confined and threw them out at me. So that is how I was released after 12years and 5 months.

I’m truly grateful to God and TP for letting me maintain my faith during that long period, but this is after 12 years. I didn’t know what to do after I was thrown out of the apartment just like that. The only church location that I knew in my head was the HQ church in Japan, so I started walking towards that. There was a police box on my way, so I entered there and I told them what  had been done to me. I said, “I was confined there in that apartment right there for 12 years,” but I was not expecting much.

Many times in these confinement situations, the police are actually involved, but the police officers always say this is something between the parents and their children, “We are not going to get involved,” and in most cases the police refuse to have anything to do with it. I was not expecting much from that policeman, and sure enough he didn’t do anything. He refused to listen to what I had to say. So I said, “All right. But any way, I was thrown out of the apartment without a penny in my pocket. Please give me at least a train fare,” but he said, “I can’t give money to a stranger,” so I asked him to draw a map then. I used that map to walk to the HQ church.

I later saw it was a distance of about 10 km. I thought maybe I could walk about 3 hours. But because I had not been walking for a long time, about half way there my knees began to hurt and I couldn’t continue to walk normally. So I picked up a stick that was lying by the side of the street and used it as a staff in order to continue to walk. Finally I came to the main road in the vicinity of the HQ church. I was in so much  pain, and I couldn’t walk anymore. This was in February and it was a cold period, and I was kicked out in the evening. This was late at night and I was malnourished. And I was afraid that if were to climb the stairs and fall, I might freeze to death. I was wearing a sweater but in the fight we had at the end, it was torn a bit, and I was wearing a jersey, training pants and the pair of shoes that you saw a while ago.

I had been cutting my own hair over the years, so it wasn’t cut very cleanly and I was using a walking stick and could barely walk, so I probably looked like a beggar and people would pass by but everyone would ignore me. At that time, I was telling myself, “I don’t know where God is going to lead me, but I will continue to do my 5 % until the end.” I wasn’t sure I was in the vicinity, and I wasn’t sure how to get exactly to the church so I decided to ask someone. First I asked a man. He said, “I don’t know.” Then there was a young woman and when she came around the corner, I called out to her, “Excuse me, I think that the HQ of the HSAUWC is somewhere in this neighborhood. Do you happen to know it?”

This is how I was looking with my walking stick. I could barely stand. Then she stopped and said, “I’m a member of that church,” and she showed me a copy of the Holy Songs and I thought that this is really the person that God has sent to me. I told her what had happened, and when I was confined I didn’t have any information about what may have happened to True Father. I thought it was possible because of his advanced age that he may have passed on to the spirit world, so I asked her, “Is True Father healthy?” She smiled and said, “Yes, he’s in good health.” I was so grateful to hear that.

She called a taxi and gave me some money. That is how finally I could make my way to the church. But I was in a situation where I couldn’t go to the toilet by myself so I was taken to the hospital that day. The doctor who saw me diagnosed me with malnutrition and inflammation of the knees. 

Most of the people who carry out this kind of abduction and confinement are the own family members of our brothers and sisters.Unfortunately in Japan the church has a very bad reputation, and the families who have adult members in the church become so concerned. They go to the internet and check many things. They try to figure out what to do, and in most of the cases they come in contact with the Christian ministers who oppose our church. The family members, with the feeling of grasping at straws, receive counseling from these ministers, and they fill them with one-sided wrong information and make the family members take the wrong decisions. “Your child is risking his life with his faith. Are you willing to quit your job for the sake of your child? There is only one way to get your child out of that church and that is to put them in protection to convince them.” That is the abduction and the confinement.

Whether or not they are successful in making the person leave, there is a large amount of money that is given from the parents  to those people who carry out the abduction and the confinement. My parents paid  the full amount, and I think they paid more than 100 thousand dollars. This is a business that is going on. There are  (former) members  who were convinced to leave, and there are lawyers who are working with these ministers who are opposed to our church, leftist lawyers. These leftist lawyers convince the former members to sue the church and they take the church to court and all that money goes to the lawyer.

