Monthly Archives: January 2008

January 20th 2008 “Peace N’ Hardened Hearts”

Dear Friends,

Reverend Tony Kiamah this Sunday decided to give a sermon that scared the ‘whatever’ out of many peeps. Ok let me talk for my self… the reality was it was scary.

At this time, his very juncture, this special moment, we are all praying for peace, we have all remembered that we did not build this nation out of our own wit but out of the will of God. We have realized that God exists and knows what happened, what is happening and what is to happen.

Case Study… What do you tell a young man who witnessed his father, mother, brother and sisters… and probably cousins get massacred, chopped up right before his eyes, his house get torched, his fathers farm burnt to the ground?

What do you tell a lady who has just cleared fourth form, looking forwards to college but instead is gang raped, together with her mother and younger sisters?

What do you tell these two citizens, now living in a stadium with not belongs at all, in the rain. Do you tell that God is faithful and just? Do you tell them that God is good and is handling their situation? Apart from trust in the Lord, do you really have the courage to say anything to these two people?

Look at the situation in Kenya, God allowed it all to happen, God knew this would happen. We need to ask ourselves, what lesson is god teaching us? What teaching is God giving us out of this? Yes, none of us expected peace loving Kenyans to go into a hate and massacre frenzy, but God allowed it to happen.

None of us wakes up in the morning saying… ‘Oh what a wonderful day, the sun is shining… I am going to die today’.

Biblically, God hardened the heart of Pharaoh, Though Moses had seen God in the burning bush and was armed with extreme confidence, still Pharaoh would not budge, Moses changed his staff into a snake to show the power of God but Pharaoh’s wizards did the same though their snakes where swallowed my Moses’. God sent the plagues to Egypt, the changing of all water and rivers into blood… don’t you think people died of thirst? the frogs, the locusts, the illnesses etc. But Pharaoh was still unchanged. This was all known to God even before He did it.

God allowed Rwanda to go into Genocide. Look at Iraq, Somalia, Sudan. Is Kenya an exception? God sent Abraham to a place where he was not willing to change his mind to save, Sodom and Gomorrah. He only saved the family who believed in him and lived in holy ways, Lot and co.

If the Lord showed you in a dream that the time had come for you to leave Kenya for the safety of another nation, what are the chances that you will heed that call? The chances are that it will be too late by the time you decide to go, there will be no transport and stuff will already be happening, bad stuff, massacre, rape, arson etc.

Look at Tuesday, its a dedicated prayer and fasting day at ICC. The usual Sunday turn out is ruffly 3000 at the main church and 800 at the frontrunnerz, but come Tuesday, the highest turn out is 400. Is that really the meaning of being real Christians who pray and are praying for our nation? Is Kenya a country with Christians or is the Christian thing jut a figure of speech? If this country goes to the Dogs, so will you and me. Friends… SO WILL YOU AND ME. Those if us who cannot afford air tickets to wherever whenever but akina Raila, Kibaki and Co. will be in luxury abroad. If what they cared for was human life, they would have made a truce the moment the first person died but people, these guyz are ONLY INTERESTED IN POWER. We need to pray for this nation.

In Egypt Pharaoh was hardened till the plague came to his doorstep. Note it is not diplomacy that let the Israelites out of Egypt but the Hand of God. The buggers after all that around 100 days later still go and build a golden calf and God is just a few meters away on Mt. Sinai, no wonder none of them saw the promised land.

Emperor Nero managed to Burn the city of Jerusalem as biblical as it was, how significant is Nairobi? What if God destroys Kenya, where will you go?

Friends, if this country went into civil war, there would be untold suffering, none of us pray for suffering ama? Have you donated towards the displaced? imagine if it was you… do you think anyone would be interested in donating to you? We don’t care about the displaced people because we don’t really give consideration to the displaced, we think of them in the form of unga.

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Speak to God, Skip a meal or two or three, Fast for this great nation and pray. Look at it this way… if you pack to go now people will say you are insane and you don’t know what you are doing.So you need to pray for courage and guts. Again when it is evident that you need to flea, its usually too late. Repent and pray to God to spare your life if he destroys Kenya.

Let us pray that it is his will that he spares us. Prayer without ceasing. We need to make Kenya a country for practicing Christians. We need to all call out to Christ. God can and will restore each believing individual. Get saved today and join a bible believing church.

God Bless you all and God bless Kenya.

Jonathan Kathukya.

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January 13th 2008 “Forgiveness”

Dear Friends,

Mr, Julius Wainaina (My former C2 Leader) had the opportunity to preach to the youth this Sunday as pasi was doing his thing in the main church. The chap though gave some stories of days of bell bottoms and 7th floor shoes (Nglovas) (Platforms), was very interesting.

