This Is Us: Good News

“We will bury you,” shouted Nikita Khrushchev, the Premier of the Soviet Union, at a 1956 reception with diplomats from the United States and Europe.  The Cold Warwas ramping up and the clash of cultures, political philosophy, nations and peoples slanted towards Armageddon.  Mere twenty or so years earlier, Adolph Hitler was contemplating the “final solution” to eliminate Jews from the face of the earth while planning to cleanse the world of “undesirables” and secure the supremacy of the Aryan race.  100 years before the Nazi’s were in power, the United States Congress debated the morality of slavery and the human value of people of color - black, brown, red or yellow.  The debate eventually turned into the bloody Civil War.  We can go back in history for ages and see a consistent pattern of segregation, marginalization, dehumanization and violence.  Not much has changed.  A viewing of the evening TV news testifies to this.  In stark contrast to man’s history and the evening news is the Good News.

The Grace and Mercy of the triune God is the Good News.  All are welcome.  All are loved.  All are included in the offer for eternal relationship.  There is no ethnic cleansing.  There is no political correctness.  There is no superior qualifying race.  Just the Good News.

Although ignored, altered and denied by “historians,” the Good News is the basis for so much positive change throughout the centuries.  The list is endless.  Institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities, orphanages, disaster relief agencies have sprung forth from the hearts of men and women transformed by the Good News.  The elimination of societal sanctioned slavery as well as our democratic values is based in the Good News.  The Declaration of Independence clearly states, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Beautiful art, music and literature find their inspiration in the Good News.  Countless acts of selfless sacrifice flow from the Good News.  As Pastor Ed is given to say, “So What?!”

 We live in a society and culture that is rapidly declining into elitism, fragmentation and alienation.  We have become people accustomed to inconsiderate comments and diatribes. Civility and respect are in short supply as illustrated so blatantly in our political discourse. Facebook or Twitter has given cowardly cover for personal insult, diatribe and meanness. Yet social media is an indicator of our deep seated need for community and relationship.  Everything about us yearns for Good News.

Christ-followers everywhere are called to take the Good News to everyone.  The individual believer may not start an international charitable agency or found a children’s hospital but every believer can start a relationship with another person.  I encourage us to form relationships with people outside our comfort zones, with those who do not “look” like us, or with those considered “untouchables.”  The sermon this past weekend illustrated two examples of seeking and reaching people outside the circle.  The Samaritans were untouchable and unclean but Philip went to them and later the Apostles came and laid hands of them to receive the Holy Spirit.  Philip sat and spoke the Good News to a Gentile and a Black man at that.  The Ethiopian Eunuch was never the same and neither was his nation.   

As Pastor Ed indicated, the welcome mat at GateWay is out and the door open for anyone who wants to come in.  I am challenged again to seek out relationships with people outside my comfort zone.  As Christ-followers, have we put out the personal welcome mat?  A good place to start for we at GateWay is to use the Oikos Card.  Start a list of those in your zone of contacts and begin praying and seeking ways to initiate acts of good will so you may have the chance to share the Good News. Another, and perhaps more challenging way, is to take the lead of Jesus who stated that He stood at the door of our hearts and knocked.  To any who would open the door, He would come in and dine.  Consider inviting over for dinner someone new.



Mike LorahComment
This is Us: 39 lashes

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.   Acts 1:8  

Growing up in East Los Angeles during the latter 1950’s and early 1960’s left its mark on me.  All around me culture and society were changing.  These upheavals were cataclysmic and are continuing to shape us.  But as an elementary school aged boy I was oblivious to it all.  School, friends, family and TV enveloped me in a cocoon.  I thought this was normal and everyone lived the same way.  But with regularity, something would happen that would shake up my thinking and reshape how I viewed the world.  For example, being an American of Japanese descent, my food spectrum was heavily influenced by these ethnic ties so the first time I was invited to a neighbor’s home for Taco Night was quite an enlightening experience.  From a young age my parents taught me to gratefully eat whatever was given to me, especially if it was from someone outside my family like our neighbors.  In Japanese, the phonetically similarly sounding word to Taco is the word for octopus, takko.  Even though octopus is a prized delicacy in many cultures, to a 7 year old boy, it is the kiss of death and in my mind we were going to the neighbor’s to eat an abomination.  To my great surprise and joy I had a paradigm shift that night.  Tacos are God’s and my Mexican American friends’ gift to mankind!