It is very clear how these ministers and lawyers are operating. They’re very good at criticizing the UC. They would use a very small situation and make the UC look like the embodiment of evil. Even now this is going on across the country. The government officials know what  is going on but they’re refusing to do anything about stopping these crimes of abduction and confinement. Opposing ministers, leftist lawyers and the mass media are all involved in this, and right now in Japan it is extremely difficult to solve this problem, and we can’t do anything about it. Right now five members are being confined, but we cannot do anything about it.

In this kind of situation, after I was released, there were many things that surprised me. First, I got on the train for the first time in a long time, and I saw everyone sitting down with some kind of device in their hands and they were using them with their thumbs. I couldn’t figure out what they were doing with their thumbs. Now I use one of those, too. I was very surprised by that in the beginning.

Another thing that surprised me was that  we have True Children here with us today. I was really wonderfully and amazingly surprised to see what wonderful work the True Children are doing. We put so much faith in them now, they are wonderful. In Japan we have no way of dealing with this confinement and abduction. In Japan we have a very urgent providential responsibility but there is no way to deal with this. There are sisters here now in Korea who experienced the confinement but they have no one to talk to and share their experiences. So the people who have had this kind of experience have no place to go for counselling or talking, always keeping these experiences in themselves, always living in fear that they may be abducted again.”Maybe today I will be abducted again!”

This is  a democratic country, but that is the situation they’re dealing with until now. But now the True Children are standing in the forefront and they’re dealing with this issue, not just in Japan, but also in Korea and in America, and we’re hand in hand now, in order to resolve this problem in Japan. We cannot allow the violation of the human rights of our members to continue. The fact that they are standing up like this is so wonderful. So as a representative of people who went through the confinement experience, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. God and True Parents are giving us this providence, I’m truly so grateful. As one person who has been a victim of that confinement, I want to fight with you to resolve this problem. That is my determination. Thank you very much.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, once again Goto san, let us give it up for him one more time.

Altar Call  Prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

 Dearest most beloved Heavenly Father, thank you so much Father for allowing us to hear the story, the ordeals, the suffering but also Father the incredible victory of our Unification brothers and sisters. Heavenly Father we want to uplift our brothers and sisters today. We want to acknowledge and remember those that have gone through this incredible type of persecution. Father we want to understand how precious our faith is and Father that even those who followed and served Jesus or any of the prophets were slandered, many stoned and even murdered.

As Unificationists we walk the path of serving the returning Lord. Father let us remain proud of our faith. Let us know that it is our democratic right and Father it is our human right to have our faith and to practice our faith in freedom. Father we want to pray for those brothers and sisters who are here with us today and have encountered such things. We pray that their hearts may be consoled and those traumatic events Father may be used in their spiritual lives to inspire others, to raise others and also to fight for the freedom of our Unificationists today and forever.

We thank you so much that our brother Goto san is standing on the front line to reveal the truth that Unificationist members have been persecuted to the degree that our human rights have been rejected and stolen. Father we want this to be a testament. Father how much, how important and valuable is the faith in True Parents that you have sent to this earth! Father, thank you so much for Goto san’s message. We pray that we may learn from it, that we may meditate on it and that we may stand up together with him and other brothers and sisters in this room and around the world that have encountered such things. That we may truly stand up for our religious rights.

Thank you so much today. Bless the work that he does. We will do our best to bring this to closure and to bring, Father, restoration to these people’s lives. Members, brothers and sisters, we thank you so much and we honor him (Mr. Goto) as he has lived a life in service to you and of love even to those that persecuted and confined him and tortured him. He continues to harbor no ill feelings and continues to love them to this day. Father we thank you so much that you have sent such saints to the world to teach us and guide us. To show us what is faith and what is love for God and True Parents. Thank you so much. We want to honor him today. In our names we pray. In True Parents name we pray. Aju!

Brothers and Sisters one more time let us give it up for Goto san. We want to honor him and give him our appreciation with these flowers from all the brothers and sisters all over the world. We will stand with you until the day we can practice our faith with freedom in Japan.

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Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

December 3, 2009

Before we start sharing words, I always like to start with something a little interesting.

