The Reason why Christ was made Manifest

Preacher: Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri (Wama G)
Message: The reason why Christ was made manifest
Reading: 1 John 3:4-10

Today is Friday and ordinarily we don’t come to church, there is a reason why we are here, but do we know the reason? The real reason?
Whenever anything happens there is a reason to it.
There could be the main reason or other subsidiary reasons.

Whenever we attend weddings……
 For instance whenever we attend weddings, there is the main reason, which is to witness two people taking vows to live together in marriage.
 However, there could be other reasons why people attend weddings, some could be to show off latest fashion, meet friends or even try to stop the wedding from going on like we saw last week on TV.
 There could also be an ostensible reason for doing something.
 Ostensible means stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so, which means saying why one is doing something but in the real sense there is another underlying reason.

In the olden day……
 For instance in the olden days when young men would go looking of ladies in their homes, they would gave a wide range of reasons such as borrowing a book or checking on an assignment but the real reason would be to see the ladies.
 Or even when people sing vigorously in functions attended by dignitaries, the ostensible reason is to get noticed coz who knows it could land them favours.
Let us focus on the real reason why we celebrate this day.

John calls his audience little children and warns them not to let any man deceive them for the one who does what is right is righteous just as God is righteous.
John says the one who commits sin belongs to the devil for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
It therefore means that all of us Christians have at one point of the other belonged to the devil whenever we have sinned. This of course is a very undesirable state but thank God there is hope.
You either belong to God or the devil based on your actions. There is no middle ground or near to ground.
 This means that sin delinks us from God. As such, even if we engage with all other religious activities, we still remain delineated from God.
John equates committing sin to transgression of the law, which means going against what the law of God requires.
 Examples of sin can be found in Revelation 21:8, which includes being a coward and lying.
 All of us have been guilty of lying either directly or indirectly especially using the mobile phones.
 There is no big or small sin before God. Unfortunately, most Christians have classified some sins as big while others they consider them small sins.
 At times we imagine that the more we get closer to God, we get off the radar of the devil. The reality is that the more we get closer with God, the more the devil focuses on us to try and derail us from following God.
 John says that Jesus was manifested to take away our sins by destroying the works of the devil.
 To manifest means to display or show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance.
 God showed his love for us by allowing Jesus to go through a lot of humiliation to destroy the works of the devil in our lives – John 3:16.
 Reason means a cause, explanation or justification for an action or event.
 Justification means the action of showing something to be right or reasonable.
 The justification why God was right to allow Jesus Christ to go through all that he went through at a time like this, was to show his love for us so that the works of the devil in our lives would be destroyed and we would stop sinning and thus stop belonging to devil and instead belong to God.
We ought to have gone through such humiliation but Jesus took the pain on our behave.
Those who follow the devil get humiliated by him but those who follow Jesus are not humiliated because Jesus took the same on their behalf.
John concludes that section by saying whoever is born of God does not sin for the seed of God remains in him.
 John says that those who abide in God do not sin. Let us therefore abide in God and thus keep sin away so that the reason why Christ was made manifest may not be in vain in our lives.
To abide in God we need to always do the basics of Christianity which include reading the Bible daily, praying and having a fellowship with one another to share what we have learned from God.
Unfortunately most of us are so busy and rarely engage in the basics of Christianity. This gives the devil time to lead us astray.
 Let us therefore embrace the real reason why Christ was made manifest so that the work of the devil will be destroyed in our lives. Let us accept Jesus as our saviour and let us engage in the basics of Christianity to strengthen our bond with God.

1 John 3:4-10

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

10 This is how we know who the children of Godare and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

BLAME GAME- January 15th

 

Bible Reading 

  • Genesis 3:18
  • Luke 11:24

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Gen 3:18

  • Creation story,  God had given  man dominion over everything.
  • man was missing out on something though. He  wanted  to eat from  the  tree  of knowledge. Woman was innocent,  man had received direct instructions from God not to eat from the tree.
  • God appeared, the man knowing what they had done instructed the woman that they hide.
  • God asked them “where are you?”  that is a question He asks us.
  • God asked why they were hiding, the man said they had taken the fruit, He asked why, he said the woman made him. He did not want to take responsibility.
  • God asked the woman,  she said the serpent made her. She did not want to take responsibility.
  • There are people who if they are late for a service they blame their husband, wife and family. They do not take responsibility. 
  • We keep on blaming others. We should purpose to take responsibility and avoid the blame game. 
Luke 11:24
  • A wise boy who wanted to be responsible for making his own money.
  • He told his father to give him his inheritance and he misused it.
  • When he started eating pigs food he didn’t blame anyone.
  • People blame their parents for their lack of education. There is always something that you have contributed,  let us ask ourselves this year in retrospect ‘How did I contribute to this situation?’
  • God is always glad when we get back to him.

