Carry your packet and let’s be a blessing to people beyond our hometown
October 12th 2014
You are sited thinking about what has just happened. It’s not the first time you have faulted this way. Both of you had agreed never to let this happen again. You were going to avoid it, you had promised. She has failed you, you have failed too. You were sure you heard a voice saying, “don’t do it. It’s not good.”
Guilt torments your veins. You can’t pray, you are stained. He can’t lead the prayers at the CG, he is not worthy. They look at each other; they both know what the other is thinking. Will it ever come to light? What will they think of me when they know what I have been up to?
We all sin in the various aspects of our lives. The above scenario might be what plays out after anything, a bribe being given, a sexual sin being committed, a lie being told, name it, the feeling is always the same afterwards. Guilt. If that which you are ashamed of is ever reviled, will you ever have the courage to stand and face the people you interact with?
The speaker of the day, Wambua Nzaku defined Grace as unmerited favor. One that we did not deserve but are having it either way.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
We do not deserve this form of grace but we have been given either way. We are perpetual sinners and if it were not for the grace of God, we would not be where we are today. Though we are sinful in nature, the word of God has a way to make us better and more steadfast in obeying God. The saddest truth is that we always plan to sin. We pre-meditate upon it and set plans on how to go about it, leading to the question,…
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
In John 3:16, God gave and He gave of his son, that we may have life and life in eternal. It’s up to us to accept this and make it a reality in our lives. Through Jesus we receive grace and mercy as stated in 1 Timothy 1:15-16
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
We need to remember that it’s not through our might that we are the way we are. God has great plans for our lives and we need to constantly seek Him. Do not be quick to judge yourself. Self-pity and loath are not products of our Father, He will not hate you for what you did. Repent and he will take you in a heartbeat.
1 Corinthians 15:10
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
God has you in mind. It is never laborious to obey Him and follow His teaching. Either way, if you fall, He is there to pick you up with sufficient grace. Romans 5:20-25 says,
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As you go through life remember, in the Lord’s prayer, we start by worshiping God and asking for forgiveness way later. It is not about us, it’s about our merciful and all gracious God. Put your focus on God as you pray and live and everything else will be as easy as never before.
The drama team did a very good job with the announcements. That was very hilarious.
5th October 2014
Most of us have passed through a phase where we played house. In the place I grew up in it was called ‘Cha-baba na Cha-mama” loosely translated as ‘being father and mother’. At this point, I was always the youngest with my role being the kid to whatever family I fell into. The families were autonomous and functional, with everyone playing their role for the good of the family.
When the praise and worship was underway, you could feel the heavy presence of the Lord, releasing people from bondage and strongholds. You could feel light being restored to those who were lost to darkness and relationship with the father being mended. God is trinity, and through his Holy Spirit, He was there.
Every first Sunday of the month is Extended worship Sundays, a time to dwell in the awesome presence of God. This was no different, the Worship team did a great job with songs that spoke to our hearts and souls.
During the worship period, there Spirit led one of the ladies to affirming a few things to the church. She read from Acts 3:1-10. It talks about the Lame man who was healed by Peter and John. The lame man had been lame all his life and would be brought to the Temple’s gates to borrow every day. But by mere words from the men of God, he was healed.
Her message was, Stop trying. Through Jesus, we have been made able! Stop trying to do what the bible decrees of you to do, just do it. Stop trying to be a good Christian, through Christ, we have been made whole. Stop trying to be the best in your field, through Jesus you have been made the best in that field all you have to do is tap into the powers provided by the Holy Spirit and soar with wings like eagles. God has already made you who He intends you to be, just take charge and start living as He has intended for you.
Brian Bukachi was the speaker of the day and his words complemented what had been said. God speaks with us every day through numerous avenues. The Holy Spirit is ever-present in our lives and situations, even if we haven’t accepted Christ. He is the one who convicts us to the acceptance of Christ. Once we accept and welcome Him in, we are connected to the trinity through the helper that is on earth, the Holy Spirit. It’s up to us to give Him the roles he deserves.
Whenever we listen to worship songs, we are always drawn to the realization that they are songs of release and acceptance, we have to release our hold of our lives to the Holy Spirit for Him to take charge. Similarly to the ‘Cha-baba, Cha-mama’ situation, what role have we given the Holy Spirit in our lives? Is He a guest who is limited to just certain areas of our lives and blocked to others? Is He a host in the house and has access to every room that we have in us?
It is never easy to let the Holy Spirit take charge of our lives but we should learn how to stop trying and realize that it can be done. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
To help us raise the Status of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we should learn how to:
That which you spend time talking about excites you more. Praise God in everything you do, with your whole being. The more time you spend thinking and speaking of God the higher a priority He takes in your life.
You need to allow the Holy Spirit host status in your life. He will take charge and steer you to the direction that is best for you and the purpose you are created for. Be ready to be used as a vessel. You also need to create a link with God through reading his word and being in communication with Him.
