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In Bungoma, Kenya, flooding has caused severe damage in many of the town’s business and residential areas. Among those hit was Gospel Believers Fellowship, a long-time Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministries. Shown in these photos is just a small bit of the damage done to the structures of the church’s main office, its orphanage, and other buildings.If you are interested in knowing how to help GBF, you can contact them directly at http://gbfchurchministries.webs.com/ for more information.
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Located in Busia, Kenya, almost at the border of Uganda, Gospel Light Evangelical Mission has the daunting task of bringing the Word of God to a population that not only if filled with a number of indigenous tribal religions, and about 11% Islams, but also over 60 spoken languages in addition to the officially recognized national tongues of English and Swahili. Many of these are spoken so regionally that to even go from one county to another may pose a challenge in communication.
A country that just over fifty years ago was under the rule of a foreign government for almost a century, they have been stricken with internal conflict ever since. Even today they face challenges from pirates and terrorists who would challenge their sovereignty.
Coupled with the constant battle of drought and monsoon (one will stop just in time for the other to start), there are constant challenges for farmers to keep the people fed.
It is no wonder people of faith have a need to have strong leadership, and why the challenges of the leaders of Gospel Light Evangelical Mission in meeting the needs of the unchurched are that much greater in a nation where doubt and fear run deep.
Pastor Davis Juma Ochieno, and the faithful leaders with whom he works have done remarkable things to bring the Gospel message to all who wish to hear in their little corner of Kenya. If you wish to stand with them in partnership, or learn more about the work they are doing, please feel free to contact Pastor Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
A Christian ministry focusing on helping orphans, widows, and others living in poverty in and around Nairobi, Kenya, Alliance Vision Education Centre has a heart for service. First and foremost, the focus is on serving Christ and saving His children from starvation, disease, and other dangers as the salvation of the One True Lord is taught to them.
Thanks to the leadership of Brother George Otieno and faithful staff members, whose sacrificial and dedicated giving make this possible, this work continues. Please visit the site of this partner ministry and see what they are up to. It is my honor to be affiliated with them, and to have named Brother George as Living Sacrifice Ministries’ Territory Liaison in Africa.
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The Bible tells us that we, as a church are one body with many parts, none more important than any other. In fact, this is a concept we are told throughout life in our families, in team sports, on the job, and in our communities.
It is interesting, and I must say sad, then, to note how often this gets distorted. Why do you suppose that people get so caught up in their positions in life? Why do we seem to think of ourselves as less important than someone else because of a title, position, level of education, or some other yardstick we are using to measure our success (or lack thereof)?
In essence, when we do that, we insult the work of a Holy God. We are telling Him that of the people made in His image, and we all are, some are worth more than others. If this were so, we would need more than one God/god, which of course isn’t true.
So, just how much does each of us impact somebody else? Look in the Bible. Look at the people God chose to use to 1. Be the father of a nation (Abraham) 2. Lead His people out of captivity and deliver His law (Moses) 3. Rule as the King “after God’s own heart” (David) 4. Follow His Son with nothing but faith, risking their own lives in doing so, (the twelve apostles). None of these people, and many others, had any “special” training for the jobs they were given, and most were reluctant to take them because they were convinced that they were not qualified. In truth, on their own, they were, as am I, and as we all are, but we are not asked to do it alone. Read what Pastor Greg Laurie as to say below about the impact of one person on another, then ask yourself, who has impacted you, and on whom have you had an impact? If you do not have a clear answer, follow that up with another question. Why?
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
|Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.|
When it comes to contemporary heroes of the Christian faith, we are familiar with names like Billy Graham. But what about Edward Kimble or Mordecai Ham?
Edward Kimble was a shoe salesman who worked alongside a guy named Dwight. Edward shared the gospel with Dwight, and Dwight accepted Christ. It was 1858, and Dwight’s last name was Moody. We know him as D. L. Moody, who was one of the greatest evangelists in history.
Years later when Moody was preaching, a pastor named Frederick D. Meyer was deeply stirred, and as a result, he went into his own nationwide preaching ministry. On one occasion when Meyer was preaching, a college student named J. Wilbur Chapman heard him and accepted Christ. He went out and began to share the gospel, and he employed a young baseball player named Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday ended up being the greatest evangelist of his generation.
When Billy Sunday preached the gospel in Charlotte, North Carolina, it was such a great meeting that he was invited back. But when he couldn’t be there, Sunday recommended a preacher named Mordecai Ham. Ham went to Charlotte and preached, but not many people responded to his invitation to accept Christ. But on one of the last nights, a tall, lanky boy who worked on the local dairy farm walked forward. Everyone knew him as Billy Frank, and we know him today as Billy Graham.
So Edward Kimble reached D. L. Moody, who touched Frederick Meyer, who reached Wilbur Chapman, who helped Billy Sunday, who reached businessmen in Charlotte, who invited Mordecai Ham, who ultimately reached Billy Graham. And it all began with the simple witness of Edward Kimble.
Every one of us can make a difference for the kingdom of God. What is He calling you to do?
As we all look back a Christmas that is barely a week old, it is sad to see that our culture has all but forgotten that the reason this day ever became a day of celebration was the birth of our Savior. This, or course, is the most over simplified thing we could say.