Genesis 45:1-15 (NIV)

Joseph Makes Himself Known

1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. [a]

8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

Joseph forgave his blood brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt. In fact the original plan was to kill him. Joseph had a chance, a perfect opportunity to revenge. He was the prime minster of Egypt at the time and had the opportunity to deny his brothers food they so needed.

Joseph struggles with deep emotions trying to  reveal himself after what he had been through in the hands of his brothers, the imprisonment in Egypt and his encounter with Potifier’s wife.

Friends, what would you have done if you were in Joseph’s Shoes? Most of us would probably wrestle with the situation, there are those of us with major sibling rivalries because of such causes as belief of parental favoritism,  belief that one sibling is more beautiful or popular than the other e.t.c.  Anger is directed to this instead of to reconciliation.

Joseph, confronted with this situation opted to take the path of reconciliation

5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

Joseph looked for something positive of his being sold to slavery in Egypt. Through his faith in God, something positive came out of his situation. Some of us have aged because of anger, we need to let go. We need to seek the positive of all situations that face us.

Most of the people killing each other today are in their 20’s. They are not performing a new phenomenon, they are just doing what they saw and learn’t from their elders when they where 5 years old. Some of this rivalry begins of very petty and innocent things. We need to look for the good as Joseph did in order to forgive.

When Jesus taught His disciples  how to pray He first taught them the lords prayer…

Mathew 6:10-14(NIV)

9“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Joseph in the same way found forgiveness…

Romans 4:7-8 (NIV)

7“Blessed are they
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him.

Search your heart, check out that person who refuses to create reconciliation, remember that Christ died for our sins…

Colossians 1:12-14(NIV)

13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption,[a] the forgiveness of sins.

What is the relationship between you and your follies?

Jesus has delivered us but we do not want to take of the burden of sins that we are delivered from. Friends, if the Lord gave his life for us to forgive us our sins, who are we?

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (NIV)

12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

 15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We are worthy and all created in the image of God, those of us with hardened hearts and who think salvation is for a chosen few… think again. You can change your life and in the process change this country. You can be the beginning of a new and peaceful Kenya.

You need to know the same peace as the Prince of Peace . It does not matter where you are coming from, Jesus even forgave us on the cross in all the agony.Again look at Joseph, he hugged his brothers and cried over them.

Seek forgiveness  even for those who hurt you.

Hebrews 5:12 (NIV)

12In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

1 John 1:9 (NIV) 

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

January 6th 2008 “Make a Commitment this year”

Happy New Year!!!

Dear Friends,

Once again let me wish you all a happy new year and in the spirit of not pretending that all is well,let us all pray for a speedy and Godly solution be found for the crisis this country of ours (Kenya) is facing.

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O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

Back to our regular session…

Robert Mbugua was back again this past Sunday to give us one more for the road before he heads back to South Africa where he lives and works together with his family.

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) (http://www.puritansermons.com/bio/bioedwar.htm) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_%28theologian%29). Documented his life. Oh please read more about him in any of the two links above. He is known as one of Americas greatest theologians and revivalists. the impact of his commitment in live had great achievements. A study of his descendants show that around 300 where clergy and many born again Christians who transformed the United States.

James 5:17(NIV)

17Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Jonathan Edwards was a man just like us too. Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. He is the only non United States personality with a public holiday named after him and he as a man just like us.

The story is told of this Ghanaian kym slang for manual laborer who went to a neighboring country to seek employment. He got employment in a cocoa plantation. He figured that since the climatic conditions are the same and soil is ruffly the same, he could take the seed back home and plant it. To this day that one chap is the source of cocoa in Ghana which provides 50% of the employment of the population.

Friends, as long as you serve God, he has a place for you.

Take a case study of how someone has made it a certain industry and use it to build yourself.

Lets look at another example of commitment… England was not always a super power, to be where they are now, they had to use slave labor. Here comes a man called William Wilberforce who says slave labor is bad, William opts to resign his parliamentary post to fight this but the prime minister keeps him on.

Here are some bibilical principles that Wilberforce used that can help us.

1. He was a born again Christian who kept a diary. On October 28th 1787 God led him to put an entry in his diary after a conversation with Newton.

“God Almighty has placed before me two great objects: the suppression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation of Manners (morals).”

Wilberforce’s methods of pursuing these life goals offer a valuable model for Christians in any era who seek to address the burning issues and evils of their day.

Jesus was clear before he started and so was William.