If Adam went on his knees said God forgive me, do you think God would have been angry?

Even in voting some won’t vote but the following morning after the results  they will start blaming people.
Let us stop blaming everyone this year.  Let us blame ourselves and go before God who will guide us through the situation.

God of a second chance

Preacher : Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message : God of a second chance
Readings : Judges 16:21-31, Romans 10:1-11

God is always together with us at all times and that is why He gives us success in various places such as where we work, in physical growth, in healing and in businesses.
God protects us from all our enemies and from the perils that surround us even at night.
From the first reading we see Samson who was a child of promise just like us the way we are children of promise because God had a purpose of bringing us to this world.
 The Philistines were always after Samson using all cunning ways to bring him down.
 Samson had been given his hair as his symbol of success.
 We all have our symbols of success either in academic, careers or business .
Just like Samson, we find ourselves missing a single step which may be disastrous .
There is that simple little thing that you can do in life thinking that you are in the right way but could be your undoing for all that you have lived for.
We ought to ask ourselves whether we have we missed any step.
Where we have missed any step, the solution is to cry to God for salvation.
When we cry to God our symbol of strength will start sprouting again.
Samson cried to God and his hair started growing and he killed more people as he was dying. He killed three thousand people as he was dying.
 Paul in the second reading recognises the zealousness the people of Isreal had but tells them that they had missed a step, which was that they ought to have  gotten saved.
 Most of the times, we debate about salvation asking whether it applies to us.
 Paul says his wish is that the Israelites may be saved.
The process or procedure of salvation is this:-
1. Believe in our hearts. When we believe in him we become justified .
2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
3. After believing and confessing, you become saved.

Paul says in Romans 10:8 that the word is near us and that is why it is the heart that believes.
The Jewish thinking was that people think with their hearts and thus the scriptures talks about believing with the heart.
 We may consider the believing with our minds to be equivalent with the believing with the heart.
 God wants us to go through the steps of getting saved because he is a God who gives us a second chance
 God is waiting for us to go through the steps and accept him as our Lord and saviour.

Judges 16:21-31

21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.

22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

The Death of Samson

23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”

24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,

“Our god has delivered our enemy
    into our hands,
the one who laid waste our land
    and multiplied our slain.”

25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.When they stood him among the pillars,

26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”

27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.

28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord,“Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,

30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led[a] Israel twenty years.

Romans 10:1-11

10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down)

“or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e]

Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu (Writer) and James  Kamoche (Publisher)

The cost of being associated with the Kingdom of God

Preacher : Elder Kenneth Kibathi Kinyanjui
Message : The cost of being associated with the Kingdom of God
Readings : 1 Samuel 18:20-27, Ephesians 5:25-33