Jesus is viewed in our earthly Christmas story as a baby, born to human parents. In fact, He was God incarnate. He left His heavenly throne to come live a humble life as a servant to all mankind, essentially homeless, after being born in animals’ quarters.
While we have nothing in Scripture to tell us that He was anything but loved by his earthly parents, and in fact, His mother was one of the only people to be with Him all the way to the end, as a parent and grandparent myself, I think I speak for most when I say that there is a sense of selfishness in most of us when we have children. We want someone to love us. We want to have somebody look up to us, to carry on our name and ideals, to not forget us and our contributions. This may be arrogant and proud, but it does keep us going.
Let’s look now at why Jesus was born. As I said, while I have no doubt that He was loved, when God came to Mary and told her that she would give birth to the Son of God, there was only one reason for this, and surprisingly, it was not so that He could teach and preach, although He did much of that. No. God had done that with prophets and teachers through the ages, and could have continued to. Jesus, on the other hand, was sent as the final Passover Lamb. Jesus was sent to be slain.
Next time you read John 3:16, the most well known verse in the Bible, think about that. Why did He do that? What does that say about His love for us? He was willing to watch His Son die a painful death, even though He knew He would return to heaven for eternity, so that you and I, as unworthy as we are, could be redeemed.
Have you accepted this redemption that He offers? If not, do so today. If you have questions about it, contact us and let us talk to you and pray with you about it.
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How Does the Death of Jesus Save?
One way to understand the meaning of the death of Jesus is to imagine a courtroom scene in which we are on trial for our sins and God is the judge. Our sins against God are capital crimes. God Himself is our judge, and according to divine law our crimes deserve the death penalty. Death, in a spiritual sense, means eternal separation from God in unending torment. That’s a very serious judgment.
By shedding His blood on the cross, Jesus took the punishment we deserve and offered us His righteousness. When we trust Christ for our salvation, essentially we are making a trade. By faith, we trade our sin and its accompanying death penalty for His righteousness and life.
In theological terms, this is called “substitutionary atonement.” Christ died on the cross as our substitute. Without Him, we would suffer the death penalty for our own sins….
The writer to the Hebrews puts it this way: “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). For God to forgive our sins, His judgment had to be satisfied and that required the shedding of blood.
Some object, “Shedding blood seems so barbaric. Is it really necessary? Why doesn’t God simply forgive us?” Because God is holy, He must judge sin. Would a just and righteous judge let evil go unpunished? At the cross, God poured out His judgment on His Son, satisfying His wrath and making it possible for Him to forgive us. That’s why Jesus shed His blood for your sins, my sins, and the sins of the whole world….
God unleashed His wrath on His Son so that we might be spared that awful fate. This is the central message of the cross and the reason for our hope: God forsook His Son so that He might never forsake us. God assures us, “‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Isn’t that a wonderful promise?
Excerpted from “How Does the Death of Jesus Save Me?” by Insight for Living Ministries (used by permission).
May I begin by saying Merry Christmas. Although I am writing this technically 2 1/2 hours after Christmas is officially over, to me, it is still Christmas, as I have not gone to bed yet.
We live in a world where people have forgotten what Christmas really is, and means. Just think back at the commercials you watched over the past couple months. How many were for things for sale that some manufacturer or store was telling you had to have? How many were for things you had considered getting, maybe in the Spring, but may as well get now, because of a “Post-Thanksgiving Sale”, or “Pre-Christmas Sale”? Now, how many of you saw ads for Jesus? Promotions for Church events? Sales on Bibles?
Let’s see what renowned Christian Pastor and Author Ray Pritchard says, not about Christmas, but actually about the last words of Christ on the Cross. When we do, reflect back on the birth of our Savior. If His birth was His “beginning”, how much more significance does this bring to His final words. Does this not bring new reason for the entirety of His birth?
Can you even imagine being born only to die a sacrificial death for others who were not even worthy of it? Yet that was what Christ did, and He did it selflessly. His own Father sent Him to do it. Now, rethink the gifts you gave and received this year for Christmas.
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Tetelestai comes from the verb teleo, which means “to bring to an end, to complete, to accomplish.” It’s a crucial word because it signifies the successful end to a particular course of action. It’s the word you would use when you climb to the peak of Mt. Everest; it’s the word you would use when you turn in the final copy of your dissertation; it’s the word you would use when you make the final payment on your new car; it’s the word you use when you cross the finish line of your first 10K run. The word means more than just “I survived.” It means “I did exactly what I set out to do.”
But there’s more here than the verb itself. Tetelestai is in the perfect tense in Greek. That’s significant because the perfect tense speaks of an action which has been completed in the past with results continuing into the present. It’s different from the past tense which looks back to an event and says, “This happened.” The perfect tense adds the idea that “This happened and it is still in effect today.”
When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.”
Note one other fact. He did not say, “I am finished,” for that would imply that he died defeated and exhausted. Rather, he cried out “It is finished,” meaning “I successfully completed the work I came to do.”
Tetelestai, then, is the Savior’s final cry of victory. When he died, he left no unfinished business behind. When he said, “It is finished,” he was speaking the truth.
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.
Visit them at http://www.wondersfamilycambodia.com/
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