It was preaching time, and the preacher came up and was talking about forgiveness, forgiving your enemies.  The preacher asked for a show of hands, “Who is ready to forgive your enemies?”  About 50% of the congregation raised their hands, “I’m ready.” 

 The minister continued on, about 20 minutes, and then asked again, “Who is now ready to forgive their enemies?”  About 80% of the people, but there were a couple of people not raising their hands.  He went on again for another 15 minutes, asked the question again, “Now who is ready to forgive their enemies?”  EVERYBODY raised their hands except for one person.  The person’s name was Mr. Jones. 

The preacher asked Mr. Joes “Are you not willing to forgive your enemy?  Everyone here is will to forgive their enemies?  Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?”  Mr. Jones says, “I don’t have any enemies.”  “Mr. Jones, this is very unusual,” the preacher said.  “I know you’re 86 years old, it’s almost impossible to live your live without making a single enemy.  Can you come up here and explain how you lived that long without making a single enemy, without having one enemy in the world.” 

Mr. Jones teetered up to the front and briefly explained, “It’s very easy.  I’ve outlived them all!”  (Laughter)

Sermon: Standing up in Faith / May 16, 2009

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Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Prayer

December 3, 2009

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day.  Father, we pray that we may have strength and confidence in our minds.  Father, in this most auspicious age You have prepared such an incredible historical course and providential course. You have prepared such an amazing truth for this world which is that we are to inherit the true love of God, that true love is Your essence and that we can actually inherit that.  Not by selfish means and not by trying to become more powerful ourselves, but by selfless true love action that is able to bring the worst enemy to natural surrender. 
 
Father, we know that if we are able to inherit this (love) we become Your object partner.  We become those people who can share TRUE joy and true love with You.  Father, we thank You so much for giving us this opportunity, because no longer are we separated from You forever as just the sinful human beings.  Father, You have allowed us to realize the human potential that You gave us from the very beginning, and  True Father and True Mother have allowed us to realize through the teachings of the principle, that we can actually receive Your divine value.  Thank You so much for giving us this time.

We pray that we will be able to be strong, we may be wise in our lives, we may not be haughty or arrogant, or go forth and scream and attack people.  Father, let us be wise and patient, let us be  always working on our inner selves, to truly substantiate Your true love, Your selfless actions.  Let us become better each day even just a little bit.  That’s a great victory.  Father, we thank You. We want to stand up in this age.  We don’t want to keep sitting down, and we know we are standing here because of Your grace.  We know we want to get forward, too,  and really be able to establish CIG here, so we can bring tremendous joy to You, and You can establish Your kingdom here on earth.  Father, we thank You so much for this day that You have offered to us.  We want to go forward this day, leaving the sanctuary with a new strength, with a new confidence in ourselves as Unficicationists, with a new belief in our faith, (believing) that we can share this and that it is attractive. 
 
Father, there are so many new people being witnessed to today.  Let us see that as evidence that our faith is attractive in this age.  Thank You so much.  Give us the confidence, give us the strength, let us not be held down by the weight of bullies in our mind or in our physical presence. But let us be strong, let us be wise, let us always be true to You.  Thank You so much.  We pray that You may give us strength once more. We offer all the glory and thanks, in our own names as Central Blessed Families together as one family, AJU.

Sermon: Standing up in Faith / May 16, 2009

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Unending Grace

December 1, 2009

November 14, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

    If we were to live our lives for our own glory, then this is not for True Parents, and Unificationists must not follow us. This is very important. Very, very important. Father asked me particularly to talk about this with the community, with all the brothers and sisters this week. So this is why I am sharing this heart with you. If we deny True Parents, if we claim that we are the new center, you must not follow us. It’s simply that simple. As Unificationists, our responsibility is to love and glorify True Parents, not any one of the True Children, not any one of the leaders in the Church or in any affiliate organization. Our role as Unificationists is to glorify True Parents. That has to be very clear.

