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DON'T QUIT: GALATIANS 6:9

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on July 4, 2020 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (12)

 

 

Don't Quit

Galatians 6:9

Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

When we find that we are involved in something that is not in accordance with the will of God for our lives then we ought to quit! There are other times that we may think that we have a right to quit! We grow weary in the work, we aren't appreciated by others, or we feel that we are treated unjustly. Don't quit!

To quit means to give up, to relinquish, to put aside, to discontinue, to cease to perform. It is sad to think of quitting in any situation, but it is doubly sad for those who quit in their service to God! Don't quit!

I. Don't Quit in Prayer.

A. Consider Abraham and Lot (Ge 18:23-33)

1. Lot had chosen the plain of Jordan.

2. Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom.

3. It wasn't long before he and his family was living in the midst of the wickedness of the city.

4. God was ready to destroy the cities because of their grievous sin.

B. Abraham began to intercede.

1. He prayed and asked God if He would spare the city if Abraham could find 50 righteous within the city.

2. God agreed and Abraham continued to bargain with God concerning the righteous.

3. He went from 50 to 45 then 40 then 30 then 20 then 10 then he stopped.

4. Why didn't he continue to intercede for Lot? Why did he quit?

C. Have we quit praying too soon?

1. Have we ever given up on God? I don't mean backsliding…just giving up on believing that God can answer our prayers!

2. I believe God could have spared that wicked city if Abraham hadn't given up.

3. Don't quit praying for those that you care about!

4. God is not willing that any should perish!

5. Perhaps you have been praying for years and haven't seen the answer yet ... Don't quit!

6. God delights in answering our prayers!

II. Don't Quit In Service.

A. We need to Persevere in Service

1. To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement.

2. That means that even though things may get rough and the world may be against you, Don't quit!

3. Paul said if God be for us who can be against us?

B. Peter quit too soon, he didn't persevere in his service for God.

Joh 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

1. Jesus had been crucified, buried, and resurrected.

2. The disciples had received the new commission "as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." cf Jn 20:21

3. But Peter decided it was time to go back to fishing!

4. He had been called from his fishing boat to follow Jesus in the beginning.

5. Jesus used an object lesson to teach Peter the importance of this new commission.

Joh 21:5-6 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 6. Jesus was teaching Peter that He had called him to be a fisher of men…and that he couldn't go back!

C. Have we given up on what God wants us to do?

1. Perhaps you feel that it doesn't matter, Don't quit!

2. Maybe you feel that someone else could do the job better, Don't quit!

3. Perhaps you are just getting tired, Don't quit!

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

III. Don't Quit in Love.

A. Love for the lost.

1. I know that it is hard to keep loving the lost, but we must remember where we were when Jesus saved us!

2. I am thankful that the Lord didn't give up on me and that Christians didn't quit loving me!

3. When the time comes when this church no longer cares about people hearing the Gospel, and then love them to Christ -- then we ought to close our doors!

B. Don't quit loving one another.

Joh 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1. Jesus is our example in everything, especially in love! "…as I have loved you…"

2. In receiving and in forgiving.

Ro 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

3. We need each other, we can't make it alone!

4. Don't quit loving one another.

C. Don't quit loving God's Word.

1. It gives light and understanding.

Ps 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

2. It cleanses us when applied.

Ps 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

3. It preserves and protects.

Ps 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

4. It strengthens us.

Ps 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

5. It brings us peace.

Ps 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Don't quit! The margin between success and failure is often determined by one's decision not to quit. Success and failure are relative terms. What might be termed a failure by the world's standards may be a glowing success in God's eyes. Don't quit praying, don't quit serving, and don't quit loving.

If you are here this morning and you have never placed your faith in Christ, may I invite you to come today, trust the Lord, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? He hasn't quit loving you…and He won't! Come to Him today!

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is … is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 


WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on June 16, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

 

Sermon theme: What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Text: John 15:13-15

Rev. Kennedy Mwita

Introduction

Who is a friend?

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:

"One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable."

"One who understands our silence."

"A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."

"A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."

The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."

Bits & Pieces, July, 1991.

Another source gives this version and source:

A friend is the first person who comes in when the whole world goes out.

Henry Durbanville.

