In Suna-Migori ,Kenya, Living Sacrifice Ministries long-time Ministry Partner, and friend, the Congregation of God, under the leadership of Pastors Jared and Charles Siso, were blessed with an opportunity to bring Christian leaders and future leaders from the community together for a conference that blessed all and further glorified the Lord!
The church itself has had many struggles as we have reported them here and elsewhere, as death has hit the family twice in less than a year with their father going home to be with the Lord most recently. In a time when Kenya and the rest of East Africa are struggling with drought and famine, please lift these saints of God up in prayer.
If you feel led to partner with the Congregation of God in their efforts, you can contact Pastor Charles at email@example.com, or Pastor Jared at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Reverend James M. Dakis, D. Min
At Holy Grace Tabernacle in Vijayavada, Andhra Pradesh, India, Pastor Nehemiah Sanjay’s works night and day with the people of an impoverished village to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. His tireless work includes teaching and preaching God’s Word, as well as feeding the many poor and disadvantaged of the community. Please join us in praying for this ministry. You can also learn more about how to support them by contacting Paster Nehemiah at +91 81870 07006 or +91 98495 07732.
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Home for Orphan Children: I have been providing shelter, food & Education to 24 orphan children in our Orphan home since two years with little donations. Kindly help us in the name of Jesus Christ to our Orphan children.
Children home meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, & mental needs of homeless and abused children in Guntur district.
We are suffering a lot to feed Orphan Children in our children Home. We need your special Prayers and support.
I am spreading Gospel to people in villages and conducting prayers in their villages regularly. Kindly bless our children in the name of our Lord Almighty and sponsor to these beautiful kids.
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May 07, 2013
Police and the Tanzania People’s Defence Force have formed a task force to investigate the bombing at Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Arusha on Sunday (May 5th) that killed three people and injured more than 60.
The government views the incident as the continuation of a conspiracy by some individuals to incite the public and stoke tensions between the country’s Christians and Muslims, Minister of Home Affairs Emmanuel Nchimbi told parliament on Monday.
“Through this parliament, the government warns that it will use maximum force and will do all it takes to fight whoever wants to introduce religious tension in this country,” he said. “I warn the politicians who want to gain popularity by creating religious chaos in the country.”
Initially, six suspects — two Tanzanians and four from Saudi Arabia — were arrested in connection with the bombing, officials said.
“Victor Kalist Ambross, who was seen hurling the bomb at the church, has been arrested,” Nchimbi told parliament, not naming the others.
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda updated parliament on Tuesday with news of more arrests and another death.
He said 24 people out of 66 who were injured in the attack have been discharged from the hospital, but one more victim has died.
Regina Losioki, 46, died at the scene, and James Gabriel, 16, died at Mount Meru Regional Hospital after being taken there in critical condition. The third victim has not yet been named.
Pinda said two more suspects were arrested and he described the bomb used as a stick hand grenade. “Further investigation is going on to establish whether it was locally made or outsourced from abroad,” Pinda said.
President Jakaya Kikwete condemned the attack, calling it “an act of terrorism perpetrated by a cruel person or group who are enemies of the country”. The president was on an official visit to Kuwait to discuss bilateral relations at the time of the attack, but ended his visit a day early to return to Tanzania.
Arusha Regional Police Commander Liberatus Sabas told Sabahi that Ambross was arrested after witnesses identified him as the man they saw throwing a bomb from a motorcycle.
Police have sealed off the area around the church, Sabas said. He urged anyone with information that could help with the investigation to come forward.
The attack took place as worshippers and dignitaries packed into the newly built church in Arusha’s Olasiti suburb to celebrate its first mass, beginning at 10 am. Among the worshippers were the Vatican’s Ambassador to Tanzania Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla and Archbishop Josaphat Louis Lebulu of the Arusha Diocese.
Tanzania Information Services Director Assah Mwambene, who was at the church on Sunday, said a huge blast went off as soon as the mass started.
“We were all deafened,” he said. “When I looked around, I saw people bleeding, lying down, and drums and other [musical] instruments scattered. It was terrifying.”
Eliya Mbonea, a journalist in the Arusha region, said city residents were in a grip of panic and sending messages to each other, accusing followers of other religions for the attack and advising family members against attending mass out of concern for safety.
