God’s Promises

Preacher : Sospeter Mburu Mungai
Message : God’s Promises
Readings : Exodus 6:1-12, Acts 27:21-22

            Exodus 6 talks about God’s promises for deliverance .This was when Moses was sent by God to talk to Pharaoh, who was a great man and therefore Moses feared and even didn’t have the courage to speak to the Israelites.
God wanted to deliver the Israelites from Egypt where they were undergoing many tribulations .
         God reminded Moses about the covenant He had with the forefathers of the Israelites about redeeming the Israelites. 
Similarly, we ought to remember the promises of God in our lives.
 When faced with challenges, always remember the love of God in our lives.
 We ought to stand firm just like Moses did and was able to deliver the Israelites. 
           God wanted to show Pharaoh his power and thus used Moses to achieve the same.
        Moses had faith which enabled him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt .
 We ought to have courage, know who we serve and have faith in God knowing that we will get God’s blessings if we remain committed to Him.
With God all things are possible .
 You need to have someone you can walk with in serving God.

 Even in the church ministry, you need to have a sense of ownership so that we are able to stand as Christians .
          Moses knew God had chosen  him and thus was not ready to give up.
 Are we ready to lead others? Or do we have excuses why we can’t do it?
We have been chosen  by God to serve him and thus we ought to have that freedom to serve him.
 We need to know that we are counted as Christians .
Whenever we get discouragements, let’s remember that we will be able to make it with God.
 Currently we have a challenge of fires in schools, we ought to look internally as parents and see where we went wrong. For instance, when people engage in demonstrations and light fires, most probably the students feel that that is the way to be listened to by those in authority. 
 Parents ought to watch their behaviour as their children do what they do and thus imitate them.
 We need to raise against the evil spirits we are seeing in our country .
        When the Israelites went to Egypt some started doing what the Egyptians were doing contrary to God’s word.
 Some of us have forsaken God and are doing contrary to what the word of God says.
          In Acts 27:22, Paul told the people that they would be rescued though their ship would be destroyed as long as they trusted in God.
 Similarly, even us we ought to know that none of us will get destroyed so long as we trust in God though  our ship will get destroyed. 
Our ship would stand for those things we hold dear and which could be contrary to God’s word.

Exodus 6:1-12

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”

God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a] but by my name the Lord[b] I did not make myself fully known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the landof Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”

Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.

10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”

12 But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips[c]?”

Acts 27:21-22

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.

Date : 24th July 2016
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

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

Blessings as a product of obedience

Preacher: Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message: Blessings as a product of obedience
Readings: Deutronomy 28:1-14, James 1:12-18

          When one pledges allegiance to a law, one must live according to that law.
In Dueteronomy, the laws are being repeated to the Isrealites to ensure they obeyed.
They are told they would receive blessings from all directions and the Lord would fight for them and their enemies would be scattered. 

If we happens to go against the provisions of the law, there are curses which would follow.
Just like even in the laws of Kenya, if you don’t obey there are consequences, even disobeying the law of God has consequences .It is not easy to obey the law but whoever is able to persevere and obey will receive the crown of life.
We are warned not to be deceived. Remember to be obedient and persevere becasue the law is hard and difficult to follow.
When we obey we will receive the blessings of God.
How many times have you found yourself breaking the laws of the land and the vows your took?
Trust and obey for there is no other way to receive the blessings from God.
Just like the way earthy fathers are happy to see their children being obedient, in the same way, God is happy to see us obey him.
Everything that is good and perfect comes from God.
Not every gift that is good is also perfect. The gifts that are not good and also not perfect. These come from the devil and end up giving us sorrow.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Blessings for Obedience

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left,following other gods and serving them.

James 1:12-18

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.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Date : 3rd July 2016 
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church

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

 

Worshipping the True God

Preacher: Sarah Wambui Mwangi
Message: Worshipping the True God
Readings: 1 Kings 18:16-45

The reading was at a time when the Isrealites had abondoned God and stopped worshiping Him.

Elijah prayed to God and there was no rain for three years and a half and thus the land had famine. King Ahab had married Jezebel who came with her gods and led the people to worship Baal. 

Ahab called Obadiah who was a true worshipper of God and told him that they had to devise ways of making their cattle survive.
 Obadiah had hidden 100 prophets of God when Jezebel was killing the prophets of God.  

Ahab called Obadiah and told him they go separate ways to look for pastures for their flocks. Obadiah met Elijah and told him how Ahab was looking for him as he blamed him for the famine in the land.
 Elijah told Obadiah to tell Ahab that he would meet him that day.
Those who know their God are not afraid of even meeting their enemies. When you know your God well you know that what He did yesterday to others He can do it to you today.

Just like David approached Goliath with the knowledge that the God who had given him victory over the wild animals was also able to give him victory over Goliath, we can approach situations in life in a similar manner.
 Ahab told Elijah he was the one who had troubled the Israelites but Elijah said it was not him but Ahab and those who were not worshipping God.
      Elijah asked Ahab that they meet in the mountain to see which was the true God between Baal and God.
 When they met at the mountain they agreed to slaughter a sacrifice of a bull but without fire and then call upon Baal and God and the one who answers by fire will be the real God.
The prophets of Baal were the first ones to offer the sacrifice and called on Baal but no fire came to consume the sacrifice.
Finally Elijah’s time and he called upon God and He answered with fire and thus proved that His God.