Welcoming Remarks
 
Yeon Ah Nim:
 
Good Afternoon, brothers and sisters. Welcome to the headquarter at our Unification Church. It is really great to see you all. Today we sincerely hope and pray that as Unificationists we put our Heavenly Father and True Parents as first into our hearts, and that we love Heavenly Father and True Parents with our whole strength and with all our heart and spirit. Aju.
 
Hyung Jin Nim:
 
Good afternoon brothers and sisters. Let’s first manifest the Principle: give and receive action, four position foundation, “May I inherit the true love of God.” Aju.
 
I almost did it in Korean! (Laughs)
 
Today’s Cheon Seong Gyeong, Page 1666. And Father says, “You may look at nature and say, ‘Oh I don’t need the four seasons. I only like spring. I hate summer, I hate autumn, and I hate winter.’ However if you were to ask God, He would answer, ‘I love all the four seasons.’ Hence, you need to learn to like summer, autumn and winter, even though you have disliked them in the past.” Aju.
 
Brothers and sisters, Father talks about these beautiful seasons of our life. And as a movement, as a church, we also go through seasons. You know, it’s our hope and our prayer that in seasons of change we understand  that after the winter comes a spring. As long as we keep True Parents at our center and learn to truly attend them and to glorify them in our lives, then the winter will not be as bitter and cold. And when we meet the spring, we’ll have all the love,  and all the investment that we have made  become fruitful and  bloom into abundance. If you believe it, let’s give it up for God and True Parents today!
 
Main Sermon: 

Brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about “Unending Grace.” Let’s first look at the World Scriptures today. We’re going to look at Christianity. This is Matthew 17:24. Let’s read this together: “And Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.’ ” (Matthew 17:24-25)
 
Let’s look at Buddhism today. This is the Lion’s Roar of Queen Srimala, the 3rd chapter.  Let’s look at this together: “In accepting the true Dharma, may I abandon body, life and property, and uphold the true Dharma.” (Lion’s Roar of Queen Srimala 3)
 
This is Confucianism, the Analects 15.8. Let’s read this together. “And the Master said, ‘The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.’ ” (Analects 15.8)
 
And let’s take a look at True Father’s words. This is from the collection of speeches, 57th book. Let’s read that together: “The people who believe in religion are the people who go the way to establish God’s nation. Therefore you run into the obvious conclusion that the religion which doesn’t have sacrifice as its essence is a fake religion. Understand? Without sacrificing as an individual, one cannot take over the family’s duties; without sacrificing as a family, the family cannot take over the tribe’s duties; without sacrificing as a tribe, it cannot take over the people’s duties and without sacrificing as a people, it cannot take over the world’s duty. Therefore religion sacrifices. Someone who will be patient until the global realm of religious nations is established will be saved.” (Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Words, Chapter 50, p. 176) Aju.
 
Let’s look at our core scripture today. We have just one core scripture; I really want to focus on this one. And this is coming from Matthew 22:34-38. Let’s read this together: “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the Law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ And Jesus Replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’ ” (Matthew 22:34-38)
 
To love your Parent with all your heart, soul and mind is the greatest commandment, says Jesus. Thus to be a true filial son and daughter every emotion and every part of our intellect, our spiritual dimension, has to be saturated with the love for the Parent. And in the end, this is what True Parents ask of us,  just as Jesus said that this is the first and greatest commandment.
 
When Abraham had to offer Isaac on the altar, think how crazy that was for Isaac. Abraham had been promised by God that he would be blessed with descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Isaac was his only son. And think how irrational this was. Isaac could have made excuses at that time. He could have said, “You know Father, I don’t think that I can do that.” He could have said, — or maybe in his heart he could have said —“This is crazy, Father. I kind of don’t think you’re sane.” He could have said that his mother maybe duped his father. He could have also rationalized his disobedience by saying, “You know, Father, I’m not going to do this for you, because God promised that your descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky. And if I don’t live, you will never have those descendants.” But Isaac did not do that. He didn’t make excuses. He willingly got on the altar and willingly decided to sacrifice his life, if it was the will of God and his father Abraham.
 
