(video)The Value of Friendship-Rev. Thompson’s sermon

The Value of Friendship

Rev. Kevin Thompson, pastor of the Bay Area Family Church, delivered an engaging sermon at the Clifton Family Church in New Jersey on Sunday, June 12, 2016. In his sermon, Rev. Thompson commented on the power of Unification culture to move the heart and reflected on his life-long friendship with the late, great Muhammad Ali, drawing parallels between that friendship and the friendship we may share with God.

Your Weekly Update – June 10

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Every week the National Ministry Team compiles stories and important upcoming events in a quick weekly update video. Here is what we cover this week:

40th Anniversary of the Yankee Stadium Rally

We’ve had a very exciting week of celebrations commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Yankee Stadium rally. At the God Bless America Family Festival on Sunday, June 5, True Mother addressed a crowd of a few thousand on the topic of America’s responsibility in God’s providence, and we witnessed a second weather miracle on the Hudson. True Mother presided over a breakfast celebration the day after the festival, where she called on America to pioneer a principled culture of the arts. Finally, on June 8, True Mother departed from New York to the sound of exuberant cheers from Generation Peace Academy (GPA), who were there to wish her well on her way back to Korea.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Yankee Stadium rally, we have compiled the video and text of the speech given by True Father on June 1, 1976 for your perusal

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CARP USA in Japan

The Collegiate Association of the Research of Principles (CARP) USA delegates recently returned from their two-week trip to Japan. Before leaving, they took a moment to reflect on what they had learned from their sister chapters, CARP Japan and CARP Korea, while they were there. Visit the CARP USA blog for the final updates from their Japan trip.

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日本語
1. 真の父母様の動静
– ヤンキースタジアム 40周年記念大会特集
2. 世界ニュース
– 神氏族メシヤ活動 (ウガンダ:神氏族メシヤ祝福式 / ウクライナ:新食口10日原理修練会)
– 平和運動 (レバノン:シリア人難民キャンプ「知恵と学びの学校」修了式、及び奨学金授与式 / コンゴ民主共和国UPF、国連国際父母の日記念セミナー)
– 青年活動 (日米カープ交流セミナー&地震被害基金伝達 / ブラジルカープ、ハングルクイズ&のど自慢大会)
– 主要ニュース (韓国:第54回真の万物の日&第62周年協会創立記念礼拝 / 韓国:2016圓球ピースカップ、統一グループハンマダン祝祭 / 世界宣教戦略院 共同議長国家戦略会議) Continue reading 映像-週刊ブリーフィング-PeaceTV:2016-06-11

America should exist for the sake of the world; it should guide the way to save the world and serve the world.

12 America has been existing for her own sake, but this is wrong. America should exist for the sake of the world; it should guide the way to save the world and serve the world. Yet it wants to place the world under itself, and in seeking for its own benefit it even abandoned God. America lost the vision of building a world of peace for all people throughout the world. It is because of this selfish motivation to misuse the victorious foundation it inherited at the end of World War II that God’s work has declined in America. America was supposed to create the base upon which God could act on a global scale, but it did not do that. This is the reason America is gradually declining.

As a result, Cain is invading. The Cain side is moving in by promoting habits and lifestyles in the secular world that are rooted in Cain-like values and traditions. America has its own traditional values, and lifestyles based on those traditional values, but they are being overwhelmed. Cain’s foundation of secular, worldly values is seeking to put itself above Christianity and Christian values. This is the reason the US government is attacking Christianity and eroding the right of religious freedom. This onslaught of secularity is also the cause of many other problems that are becoming increasingly serious, such as prohibiting school prayer and withdrawing aid for religious schools. These issues all reached their peak around the time I was incarcerated in Danbury. Although they had been pressing for some time, it was my imprisonment that awakened people to these issues. (148-145, 1986/10/08)

13 In Jesus’ day, he lost everything. He lost his disciples, he lost Judaism, he lost his nation, the world, and heaven and earth. However, now with the victory that I gained upon my release from Danbury Prison, we will enter the time of heavenly fortune when we can recover all that was lost. From now on, we should be able to build up our substantial authority such that we can lead and guide the world.

You learned about the indemnity course of eight stages, but who did it and when was it done? You were not able to make the necessary indemnity conditions to restore the position of the elder son, so I did that mission. Representing the Abel position, I restored the position of the elder son. You have borne witness to it. Now that I have restored the elder son, centering on me the Unification Church is ascending from the position of the younger son to the position of the elder son.

This means that the one who was the elder son in the past must go down to the position of the younger son, thus reversing their positions. In other words, Christianity, which represents the elder son, needs to support and follow the Unification Church by taking the position of the younger son. It cannot abide by heaven’s principles unless it does so.

True Parents can revive the world only after accomplishing through indemnity the reversal of the positions of the elder and younger sons. This is based on the Principle of Restoration. Only with this condition can they emerge as the Parents with the authority to lead the world. This is now done. I fought Satan and regained the birthright of the elder son; as a result, the elder and younger sons have been restored to their proper positions.

I went to Danbury Prison on July 20, 1984. When I entered prison, a prominent black Christian leader, Dr. Joseph Lowery, and a prominent white Christian leader, Rev. Timothy LaHaye, came together to support me. In Jesus’ time, the two thieves quarreled while he was on the cross. However, in my time, the two became one. This has built the best bridge to enable the white world and the black world to advance in harmony. (135-183, 1985/11/13)

(from Cham Bumo Gyeong Book 7, C3-S4:12~14)

Cham Bumo Gyeong Book 7, C3, S4:10-English/日本語

10 The purpose for my coming to America is to save Christianity. God’s Will is to unify world Christianity. So, whatever it takes, we must influence the Christian ministers and guide America and the world in the direction that God desires and connect them to God’s Will.