Another item in my boyhood was hearing my elementary school teachers say “39 lashes with a wet noodle.”  What was this all about?  What’s with the 39?  Why not 25 or a dozen?  And why a wet noodle?  It took coming to faith in Jesus Christ years later that I understood 39 lashes and it wasn’t with a wet noodle.  Pastor Ed graphically described this technique of torture and punishment using a “cat of nine tails.” The whipping was administered with 39 lashes as 40 would result in death.  What is clear today is part of the price of bringing the Good News to the remotest parts of the Earth, traveled the path of 39 lashes.  Jesus went this route before crucifixion.  The Apostles were subjected to this torture with Paul stating 5 times he experienced the 39 lashes.  Countless other saints endured so we could have the Good News today.  

As Christ-followers we are engaged in the transformation of people by delivering the Good News.  I have come to understand that we are all created differently by God and we each resonate with God’s Holy Spirit uniquely.  How we hear and receive the Good News is often filtered through many layers of cultural, relational, familial and emotional life experiences.  Therefore, I believe it is of utmost importance that we share the Good News in a style and manner most impactful with the intended recipient.  And I further believe for most of us, the most impactful style is one to one, in a relationship of substance.  

What is a relationship of substance? Significant markers of an ROS include selfless listening, sincere and personal dialogue, discovering and embracing commonly held touch points (emotions, desires, goals, experiences, etc.) connected with a willingness to be vulnerable and caring.  An ROS can take place almost anywhere -- your workplace, school, soccer field, the gym and even church.  It may happen very quickly or it may take seasons of cultivation and persistence.  When this happens you can carry out Acts 1:8 -- you will receive power from the Holy Spirit and you will be Jesus’ witness.

The question that confronts us is will we do this?  I hope we never have to endure 39 lashes to bring the Good News.  But perhaps remembering what others went through will motivate us and move us to honor those, especially Jesus Christ who did.  Enter into relationships of substance so you can be witnesses of the Good News.  Starting may be as simple as holding a Taco Night.


Mike LorahComment
This Is Us: A Credit To Your Race

When I was growing up I often heard this phrase – “You’re a credit to your race.”  It was usually given as a compliment or commendation for something well done.  Thankfully, I don’t hear this anymore as this “compliment” is rooted deeply in racism, ignorance and insensitivity.  This said, Pastor Ed’s sermon this past weekend made me think about being a credit to your race.

The miracles taking place in the First Century Church were nothing short of mind blowing.  The question and existence of miracles have long been debated in this world and within the Christian church.  I remember listening to debate among theologians if God still performed miracles today.  One line of thought advanced the perspective that miracles were only for the First Century Church and God ceased performing miracles once the Bible and the Church was established.  The other end of the spectrum holds unequivocally God is still performing miracles today and in abundance.  I think God can do whatever He chooses to do.  What is clear and what was made clear by Pastor Ed is miracles validate or give accreditation to the Good News. 

I am a child of God and this is where I wonder about being a credit to my spiritual family.  As a Christ-follower do my actions and thoughts validate the message?  Does my treatment of people, living in my relationships, or working out truth and justice reflect the mercy, grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ?  If asked, would those around me and those in contact with me say, “Bill – you’re a credit to Jesus Christ?”  (In reality it is the life changing transformation of relationship with the Creator of the Universe that is observed.) 