The Bible is filled with stories of friendship.

1.) Moses and Jethro

2.) David and Jonathan

3.) Elijah and Elisha

4.) Paul and Timothy

5.) Paul and the church at Ephesus

 

Open your Bibles to John 15:13-15

13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Being a Friend of Christ means that you have His sacrifice (13)

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Many years ago in Canada a young man, his wife, his two children, and another young man were pursued by a large pack of hungry wolves. When about to be overtaken, they shot some of the wolves. This stopped the wolves a short time while they devoured the dead ones. Again about to be overtaken, they cut the lead horse of the three-horse team loose. The wolves pounced upon him and devoured him. The people were trying to reach the place of safety; but, before they could do so, the wolves were upon them.

The young man who was with the other young man and his family said, "The only hope is for me to give myself to the wolves." Then he immediately leaped from the vehicle into the pack of wolves. Of course he was devoured immediately. Just as they reached the place of safety, the wolves were again upon them; but the family rushed in and was safe. They could scarcely rest. They said, "Our friend gave himself for us. We are living because he is dead."

Jesus sets a level for love that in a word is supreme. Jesus loves you with a level of love that you will never be able to fully comprehend. The standard He sets is higher than we may be able to understand. Jesus sets the standard with His own actions.

Jesus came to this earth with one purpose in mind, laying down His life for us. Jesus was born, so that, He could die. Think of it this way: Jesus loves you enough to sacrifice absolutely everything for you.

You might not realize it or maybe you’re ignoring it, but Jesus loves you with an undying love. This love that Jesus has for you is stronger than any other fact in your life.

The love of Jesus is stronger than any pain you may experience.

Jesus gives the promise that He will give us comfort in the midst of our deepest pain. He makes it clear that there will never be a time that He is not with us in our times of need.

The love of Jesus is stronger than any failure you may have committed.

Jesus loves us in spite of the things that we have done. Jesus not only promises to forgive our sins but He also forgets them. He simply wipes the slate of our lives clean and then refuses to remember what we have done

The love of Jesus is stronger than any problem you may have to face.

Jesus said that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be there in the midst of our joys. He will stand with us in our sorrows. He gives us confidence when we are strong and courage when we are weak. The love of Jesus is stronger than any fault that you may have. There is nothing that you can do to make Jesus love you any less. He loves you with an unconditional love. There are no strings attached. There are bargains to be made. He just loves us all the same.

Being a friend of Christ means that you have His service

You are my friends if you do what I command.

There is a bond that exists between friends. Friends share one another’s hurts and hopes, dreams and dilemmas, joys and jolts. There is a personal connection between friends that mirrors the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with you.

Jesus makes it clear here that we are to do what he commands if we are to be called His friends. At first glance this almost appears childish. How many times have you heard children give some kind of condition on their friendship? If you don’t do such and such, I won’t be your friend. This is not what Jesus is doing here.

What is it that Jesus wants us to do? The command that Jesus gives is in verse 17. This is my command: Love each other. The condition for friendship with Jesus is the simple fact that we follow His example. We are meant to love others as Jesus loves them. The only way to do this is to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you

Jesus tells His disciples that they will not be considered servants but rather that they will be given the standing of friends. In ancient times, a rabbi or teacher would have followers and those followers were considered servants. Jesus is changing the relationship that He has with the disciples. He now calls them friends.

It is important to remember that the Last Supper has already taken place and Jesus is headed for the Garden of Gethsemane, where He will be arrested and then crucified. These were some of the last words that Jesus told His disciples before He died.

What exactly is Jesus trying to say here to the disciples? I believe that Jesus is showing them that their relationship with God is now complete. Jesus was sharing with them a deeper knowledge of God. He was taking them to a new level in their relationship. Jesus was giving them something extremely special here and If you’re not careful, you’ll completely miss it. Jesus was giving them Himself and the realtionship that he enjoyed with God, the Father.

Conclusion

The deepest desire in the heart of Jesus is to call you His friend but the choice is up to you. Just like the friends you have now, a connection had to be made to create that friendship. Jesus wants you to connect with Him today.