 There are times that God gives us personal testimonies as opposed to simply those ones we read in the Bible.

Story of how she was raped……….
Story of how she was raped at the age of 15yrs and got a baby. Her dad was a drunkard and he could sell almost everything in the homestead to pay for his drinks. Her mother is disabled in one leg and being the first born in a family of seven children she had to assist her mother. Her father eventually took poison and died. She was left taking care of her siblings. She later got married but unfortunately to a family that uses witchcraft. She encountered more problems than she had encountered at home. At home one of her uncles was giving  them conditions to abide with if they wanted to remain there. She survived in her marriage for eight years by the grave of God. The other day, her son who is in high school was sent home for lack of school fees of Kshs. 40,000/=. She took time to pray about it together with her children and then went to sleep around 3am. However she could not sleep and decided to go online. One of her friend called her from the USA. The friend told her that they had been troubled the whole day because of thinking about her and enquired whether she had any challenge. Initially she said she was okay but eventually shared about the school fees challenge. The friend told her to send the fees details and collect the deposit slip from the bank the following day as they would settle the whole outstanding fees. That is what God can do.

Story of how her sister…….
Story of how her sister said that she saw a black cat in the house which then  disappeared from the house.  She shared the story with her and when the preacher shared with a friend, she advised they go seek a seer or a fortune teller which she refused as she knows her God.
At times when we encounter challenges, we may easily be tempted to seek alternative means to achieve what we want but it’s always good to remember to seek our God. We should be careful not to be led astray to seeking other gods.
When the Israelites turned away from God, this make God not very happy.It’s good to remain focused on God and not shift our loyalty from Him to the things He blesses us with such as spouses or material things.
Unfortunately, when some people get blessed and tend to forget God and focus on the blessings
Jeremiah 2:8 God asks what fault the Israelites found with Him to forsake him and have their own cisterns and yet when they had problems they would run  to God.
If you know your God well you will not be taken advantage of by people.

Story of an old lady ……
Story of an old lady who encourages me so much. She comes from Mwea. Her husband died and his brothers sold her land and left her a small portion. Her house was made of mud which was dilapidated and had holes and you could see outside. She talked to her pastor who allowed her to be standing at the church entrance where church members would give her alms. This went on for sometime until people started getting tired and would only give her coins. One day, the preacher preached about believing God for mountains to move. The pastor called people who had needs for prayers to come forward. The lady went forward and told the pastor that her small land had a mountain and she wanted her him to pray for it move away. The pastor told her that the mountains he was talking about was not physical mountains but challenges in life. The lady insisted on being prayed for which the pastor did and she went away. Later the pastor passed at her home and the mountain was still there but she had faith and told the pastor to pray which he did as a by the way. Many days passed by and one day some government officials came and told her that her land had murram which they need  to use to construct a road. They told her that she would be compensated with a house and Kshs. 40 million. She was turned from being a pauper into a millionaire and many people thereafter sought her assistance due to her new wealth status.
Even us when we trust in God, He can change our status to a better one.
          Zachariah 8 says people will come to you asking you to take you to the place of God if we walk right with God. When  that happens many people would come to God because of us.
Let us remain in God because He will always be there for us and bless us.

1 Kings 18:16-45

Elijah on Mount Carmel

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troublerof Israel?”

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down.31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed.33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be knowntoday that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.

Date : 19th June 2016 
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church

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

Encouraging Yourself In The Lord

Preacher : Ev Ann Mugure Kamura
Message : Encouraging Yourself In The Lord
Readings : 1 Samuel 30:1-6, 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

       You are very valuable and unless you devalue yourself you remain valuable.
Just like a currency note does not loose its value even if it gets dirty, the same thing happens to us, we remain valuable.Therefore let no one devalue you in anyway.
The first reading talks of how David took his men from Ziglag and went to war. God had promised the Isrealites many things but the part of fighting was their responsibility. Therefore David took his men and went to war and stayed for three days.
When they came back, they found that their wives and children  had been taken captive by their enemies. This was a very bad day for David and even got worse when the men started crying until they could cry  no more. This was after they found out their wives and children had been taken captive.

         The destruction to their town was too much to bear.The men turned to David and complained that it was him who had brought the calamity on them. The men even planned to stone David.  Knowing God and serving Him much does not make you immune to temptations.
The Bible says many are the affliction of the righteous but God delivers them from them all.  In the midst of the distress, David encouraged himself in the Lord.
The Bible says but David encouraged himself in the Lord. Where the word but is used in a sentence it changes or negates what had been said earlier.
David had the options of quiting serving God, going into depression, going for revenge but he choose to encourage himself in the Lord
Trials and temptations will always  come our way but we are called to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

 A story of a wealthy lady…….

 A story of a wealthy lady friend. Three weeks ago, she wrote me a message that I lend her Kshs.1,000/=. I wondered why she should do so because she has never asked me for a loan. I sent her the money. This also happened to her other friends but little did we know that her phone had been stolen and it wss the thieves who were stealing money from her friends. Many of her friends who got that message promptly send the money as they know her as a helpful lady. This story serves to show the wicked world we are living in.