We have to be very clear that the Unification Movement exists because of True Parents, because of nobody else. Every person in any position of leadership in the Unification Movement or affiliate organization exists because of True Parents. And the True Children exist because of True Parents. Not any other thing. As Unificationists, our first and most important calling is to love True Parents with all our heart and soul and mind. And even when it’s tough, even when we can’t understand and even when we feel hurt by them, we are still called by that greatest commandment that Jesus talked about, too love your God, to love His representative, True Parents, with all our heart, body and mind.
 
As True Children, as leaders in the Unification Church, as any leader in the Unification Church, we have a greater responsibility to try to live in this way. It’s a very important thing that we understand that this is our job as people in positions of authority or  responsibility. And every decision we make must be for the glory of True Parents, not for ourselves, not for our family. I commonly get the question when I’m interviewed, “You know, after you, then I guess one of your children will take over the religious realm?” And I tell them, “Absolutely not. It is not — The best amongst (us), the best amongst us, I believe, will have to take the next step. The best, he who truly serves the public, he who truly inherits their grandparents’ heart, True Parents’ heart, not full of himself but empty himself, that is the person. That doesn’t have to be one of my children.”
 
I tell them that very clearly. If we were to live our lives for our own glory, then this is not for True Parents, and Unificationists must not follow us. This is very important. Very, very important. Father asked me particularly to talk about this with the community, with all the brothers and sisters this week. So this is why I am sharing this heart with you. If we deny True Parents, if we claim that we are the new center, you must not follow us. It’s simply that simple. As Unificationists, our responsibility is to love and glorify True Parents, not any one of the True Children, not any one of the leaders in the Church or in any affiliate organization. Our role as Unificationists is to glorify True Parents. That has to be very clear.
 
And I want to go through this because – I know it can be a little tardy or long and long winded -but I want to go over this just for the sake of clarity. Father truly asked to be clear about this at this time. If Ye Jin Nuna (elder sister) denies True Parents, or does not follow True Parents, Unificationists must not follow her. If Hyo Jin Hyung does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If In Jin Nuna denies True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Heung Jin Hyung does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Un Jin Nuna does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Hyun Jin Hyung does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Kook Jin Hyung does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Kwon Jin Hyung denies True Parents or does not follow True Parents, then Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Sun Jin Nuna does not follow True Parents, then Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Young Jin Hyung does not follow True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If I deny True Parents, and do not follow them, you must not follow me. If Yeon Jin denies True Parents, Unificationists are not obliged to follow. If Jeung Jin denies True Parents, Unificationists must not follow. If any third generation, any Moon,  any future descendant or relative of True Parents, denies True Parents, does not follow them, we are not obliged to follow them as Unificationists. If any leader denies True Parents, calls them senile, or says they cannot make good decisions; Unificationists are not obliged to follow.
 
As a world president, this is part of my duty that Father has asked me to do. This is what True Father expects from an
y leader in a position of responsibility. The heartistic question is this: “Will you sacrifice yourself on the altar for me?” That is what Father asks us if we’re a leader in the movement. The reason he can ask this is because he has sacrificed his life for us. He has gone to death for us; he has been tortured; he has gone to hell for us, through the seven deaths and resurrections. He does not force us—do they?—he cannot coerce us to do that. But he can expect that from us, especially if we are in positions of authority. We are called with that 5% responsibility to love and to trust our parents with our heart, our mind and our soul. And to trust that their heart as God’s representative on earth is true, and is wise.
 
When we asked True Father to restructure the church, allow elections, to make leaders accountable to members and results, to manage church and businesses with assets transparently, we put our neck on the line. We had a lot of opposition from a lot of senior leadership. This was never done in the church history. So when Kook Jin Hyung and I requested to Father, this was very shocking. We did not reach unanimous support. Father at that point could have told us, “This is not my desire. You kids don’t know my desire—what are you, thirty years old, forty years old? You guys don’t know, you kids don’t know. You don’t understand me. You’re fired.” He could have done that. And we would have happily left, honored to have served him; for even if it was a short time, at least we tried. Till this day, if True Father says for us to quit, we will walk. We will walk and continue to love Father.
 