I understand “life happens” and it sometimes difficult – very difficult.  And it is understandable that our reactions and behaviors will reflect the agony.  In such times I doubt folks would say to me I am a credit to Jesus.  It is so good to know and experience that God is love.  His mercy and grace are deeper than the deepest abyss of my failure.  I may not receive forgiveness from people but with God I will and I can start again.  1 John 1:9 states:  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Psalms 103:12 reads:  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  And finally Romans 8:37-39:  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

An old movie about World War 2 comes to mind.  Darby’s Rangers staring James Garner as William Darby is the story of the first elite fighting unit formed in the U.S. Army.  This all volunteer brigade overcoming many hardships is trained and molded under the command of Colonel Darby to become a highly disciplined, highly skilled, extremely tough and effective fighting force.  At the end of the movie the Rangers on a rescue operation of embattled troops is overwhelmed by a vastly larger and more powerful German division.  Of the over 700 men who go in only 7 come back.  Colonel Darby has fought hard and struggled side by side only to see utter destruction.  Defeated, demoralized, and disconsolate Colonel Darby steps off a landing craft and walks along a beach as lines of fresh soldiers get ready to embark for the next campaign.  Darby trudges along with his head down, shoulders slumped and with the look of failure on his face.  A voice shouts out from the line of embarking soldiers, “Wow, look at that Ranger patch.”  Heads turn and the light turns on in Darby’s head.  He is a Ranger, he needs to carry himself as such and honor those who have fought and died.  Darby straightens up, adjusts his pack, lifts his head and marches forward resolutely with dignity even though he has just come through hell on earth. 

Sometimes we come through what we imagine is hell on earth be it a tough relationship, bad choice, a calamity or a simple happenstance of life that disturbs our comfort and we act much less than Jesus would have us do.  We can trudge along disconsolately or we can remember that we are children of God, fully forgiven and fully equipped to pick up and be a credit to our family.


Alan AdlerComment
This Is Us: GW+GW=GN

This past week I read an article discussing churches and major church leaders. The thrust of this article focused on influence.  The writer bluntly stated two very well known mega churches (and their “rock star” stature lead pastors) which were the two most significant influences in the Christian church universe for the past two decades were no longer such.  Other churches, naming two different mega churches (and their “rock star” stature lead pastors), were now the dominant influencers in the Christian Church universe.  This transition was attributed to embracing of new channels of media, communication and culture.  In other words the previous church leaders had not changed or their “product” was no longer relevantly packaged.  Even though I found this article very interesting I came away thinking, “So what?”  This article I believe is one of those intended for professional church leaders and pastors much like a business management lesson.  Although not unimportant, for me, I am more concerned right now about Us – individual Christ-followers forming the Body of Christ in our community.  I am thinking most people in Visalia are not concerned one bit which church mega star is on the rise.  So what are people concerned about?

Ancient as the First Century Christian Church is, what people sought then has not changed and the model of touching these souls is still relevant today.  Pastor Ed this weekend repeated the mantra Good Works, Good Will and Good News (GW+GW=GN) as he opened the study of the early church in the Book of Acts.  Put into practice as a church body and as individuals we can be Jesus Christ’s tools to change the world.  At our work places, schools, in public and in our homes a simple act of kindness or generosity (Good Work) freely and graciously given can lead to surprising levels of appreciation by the recipient (Good Will).  When sufficient good will is present then there is openness to hear your personal God-story (Good News).  Thinking back on the article I mentioned in the beginning I am aware that a seismic change has taken place in media and culture and how “church” can be packaged but the real deal is still relationship.  No matter how good we are in using the cultural touch points of the day, if we do not touch hearts one by one it won’t matter much.  If each of us does not engage people in relationships we will not make a difference.

I have had no contact with one of the “down” churches in the article but I am quite familiar personally with the second.  This church impacts tens of thousands of people directly each week in their locale.  There are significantly more people involved in this church’s small groups than attend services on a regular basis.  The folks of this church have the mindset that relationships matter and extend themselves to many unconnected to a church home.  We are beginning a new season of Connect Small Groups.  This is a prime time to invite new people and give them the opportunity to experience Good News personally.  This is also a prime time to step up as a new leader of a small group as the harvest is plentiful and the workers few.  What act of kindness or gracious relationship (Good Works) will you extend this week?  When you do and a positive reaction results (Good Will) will you follow up with your personal God story (Good News)?  And if you think of it, let us know because hearing encourages us and builds our courage to go out and do the same.