David encouraged himself in the Lord and he was able to pursue and bring the families back home.
It’s not good to give up as you could do so just when you are just about to achieve victory. Don’t encourage yourself based on what people tell you as some of them just give you compliments for the sake of it.The same people who encourage you may be the same people who will scorn you and chase you out
Just like in politics where people would applaud different candidates yet they have only one vote, it’s good to know people may not mean what they say and may just be applauding everybody.
Be like David who encouraged himself in the Lord and encourage yourself in the Lord
Therefore if you do anything and people don’t appreciate, don’t be bothered but encourage yourself in the Lord. We know that at times children ask each other whether their dad can beat the dad of the other children and even ask their dads the same question. Such dads even if they know the other man may beat the, they always tell their children that they can beat the dads of the other children. That’s giving positive hope.
If you don’t give yourself value don’t expect other people to give you value
In the second reading, Paul encouraged the church to do five things to receive the blessings of the Lord. These are: –

1. Be on your guard.
We need to keep watch and alert just like David did Even if all others don’t serve God, purpose to serve God, since you are the one called by God to serve him.

A story of a man…..
A story of a man who had a son and the son had a pet known as Paddy. However the man was not on his guard as far as the relationship with the son was concerned. One day Paddy was knocked down by a car and died. The mother was worried on how to disclose the news to her son. The boy after school went out to play but noticed he was not seeing Paddy. He asked his mother where Paddy was and she said Paddy had died. The boy went out again to play without being moved by the response which surprised his mother. The boy latter came and asked his mother where Paddy was. The mother responded that she had told him that Paddy had died. The son said that the first answer he got from his mother sounded as if she was saying daddy had died. This means the father did not have a good relationship with the son and this his death meant little as compared to the pet Paddy

2. Stand firm in the Lord
David won the battle because he was a man of courage

3. Encourage yourself in the Lord always

4. Be strong in the Lord
– Joshua was also told to be strong in the Lord to receive what God had promised
– We are required to be strong in the Lord to receive his blessings

5. Do everything in love.
When we have love each other we will go far

A story of how at times………

A story of how at times we have unnecessary fights in the church. Once in Kitale where they plant maize, there was a good season and the maize was doing well but there was a challenge as the monkeys had invaded the farms. The chief called for a baraza on a Sunday afternoon to discuss the menace. As people were waiting for the chief to come, their dogs were relaxing infront of where the people were seating. One dog, stretched itself and scratched another dog, which screamed and attracted the attention of its owner who responded by hitting the dog that had scratched her dog. This led to a fight among the owners of the dogs and their friends joined in the fight. By the time the chief arrived, he found a huge commotion and had first to deal with restoring peace among the people most of whom were Christians. In the meantime, the dogs were relaxing as if nothing had happened and the monkeys were busy destroying the maize. Had love existed among these people they would have avoided such scenario.

         Let us love one another as we are called to do.

1 Samuel 30:1-6

David Destroys the Amalekites

30 David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

14 Do everything in love.

Date : 12th June 2016 
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church

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

Serving God

Preacher : Ann Sila (From PCEA Unity)
Message : Serving God
Readings : 1 Kings 18:20-46, Ephesians 6:10-18

   It is God who positions His people. Elijah wanted to demonstrate that God is an able God.
– The Spirit of God is reigning in the church and the country today. The church has decided to follow Jehovah our God despite any opposition.  The church is in a warfare and if we don’t understand that we will be defeated in this war.
It’s time to go on our knees otherwise we will be defeated.  It’s not time to sit still and watch the demonstrations going on and demonstrators being fought with teargas. Let us rise up and pray for our God answers with fire.
Things are not going on well and thus we need to go on our knees and pray. We are in a warfare from many fronts such as families, business and social challenges. Despite that, its good to know there is no mountain greater that our God.
Elijah knew that Baal was no joke but he also knew that the God he was praying to is a mighty God.
The church is living in denial becasue there is no power within encouraging them. Many men and women of God have therefore given up. I have purposed to walk with God aiming for eternal life even if all other people consider that as foolishness Even if you are going through difficult times know that our God is God.
Our God never ceases to be God. When you know that you know that you will overcome all forces against you
Elijah did not fight back but proved that his God was God.
Let us not therefore use our humanity to fight back because if we do so we will be defeated. Our God does not work with how we are.
Elijah knew that all other prophets were dead and it was only him remaining serving God.
Even if you are going through difficult times there is a God who fights for the poor and those in need and the despised.
Therefore be encouraged in the Lord and continue soldiering on
In 1 Kings 18:27, Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal about the inabilities of Baal.
Our God is not like man and is not affected by the challenges and weaknesses of humanity
At times people look at you and give analysis of who you are. Some may look at you and think you are doing well or bad depending on how you look
The God who answers by fire is my God. When you know that your God does not answer by warning letters and the pocket you trust Him.
Recently in a forum with women, one lady said she no longer asks her husband where he is as she used to do so but her husband would ask why she is asking so. That was a way of showing concern on the whereabouts of her husband.
Our God does not go on safaris for us to ask him where he is.
We are all in a warfare even at family level. So.e warfares are good to help us remain on course in seeking God. If you find yourself having a smooth time even in the family know that there is pretence among you
We are called upon to be like Jesus who went through various battles. Just like when soldiers are in war, they focus on winning and not on other things.
The challenge with the church today is that we have forgotten that we are in a battle.  We must stand firm in this battle so that we will win. There is no time to idle in the battle since if you do so you will be defeated.
Unfortunately, some of us are living double lives as Christians and yet engaging in the pleasures of the world. Unfortunately, the church is aware of such but is doing nothing about it. As the church, if we are not careful on how we live, we are fighting a losing battle. The church lacks the glory of God and appeal because of such double living.
When Elijah lifted up his hands he knew he was lifting them to a living God.
When we get to that point of knowing our God is a mighty God, there will be a movement of the power of God.  When we do so even if what concerns us is not going in the right way, we will raise up our eyes to God for help.
Let us put on the full armour of God to be able to fight in this battle because if we don’t do that we will be defeated in the battle.
Stop living as if we live in heaven and come here on earth for mid term.  As a church we are not called to be spectators but to be active participants and we ought to do so by being prayerful.
Remember you are here to stay and you need to lay a good foundation for your families and children. Therefore, get involved in what happens in the country and praying for the country.