         In the first reading we see David who had been called by God when he was a young boy.
 By this time Saul was the one ruling as the king of Israel. Saul was the first king of Israel after the Israelites requested for a physical king.
Prior to this God had led the Israelites through a pillar of fire and clouds.
        Saul was therefore given to the Israelites as their first king when they requested for a king. However Saul sinned and David was set to take up the leadership of Israel.
         David used to live within the King’s palace and thus learned the way of administration of King Saul. David was close to the King’s son Jonathan and this gave him more insights into the King’s administration. 
 In the course of time the King’s daughter Michal fell in love with David. 
         King Saul promised to give his daughter to David in exchange for the foreskins of one hundred Philistines. King Saul had two daughters. The first was set to get married to David but Saul gave her away to the Philistines. This was the second daughter who was in love with David and thus David may have feared that the same thing that happened with the first daughter may happen with the second. 
     David was excited to become the son in law of the King and thus went beyond the required dowry of one hundred foreskins and brought two hundred foreskins .
      Saul could therefore not go back on his promise and thus had to give his daughter to David as his wife.
 In traditional African cultures,  the family of the man is required to give something to the bride’s family and this may necessitate some negotiations which may last until the man provides what is required of him to get the bride.  There is a cost required for one to get someone’s daughter in marriage.
      David went beyond the requirements to become the son in law to King Saul.  David knew there would be benefits accruing to him if he became the son in law to the King.  David could foresee the things that were in store for him by becoming the son in law to the King.
      I don’t know whether we are desiring to be associated with the kingdom of heaven where Christ who died for us is waiting for us to do an extra thing to show that we are eager to become heirs to the kingdom of God.
  We should take this as a challenge to do something extra beyond the ordinary service of giving our time and resources to serving the kingdom of God.
 We ought to do something extra to demonstrate our desire to become the sons and daughters of God.
  We may desire to be associated with families and groups here on earth but the only place where we have peace is being associated with the heavenly kingdom .
 After qualifying to get the bride, the next stage is marriage.
        Revelation 14:20 talks about the marriage of the church and Christ. The true billboard of heaven is the Bible which tells us of the times we are living in.
 God has called us to a heavenly marriage and we are required to accept the invitation to become the bride since the price has already been paid by Christ when he died on the cross.
 The second reading challenges husbands to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for the church.
 The price has already been paid and the church is only required to give herself to Christ. Let us realize that time is running and coming to an end.
    King Saul failed to realise that time was running out and he was getting old.
  David realised that time was running out and did that extra thing to be associated with the kingdom.
Let us therefore do that extra thing to be associated with the kingdom of God.
 The reign of this world is coming to an end and we should have a desire to be associated with the kingdom of God and that will give us assurance that we will reign with God in eternity.
 We are only required to accept the price that was paid for us, the death of Jesus Christ .
 We have a great opportunity to accept Jesus as our saviour since we don’t know when the trumpet will be blown and the church called home.
This is a greater opportunity to ensure that when the church will be taken we will be among those taken and the only way we can be assured of that is to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour and that is the extra thing required of us beyond giving our resources for the work of God.
 Desire to be associated with the kingdom of God and accept the salvation from God.

1 Samuel 18:20-27

20 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.

23 And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?

24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired.

27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

Ephesians 5:25-33

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—

30 for we are members of his body.

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu (Writer) and James  Kamoche (Publisher)

Men serving God (PCMF commissioning Sunday)

Preacher: Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message: Men serving God
Readings: Genesis 32:7-31, Matthew 21:42-44

Men are called to be leaders of their families and the country.
 Where men fail to take their leadership positions, the leadership is taken and given to the women.
        From the first reading we see Jacob who had done so many mistakes beginning from when he deceived his brother Esau and got his birthright.
 Every action has its consequences and as such Jacob suffered the consequences of his actions.
There is no perfect man in this world.One of the greatest challenge facing men is fear of the unknown about their responsibilities .

At one point, i . . . . . 
 At one point, I lived in a neighbourhood and I didn’t have a TV and this would make my children go to the neighbours to watch TV. This distressed me.
 At times men become angry because as they try to structure the family needs, the ladies may be nagging them.
 Unlike women who are emotional and are thus able to be happy even in distressful situations, men are not able to be happy in distressful situations
       Jacob also faced the challenge of being fearful when he knew he was going to meet his brother Esau.
However, Jacob had things that helped him, which I want us to discuss as follows:-

1. Prayerful.

It is good for men to learn how to pray and lead in prayers. Most men don’t know how to pray. There is no formula of praying. Jesus taught us how to pray in what we call the Lord’s prayer. A prayer can be as short as calling the name of God. We do not neccessarily have to close our eyes when praying. We only do so to concentrate. Jacob was prayerful.

2. Plan.

Jacob had a plan with tactics of how he would meet his brother Esau. You need a plan to overcome.

3. Love for your family.

Jacob first made his family cross over and remained behind. We should put our families ahead always. Unfortunately, some men do the opposite, they prioritise their needs over those of the family. It is good to note that some men in church love their wives and families more than themselves in such that whenever they are out in the shops, they are likely to buy clothes for the wives and children as opposed to themselves. Men should love their families

4. Seeking for blessings.

Jacob wrestled with God the whole night and refused to let go until he got the blessings. A man should always look for blessings for his family. The second reading says that the stone which the builders refused become the cornerstone. We must fall on that stone for our blessings. When we fall on that stone it breaks us and makes us humble. However, wives and families should not take negative advantage of the humility of their men.  When we fail to fall on the stone,  the stone will fall on us and crush us, which is undesirable. Women should not be like the hen which ensures that everyone knows when it lays the egg. They should be like the elephant which does not make noise to attract attention after giving birth to a big calf.  In the same way, when ladies do things for the family, they ought to do it in silence like the elephant

Men should purpose to lead their families in serving and worshipping God.