9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

Three steps to connecting with Jesus

A - Admit that you are a sinner

The term sin is not just about guilt. It is about the human condition. A fact that we all have to face. At one point or another, we have all failed God.

The Greek word most often used for sin, literally means to miss the mark or to make a mistake. When we admit the fact that we have sinned, it is nothing more than telling God: “I have messed up, I blew it or I failed” If you’re honest with yourself today, you can say that to God.

B - Believe in Jesus

Believing means to make something a common part of your life. It means to put something into practice. There is an old saying: “If you don’t live it, you don’t believe it.”

There are three things that you need to believe to become a friend of Christ

1.) Believe that Jesus died in your place on the cross

2.) Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead on that first Easter morning

3.) Believe that Jesus lives to bring new life to you

C - Commit your life to Jesus

Commitment is one of the things that seems to be declining in our society but it is one of the essential needs to being a friend of Jesus. When we commit to Jesus, we are not only allowing Him to save us but to change our lives. Jesus changes people from the inside out. When we turn to Jesus we are really turning from our sin.

 


UPDATE ON COVID19

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on June 4, 2020 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING

PLACES OF WORSHIP IN THE CONTEXT OF

COVID-19

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TABLE OF CONTENT

I. INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................................3

II. PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDANCE ..............................................................................................................3

III. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL MEASURES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP ................................................4

1. PROMOTE HEALTHY HYGIENE PRACTICES.......................................................................................4

2. IMPLEMENT PHYSICAL DISTANCING................................................................................................4

3. ENSURE USE CLOTH MASKS .............................................................................................................5

4. PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ..............................................................................5

5. CLEANING, DISINFECTION, AND VENTILATION ...............................................................................5

6. PREVENT TOUCHING BETWEEN PEOPLE ATTENDING SERVICES AND MINIMIZE COMMUNITY

SHARING OF MATERIALS AND ITEMS ......................................................................................................6

7. TEMPERATURE MONITORING AND RECORD KEEPING ...................................................................6

IV. MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE GUIDELINES ..............................................................7

V. NONE COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP.......................................................7

VI. UPDATING OF THESE GUIDELINES ...................................................................................................7

VII. REFERENCES......................................................................................................................................8

VIII. ANNEX: RELIGIOUS LEADERS FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19................................................................9

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I. INTRODUCTION

Religious leaders in the Republic of Kenya acknowledge that COVID-19 is a global pandemic,

affecting all races, ethnicities, and geographic regions, that demands collaborative response by

all stakeholders. Religious leaders can play a major role in saving lives and reducing illness related

to COVID-19. They are a primary source of support, comfort, guidance, and direct health care and

social service, for the communities they serve. Religious leaders share health information to

protect their own members and wider communities, which is more likely to be accepted than

from other sources. They provide pastoral and spiritual support during public health emergencies

and other health challenges and advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations. By sharing

clear, evidence-based steps to prevent COVID-19, religiousleaders promote helpful information,

prevent and reduce fear and stigma, provide reassurance to people in their communities, and

promote health-saving practices. Religious leaders are integrated into their communities through

service and compassionate networks and are often able to reach the most vulnerable with

assistance and health information and identify those most in need. Religious leaders are a critical

link in the safety net for vulnerable people within their faith community and wider communities.

Millions of Kenyans embrace worship as an essential part of life. For many faiths, gathering

together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith. But as Kenyans

are now aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing spread of COVID-19 during this Public

Health Emergency. As World Health Organization (WHO) has advised, countries should recognize

that COVID-19 will be with us for some time until an appropriate public health tool (e.g. vaccine)

is available. In the meantime, we all have a role in determining the trajectory of this outbreak.

We must continue to confront this common health threat together. We each have a role to play

in keeping the virus at bay.

Under the extraordinary circumstances in which we temporarily live, these public health

guidelines provide that houses of worship should be re-opened. The guidance cannot anticipate

every unique situation. Churches, congregations, and places of worship should stay informed and

take actions based on wise judgment that will protect health and support economic revitalization.

II. PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDANCE

These public health guidelines are a product of a consultative process of religious leaders and

health security experts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These public health guidelines do

not violate the freedom of worship enshrined in the Kenyan constitution of 2010. The guidelines

acknowledge the special role of religious leaders in COVID-19 education, preparedness, and

response. The guidance is the least restrictive means of serving the compelling interest of

allowing houses of worship to re-open for ministry, but helping to prevent/slow the spread of

COVID-19.