1 Kings 18:20-46

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down.31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed.33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be knowntoday that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lordcame on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Ephesians 6:10-18

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Date : 5rd July 2016 
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church

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

He who calls us is faithful and He will do it

Preacher : Ev Ann Mugure Kamura
Message : He who calls us is faithful and He will do it
Reading : 1 Thessalonians 5:24

 When Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonians, he was writing to remind them on how they should wait upon the coming of Jesus Christ. He gave them instructions, which are known as the final instructions.

 Paul reminded them to obey those in authority and about the grace of God. He reminded them of how to take care of various groups of people including the idle
From 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Paul talks of three things, which are: –

1. Rejoice in the Lord always.
This might not be possible in the world we are living in but we are commended to do so. The world we live in is full of negative things but despite that we are told to rejoice always in the midst of such
When we are in the Lord we are able to rejoice. We are able to understand that whatever negative things we are going through will come to an end.

2. Pray without ceasing
Hymn of What a friend we have in Jesus asks us why we don’t talk to God as that is what he wants from us.  The challenge is to be always connected with our maker.The Bible tells us not to be anxious with anything but in everything to give thanks to God and present our needs to God
There is a kikuyu song asking where you went after knocking the door. This implies that some people knock on God but leave before waiting to be welcomed and thus receive their answers back. Let’s be patient to wait for God to respond to our prayers.
Story of when a Samaritan woman in the Bible who went to Jesus to heal her child but Jesus was not willing to heal her child as she was not a Jew. The woman however persisted and Jesus healed her son.
We ought to be persistent to receive our answers from God

3. Give thanks in all circumstances
All circumstances include even the negative ones. Even where things do not go according to the way we want we must give thanks to God.
Paul reminded the Thessalonians to do many things including not letting the fire of the Holy Spirit go out. He also challenged them to test everything and hold on to what is good and to get rid of the evil

            Paul concluded by saying that the one who called us is faithful and he will do it.  Paul gave these final instructions as a way of encouraging the church about the faithfulness of God knowing that God is able to do those things we pray for.
Therefore, let us be encouraged to continue trusting in God and also serving God more as we know that He is faithful and He will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:24

24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Date : 26th May 2016 
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Giving God a Beautiful Gift

Preacher : Ev Ann Mugure Kamura
Message : Giving God a Beautiful gift
Readings : Mark 14: 1-11

       When Jacob was about to die he blessed Joseph and his sons.It was the custom of the Jews that the older son gets more blessings than the younger one. Manasseh was the old one but when Jacob was blessing them he changed his hands and blessed Ephraim more than Manasseh (This is in Genesis 48). Joseph pointed out to Jacob that he had erroneously interchanged his hands. Jacob was very old and could hardly see..  However, Jacob told Joseph that what he was doing was also known in heaven as the older son would serve the younger one.
        God can cause their to be a change in hands to bless you. When you do a beautiful thing to God, He can cause a change of hands to bless you.  As you prepare to give to God, remember that God can change his hands to bless you if you do a beautiful thing to him
     From our reading, we see Jesus and his disciples at the house of Simon the leper. Simon was called the leper meaning he was suffering from leprosy. The Bible does not say whether Simon was married or not but whatever the case I imagine he must have hosted his guests.
I tend to imagine that Jesus and his disciples must have been given something to eat and drink
        You know when you visit unannounced, you are served whatever is available though there are some people who are more generous than others
Together with my sister we recently visited a family unannounced and we’re served chicken and ugali. We imagined what would have happened if we had given notice, may be they would have slaughtered a goat for us.
          We are told that Mary came with an alabaster jar with oil and poured the oil on the feet of Jesus and proceeded to clean the feet of Jesus with her hair. Judas the one who betrayed Jesus was the first to speak out against the action and point out that the value of the oil was equivalent to one year’s wage.  Judas said that the oil would have been sold and the money give to the poor. Jesus told him that what Mary had done was a beautiful thing and that they will always have the poor with them but as for him, he was soon to leave them.
        There are two givers in the story, Simon the leper and Mary. Whatever Simon gave to Jesus and his disciples is not mentioned in the Bible because it was just a giving. Whatever Mary gave was a beautiful giving contained in a very expensive jar. Mary did not just pour the oil on Jesus, she broke the alabaster jar to ensure all oil came out. Mary did not consider the price or value of the oil but was focused on the intent to give a beautiful gift to Jesus. 