Genesis 32:7-12

In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.

He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’

10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.

12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

Matthew 21:42-44

42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

Trials as a test to our faith

Preacher : Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message : Trials as a test to our faith
Readings : Genesis 22:1-14, James 1:2-12

 Abraham had waited for his son to come as a promise from God and as a blessing too.
 After the son came, God directed Abraham to do what was being done at that time by the people.
 People were following the Canaanites practices of sacrificing their sons on alters to seek blessings. This was a noble thing according to the Canaanites practices.
God therefore instructed Abraham to follow the same practices and sacrifice his son Isaac.
 At times I think if I was Abraham I would have defied that command considering that the son had been awaited for many days.
 Abraham was obedient to God and sought for firewood together with his son, Isaac ready for the sacrifice .
 Isaac asked Abraham where they were going to get an animal for sacrifice . Abraham responded by saying that God will provide.
 Let us look at the faithfulness of Abraham and emulate it.
 The God who we believe in and who made us brave enough to withstand this chilly weather is the same God saying He is going to provide for you.
 When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God provided a ram for the sacrifice .
That is how God works, when you are just about to give up, God provides.

 I had a case where my brother. . . . . . 
 I had a case where my brother had recently been jailed and was required to pay Kshs. 6 million. The whole family was looking up to me to provide this money and I didn’t know where to get it from. He is a school principal and risked losing his job. It was a civil case where his car had caused an accident and the insurance had refused to pay and thus he was required to pay or remain in jail. By God’s grace I managed to raise Kshs. 2.1million and got him out.

When we wait upon God he provides because He is a God who provides, just as Abraham found our.
The second reading tells us to consider it pure joy whenever we face trials as they strengthen our faith in God.

Genesis 22:1-14

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altarthere and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

James 1:2-12

Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.

10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

Serving God

Preacher: Rev David Murage Ikinya
Message: Serving God
Readings: Psalm 92:1-15, Galatians 5:16-26

It is good to know we are in this world but we are not of this world.
Whatever we do let us do it in accordance with the will of God knowing that God will go with us if we obey him.
 Each one of us has a talent and gift from God and therefore we ought to be use these in serving God to achieve more.
 We are all important in the church and service of God.
 Therefore, if you have anything you know or feel that can assist the church, please always ensure you communicate the same to the church leaders.
 If we don’t move together we may get to a point where we may have challenges moving on.
Together we achieve more.
 We should be like Nehemiah who stood and rebuild the house of the Lord.
      From Psalm 90 to 146, is a prayer that was dedicated to Moses because of those who were against Moses due to their selfish pursuits.
      Psalm 92 shows how God gives us strength as we work even as we meditate on what we have done and what we intend to do.
 There are times we feel very weak and it is important to know that it is God who gives us strength to soldier on and achieve more.
God is the source of all the good things that you may require.
 God helps us to serve Him with joy and peace in unity with each other.
 The grace of God leads us to doing what God wants .
 God will never leave us but will always be with us to the end.
 As we serve God we will meet both good and bad things .
 Psalm 92:12 says those who walk together with God are like a plam tree planted by the water side.
 We should therefore serve God knowing that God will give us peace and grace as we do so.
 The leaders and those being led ought to know that we all belong to the same fellowship.
 It’s would be unfortunate for any of us to think that they are indispensable.
 Let us serve God in humility, respect and in unity to achieve more.
 As you grow, it is good to evaluate yourself, to see how you ought to be in the ministry of serving God.
 We have achieved all we have because of the love of God.
It is also important to know that even as we serve God, there are instances of disagreement that may arise which may make us become angry. However, we ought to remember who has called us and who we are before in God,

A buffalo…..
 A buffalo is a symbol of strength. It is good to know that just like a buffalo gets its strength from God, we too get our strength from God.
 A buffalo walks in different strides at times walking in pride because of its strength.  We too ought to be proud for the strength that God gives us.

A camel…
 A camel has a hump where is stores oil which helps it to survive during the dry spell.
 God has called us to serve Him and his word will always lead us.
 When we encounter challenges, let us surrender them to God.