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III. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL MEASURES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP

The religious leaders propose to adopt and implement the following array of public health and

social measures that will help to prevent and suppress transmission of the virus.

1. PROMOTE HEALTHY HYGIENE PRACTICES

Religious leaders will help congregants to maintain healthy hygiene practices by;

 Providing handwashing facilities for members before and after the service or by

placing alcohol-based hand-rub (at least 70% alcohol) at the entrance and in the

worship space.

 Ensure congregants maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and

water for at least 20 seconds.

 Place disposable facial tissues within easy reach and closed bins for used tissues

 Provide visual displays of advice on physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory

etiquette (cough and sneezing).

2. IMPLEMENT PHYSICAL DISTANCING

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs,

or talks. These droplets can land on people or be breathed in by those close by. Houses of

worship will help to prevent/slow the spread of the virus through the following measures;

 Seating or standing of congregants in worship services will be at least 1.5 m (4 feet) apart.

 Encourage attendees to sit with their family unit during the service.  Physical distancing at services and other gatherings like weddings and funerals will be

implemented.  Religious leaders will take steps to limit the size of gatherings. They will consider multiple

services with fewer attendees if need be.

 Scheduling of services will be far apart to allow enough time for cleaning and disinfecting

high-touch surfaces between services.

 Regulate the number and flow of people entering, attending, and departing from worship

spaces to ensure safe distancing at all times.

 Places of worship are strongly advised to hold a maximum of one mid-week service.  Every single service will be held for a maximum of 2 hours

 Identify a room or area where a person could be safely isolated temporary if he or she

becomes ill or begins to develop symptoms during service. Notify the nearest health

facility or call the toll free lines provided by the Ministry of Health (0729471414,

0732353535, 0748592455, 0800721316 (Toll free)

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3. ENSURE USE CLOTH MASKS

 Cloth masks are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly

infected but does not have symptoms.

 Adherence to the use of cloth masks that covers the mouth and nose among

congregants will highly be encouraged except for children younger than 2 years old.

 The ministers and those leading worship may not use the mask while ministering but

will ensure the required physical distancing is maintained.

4. PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

The Religious Leaders recognize that part of the congregants are vulnerable populations.

These include the elderly, those with underlying health conditions like diabetes mellitus,

cardiovascular diseases, cancers and other chronic diseases. When conducting services,

houses of worship will implement the following practices:

 Ask all attendees who have an underlying at-risk health conditions to stay home and if

possible watch the services online.

 Ask all attendees who are elderly (> 65 years) to stay home and if possible watch the

services online.  Ask parent not to bring young children to places of worship, unless the house of worship

will be able to comply with guidelines for child care facilities that may be provided by the

government.

 Advise those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self￾monitor for symptoms as per government guidelines.

 Any worshipper who has COVID-19 like symptoms (dry cough, sneezing, fever, difficulty

in breathing…) should avoid attending worship services.

5. CLEANING, DISINFECTION, AND VENTILATION

 Develop a schedule of increased, routine cleaning and disinfection. This routine should

include cleaning immediately before and immediately after all gatherings.

 Frequently clean often-touched objects such as door knobs, light switches, and stair

railings with disinfectant.

 Ensure that indoor venues have adequate ventilation to increase circulation of outdoor

air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, etc.

 If the indoor venue has limited ventilation, consider holding services and gatherings

outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow.

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6. PREVENT TOUCHING BETWEEN PEOPLE ATTENDING SERVICES AND MINIMIZE

COMMUNITY SHARING OF MATERIALS AND ITEMS

The virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on such surfaces for hours or days. Religious

leaders will protect their members from becoming infected by avoiding practices involving

touching of such surfaces, objects or people. Religious leaders will create and help

congregants to accept new ways including and not limited to the following;

 Physical contact (e.g. shaking hands, hugging) will strictly not be allowed. Instead,

replace hugs and handshakes with greeting people at the entry to worship place with

friendly words and smiles, a peace sign or using a greeting in sign language while

maintaining physical distance.