      Despite the protests about her action, Mary was not bothered but proceeded to give her beautiful gift to Jesus.  Jesus and his disciples were men visiting Simon a man. Mary may therefore have been the only woman in the house but she did not mind that and was focused on her giving. Infact theologians say what Mary did was detestable according to Jewish customs, letting her hair loose before men. Mary did not mind that one too.
        If your giving does cause people to wonder, it’s not real giving.  If you listen to people you will not give whatever you have purposed to give to God.

              The story of a man, his son and donkey who were travelling. People told him to allow his son to be carried by the donkey, which he did. Later others told him he should be the one being carried by the donkey instead of his son, which he also did. Later others told him they should both be carried by the donkey, which again he did. Later still others told him they should carry the donkey, which they also did.

           It’s not possible to please all people and you may be confused if you listen to all people. You need to choose what to listen to in accordance with your focus.
When we humble ourselves before God he will lift us up
                  Mary took the gift to Jesus directly.
       Even us let us give directly to God and let us do so willingly.
         Because of what Mary did, Jesus said whenever the gospel will be preached her action will always be remembered
 If you do beautiful things to God, even if people forget about it, God will never forget and will cause you to be blessed.
        There is a difference between reward and payment. Payment is based on what you have agreed for services rendered but reward is given as a result of blessing for good work. Whatever you give to God do it in a beautiful manner

 Story of a family which…….
          Illustration from a radio station, where they ask the listeners where they are going to work that day, which the call in vernacular removing the snake.
 Story of a family which killed a snake together. They had constructed a traditional hut and made a place to dry firewood on top of the fireplace. One day they were in the house, the father, mother and two sons. The mother was preparing ugali while the father was relaxing with his legs on the cooking stones and the sons were sitting waiting  for ugali. A snake fell from the place where the firewood was kept and fell between the legs of the father. He jumped to hide in the place where the firewood was kept. The mother hit the snake with the cooking stick she was using to cook ugali. As she was hitting the snake she kept on screaming which attracted the neighbours. The sons had run out of the hut. When the neighbours came, the mother told them that they were killing the snake together. The kids however said it was their mother who killed the snake as their father was up in the place of the firewood. The mother was quick to add that the father was up there to prevent the snake from going up there again. The gist of the story was that the killing of the snake was supposed to be a joint action
Even us as we build the house of God, let us do it jointly and God will bless us.

Mark 14:1-11

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you,[b]and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Date : 8th May 2016 (Church Fundaraising Day)
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

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

Marriage

Preacher : Bishop John Njenga
Message : Marriage
Readings : Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5: 21-33

            It is God who is the author of marriage. We find the story in the book of Genesis that after God beautifully created the garden of Eden, he said it was not good for the man to remain alone.
No one knows how long it took from the time God said it is not good for man to remain alone to the time he created a woman.
          God therefore became the architect of marriage.
  God looked at you Martin and knew your qualities such as being handsome, intelligent and a man of integrity.  However despite all those qualities, God still saw that Martin was lonely. Just like the way an architect looks at the needs and designs a suitable building, God also looked at the needs of Martin and created a lady suitable for him – Nduta.
      God created a woman to bring happiness and joy to the man. God took a rib from the man when  he was sleeping and made the woman thus performing the first surgery. God used a rib to create a woman for a purpose. He could have used another part of the body.The reason is that the ribs support the whole body and thus the woman supports on the man.
       Therefore all that Martin needs in terms of support, he will get it from Nduta.
 A woman must bring joy and healing to the husband.
       Most women forget that the purpose and mission they have in the life of the man is to bring joy and healing to the man. A woman came from the side of a man and not from above or beneath. If she came from above, men would reject her and if she came from below, men would trump over her.
       Marriages have challenges when the parties don’t understand their roles.  Marriages are supposed to be eternal and irrevocableUnfortunately, men have found ways of getting outside marriage for satisfaction.

 I have a friend who would stand in the church and say he is a friend to me the Bishop but marries every year. He would say that to despise the Bishop’s preaching about marriage.
 People today lack commitment in marriage and thus marriages are breaking every other day. Some have not involved God as their architect and thus have had challenges. We ought to realize that marriages are not bed of roses as the individuals are not perfect.
     Martin you have not married an angel, you have married a lady who needs the grace of God from the sinful nature.