A bus…..
 A bus carries varies types of passengers. There are those who are joyous as they travel,  those intending to steal, those going to visit etc. A bus may be full as it leaves it’s station or may pick passengers along the way.
 Some passengers are known to be very noisy. Similarly, in the service of God, there are also those who make noise at every single thing that is mentioned or being done. These are perennial complaints.
 In the service of God, there are those who are committed to serving even in the midst of dangers just like the way the fire brigadiers respond to emergencies.

The giraffe…..
 The giraffe is an unique animal, it does not look forward as it walks, it does not walk alone, it eats difficult leaves, it is the tallest animal, they take care of each other among its other attributes.
 Let us follow the example of the giraffe as we service God.
 We will encounter much in our lives and without God we cannot achieve much.
 Let us take care of each other either as leaders or those being led.
 Let us subordinate our egos to the service of God and remain united.
 Let us forget the past that has been a hinderance to us and focus forward in serving God.
Let us know that we are still on a journey to eternity and thus let us serve God respecting each other.
 No one is superior to the other in the ministry of serving God.

Psalm 92:1-15,

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemies, Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox;
    fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Galatians 5:16-26

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

Move On – Don’t give Up

Preacher:  Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri
Message: Move On – Don’t give Up
Readings: Deuteronomy 1:6-8, Philippians 3: 12-14

Inspiring stories of moving on

In the Barcelona Olympic……..

            In the Barcelona Olympic of 1982, Derek Redmond was favoured to win the gold medal in the 400 meters race. 150 meters into the race Derek felt pain in his leg, in agony he fell to the ground with a torn hamstring. Not willing to give up, and determined to finish the race, he stood up and started limping towards the finish line. A man broke through the security from the crowd and rushed towards him trying to stop Derek from proceeding with the race. It was his father. ‘You don’t have to do this’, he told his son. ‘Yes I do’, replied Derek. ‘Well then, we are going to finish this together’ replied the father. And both walked towards the finish line. Shortly before the finish line, Derek’s father let him go to complete his race. Derek received a standing ovation from a crowd of about 65,000. When you don’t give up, you cannot fail. Though he didn’t win the race, he finished the race.

In 2008, Heather Dorniden………

            In 2008, Heather Dorniden, was leading the pack during the final heat of the  women 600 meters race at the Big Ten Indoor Tracks Championship in Minnesota USA. With about 200 meters to go, she tripped and fell flat on her tummy. Amazingly, she quickly stood up and was able to overtake the three competitors who were ahead of her and win the race. She finished the race and won the race.

Both these stories illustrate people who decided to move on as opposed to giving up.

The Readings

       In the first reading,

We see Moses talking to the Israelites and reminding them what God had done and what he wanted them to do.
 God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt and was leading them to the Promised Land.
 However, when they came to Horeb, they stayed there for quite a while.
 God spoke to Moses and told him that they had stayed long enough in that mountain and were therefore required to break camp and advance.
God told them to go to the hill country of the Amorites, the neighbouring people of Arabah, in the mountains, western foothills, in the Negev, along the coast to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon and the great river Euphrates
 God was telling them about the opportunities they had by moving on.
 God reminded them that he had given them the land and they were required to go in and possess the land that God swore to give to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to their descendants after them
 This meant that the Israelites were required to be on the move to their finish line, possession of the Promised Land.
            In the second reading,

We see Paul who was a man mightily used by God. Most of the letters in the New Testament were written by him.
        In 2 Corinthians 12: 2, Paul talks of knowing of a man who had been caught up to the third heaven. This was 14 years earlier than when he was writing the letter. This is just an indicator of the many things that Paul had experienced while serving God.
           In Philippians 1:10 Paul talks for his desire to know Jesus and the power of his resurrection.
 Paul tells the Philippians that he did not consider himself yet to have achieved or been made perfect but he was pressing on towards the goal.

Hindrances/Challenges

Life is never a straight line. Even in medicine a straight line means there is no life while an oscillation means there is life.This therefore teaches us that in life we face up and downs.
Words such as disappointments, setbacks, failures, hurt exist to show us that life is not all that which we would desire it to be.
We have also words that depict success and the good side of life.
The negative things are our downs while the positive things are our ups.
Circumstances exist in life that would make us give up.
Each one of us here has had circumstances that we would want to forget in our lives – because of the negative things they remind us.

I was Once Beaten by……..
For instance I was once beaten by a girl in primary school and as you know one was considered a weakling if he would be beaten by a lady. Imagine of the same was to have happened in a digital age. It would have been the talk of the social media.  There are circumstances which we would want to re-live because they are such a success and remind us of good times.