Bill YoshimotoComment

As the Heritage Series and Celebration concludes several things stand out.  It is no small thing to celebrate 150 years of ministry here in Visalia.  It is also no small thing we continue in ministry here in Visalia.  Over the course of 150 years, First Baptist/GateWay Church has found itself in several locations within the city.  And significantly, with each move, with each generation, and with each cultural shift, we continue a connection that goes back to the first gathering of Christ-followers meeting in Jerusalem after Christ’s ascension to the Father. 

We are reminded the First Century Church had very little, if any, resources.  These believers had no buildings; no choir and orchestra or worship band; no children’s program; no A/C; no media; no paid staff; no lots of things we have today; and very significantly no Bible.  Yet these early believers carried Jesus’ love to the far flung places of earth, impacted people and cultures, and changed the course of humans. 

I wonder if the people who gathered back in 1868 had any idea of how things would look 150 years later.  I suspect many wondered if they would still be together in 1869.  I also suspect that many understood they were connected to a small band of believers gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem as recorded in the Book of Acts.  These pioneers of Visalia were continuing the call of Jesus to go and make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching what Jesus taught.

Interestingly, the “church” of the First Century Christians ceased to exist hundreds and hundreds of years ago.  This isn’t difficult to understand given they didn’t have anything which leads me to think the focus, values and mission were not tied to resources, buildings or programs.  All that they were was concentrated on relationships; first with Jesus Christ then with one another.  Their connection was all they had and all they needed.  This wasn’t a movement to create institutions or acquire real estate.  It was all about walking together in a manner worthy of the high calling of Jesus Christ, to His glory and honor and that all may know Him as Lord and Savior.

In 150 years we have been in many locations within the City of Visalia.  This part of our Heritage points to conclusion that it is not about the buildings.  The church is not a building.  The church is us.  The building is the place where church gathers together to honor Jesus and to love one another that we may engage a ready world.  I have never met anyone who founded our church.  Clearly I never knew anyone in the First Century church.  Yet I am connected.  And in growing that connection, I am connected with the Christ-followers meeting together at 1100 S. Sowell St.  Praise be to God, we have resources at GateWay.  Let us use them fully.  This Is Us.


Alan AdlerComment
Heritage Series: One Thing

I thought of the movie, City Slickers, during the weekend sermon.  This 1991 movie of three best friends successfully crossing the mid-life crisis rapids together through a fantasy vacation cattle drive is a favorite of mine.  There is so much to like in it.  Jack Palance won an Oscar for best supporting actor in his characterization of the tough as nails, old as dirt and simple but deep, iconic cowboy, Curly.  In a standout scene, Mitch, portrayed by Billy Crystal, is talking with Curly while working the cattle drive.  Curly asks the confused and searching Mitch if he would like to know the “secret of life.”  Curly holds up one finger and says, “One thing, just one thing.”  Mitch asks, “What’s the one thing” and Curly replies, “That’s what you have to figure out.”

The great news for us is we do not have to figure out what the one thing is.  Pastor Karl Roth ignited the stage this weekend with the answer.  He pressed us to look at and live out what Jesus said was the one thing we must do.  Pastor Karl directed us to John 13:34-35 where Jesus is holding up one finger and saying “one thing” – love one another . . . as I have loved you.    

Pastor Karl shared the impact First Baptist/GateWay has had in his life and launching a lifetime of Christ-focused service.  Different people in the church body poured out love upon him and poured love into Karl’s heart.  He says it wasn’t the programs, the facilities or the teaching.  It was the grace and loving kindness he continually received from individuals at First Baptist that made the difference.  At one point in his sermon speaking of the American Church in general, Pastor Karl remarked somewhere along the line there was a transition from being about loving to being about learning; being right was more important.  The result is the church has lost its relevance and its standing to speak into the lives of people. 

Please do not take my remarks to mean learning is irrelevant.  The opposite is more appropriate.  We must learn more and more deeply who Jesus is and what He brings into our personal relationship with Him in order that we can live out “the one thing.”  This is not learning for learning’s sake or knowledge for knowledge’s sake.  It is learning to be like Jesus and acquiring more knowledge that we can better connect with one another like Jesus.  After 150 years of continuous ministry in Visalia we are challenged to renew and re-imagine how we make a difference in the lives of people and our community.  Are we living out Jesus’ “one thing?”