From the reading we can get two positive things: –

1. Appreciation
2. Encouragement

       These things are relevant to make marriages successful. If only marriages would be sustained as they are on the first day, like today, we would have wonderful marriages
      Lack of appreciation by wives leads some men to chase after other women whom they think are more attractive. Appreciate your wife and make her what you want
Nduta know that men require appreciation too.
       Unfortunately, many ladies nowadays do not appreciate their husbands becasue they don’t have resources or natural endowment. You ought to know marriage is about appreciating your spouse the way God gave you . Take care of your marriage because if you lose it, you may never get back it
Appreciate your husband even if he does not have resources and even when  he grows old and curves like a volkswagon. Many men are today loving in hell here on earth in their marriages due to frustrations from their wives
     Nduta whatever challenge you may have bring it to the table and discuss it with Martin whether he has the resources or not.
         The ladies who do not walk with their husband end up being lonely in their lives
 It’s unfortunate that despite many years of preaching many people are getting lost by crafting things that would never add value on their lives
       Martin encourage Nduta to achieve her potential and do so in trust that she will always be yours
Christ came to this world and suffered for us out of love. 

Men should also love their wives sacrifitially. Ladies are called upon to be submissive to their husbands.
    Unfortunately, most women even Christians ladies miss the mark for failing to be submissive to their husband.
Build each other in marriage.

We also get two negative things: –

1. Loneliness in marriage.
         You can be lonely even when  your spouse is next to you. Divorce do not happen  when  people go to court, it’s a process that starts a long time before that day. Giving gifts to your spouse will not make you a better spouse
Good marriages require good communication on all areas.
      Women are hysterical and historical. They may say so many words in a very short time and bring old things as if they happened just yesterday. Some of these things don’t make sense now to Martin but will do so when  you grow old in marriage . You may have heard women complaining about what would happen of their husbands died as if they can’t die. Such women do so out of loneliness as they have lost touch with their husbands. There are also so many men who are lonely out of frustration of their wives

2. Do not dessert each other.
Just like a good man would not dessert his herd if a lion attacked, the same way a good man should not dessert his wife.
 Never dessert your Wife.
A wise man should always focus ahead. Never leave your wife into independence to run away like a rolling stone. 

Do not destroy and desset each other
       There are a good number of men who are frustrated today because their wives are busy visiting their children to see their grandchildren and thus hv no time for them. No wonder some are engaging in affairs with their house helps.
 If don’t match up to being a wife know there are many more talented women than you who are willing to step in the gap. 

Every man will give an account of his life including the life of his wife. Thus a man has a major responsibility to his wife because when we get to heaven men will be required to give account of the whereabouts of their wives. The responsibility of a man in marriage cannot be overemphasised
The husband should keep pace and track and not allow himself to be distracted by whatever comes his way.

Genesis 2:18-25

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b]and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Ephesians 5: 21-33

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] 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.”[b] 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 wifeas he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Date : 7th May 2016 (Saturday)
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Serving God

Preacher : Jeff Miriti (Form 2 student)
Message: Serving God
Reading : Daniel 1:8-21, Hebrews 13:1-3, 15-16

                          The first reading talks of Daniel who was about 15yrs old when he was taken into captivity. Daniel and his friends were told to eat the choice foods offered by the king but they refused
Why did they refuse to eat? It was because they knew the food would defile them.
               They asked for vegetables and water only and the guard gave them because God softened his heart. The guard however was afraid that he may be killed for going against the king. 

Not many of us are ready to die for the truth .This happens because we lack the WHY in our lives. If you don’t have the WHY in your life you are just a vessel moving around
 Imagine being invited to state house and being given the choice food and refusing to eat because of your why.  No one can come and tell or force you to do the right thing but it comes from within you because of your why.
             So Daniel and his friends asked to be tested for 10 days and judging by the results God had done something.
God walks with us when we stand for him.Daniel was ready to do the right thing.
Doing what is right is hard as at times we are influenced negatively by friends and our environment.  It’s hard getting out of bad habits including relationships.
           After 10 days Daniel and his friends looked better than the rest. The guard must have wondered how that could be since they were not eating a balanced diet.  That must have come from God honouring the stand of these men because they had a why
We should not be influenced by the environment and what is happening in the world but rather we should stand by what is right . God honoured their stand and blessed them
 When you evaluate your life and find it is not going as it should, you should evaluate how your past has been and see whether you have been walking with God.The way we walk reflects how our spiritual lives are since our physical lives are a reflection of the spiritual lives. Your actions here on earth contribute to how you are building your spiritual lives.
 When you dream with dead people it shows that the house you are building with your actions reflect characters of such people.
  The way to hell is an easier and wide one than the road to heaven which is narrow .Ask yourself which route you want to take whether the deceiving one leading to hell or the narrow one leading to heaven.Pain may last for sometime but eventually it will subsidise and something new takes shape but if you quit the pain may last forever.
We are the people to change the society. You as an individual have a role to play in changing the society. You matter because you are powerful and can change the world. You are unique in the way you do your things. Go out there and do what you were called upon to do. 