Said Ahmed, 58, a resident in the Ilala district of Dar es Salaam, told Sabahi he was saddened by the escalating religious tension between Christians and Muslims in Tanzania, something that has not existed before.
“The government has to do something,” Ahmed told Sabahi.
In a world closed off due to the Communist regime that has ruled for decades, Harvest Church International in Cambodia still brings the word of Jesus Christ and salvation through His Grace and Mercy. They have needs this Christmas that are far above those they expected. Read some about what they stand for:
love one another.
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Hebrews 10:24 (Read all of Hebrews 10)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
1 Peter 1:22 (Read all of 1 Peter 1)
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 Peter 3:8 (Read all of 1 Peter 3)
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteou
1 John 3:11 (Read all of 1 John 3)
But once you believe, once you are saved, once you are born again then you will have a tremendous desire to lead a good life and to serve Christ and to do good works. Once you are saved you will want to please God and serve him and do everything possible to follow him. Faith is invisible. You cannot judge a man’s faith by his words since men lie. No you can’t see faith but you can see the results of faith. Faith can easily be seen by the type of life we live, by the way we react on a daily basis to all the various circumstances and events that come into our daily lives. Faith, although invisible, can easily be seen by how we conduct our lives on a daily basis; by the workings of our daily lives. By our daily works, be they “good works” or “bad works.” Faith without works is like a car without when.
Awake Now, for the Light has come to preach the Gospel to every creature, and to set the captive free, from all oppression of the devil, through the [WORD OF FAITH] I am sending you out to fulfill this mandated across the globe [Isaiah 52 vs 1, Isaiah 60 vs 1, Mark 16 vs 15, Luke 4 vs 18, and Hebrews 11 vs 1].
Send to raise a Wonders Generation by reaching the world with the passion of Jesus Christ. And to raise end time gospel star to go and harvest souls for the Kingdom of God by shearing his love, and mercy to humanity. [Matthew 24 vs 14, Matthew 9 vs 37- 38]
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity God the Father Son and the Holy Spirit.
He applies to man the work of Christ. By justification and adoption we are given a right standing before God; by regeneration, sanctification, and glorification our nature is renewed.
· When we have turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is our responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the gospel.
· At the end of the age, the bodies of the dead shall be raised. The righteous shall enter into full possession of eternal bless in the presence of God, and the wicked shall be condemned to eternal death.
We believe in Jesus as Savior, as the one through whom God has freed us of our sin and has given us the gift of whole life, eternal life, and salvation. We speak of this gift as the atonement, our “at-oneness” or reconciliation with God. We believe that in ways we cannot fully explain, God has done this through the mystery of Jesus’ self-giving sacrifice on the cross and his victory over sin and death in the Resurrection.
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Serving Him through Serving Others,
However, today I want to bring an article by Daniel Darling that reminds us that sacrifice often starts with us in our own home churches. Paul told the Roman church in Romans 12:18-21″18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ” Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 ” But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
However, there will be times when we are at odds with our own brethren, even the leadership of our church. In fact, I have gotten into discussions with my pastors in the past over doctrinal issues where we were both able to support our views quite soundly and Scripturally, and in the end, agreed to disagree. Never have these been over matters of salvation or major church teachings, but more on minor interpretations such as dates, who was present where, who wrote the book of Hebrews, (don’t get me started there), etc.
As you read the article, see how it is suggested that such discussion and disagreement can actually be healthy, as it means that people are acting and thinking independently. While we are sheep of Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd, we are not to be as sheep following each other without thinking for ourselves. Nor are we to leave fellowship every time we find disagreement with someone, or a church that has flaws. I once heard it said, “If you ever find a perfect church, leave it, you will ruin it”.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
I have this conversation quite often with members of my church and with believers outside of my church. It is usually sparked by a discussion of something this person doesn’t like about our church or about the church they attend.
Now, let’s assume the disagreement is not related to doctrinal purity, moral integrity, authoritarian abuse (issues I believe are grounds for leaving a church). Let’s also assume this is a gospel-preaching, Word-saturated, bible-believing church. Let’s also assume the disagreement is not over a 2nd-tier issue that is not orthodoxy, but valid reason when choosing a church (mode of baptism, denomination, etc). So we’re dealing with issues of preference.
This is what I tell people who tell me there is something about our church they don’t like or about their church they don’t like: “Good.”