For many the cycle of life begins anew in a week or two.  School starts and families once again order their lives around the school calendar.  This time provides a great opportunity to reach out and connect with people who do not have Jesus in their lives.  People are more open to try something different at the beginning of a cycle rather than mid-cycle.  Pastor Karl said if we know of anyone who does not know Jesus we need to love that person profoundly and invite them to GateWay.  There are over 100,000 people in Visalia who do not attend a church.  Jesus once remarked that the fields were ripe and the harvest plentiful but the workers were few.  Our community is ripe.  As we enter the next 150 years of ministry in Visalia and beyond let us love profoundly.


Bill YoshimotoComment
Heritage Series: The Voice

A momentous event took place before the beginning of the baseball season in 2017.  Vin Scully, THE VOICE of the Dodgers, stepped into retirement.  The Hall of Fame broadcaster’s career with the Dodgers began as the understudy to another Hall of Famer, Red Barber.  This was back in the days of the pre-Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers.  For over 70 years, Vin Scully, universally acknowledged as the best of the best brought to life on the radio and TV, the ebb and flow of the game together with the richness and personality of Dodger baseball.  Any Dodgers fan will recognize The Voice.  The New York Yankees are legendary because of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and other players. It is said by many, the most valuable player in making the Dodgers one of the premier and most popular baseball organizations in the country, is not a player.  That distinction belongs to Vin Scully.  I grew up listening to Vin Scully.  Much of my love for the Dodgers can be attributed to him.  If you come to my study, Vinny’s photo hangs proudly on my wall along side Robinson, Koufax and Drysdale.  Like so many baseball fans across the nation I would know that voice anywhere.   


We welcomed back Pastor Jody Bowser this weekend.  We were so blessed to have him with us for a handful of years as Pastor of Youth including junior high, high school and college.  In the eyes of many, he is the “gold standard” for youth pastors.  He has since become a vibrant senior pastor.  He began his presentation by reminding us that the definition of heritage includes something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor: a legacy, a tradition.  What stands out in his recall of times spent in Visalia are the people; the relationships.  Yes, as an organization or institution, First Baptist/GateWay Church left its mark on him but it was the impact of people that endures in his mind.  And likewise for us, Jody’s impact is felt deeply as he had transmitted the Spirit of God that continues in the hearts of many today.

Pastor Jody delivered an excellent, stirring and multi-faceted message of Jesus Christ as the good shepherd.  As my lead-in portends, I focus today on one metaphor – the voice.  The sheep know the voice of their own shepherd and follow him.   Jody painted a memorable picture with a story written by a visitor to the Holy Land back in the early 1900’s.  The author observed a large number of individual shepherds pitching their tents for the night in a large circular pattern with each of their flocks of sheep enclosed and intermingled within that tent circle.  The next morning he wondered how these men would separate the thoroughly co-mingled sheep and lead them on their respective paths.  To writer’s delight, each shepherd called with his distinctive voice and each animal moved towards the sound automatically.  They separated themselves and then followed their own “good” shepherd to the still waters and green pasture of the day.  John 10:4-5 states: the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.  John Chapter 10 makes it clear Jesus is our good shepherd and comes to bring life abundantly.  The pretenders come to steal, kill and destroy.

We all want the good life.  This doesn’t mean we all desire uncountable economic riches and wealth but we do desire the place where we can peacefully and freely enjoy all of our most precious relationships.  This would be one version of abundant life.  When it comes to abundant life and living there are seemingly many options and paths out there for us to select.  Certainly there are infinite voices in the world that beckon and tempt us.  The ultimate question and answer is whose voice do you follow?  I submit for your consideration we should follow the voice that leads us to the life that provides peace and joy amidst the inevitable uncertainty and chaos of this world.  I asked last week if you had The Peace of the Rock.  The answer and voice we should seek and hear is the voice of the good shepherd, Jesus Christ.