2. Identifying with the need to achieve a goal.

3. Believe in Gods power to achieve the mandate

4. Believe that there is no distinction between secular and Christian. Talking to people we identify with like Wilberforce spoke to Newton. In our case we can talk to maybe the pastor or a good Christian friend for encouragement. Remember humans are social beings.

5. Be prepared to pay a price for your conviction.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 (NIV)

9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

More Examples

Genesis 6:14 (NIV)

14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
Noah was also very clear with the instructions God had given him. He took 100 years to build it, the people of course thought it was a joke for some stone age bloke to build an ark in the desert but we all know the result, don’t we?

1Samuel 17:5… 32-33 (NIV)

4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet [a] tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”

David, a shepherd boy, met Goliath and told him that he is facing him in the name of the Lord.

All the above mentioned are people just like us .

Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,Whatever God has called you to do, do it to the best of your ability, remember again you do not have to be a preacher to serve God. John Carson wanted to serve God but became a doctor, imagine how boring it would be if he was a pastor? Is it not good that he chose medicine to serve God through helping others?There are many people who have made a difference in the secular world through serving God in different ways.Deuteronomy 32:30 (NIV)

30 How could one man chase a thousand,
or two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
unless the LORD had given them up?

When God gives you a vision, get people around you for encouragement. Do it with humility. Remember that the most humble people in the world are the greatest and most successful.

James 4:10 (NIV)

10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Have Patience

As you have seen Noah took 100 years to build the ark

Wilberforce too 46 years to have slavery abolished.

Make a Commitment…

Remember…

Elijah was a man just like us.

Jonathan Kathukya

23rd December 2007 “Encouragement”

Dear Friends,

The story is told of a man who was rowing his boat at Uhuru Park with his nephew. Along the way he  explains sociology, biology, psychology to the kid. Unfortunately the young boy does not understand as he is only in standard 5. Suddenly there is a sudden surge in the water level and the boat capsizes, the kid asks the uncle…

Do you understand swimology?

Unfortunately, the uncle does not understand.

From this it is clear that its important to understand the important things in life and in this case its how to swim when drowning.

This was the message given to us by Mr Robert Mbugua, an accountant come good messenger of the word of God who was our Guest Pastor.

He again goes to ask… “If your parents told you that you would end up in prison when your grew up please put up your hands.”

Shock, many, very many people did put up their hands. Now that is the opposite if encouragment.

Hitler killed over 6 million jews, now the survivors where interviewed and asked why they survived and did not die of maybe stress or depression. Most said that they had a reason to get our, HOPE had kept them alive, they had something to look forwards to… a wife, a business etc.

Migratory birds help each other when on transit. If one falls or is weak and unable to continue the journey, some land with it and in their own way give it courage to recover. If it manages, they take off and continue the journey else they wait till it dies then proceed with the journey.

Christians today keep slicing each other up, vybing trash about each other and maligning each other. Tarnishing each others names etc. We should pick a leaf from the jews and the birds. Encouragement is the oxygen for the soul.

Acts 4:36-37 (NIV)

 36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Paul again was a thug, a thug who had gotten saved. Not many people believed in his change and to this day and age, when mean guyz get saved, we tend not to believe. Like of that violent guy who is the estate bully gets saved, the little kids will still look at him as a big bully for quite some time.

Paul organized Stephens death, now how do you believe such a person can change? Paul’s story of salvation did not add up again because the chaps he was with did not hear the voice he claimed to hear.

Christians want to kill him, non Christians want to kill him but his life is saved by one patient man called Barnabas who takes charge.

Acts 9:23-25

23After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

Courtesy of Barnabas encouragement, 90 % of the then world heard the word of Christ.

Acts 11:21-22 (NIV)

21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

 22News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.

Paul, by the way was a learned chap but because of the encouragement from Barnabas, he did not go into some profession but took to the spreading the word of God.This is because Barnabas stuck his guts out for him, he put his reputation of the line to make sure Paul went into ministry.

Acts 15:36-40 (NIV)

 36Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.

John Mark was also a coward who felt like a failure but again Barnabas stuck out for him and opted to encourage him and stay in the kitchen with him and bear the heat with him. Through this encouragement, John Mark was taken to write the Gospel according to Mark.

Are you confident enough to encourage someone?

One can count the number of seeds in an orange but cannot tell the number of oranges in a seed. Bonke began his church with 20 peeps, one day when they where 50 he thought the mightiest revival ever… look at his crowds now?

Plant a seed… ENCOURAGE SOMEONE. Buy a guy a meal, get a guy a coat, visit the sick in hospital like we did at KNH. Lets all be encourages. Remember this…

1. Identify an undertaking/Plan

2. Recognise that it will take tame

3. Appreciate that it will take up your resources.

God bless you all.

Jonathan Kathukya