You should be alert to the calling and directing of the Holy Spirit. Train yourself to listen to the calls of the Holy Spirit.
Yearn more from Him
Ask the Holy Spirit to use you and be more in you. Be alert to God’s teachings and hunger to know more of Him.
Once you accept Christ, the Holy Spirit takes over your life and you begin a life of transformation. Let the Holy Spirit take charge, give Him the Host status in your life. How far have you let the Holy Spirit to take charge of your life?
28th September 2014
For the past four Sundays, the church has been doing a series dubbed Heroes. We have covered heroes from a very interesting angle having Julie Gichuru as a speaker to one. The heroes we covered were very different and unique. They are people who are less talked about in our Sunday schools and sermons but they are heroes nonetheless.
There are people in your life who are heroes. In most cases these people are either taken for granted and not appreciated for who they are. When was the last time you saw your dad as a hero? Think of all the times he did unfathomable things for you. Your mother? That stranger?
This week’s hero was no different and the speaker for the day was, the all funny and downright honest Carol Kiama. She kicked off with a definition of heroes as defined by Wikipedia.
a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
Her story of how her father rescued her from being a snack to an otherwise grizzly beast of a dog, after the taste of her blood, struck a nerve. She had defied rules set out not to go near the dogs but she choose to jumped over into the dogs kennel. Just like most of us, when we did not deserve the ‘saving’ the hero came through and made sure that you realized how near disaster you were.
The scripture reading came from 2 Kings 5:1-15
Naaman’s Leprosy Healed
5 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,
Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.
The hero in this case was the slave girl. She was definitely in a place of honor and power as she was allowed to talk to her ‘owner’. She had served faithfully though it was not in her place to serve as such. She had been captured and her life destroyed by those that she was serving. And the commander of the army at that point was the Man in whose house she served. We therefore expect resentment and anger but it does not look like this was the case.
From her we learn that to be used of the Lord, we need to:
Change our attitude.
We need to change our attitude about where we are at and what we are doing there. We have been placed there for the purpose that we are to fulfill. The moment you look at things from a positive angle, you become confident in what you are doing.
Be faithful where you are
In whatever you are doing and wherever you are placed. You are asked to be faithful with the little. Do beyond what is expected of you. Go the extra mile and show the value in whatever you are doing. It is not for your glory but for the glory of the one who lives in you.
We all have great talents within which should be used. Whenever we shy away from saying what we think and what we believe is right, we will end up not believing in ourselves. The biggest problem with this is, the solution that you were to offer that might have changed lives will never be realized.
There is no Gain without pain
Whenever you feel as though Christ has departed from you and has left you to your own devices, whenever you think that is the worst pain you will ever go through, remember that God is instilling in you powers that will take you to greater heights. He is fixing you with wings that will allow you to fly above eagles.
Change focus and look at the Lord.
The Lord knows the bigger picture. You might be focusing on the now, but God sees the bigger frame, the light that’s invisibly to you. Focus on him and you will be sure not to get side tracked by sideshows.
In addition, just as the slave girl, whose name we don’t know, gave Naaman a new lease of life, she brought more people to the realization of the God of Israel. She influenced nations and kings through speaking out.
Whenever two people look at the same thing, they see different results. Be the one who sees through God’s eyes. Step into your destiny and arise!
What did you take away from the sermon?
It has been ages since I penned down content for this page. Through the years, I have noticed that this avenue was a very helpful way for me and many others to remember what was taught in the services and how the things we live for intertwine with our day-to-day lives.
It was not until yesterday that I decided to revive this page and do my best to keep it on the float with all that I have. I was watching a YouTube video of a demon manifestation and casting on Emmanuel.tv and what it said before it was cast away is what drove me back to this path.
The video reminded me of what had been talked about during Ministry Sunday, I think 3 weeks ago. The event that stands out in my mind is when the guys of the high school ministry went to a school and had to free a girl possessed by an evil spirit.
“The spirits are real and they are among us. We are in a spiritual warfare when we become Christians.” She said, “Will you just be seated there, or will you choose to join in the battle and be a part of the team?” to loosely paraphrase here in reference to joining a ministry or connect group.
In the video the demon speaks of the various ways, that they have dimmed the light of the people God has chosen. The avenues they use to pull away Christians and what has been used to stop them from doing their work. Some of them include:
Through corrupting their morals
This is the easiest way to kill the light within you. Once you start questioning yourself as a Christian, then everything else can easily be thrown out of proportion. How many times have you been in prayer and the thoughts of a sin you committed start playing in your head? You get where I’m going with this. There is no greater sin, sin is sin. Ask for forgiveness and you will be redeemed.
Pains and affliction
Whenever one falls n to the pit of loath and self-pity everything else on earth becomes distasteful and negative. The more negative you tend to be the angrier you become of yourself and of God. At this point, you lose the belief that things will be ok and you start to build the thought of what will never go right. Where is faith in this point of your life?