And personally, myself, I was always the youngest; I never thought that I would be in a position of responsibility, honestly speaking. I’m the youngest boy, I’m seven-eleven: I’m the seventh boy, eleventh child. There’s no way I ever thought I was going to have to take on responsibility in this movement. So for me, if True Father asks me to leave, it will be very normal for me. I will be very grateful. I tell my wife all the time, “Omma, you know, if Father decides to fire (me), if he says the direction is not right, then we must follow his will. We have to leave with love. We have to leave with honor.” Even if some members try to come to us and say, “We want to follow you! You were the only hope!” etc., we must deny them, and say, “We will not do that.” And we must be obedient to Father. We talk about this very frequently.
 
You know, Kook Jin Hyung had to let a lot of people go (fire them) in the business side of the church in 2005, four years ago— in the NGO side—and we had to also move people around in the church side as well. At the time, many people were very upset with that, saying that we weren’t favoring Unificationists, because he was bringing in new outside talent, people who were very qualified. Many people said we also were too quickly moving into witnessing, that we need to care for our own selves before we can witness. But we did not feel that that was true. Because that was the rhetoric we had said to ourselves for about thirty years in the Unification Church. So we pushed forward, looking at the whole, looking at our future as you see. And we realized that we needed to think differently, that a change had to be made to get us out of this negative growth rut that we were in as a Church. So we continued. We continued to push forward. We continued: Kook Jin, on the business side, continued to hire new outside talent, professionals from the top five companies. We continued to bring in new members into the Church, because we knew that as a Church in the long term it is so important  to have membership care and growth. And because we knew that it is very important to raise Unificationists to feel responsible, to testify about True Parents, to witness about True Parents, and to welcome new members with open arms, to  welcome new people into the community. We knew that these factors would continue to allow us to grow, even though we all pass away in this generation.

You know, for the first time in the Korean Church’s history, because of the changes that Father had approved and allowed, for the first time this year, the headquarters, which used to receive $10 million of subsidies from our Japanese sister, our mother church, for the first time the headquarters has reached sustainability and does not require funding or subsidy from the Japanese church. The Japanese Church has suffered too long. They have suffered much too long for the sake of our other churches, whether it be Korea, or America or anywhere else. The Japanese church has suffered much too long. And we all knew in our heart, we know, that it could not continue in that same pattern, where the Japanese members would have to literally shed their blood and lives for the sake of all the other churches, while all the other churches just receive. We all knew that that is not a sustainable model.
 
These things that have changed in the church, when we talk to VIP’s about this, to people who are very established in society, new people who we’re sharing our faith to, it’s very positive. Very positive. We get a wonderful reception. Even the media here in Korea has really turned around over the last two years. When people hear this, it improves their perception of True Parents, it improves their perception of the Unification Movement. It shows that  our True Parents are not senile. They can make very lucid, rational decisions. And this brings greater glory to God, and to True Parents. It really is the responsibility of those who are serving True Parents to create the best environment and the best recommendations so that True Parents can have that glory.
 
This week we had a VIP lecture in Yeong Pyeong: some of the top women here in Korea were there. A very small group, purposely very small. And we shared many of these changes with them. They received it so positively.  One of the ladies who is a Christian lady  said, “It’s amazing that your father at the age of ninety—I mean you guys are  thirty and forty—at the age of ninety, in this kind of culture, can hear your recommendations and decide, ‘Yes, we’re going to move in that way.’ That is amazing.” She was saying this to me. And this  was so refreshing for me because it showed: that when we do things that glorify True Parents, when we empty ourselves and try to do for the greater good, even though it may be painful for a time, then glory does come back to True Parents. We saw it with our own eyes. See, Father wants to see whether or not we have the heart of trust that Isaac had towards Abraham. To sacrifice ourselves as leaders on the altar for him, for our father, this is what Father requests and asks of us—because he has already done it to save our eternal lives.
 