 Laying of hands by the clergy is temporally prohibited during service in the current

context of COVID-19. Instead congregants will receive prayer/blessing from at least 1 m

away.  Administer Holy Communion without attendees having to touch the same surfaces and

objects.

 Eliminate practices involving touching such as foot washing or dipping fingers into a

common bowl.

 Avoid sharing of microphones during the service among the clergy, choir, praise and

worship teams.

 Temporarily limit the sharing of frequently touched objects, such as hymn books,

bulletins, prayer books, prayer mats or other items passed or shared among

congregants, and encouraging congregants to bring their own such items. If possible,

photocopying or projecting songs, and texts using electronic means.

 Modify the methods used to receive financial offerings/contributions. Encourage the use

of mobile money transfer. Where not possible, consider a stationary collection box

instead of shared collection trays or baskets.

7. TEMPERATURE MONITORING AND RECORD KEEPING

 Every house of worship is encouraged to put measures in place to monitor temperature

of the people coming to the houses of worship. Any person with temperature reading

37.5°c or more will not be allowed to enter in the place of worship. Temperature

monitoring will only be done by using appropriate devices like digital infrared

thermometer gun.  Caveat: None compliance to these guidelines does not include temperature monitoring

using digital infrared thermometer gun because of access and cost implications. Religious

leaders appeal to the government to assist places of worship with infrared thermometer

guns.

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 Records of people attending worship service will be kept safely by the religious leaders.

The list will contain at least; two names, allocated seat number, telephone number and

place of residence for each worshiper. Confidentiality will be maintained, however, the

information may be shared with health authorities for the purpose of contact tracing only

if need arises.

IV. MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE GUIDELINES

Religious leaders with support of government administrators and health officials will be

responsible for ensuring these guidelines are implemented in their places of worship through the

following;

1. Every place of worship will establish a COVID-19 Response committee that will be

responsible of implementing the guidelines.

2. Health authorities will support in carrying out trainings for the religious leaders on these

guidelines at the ward level.

3. Religious leaders will work with the health officials and government administrators to

establish an all-inclusive COVID-19 Response committee at the ward level or sub county

level that will among other things monitor implementation of the guidelines in their

localities.

4. Religious leaders through their governing structures and umbrella bodies will establish a

framework for monitoring and evaluating implementation of these guidelines from time

to time.

V. NONE COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP

Any place of worship that does not institute these public health and social measures as outlined

in the guidelines (except for temperature monitoring) to keep their community safe, the ward

COVID-19 committee may suspend gatherings in such place of worship for public safety until

when all the necessary plans are put in place.

N/B: These guidelines are only applicable in the current context of COVID-19 Pandemic and will

thereafter be null and void.

VI. UPDATING OF THESE GUIDELINES

The government and the religious leaders may update these guidelines from time to time based

on lessons learnt and prevailing circumstances.

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VII. REFERENCES

1. World Health Organization (WHO). Practical considerations and recommendations for

religious leaders and faith-based communities in the context of COVID-19, Interim

Guidance, 7 April 2020. https://www.who.int/publications-detail/practical￾considerations-and-recommendations-for-religious-leaders-and-faith-based￾communities-in-the-context-of-covid-19

2. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-

ncov/php/faith-based.html

3. Kenya Ministry of Health (19th March 2020). Guidance on Workplace Preparedness For Covid-

19.

4. Kenya Ministry of Health (24th April 2020). Protocol for management of restaurants and

eateries during the period of COVID-19 Pandemic.

5. Central Texas Conference Guidelines for Returning to In-Person Worship.

https://www.ctcumc.org/files/coronavirus+covid-

19/central+texas+conference+guidelines +for+returning+to+in-person+worship.pdf

6. Texas Attorney General. Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis.

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/images/admin/2020/Press/T

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VIII. ANNEX: RELIGIOUS LEADERS FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Religious leaders will continue to provide “essential services” in the fight against COVID-19

through and not imitated to the following:

1. Providing COVID-19 education and addressing stigma: Religious leaders are among the most

trusted sources of information, as well as both pastoral, health, and social care in our

communities. The faith community members may trust and follow guidance about COVID-19

coming from religious leaders even more than if delivered by governments and health

authorities. Religious leaders also have a special responsibility to counter and address

misinformation, misleading teachings, and rumors, which can spread rapidly and cause great

damage. The religious leaders will ensure that accurate information is shared with

communities in order to reduce fear and stigma.