There was a time i………
For instance,  there was a time I was the best student in the country in a national professional examination. Such is what I would want to re-live . However, the aim should be to always move on hoping and trusting God for a better tomorrow.
 The opposite of not moving on is giving up.
At times people give up when they are almost achieving their goals.

Things that hinder us from moving on

1.     Dwelling in the past.
Failures – Failures though deterrent in nature, should be taken as stepping stones to success.
 Success – Success ought to serve as a motivator to move on. It can however make some people complacent and thus fail to move on.
2.     Fear – Many fail to progress because of fear of the unknown including fear of failure or how to deal with success .
3.     Sin – The Israelites spend 40years in the wilderness because of their sins. We could be in our wilderness because of sin.

Ways to enable us move forward

1.     Be right with God through repentance

 1 John 1:9. God is always willing to forgive us our sins even where we have greatly sinned against him

Isaiah 1: 18.  The only sin not forgivable is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit 
2.     Forget the past

 Isaiah 43:18. This relates to your past which acts as a hindrance and not your past which acts as a motivator to move on.
3.     Feed your mind positively

 Proverbs 23:7, you are what you think. Think about progress and you will achieve it.
 People are known to be more violent if they keep on watching violent programme such as wrestling.
Similarly, watching soap operas whose main theme is infidelity is encouraging such in our midst.
Therefore, feed your mind with positive things such as the word of God to enable you move on towards the goal of eternal life.

Deuteronomy 1:6-8

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.

Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon,as far as the great river, the Euphrates.

See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

Philippians 3: 12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

14 I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Date : 7th August 2016
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri (Writer) and James Kamoche K. (Publisher)

 

Serving God

Preacher : Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message : Serving God
Readings : 2 Kings 2:23-25, Luke 19:1-10

“We are here because of the induction of Ev. Ann Mugure Kamura.”

 Induction shows commitment to serve God.  This commitment has been accepted by God and the people.
           The first reading talks of Elisha after he had received induction from Elijah. Elisha started his ministry with a double portion of anointing of what Elijah had. Elisha was baldheaded .
           Being baldheaded has challenges both in cold and hot seasons besides destroying your appearance.

“Today am baldhead and thus I understand what it is being a baldhead. There were days I had very good hair and thus looked quite handsome.”

       In the olden days being baldheaded was associated with being rich.

” And thus as I grew up and had a reclining hairline, my friends would tell me I would be rich.”

 White hair is associated with being Wise.
 However, both are not very eagerly waited for because of their challenges and inhibitions .
It was worse during the Jewish culture because being baldhead showed lack of power.
        So when the young boys saw Elisha being baldhead, they saw a sign of lack of power. These young boys started saying Elisha was baldheaded.
 The boys may not have done anything wrong as it is the nature of boys to say such things.
 As we induct Ev Mugure today, let us remember that the servants of the Lord are not perfect, they are not supernatural, they are vulnerable to weaknesses.
However, the Lord does not like those who capitalize on the weaknesses of the servants of God .
Those who enter the service of God thinking they are supernatural have it rough .
Equally those who think that the servants of God may not have weaknesses are mistaken.
God uses his servants despite their weaknesses .
We thank God that you have come today in large numbers. However, it is good to know that some of the people who witness such inductions are the ones who start rumours about the servants of God .
           In 1 Kings 17, Elijah had hidden in a cave, and become hungry. God send eagles to feed Elijah.
Don’t get worried about your needs because God will always send his eagles to feed you.
             Elijah was later send to a widow and when he got there, Elijah asked for bread from the widow. The widow said that the flour she had was the remaining one for her son and herself. Read the story further to understand how God works.
               In the second reading, Jesus met Zaccheaus who was a rich man but not respected and infact hated.
 Ordinarily it is expected that rich people would be respected and loved. However, for Zaccheaus it was different. You will meet such people in your ministry.
             Zaccheaus wanted to see Jesus but had another challenge of being short besides being hated by the people. Since there was a crowd, which had tall people, he could not see Jesus.
 You could be physically short but tall in other things like education, wealth and positions .
Being tall in such matters may make people who come to seek Jesus fail to see him.
It’s good to humble yourself so that people may see God .
        Zaccheaus decided to climb a sycamore tree to see Jesus.
 A Sycamore tree is a very short tree with strong branches and thus climbing a sycamore tree is very easy unlike climbing tall trees like the blue gum tree.
 Most servants of God are like the blue gum tree meaning they cannot be reached and very different to get to them.
Become a sycamore tree so that people may be able to access you and thus you can serve them effectively.
It’s good to use the servants of God but not to take advantage of them.