It’s good that you’re involved with a local body of believers with whom you have disagreements and varying preferences. Why? Because that is the whole idea of God calling out and gathering together His local body. We come together, not because we agree on everything and have the same preferences, but because, despite our disagreements, we are united in Christ.
I often say to people and have preached in messages before this statement, “I don’t like everything in our church. And this is good, because if everything here was geared to what I like, it would be great for me, but not-so-great for the other members.” And so it is with you.
Chances are there is something on Sunday mornings you’d like to see differently. Perhaps you like danishes instead of donuts. Or you’d rather sing hymns than songs written since 1990. Perhaps you’re more of an organ person than a guitar person. Or you really hate the color of the lobby walls.
Good! A resounding, spirit-filled good! You’re continued presence at this church indicates you’re willing to lay aside your preferences, sacrifices your pet peeves for the good of Christ’s body. And it proves that you’re not simply going to church to have all of your senses tickled, but to use your gifts to serve God’s people.
When leadership structures a church in such a way that it meets all the pastor’s preferences, it creates a personality-driven church. But when the pastor is willing to lay aside some of his preferences for the good of the people he serves, God is glorified and the people are blessed.
When the people who attend a church stomp their feet and demand certain things at church be their way, it sows division in the church, hurts the pastor, and ultimately undermines the gospel mission to the community. But when people come to church and get involved, even though there are very real things at church they don’t like, they are making a profound statement that God’s work and God’s people are more important than their preferences.
This must be an intentional attitude, because we live in a culture of American consumerism. We can pick and choose churches, not based on anything important but our own pet likes and dislikes. I’m not discounting the importance of church culture, family atmosphere, etc. But ultimately, our role as a Christian is to participate in the local body of believers, to serve with our gifts, and to glorify Christ corporately. When we make our church choices based on personal preferences, we idolize what is unimportant and marginalize gospel witness.
It strikes me that these choices would be irrelevant in many places around the world. I was in Eastern Europe this year where there are very few, gospel-preaching evangelical churches. So if you are a missionary or a Christian in that area, you’re choices are few and you suddenly aren’t as concerned about the coffee and the guitar and the color of the walls. You’re just happy to find people of faith nearby with whom you can fellowship and serve.
So, if there is something about your church you dislike, consider it an opportunity to sacrifice for the greater good of the body.
What was a crucifixion? Let us try to realize it and understand its misery. The person crucified was laid on his back on a piece of timber with a cross-piece nailed to it near one end – or on the trunk of a tree with branching arms, which served the same purpose. His hands were spread out on the cross-piece and nails driven through each of them, fastening them to the wood. His feet in like manner were nailed to the upright part of the cross. And then, the body having been securely fastened, the cross was raised up and fixed firmly in the ground. And there hung the unhappy sufferer until pain and exhaustion brought him to his end – not dying suddenly, for no vital part of him was injured – but enduring the most excruciating agony from his hands and feet and unable to move. Such was the death of the cross. Such was the death that Jesus died for us! For six long hours He hung there before a gazing crowd, naked, and bleeding from head to foot – His head pierced with thorns, His back lacerated with scourging, His hands and feet torn with nails, and mocked and reviled by His cruel enemies to the very last.
Let us remember that all our Lord Jesus Christ’s sufferings were vicarious. He did not suffer for His own sins, but for ours. He was eminently our substitute in all His passion.
This is a truth of the deepest importance. Without it the story of our Lord’s sufferings, with all its minute details, must always seem mysterious and inexplicable. It is a truth, however, of which the Scriptures speak frequently, and that too with no uncertainty. We are told that Christ “bore our sins in His own body on the tree,” that He “suffered for sin, the just for the unjust,” that “He was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him,” that “He was made a curse for us,” that “He was offered to bear the sins of many,” that “He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities,” and that “the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (1 Peter 2:22, 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:28; Isaiah 53:5-6). May we all remember these texts well. They are among the foundation stones of the Gospel.
Let us leave the story of our Lord’s passion with feelings of deep thankfulness. Our sins are many and great. But a great atonement has been made for them. There was an infinite merit in all Christ’s sufferings. They were the sufferings of One who was God as well as man. Surely it is our duty to praise God daily because Christ has died.
Adapted from The Gospel of Matthew by J.C. Ryle (Chapter 27).