2. Keeping the community connected: Religious leaders will strengthen their communities and

combat self-isolation through regularly checking in on individual members, preferably via

phone. This is particularly important to account for individuals who may be living alone, who

are elderly, who have disabilities or are otherwise vulnerable.

3. Providing psychosocial support: Religious leaders will encourage their communities to take

steps to manage their stress and to keep up hope during such times of isolation, fear, and

uncertainty. The constant torrent of news reports about COVID-19 can cause anyone to feel

worried.

4. Responding to situations of domestic violence: An increase in domestic violence has been

reported particularly against women, children, and other marginalized people. Religious

leaders will actively speak out against violence and will provide support or encourage victims

to seek help.

5. Enhancing Social Safety Nets: Religious will continue to help others who need assistance.

Religious leaders and faith communities will promote the sharing of resources to provide for

those whose livelihoods are disrupted and who cannot provide for themselves and their

families.

6. Promoting Safe and dignified burial practices: Religious leaders help grieving families to

ensure that their departed loved ones receive respectful, appropriate funerals and burial

rites, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Religious leaders will work with health

authorities and families to integrate appropriate religious practices with burial and funeral

steps that reduce the chances of infection. Knowing how to safely plan and perform such

funeral services will both protect and comfort mourners and show respect for those who have

died without causing any infectious risk to the mourners.

7. Promoting ecumenical and interfaith collaboration, and peaceful coexistence during the

COVID-19 pandemic

A CHANNEL OF GOD'S BLESSING

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on June 3, 2020 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)


 

 

 

Introduction

 

In the Bible, God used many men and women to carry out his plan to bless all the people of the earth. Followed by Noah, Abraham is the second person in the Bible whom God called forward to serve him. What can we learn from the life of Abraham today?

 

Read Genesis 12:1-9

 

1. Consecration

 

A.Abraham was a born idol worshipper whose father Terah was a professional maker of idols. His entire family worshipped idols made with their own hands. His background, however, is that of a man least qualified for such a divine task. But God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

 

B.Consecration (setting apart for his service) was one of the many ways in what God qualified Abraham for service. God as a part of this process wanted Abraham to make a decision. To leave his unbelieving community, their ways, and their country. The Bible says Abraham decided to obey God.

 

C. Implications: God called me out from the world to serve a very special purpose and I must set myself apart for him because I cannot serve two masters, (Matthew 6:24). Just like Abraham, I have many choices before me and God wants me to pick what pleases him most by leaving my old ways behind and become fully committed to his call.

 

2. Comfort Zone

 

A. Abraham lived in Ur of the Chaldees. (present day in Iraq). In Abraham’s time, it was a bustling seaport, where trade was conducted with India and Africa. The city was a center of intellectual activity. The region was well suited for raising flocks and herds also.

B.  Frankly speaking, although Abraham obeyed immediately he actually embarked himself and his family on a journey of uncertainty than of faith. He lacked nothing and he was secure where he was (comfort zone). Still decided to risk everything in order to pursue God’s promise and God never failed him.

 

D. Implications: God’s purpose for my life is too big to fit into my comfort zone. I cannot remain in my comfort zone and hope I will be able to serve God’s purpose. I must leave my average behind to experience God’s extraordinary. Unfortunately very often God doesn’t give all the details when he wants me to do something for him. But the Bible assures that God who called me is faithful and will see me through, (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

 

3. Providence

 

A.The occult was a common occupation in Abraham’s day. Cursing was a widely used weapon to bring harm to others. In the oriental mind, the curse carried with it its own power of execution. But it was actually executed by a demonic spirit, that the victim could not control.

 

B.But God promised to protect Abraham. He threatens to bring his own curse upon anyone that pass a curse on his servant. Later we see this promise being fulfilled on numerous occasions.

 

C. Implications: The same promise is passed on to me because I am called by God. There’s no man on this earth or a supernatural being in heaven capable of inflicting harm on me. I am called by the almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth and everything in them, to serve a very special purpose.