Story of how some people……

           Story of how some people took advantage of me while refueling on my way from Meru to Nairobi. The petrol station attendant distracted us and thus didn’t fuel our vehicle with the amount I paid for. We noted it later while on our way since the indicator showed we didn’t have fuel. However, we managed to travel back home with almost an empty tank.
        In Luke 10:3, Jesus sent the 72 and told them he was sending them out like sheep among wolves.
 There are wolves and those wolves that are man eaters.   The wolves that are man eaters move in groups seeking for something to eat. As long as you have not be bitten by any of them you are okay. They attack when they see blood.
Therefore, you should ensure there is no blood in you because where you have been called to serve there are wolves and their intention is to maul you.
*Wolves are found in the forests and any attempt to kill them is met with strict penalties by KWS.
*Wolves were created by God with their characteristics and the only thing you can do is to avoid them and be wise to be safe if you encounter them.
 *Wolves may be the members you are going to meet, the minsters, the elders and they are found both in and out of the church.
It is good to know that you should not kill the wolves because they have their maker and protector.
        Luke 19:10 says Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.
Therefore, as people came to church, we ought to know that we are called to serve those who we call lost. Such may include drunkards, thieves etc.
May God help us to serve without complaining  since he is the one who has called us.

2 Kings 2:23-25

Elisha Is Jeered

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. 25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Date : 31st July 2016

Event : Evangelist Mugure’s Induction 2016
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

Moving from Marah to Elim

Preacher: Ev Ann Mugure Kamura
Message: Moving from Marah to Elim
Reading: Exodus 15:22-27

 Marah means Bitterness
                 The preceeding scriptures to our reading talks of how God enabled the Isrealites to cross the Red Sea. After crossing the Red Sea they came the wilderness of Shur. They then travelled for three days and came to a place known as Marah and needed water.
             In Marah they found the water was bitter and if they would have drank it they would have died.
 The Isrealites therefore grumbled against Moses and had bitterness in themselves because of the turn of events.
              Moses went to seek the face of God so that God would tell him what to do.
 This must have been a discouragement since God had promised to take the Isrealites to a good land but what they were going through was contrary to their expectations .
                 God directed Moses to take a branch of a tree and put into the water and when he did so the water turned into sweet water and Moses tasted it and found it was sweet.
 All we pass through whether good or bad comes from God for a purpose .
 Challenges may bring bitterness in our lives and at times we seem to see as if there is no God.
 We at times have pain and bitterness in our hearts which deprives us of joy.
God may take us through circumstances to teach us not to forget him.
God will pass you through some bad circumstances so that you may not forget about Him.
 Some things come our way to enable us seek God better since if life was very smooth we may forget God.
 When you go through discouraging situations get encouraged that a time is coming when you will move from Marah to Elim.
             Elim was a very good land where God took the Isrealites from Marah.

When bitterness comes there are three things you ought to do;

1. Learn to seek the face of our father. Those who seek God are victorious in all their battles just as Moses was when he sought God after the Isrealites complained
2. Involve Jesus in all situations. The Bible says commit your plans to God and he will establish your ways. Where God is involved all thing go well
3. Always get busy in serving God and thus deny the negative things from taking your time. We ought to know the type of calling that each one of us has received and purpose to serve God according to our respective calling.

Story of a man…..

Story of a man from an interior village. He got married and later traveled to a foreign land to work. Later he decided to go home to visit his family. He thought of the best gift to take to his wife and mother. He had never seen a mirror in his home village. When he therefore saw a mirror in the foreign land and saw himself in the mirror he was very amazed and took the mirror to his wife and mother as a gift. He thought they would be equally excited. When his wife opened the gift, she saw herself and was very disappointed as she thought the lady in the mirror was another woman who her husband had brought home to marry. She took the mirror to his mother who saw herself in the mirror and was very disappointed with her son because she thought her son had brought home a very old lady as a second wife. She wondered why her son would not even have sought for even a younger girl as opposed to getting such an old lady. Little did the two ladies know they were seeing themselves in the mirror.

– When we know ourselves we are able to move from Marah to Elim

Exodus 15:22-27

The Waters of Marah and Elim

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desertof Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.[a]) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keepall his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

Date : 28th July 2016
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)