Don’t be drowned in dogma, living in the thoughts of others  Start by waking up and building your life by standing up for what is right
       The second reading challenges us to serve God
 Your heart is your home which God visits and knocks and not your physical home. You may not know how many times you have not opened your life to Christ by the actions you do. When Christ comes back you will be asked what you did to help others in need who were not as gifted or talented like you
Are you ready to become the reason for positive change. We are all created differently for a purpose . You can choose to lose from the front as opposed to losing from behind
      In a race there different characters in a race. There could be the runner, the dreamer and the ambitious one.  The runner just runs, the dreamer dreams of winning  while the ambitious focuses on winning. The one most likely to win is the runner as he has the passion to run and will keep focusing on running as it’s what he likes doing. The ambitious one may focus more on derailing his opponents and thus may fail to win the race and similarly with the dreamer may be focused on just dreaming about wining as opposed to running to win.
       God cannot test us but unfortunately most of us think that when bad things happen to us it’s God or the devil testing us. Bad things happen to us because of ourselves but we tend to blame everything bad on the devil. There are those bad things which come from the devil but there are also those which come from within us.  You may be part of the trials and temptations that you go through because of the things you do.  The devil is interested in great people to curtail them from achieving their greatness
                Emmanuel Eni wrote in his book Delivered From Powers of Darkness and said that the strategies used by the devil and his agents to deal with Christians and church goers are different . Eni who was an agent of the devil says he once asked the devil the difference in dealing with Christians and church goers
 The devil replied that Christians are dangerous to deal with but church goers are no different from the devil. That’s why church goers don’t face challenges like Christians do because church goers are just like the devil.
        To overcome fear you need to recognise that you will die one day. Fear is the biggest challenge that we all face. The biggest thing that we fear is death .We all have the same destination which is death. As you serve God be full in Christ and the devil will see you as a dangerous person but if you don’t do so you will be powerless before the devil
         Our sacrifice is to keep offering sacrifices of praising God always. Don’t sing because you like the melody but because of the words in the song .Everything happens for a reason but it’s only God who knows the future
       Let’s stop saying that the current  generation is lost, do something about it. The youth is going to change the church and the country as they are the ones holding the keys to the future. 

      You don’t have to be perfect to do what is right, that never happens in life.  There will never be the right and perfect time to do the right things, you need to create the right environment to do the right things. You need to have faith in God to make it
      Always tell yourself that no matter how bad it is or how bad it gets you are going to make it and you will make it.

Daniel 1:8-21

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[a] food and drink.Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

Hebrews 13:1-3

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Hebrews 13: 15-16

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Date : 1st May 2016(Thome Youth Week Day)
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church 

Experiencing the power of God through giving

Preacher : Elder Daniel Karuga Mburu ( From PCEA EGM Muguga)
Message : Experiencing the power of God through giving
Readings : 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 , Mark 12:41-44

 

 When you were born, the whole world knew you had arrived.

           God knew you had come and thus He is aware that you are here.God has faith in us as He created us for a purpose.
 Therefore be encouraged to know that each one of us has value.Unfortunately, some of us do not appreciate the value within us.

An Example : Value in a  Currency Note
Just like a currency note is a paper with a value written in it, you are also a person with a value. Just like currency notes have different values, similarly we also have different value based on the way God has created us.
        Unfortunately some of us consider ourselves valueless when we compare ourselves to others. It is the scheme of the devil to make us devalue ourselves due to comparing ourselves with others.We should always remember that God created us with a value.When we lose our value due to comparing ourselves with others, we even loose taste in terms of the way we dress and relate with others.
                 Matthew 25:29 says that everyone who has will be given more but those who don’t have even the little they have will be taken away from them.
 When we come to the house of God, we come with our value. If we maintain our value, we receive much more.
    An illustration. The preacher took a man from the congregation and asked the congregation to asses his value based on how he was dressed and what he appeared to be carrying. The value came to about Kshs. 70,000/=. He then said that some people despite having such high value give as little as Kshs. 50 to the work of God during offering.
        As a result of our failure to give God according to our value, we tie our hands and are tethered far from receiving the blessings of God. To untie ourselves, we ought to give our tithes and offering according to the value that God has given us.Those who give themselves and their resources to serve God, are even given ideas by God and you find them thriving. Being wealthy is having ideas before they become obvious to others.Some of us live like robots and do routine things in life such as waking up, preparing children to go to school, cooking, eating and sleeping.
            In doing routine things, we do not use our brains and thus require no ideas. Some ladies even use the minds of their husbands in doing some routine things. The word POOR means Passing Over Opportunity Repeatedly. This is what makes people poor. When we fail to be faithful to God in giving, He does not give us ideas to prosper.
         Story of how the preacher heard Christians organizing to go for a trip to Mombasa from Kikuyu. God gave him an idea to broker transport services and he did so and made good money from it.

In your walk with God, you ought to ask yourself the following questions?
1. How far have you gone with God?
2. How far do you want to go with God?
3. What are your limits?
4. What standards have you put for yourself?
5. What level are you now?

Seven keys to open the supernatural door of God

1. Tithing. Dueteronomy 14:22.
-We pay tithe we do not give tithes.
-Tithe is 10% of gross income.
– We ought to be faithful in paying our tithes.
– There is danger in not paying the full tithe.
– Story of Ananiah and Saphira and how they died for dishonesty. Just like the way the duo died, some of us have killed what we had by being dishonest.
– Paying our tithes protects the 90% that we remain and God blesses us in whatever we do with it.