You see only when Isaac had that heart—and he did step on the altar in loyalty, and in faith, and in courage—only then did God save him, according to the story in the Bible. And only then did Isaac realize the true value of Abraham’s faith, and the true value of his father’s love for God. You see, only when we are willing to lay down our life for our Parents, especially if we have received the blessing of being able to serve them, when we are willing to live for them in that way, then, only then, will we understand the incredible sacrifice that they had gone through for us. Only then will we understand at least a little glimpse of the parental heart and the unending grace, the unending true love that even multiple deaths or the bowels of hell could not destroy. Let’s give it up one time for our True Parents. They are truly always our eternal center.
 
And, you know I really departed from our normal service style this week because even for myself, it’s a very tough week for me. You know, and I just want to be able to share my heart. Because even this week Father has asked me to take on the responsibility of UPF. And so for me this not only came as a big shock but through multiple discussions with Father. He was very strong that this was the direction he wanted to go. So for me  this kind of situation not only  is weird, but it’s also very heartistically difficult. As you know, my brother was in that role, and for me it is clear that as children of True Parents, as leaders — as any leader in this movement worldwide, doesn’t matter where — our service, our priority, is to glorify True Parents. It is not about ourselves. It’s not about our intentions or egos. It is only about True Parents. That’s the only thing that lasts and endures in time. For us that has always been our position and priority.
 
In 2005, when I had the chance to speak to leaders, I told them: there’s no new king, no new center, there is no new True Parents, forever. There’s only one True Parents that has been victorious in inheriting the true love of God. Only one True Parents that has been victorious in the victory of the seven deaths and resurrections, no other. There is no other than that. Generations will come and go. But True Parents are the eternal rock upon which this movement stands. That has to be absolutely clear.
 
I want to end with just this one quote from Father. Let’s read this together. These are Father’s words; this is Book Three. And let us read this together, “Let us all carry in ourselves the heart of parents and the body of a servant, and let us shed sweat for the sake of earth, tears for the sake of mankind, and blood for the sake of heaven. Let us never forget that we carry on our shoulders the historical cross: the responsibility to remove the grief and heartache of our Parent, the Great Lord of all creation. Let us all move forward to the way of salvation or the world.” Aju. (3-30-90, Sun Myung Moon).
 
Let us now enter into our final meditation practice.
 
 Final Meditation Practice:
 
Let us simply close our eyes, and let us return to that resurrected homeland, that has been brought back to life by the victory of the inheritance of true love, the seven deaths and resurrections, the victory of the parental heart.
 
We are no longer in this sanctuary but let us visualize ourselves now walking on a beautiful meadow. This meadow was once desert, dry parched land, which is now abundant and overflowing with hot springs and rivers and streams. As we look towards the left we will see a beautiful cool stream meandering down. We will notice that that resurrection power is present in that stream as well. Let us take time to listen to that power of resurrection, the ever-flowing life of that stream that has been reborn.
 
As we walk forward, let us notice our feet: besides our feet we will notice beautiful flowers that bloom, resurrected from the dry earth. As we look into the sky, we will see the dark clouds disappear and dissipate. And we will notice a beautiful sky. We will notice the beautiful midday sun, a rainbow painted across the sky.
 
As we look forward we will notice True Parents there, in their holy robes, waiting for us. Let us go before True Parents; let us kneel before True Parents. True Father with his right hand and True Mother with the left hand, place their hands on top of our head. They pray upon us and they anoint us. They tell us, “May you inherit the true love of God.” As we receive that blessing, we will feel from the head all the way to the tips of our feet, we will feel this powerful energy, like a wave of energy, moving through our entire body. We will notice that any sick cells or unhealthy cells in our physical body become completely resurrected. Any cells that have died also are resurrected and brought back to health. We will notice that our spirit body, any of the dark portions, dissipate, fade away, and that our spirit self illuminates in the twelve directions.
 
As we receive this blessing, as we breathe in, in our hearts let us say, “I am alive.” As we breathe out, in our hearts, let us say, “Thank you.” As we breathe in, in our hearts let us say, “My family is alive.” As we br
eathe out, in our hearts, let us say, “Thank you.” As we breathe in, in our hearts let us say, “My nation is alive.” As we breathe out, in our hearts, let us say, “Thank you.” Final inhalation: as we breathe in, “My God is alive.” As we breathe out, in our hearts, “Thank you.”
 
