I am Legion

This Sunday begins the Advent season, I will be preaching from Mark 5: 1-17. In this text, Jesus encounters a man at the low ends of life. This is a story of hope and transformation. When Jesus asked him, “what is your name?” the man replied, “I am Legion, for we are many.” Theological scholars agree that Legion refers to a Roman army unit of about 6000 soldiers. So when this man says that he is Legion, in a practical sense he is saying, “My life is broken into thousands of pieces. I am fragmented and fractured. I don't know my true self” He had been dispossessed of himself and his humanity by powers beyond his control. His life had been shattered into pieces. He was in fact alien to himself

Update from Jacob

Dear family and friends, It has been just over two months since our last prayer update. Do forgive our tardiness! Things have progressed at 100 mph it seems, and there are many praises and prayer requests to share (see bold italics for praises and prayer requests). Tessa continues to progress well with language school. She and her classmate (another missionary lady – she and her husband have a toddler Oscar’s age) have advanced quite quickly through the first few stages of Amharic vocabulary and grammar. We Praise the Lord for His grace in helping Tessa grasp the language so far. Oscar is growing so fast! The other day he learned how to throw a baseball. So far he’s a southpaw, so he ha

Providance

Matthew 6:25-33 The word providence refers to the care and benevolent guidance of God. It comes from the same root word as do “provide” and “provisions.” Providence means that everything that happens, however bewildering, is ultimately subject to God’s purposes, but today, we are sometimes quicker to attribute the things that happen to fate, luck, our own hard work, or the intervention of other people. The above text comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and one of the themes Jesus addresses in these verses is providence. He begins by referring to the worry many people feel about the future — about whether they will have enough of the essentials of life. Jesus confronts that worry with thre

Waiting On God

“If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job 14:14 It would be terrible to look back over your life and see that the many times you thought your prayer request was denied was actually only delayed. Life will always present broken places, places of struggle and conflict. If you have a divine purpose and life has put you on hold, hang on! Stay on the line until life gets back to you. It’s worth the wait to receive your answer from the Lord. The real test of faith is in facing the silence of being on hold. Those are the suspended times of indecision. Have you felt you were on the verge of something phenomenon that you were waiting

Missions Sunday

We will be having our Missions day this coming Sunday (November 22nd). We are excited to host a missionary guest speaker. She will speak twice. The first session will be at 9:00am in the gym. Don’t miss it, we will be serving free breakfast for all. Then the second session will be at the 10:30am worship service. As we come towards our Missions Sunday, I have been reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer and what it teaches us about missions. Especially Mathew 6: 10; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” What does the kingdom of God on earth look like? What is God’s idea of the divine kingdom realized on earth? The Lord’s Prayer was given at a time of Roman dominion. At th

In God

Habakkuk 3:16-19 Tomorrow morning, I will be preaching from the above text. My heart goes out to those affected by the attacks in Paris. StartFragment The OT prophet Habakkuk lived in a time back in the 7th century B.C. when everything also seemed to be falling apart in his world. All around him he observed sin, violence, and injustice. Habakkuk saw a dying world and it broke his heart. The world is going through tough times. When we think of the reckless wars and terrorism, the reckless shootings in Chicago and other cities, the increase in human trafficking, child abuse and womaen abuse, the immigration crisis and the economic difficulty most people are going through. My heart hurts! In th

A woman with Infirmity

"And, behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eigteen years, and was bowed together and could in no way lift herself up... He called her to Him and said to her, Woman, thou are loosed from your infirmity" Luke 13: 11- 12 Perhaps like me, you find some point of similarity between this woman's situation and your own situation. There are three major characters in this story: the person, the problem and the prescription. For every person, there will be a problem and for every problem, our God has a prescription. For 18 yrs this woman suffered an infirmity that affected her life dramatically. It is however good to know that there is no problem too old for God to take care of. Our

Washed in the Blood

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light... the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleaneth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7 Just think about this for a moment! The blood is the only element in our bodies that reaches and affects and fuels all the parts of the body. If the blood is restricted from reaching a certain part of the body, that part will internally asphyxiate (die, lose conciousness, choke, suffocate). Every organ in the body needs blood. The blood also delivers soluble dietery contents throughout the body, our blood also offers defensive mechanisms for the body. The white blood cells are equiped to fight off bacteria and expel it from the body- stripping it of its power and rob

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