Bestowing power upon them thus pride follows
This is where I got caught up at. As soon as this blog begun getting readership and impact, I got ‘busy’. Still in university at that time, I ended up getting a radio show to run, a ministry to assist running, an internship that pays, new events to attend and review, etc. before I knew it, I hardly had time to even attend the services that I was supposed to be writing about. I became an influencer and pride took over.
There are numerous types of demons that are roaming and trying to influence us away from the light. From Anger, lust, laziness, lies… It is up to us to constantly be in touch with the source of the light in order to overcome these.
How are the influences expressed?
The demon mentioned the media, the friends we keep, the internet and dreams as some of the channels of influence.
How to conquer this?
Being in communion with the father and allowing for the Holy spirit to reign over your life is the easiest way to be above the influence of darkness, for the light does not mix with the dark. There is power in the name of Jesus.
Take an assessment of your life and make a mental note of how you want to conquer the chains that are holding you down. It is very possible to be free and free indeed.
Stomperz Sunday was fantastic. Dance as an expression of praise and worship is just too good.
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Anyway to Cut to the chase, Our Preacher was Ms. Selina Yolanda Waliaula, and oh my this dancer has multi talent.
The topic was The Casual Christian:
2. The Why
3. How do you know your Casual?
How do you know you are a casual Christian or backsliding? Have you ever checked out the steps that lead to it?
Selina pointed then out as below
a) Prayer life goes down. We no longer give time to prayer and purpose. Most of us pray on demand.. God hook me up with these shoes pleaseeeee Amen. Like it’s a condition being given. A young dancer by the name of Ger reminded us that we must pray continuously n always.
b) Ministry life goes down. People who were deep in ministry begin skiving the responsibilities they had offered. By the way cleaning the chairs in Church is ministry so if you skive it you are as ‘good’ as a Pastor skiving preaching.
c) Reading the Bible. Reading the bible in a diminishing way…
d) Meeting with Brethren to share Gods word together is vital. The casual Christian will instead put meeting with homies to catch up and share the latest Gossip.
Join a Care Group (CG) and you will feel the difference. Hey… Being in a CG is actually fun, Its more fun that getting stoned and regretting then pretending to repent on Sunday.
Be Bold Tell your homies on the other side that you will NOT heng and will not get stoned. Ask them out… out to visit with a CG or to church on Sunday. Walk the Talk!!!
e) When you hang around the aspect of sin and feel nothing, you are being casual. If you are in a situation where you can or will fall, flea. Putting yourself in a position where sexual temptation is at your doorstep will create the perfect atmosphere for you to have it and do it and what does the bible say about sexual immorality?
1 Corinthians 6:18 (The Message)
16-20There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
Let’s take a look at the bible story of Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego…
Daniel 3 (The Message)
19-23 Nebuchadnezzar, his face purple with anger, cut off Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it, while the fire raged around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
The soldiers burnt from the heat, relate this with being the casual Christian and hanging around evil, you don’t need to be in fire to burn, you just need to be around it.
4. What Does God think of the casual Christian?
The Book of Amos is set in a time when the people of Israel have reached a low point in their devotion to YHWH (the God of Israel) – the people have become greedy and have stopped following and adhering to their values. The wealthy elite are becoming rich at the expense of others. Peasant farmers who once practiced subsistence farming are being forced to farm what is best for foreign trade, mostly wine and oil.
YHWH speaks to Amos, a farmer and herder, and tells him to go to Samaria, the capital of the Northern kingdom. Through Amos, God tells the people that he is going to judge Israel for its sins, and it will be a foreign nation that will enact his judgment.
The people understand judgment as the coming of “the Day of the Lord.” “The Day of the Lord” was widely celebrated and highly anticipated by the followers of God. However, Amos came to tell the people that “the Day of the Lord” was coming soon and that it meant divine judgment and justice for their own iniquity.
Read Amos Chapter 2-6.
We should think of ourselves the way Christ thinks of us we should change our ways and believe as is quoted in
Philippians 2:8-11 (The Message)
5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
If you know your spiritual health is lacking… Like Mine… and you are allowing weakness to take over, to think you have arrived and you know Jesus more than anyone else, Consider yourself wanting and require urgent medical attention, there is Dr. Jesus who shall you admit you in heavens ICU. He shed his blood that all may be cleansed as white as snow
John 1:29-31 (The Message)
29-31The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”
Isaiah 1:18-20 (The Message)
18-20“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
you’ll die like dogs.”
That’s right. God says so.
Why are you taking your Christianity Casually?
You are either for the Lord or Not for Him.
Don’t Mock Him!!!
Chooze who you are living for.
Hebrew 10:26-31 (The Message)
26-31If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.
When you are giving give with your heart not just because other people are giving.
Let your tithes and offerings be from a cheerful heart. giving shingo upande is the same as just not giving at all. It’s not a debt, it’s a promise.
Learn to be more Christ like and remember what Jesus asked you to simply live like…
34-36When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?” 37-40Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”