After the people of Israel finished their 40 years in the wilderness, the time came for them to migrate to a new land and settle there together. Where can the Unification Church go to settle? God’s desire is for the Unification Church to settle in America and create a new America. I came to America because I knew that God wants to build a new, ideal nation in America. In order to create a new America, we will have to be victorious over communism, prevent the breakdown of families, stop the moral degradation of young people, and revive Christianity. There is no way other than this to revive America. (134-090, 1985/02/25)

(from Cham Bumo Gyeong Book 7, C3, S4: 10)

10    私がアメリカに来た目的は、キリスト教を救うためです。キリスト教の牧師たちを何としてでも動かして、アメリカを神様が願われる方向に導いていきながら、世界のキリスト教を連合し、世界の国家を神様のみ旨の真ん中に引っ張っていこうというのが、神様のみ旨です。ですからアメリカの教会の牧師たちに対して、神様のみ旨の方向に向かわせることが、私がアメリカに来た目的です。

荒野四十年路程を経て、今やイスラエル民族が新しい地域に大移動をするとともに、定着しなければならない時が来るというのです。統一教会は、どこに行って定着するのでしょうか。神様が願っているアメリカに定着して、新しいアメリカをつくらなければなりません。新しいアメリカ、理想的なアメリカをつくることを神様が願われていると知っているので、お父様はアメリカに来たのです。

新しいアメリカをつくるためには、共産主義に対して勝利しなければならず、家庭破綻と青少年の淪落を防がなければならず、キリスト教の新しい復興を起こさなければならないというのです。そのようにしなければ、アメリカを生かす道がありません。

 

Breakfast Celebration with True Mother Follows Festival

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On Monday, June 6, around 140 Unificationists gathered at East Garden to continue the celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Yankee Stadium rally with True Mother. Over breakfast, True Mother spoke once again about America’s God-given responsibility and the significance of her identity as the only begotten Daughter of God, while elaborating on the necessity for Unificationists to create a culture that will not only reflect God’s ideal to the world but will guide the world to realize that ideal. The above is a video recap of this morning gathering. Continue reading Breakfast Celebration with True Mother Follows Festival

Seminar Cleanses the Heart, Renews the Spirit

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A group of eight students spent a week at the beautiful in Las Vegas for the eighth Seven-Day Divine Principle Seminar the International Peace Education Center. The group was diverse, consisting of three young Unificationists, three new guests, and two veteran Unificationists. The participants not only enjoyed the education, but entertained each other with their unique talents including piano performances, folk tales, and an African dance.

The location provided the perfect spot for students to reflect and bond. Adam Spires, from South Carolina commented, “The International Peace Education Center is a stunning and spotless building, allowing us (I believe) to feel cleansed and worthy to approach God’s word and to gain principled insights. The Peace Education Center, from its shining and pure white tile to the water from its showers, feels special to me—everything makes me feel as if I’m am being blessed and cleansed.”

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Many of the participants commented on the enlightening presentations given by Rev. Andrew Compton, educational director at the International Peace Education Center. Michelle Hanssen, a young Unificationist from Rhode Island commented, “I sat down for Rev. Compton’s first lecture on the introduction to the Divine Principle and decided, this is exactly what I need. I didn’t need something I imagined for myself or expected. I needed something different and exciting in a new way.” Others agreed, saying that the presentations were full of passion and new insight.

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The students were also able to experience the beauty of the natural surroundings with a trip to Red Rock Canyon, a highlight of the week for many. A visit to the Las Vegas strip provided an interesting contrast for many of the students, too. “Through being so near ‘Sin City’ and especially experiencing ‘The Strip,’ it is evident, on so many levels, that the world and God’s will are threatened. This, for me, is an inspiration to focus more in order to make a difference,” said Adam.

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The workshop concluded with a talk on the life course of True Parents and the Marriage Blessing. Many shed tears during the moving presentation. It was a revitalizing and inspiring weekend, made special by the uniqueness of each participant. After the workshop concluded, Rev. Compton reflected, “Everyone was thrilled by the spirit and the beauty of the International Peace Education Center and by the grandeur of God’s creation surrounding Las Vegas.”


To sign up for one of the upcoming Divine Principle workshops at the International Peace Education Center, please visit familyfed.org/ipec!

Local Communities Celebrate 40 Years

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While thousands gathered in Tarrytown, New York, the rest of the country was celebrating as well. Across the nation, Unificationists celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Yankee Stadium Rally. Several family churches chose Sunday May 29 to put on a local celebration in combination with their Sunday Services. From humble gatherings to large celebrations, Unificationists all over the United States took the time to reflect on the day and to come together as a community. Check out some photos of the festivities shared by the following local areas: Continue reading Local Communities Celebrate 40 Years

CARP USA Renews Appreciation for Unity

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As the student delegates of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) USA prepare to return from their trip to Japan, they sent in one final video update of what they have learned and experienced from their sister CARP chapters abroad. In the second and and final week of their trip, CARP USA was able to visit Waseda University and to meet with members of both CARP Japan and CARP Korea, and now testify that they depart with a renewed appreciation both for True Parents and for the value of unity.

For the latest and–for now–final updates from CARP USA in Japan, please visit their daily blog at the CARP USA website through the link below.

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