2. Offering. Dueteronomy 12:17.
– Our offering should be purposeful and thus we should not offer leftovers.
– Story of Cain and Abel and how the sacrifice of Abel was accepted by God but the one of Cain rejected. Vain may have offered what was not pleasing to God. We ought to offer what is pleasing to God.
– When our sacrifices are acceptable to God, He draws near us.
– Your blessings of the following week is determined by what you offered during the last service.
– Let us therefore offer to God in a worthy manner.

3. Giving or Alms. Luke 6:38.

                 “38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Give and it shall be given back to you.These are the giving we make for different purposes for the glory of God.

THE PREACHER STORY
 Story of how the preacher took a loan of Kshs. 600,000/= to give to the work of God. He indicated the reason for the loan as giving to the work of God. The bank manager thought he was out of his mind and wondered how someone from PCEA could do such things since it was common for pentecostal members and not PCEA members to do such. The bank manager called him and they had a discussion but he maintained his position and took the loan.
 In the meantime, the devil tried to dissuade him with thoughts of what might happen if all does not go according to plan and he gets strained in repaying the loan. He however stuck with his purpose and took the loan. Later God gave him ideas and he was able to get money and repaid the loan in a very short time. When you give to God, He may not necessarily give you money directly but will give you ideas that will give you money.

THE BEGGER INCIDENT STORY

Story of how he was convicted to give to a disabled begger in Nairobi. He had initially passed the begger but felt the conviction to go back and give the begger some good money, which he did. The begger murmured something in response. Someone told him that the money would be used by others who use beggers to enrich themselves. He responded that he did not mind as long as he had done what he was convicted to do and that his blessings would come from the appreciation of the begger.
 Later that day while he was travelling in a matatu home, he discovered he didn’t have fare and was almost being embrassed before someone who knew him intervened and paid his fare after he heard the commotion being caused by the tout.
Before that he had prayed to God to perform a miracle in that when he would put his hand in the pocket, he would get Kshs. 100/= as he needed to pay fare of Kshs. 70/=. He did this twice but God did not perform the miracle the way he wanted. God used his friend to pay for his fare. The friend later even gave him Kshs. 200/= to use in case he didn’t have fare for the following day.  The following day as he was going to catch a matatu, a neighbour driving saw him and requested to give him a lift. The neighbour also told him that he can be giving him lift everyday in the mornings and evenings if he adjusted his timing to fit the timings of the neighbour. For the next about six years when the preacher worked in the same locality with the neighbour, he did not pay fare. All this because he headed to the conviction to give the disabled begger money.

4. Freewill or special gift.
– This is giving to God in a special way or for a special purpose.

5. First fruits. Dueteronomy 26:2

                 “2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land theLord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place theLord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name”

6. Thanksgiving.
This is giving to thank God for what He has done for us. We should always remember to thank for all his blessings.

7. Fulfiing pledges or promises to God. Dueteronomy 12:6

                       ” 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because theLord your God has blessed you.”
          Whenever you make a promise to God ensure you fulfill them so that God will continue blessing you.We give as a way of fulfilling pledges or promises that we make to God such as if God blesses us we will give to God something.We should give our tithes and other giving in the place where God has made his name to be – his house where you are a member.

Dueteronomy 14:12-14

                  “12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 13 the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, 14 any kind of raven,”
When we give our tithes and other giving to other churches other than our home church, we are making donations and not giving as required above.
 Illustration of how if you are used to giving your mother some monthly upkeep and then you moved to another town and instead of giving your mother the monthly upkeep, you decide to give it to another lady who looks like your mother instead of your mum. That does not remove your obligation of giving your mother the monthly upkeep.
          Story of how he was diagnosed with cancer in year 2011. He had taken a friend to the hospital and as he was waiting for him, he decided to go for a check up and that’s when he was diagnosed with cancer. He overheard the doctors saying the cancer was in an advanced stage. The doctors then broke the unfortunate news to him and told him he had to undergo an operation. He was booked for an operation later in the year. He started thinking of people he knew who had suffered cancer and how long they had survived. He thought to himself that he only had about two months to live. He prayed and trusted God for healing. He then shared with some of his friends to stand with him in prayers.

     The day of the operation came and he went to the hospital and met a man who encouraged him. However, as the man was encouraging him outside the theatre, a covered trolley was wheeled by and the man told him that that must have been someone who had passed on. It was a young man who had passed on. The preacher started thinking how he could probably be the next to pass on. He underwent the operation successful. However, by that time someone went to tell him mother that he was hospitalized. They had agreed not to tell her since she had hypertension.Unfortunately, when she had that the preacher, who was her first born, was sick, she got shocked and eventually passed on. The preacher was discharged and given a date for future review. When he went for the review, the doctors examined him and declared him cancer free.He decided to go for a second opinion in a different hospital, which confirmed that he was cancer free.
           When you give faithfully to God, He protects you and even heals you.The most important gift you can give God is your life besides giving Him your resources.Therefore, if you have not given your life to God, do so today.

Date : 28th April 2016 (Health Board Day)
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church