As Christ-followers how do we recognize the voice of the good shepherd?  It happens as we grow in our familiarity with Him.  We can do this by reading the Bible, connecting in study groups, hearing good sermons, listening to podcasts by excellent Bible teachers, reading good Christian books and by praying.  Worshipping, encouraging and serving together in a solid church go a long way.  GateWay has existed for 150 years because its people sought and heard the voice of God.

I recognize the voice of Vin Scully because of years of listening.  I remember lying in my bed at night as a youngster listening to my transistor radio when I should have been sleeping.  Vin’s play-by-play account interspersed with great stories and tidbits filled me with delight and love for Dodger baseball and baseball in general.  In later years when TV came into its own and was the medium to view important games, especially the World Series, I would turn on the set but turn off the sound then turn on my radio shunning the voice of the network announcers in favor of the voice I trusted, Vin Scully.  Our world culture calls out with many voices speaking of peace and abundant life but like the pretenders in John 10, they seek to steal, kill and destroy your spirit.  Listen for the voice of the good shepherd.  He comes to give you life and life abundantly.


Alan AdlerComment
Heritage Series: A Piece of the Rock

Back during the Golden Age of television (the mid-1950’s to late 1960’s) Prudential Insurance Company ran a long advertising campaign based on their catch phrase, “Get A Piece of the Rock.”  The corporate logo bore the graphic image of the Rock of Gibraltar.  This historic and geological icon stands at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula.  For centuries the British have maintained control of this strategic site overlooking the narrow strait separating Spain from Morocco.  (To help draw the picture, imagine Morro Rock at the entrance to Morro Bay except many times larger.)  The British Empire for nearly a century ruled the high seas and part of that dominance was fortifying and holding key points along the world’s shipping routes and the Rock of Gibraltar was one of those crucial choke points.

Prudential adopted this logo because the Rock of Gibraltar not only represented strength and dominance but truly was the fort of strength, solidly entrenched, unmoving and eternal.  Thus, investing in Prudential Financial or relying on its insurance products was a choice anyone could feel secure and safe in making.   Anyone watching TV during the Golden Age was told to get a “piece of the rock” -- you can trust Prudential.

We welcomed back Pastor Tom Carter this past weekend as part of our Heritage series celebration.  He began by referencing 1 Samuel 7:7-12, the account of God responding to cries for help against the Philistine army.  In remembrance of God’s intervention, Samuel took a stone and set it up as a memorial naming it Ebenezer saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”  Pastor Tom spoke of an extremely difficult time in his long tenure in furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  All during this excruciating stretch Pastor Tom would rely and rest in the strength of his rock, Jesus Christ, illustrating this point by referring to a large rock on a pedestal place in front of the podium.  As he spoke he often would pat the rock, his Ebenezer.  Pastor Tom had his “piece of the rock.”

Before the outbreak of World War 2, the British for a number of years had been readying the Rock of Gibraltar by constructing artillery batteries, strengthening fortifications and creating a series of tunnels crisscrossing the rock connecting all of its emplacements.  This system of tunnels and chambers protected British soldiers from being targets in the open air and provided safe routes to supply, reinforce and strategically move men and armaments.  Ironically, as told to me by one of my history professors, these tunnels and chambers significantly weakened the geological structure of the Rock of Gibraltar.  My professor believed that well placed bombardment would bring the whole system to a crashing demise.  This is a stark contrast to the image of strength portrayed by the rock.  Fortunately the German forces never invaded Gibraltar during WW2 which may have revealed the British were putting their trust in false hope.

The question today as it always has been is what or who are you putting your trust in?  With a life full of trials and tribulations choosing wisely and well makes all the difference in the world.  Build your house on the rock, not the sand, the rock of Jesus Christ.  Without fail, He has been the constant in my life.  With Him I can be strong and courageous.  Pastor Tom is reminded by his Ebenezer where his trust lies.  For 150 years and hopefully many more, GateWay Church will place its trust in Jesus Christ.  Whom will you choose?  In a play on words that I have loved for many years, do you have, “The Peace of the Rock?”


Bill YoshimotoComment