God and True Parents have blessed us with the blessed life. That is to be a greater blessing to our spouse, to our family, tribe, nation, world, cosmos, God; to be able to be a living sacrifice that can be the victory of heaven. Let us join our hands, manifest the Principle: give and receive action, four position foundation, lift it up, hands coming together, “May I inherit the true love of God.” Aju.
 
Altar Call Prayer:

Let us pray. Let us close our eyes and gently lift our hands up.
 
Heavenly Father, Heavenly Parent, dearest most beloved True Parents, we  want to thank You for all that You have done; for all, Father, the miraculous things that You are doing in our lives, and the things that You will do. Father, we always have faith in You. We know that You will make a way.
 
Father, today we want to be able to get the resurrection power on the inside of us. We want to pray for unity. Father, we want to pray for everybody to be clear that True Parents are the only True Parents. We want to be centered, Father. We want to move forward with clarity. We do not want to shame True Parents. Father, let us be filial to True Parents. Let us actualize our five percent responsibility, to be clear that True Parents are the only True Parents. Father, we want to be able to serve them, to glorify them. Father, please give us that clarity and strength, that wisdom, the courage that comes from within.
 
Father, we know that no Unificationist can do another Unificationist’s five percent responsibility. We know that no True Child can do another True Child’s five percent responsibility. We know that no leader can do another leader’s five percent responsibility, so, Father, let us do our five percent. Father let us be the example of loyalty and filial piety to True Parents. Let us be the example that the descendants will see and want to emulate, not because we are perfect, not because we are flawless, but even though we have sins and flaws. True Parents who had died for us seven times and been resurrected from death, from the grave, have given us the chance of serving You, have given us the incredible chance and blessing to be alive and participate in  establishing  Your kingdom.
 
We thank You so much, because we know, our Father, that we aren’t perfect—nobody is. But we want to ask You, Father, that we may have a greater faith, that we may have a greater loyalty, that we can increase our prayers and that we may increase our devotions so that in this time we can bring unity.
 
Father, we know that the outside world is watching us. We don’t want to shame True Parents at this time. We want to bring glory to True Parents at the end of their life. We want the world to truly respect and to truly see the value of the Lord that has come again, to understand that he is here who has inherited and completed the mission of Jesus Christ, the lord and savior. Father, we want to have that kind of faith, the faith that has sustained this church and this movement and, Father, this whole tradition. We want to ask You to give us that kind of faith.
 
Father, this day we want to offer our gratitude, because we want to truly offer ourselves with the heart of Isaac at the request of Abraham, to offer ourselves on the altar, so that our father may be glorified. Let us be such children, that, if we hold any type of responsibility, we are responsible and accountable to that standard. We thank You so much.
 
Father, please give us more insight, more wisdom. Give us more maturity. Give us more unity. Father, give us more faith, and give us more hope. For we know that, even though we may fail in this generation, we know that still Your kingdom will come to pass because True Parents have been victorious. Let us not, Father, see ourselves in a greater way than True Parents, but let us always come to them with humility, with reverence, let us come to them as our Parents who have saved us.
 
Thank you so much, Father. We want to offer this heart today to You. We pray that all the brothers and sisters around the world can become one, truly that we may glorify True Parents and, Father, that we can serve them, and truly let the Unification movement shine and glorify them for You. Thank You so much.
 
We pray all these things, with the heart that truly wants to inherit the true love of the seven deaths and resurrections, the true love of the parental heart, we pray as Your children, in our own names and in the name of the precious True Parents, we pray these things. Aju.

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Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

December 1, 2009

Before we start sharing words, I always like to start with something a little interesting.

I heard a story about a little grandson that asks his granddaddy. He said, “Grandpa, is it true that everybody who didn’t ride on Noah’s boat died?” And the grandpa said, “Yeah, that’s what the Bible says, dear.”

And then the little grandson said, “Grandpa, were you on Noah’s boat?” Grandpa said, “No honey, I’m not that old. I wasn’t on the boat.”

The grandson said, “Then, why are you alive?”

Sermon: Seasons of Change / May 9, 2009

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