 

4. Service

 

A.The promise for Providence was followed by a condition. God expected Abraham’s life and the lives of his descendants to be a channel of God’s blessings to every other nation in the world.

 

B.This was God’s purpose for Abraham. God chose him from all the people on earth to bring forth a great nation who will bless everyone on this earth. A nation that will serve as a channel of God’s saving grace.

 

C. Implications: I am saved to serve. God’s purpose for my life is that I will be a channel of his blessings. When I do God will bless my life also. He will expand my boundaries, (…I will make your name great…)

 

5. Conclusion

Just like Abraham we were also a worshiper of our own idols when God called us from our sinful, shameful and sinful ways into consecration because he knew us and had a very special purpose for us even before we were born. He has appointed us to become channels of his blessings, so all the people around us will be blessed. In return, He will protect us, bless us and make our names great.

 

SERMON: HOPE IN HOPELESS SITUATION

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on May 31, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

HOPE IN HOPELESS SITUATION. -

Rev. Kennedy MWITA. FUMC-Moheto.

 

In Romans 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our sufferings because we are a people of hope: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:3–5, ESV).

 

So, how can we have hope when everything looks hopeless? In the midst of suffering, we can rejoice because these challenges cause us to:

1. Rely on God’s presence

Rejoicing in suffering does not mean celebrating when bad news comes. But, it does mean that we can believe that God is doing a redemptive work. This word “redemptive” means that God does not waste a hurt or disappointment. He is using them to shape and build us into the image of Jesus, which is his highest passion.

When we go through suffering, we often pray and seek God more intensely than at other times. My greatest times of growth have been when I’ve reached the end of my resources and all I have left is Jesus. God uses suffering to make us rely on his presence.

In Psalm 23:4, David writes that he does not fear because God is with him. He relies on God’s presence, and it brings him strength and comfort. Remember that for there to be a shadow, there has to be a light. I don’t know what your “valley of the shadow of death” is, but I do know who the Light is that is walking with you in that valley.

In another Psalm, David reveals that one of the reasons for his joy is that he is forgiven: “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven whose sins are covered (Ps. 31:1, NIV). We can’t determine God’s love for us based on good or bad circumstances. We determine his love based on the cross and what he did for us on it.

2. Rely on God’s provision

In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul reveals that he has suffered from a “thorn in the flesh.” God was so concerned about Paul not becoming proud he allowed this to happen to him to prevent him from becoming conceited.

In our current situations, God is saying to us that his grace is sufficient, and even when we feel weak, he is making us stronger than we have ever been. His grace is not an abstract idea. It is the person of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. The hell you are going through may be the very circumstance God uses to take you to a whole new level.

3. Rely on God’s power

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9b, ESV).

What is your weakness? Maybe it is a son or a daughter that hasn’t quite turned out the way you thought he or she would. A job situation that has gone awry. A medical diagnosis that has scared you. Maybe, like Paul, it is also insults, hardships, or persecutions. Whatever it is, Paul says he will boast in those things because when we are weak, the power of Christ rests on us.

The greater the enemy comes at you, the greater Jesus is in you.

The greater the enemy comes at you, the greater Jesus is in you.

Maybe you hear voices telling you to just quit, give up, and let it go. Don’t stop. When you are weak, then he is strong. Remember the greater the attack against you, the greater Christ is in you, but you have to rely on his presence, his provision and his power.

This week take a moment to write down what you are suffering from or struggling with and place it in an envelope. On the outside, write, “God’s got this, and he is transforming me.” Now when that challenge comes to mind remember to rely on him.

 

prayer for the country

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on June 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Friends this is the ripe time when the country kenya need your prayers.

We are at a time when things seam to be at spiritually arested state.

We therefore call for a mass prayer action for peace to prevail in kenya.

Rev. Mwita Kennedy.

PRAY FOR KENYA

Posted by First United Methodist Church Moheto. on June 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Friends this is the ripe time when the country kenya need your prayers.

We are at a time when things seam to be at spiritually arested state.

We therefore call for a mass prayer action for peace to prevail in kenya.

Rev. Mwita Kennedy.


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