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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Touch of Faith

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:21, 22{ML 13.1}
To talk of religious things in a casual way, to pray for spiritual blessings without real soul hunger and living faith, avails little. The wondering crowd that pressed close about Christ realized no vital power from the contact. But when the poor, suffering woman, in her great need, put forth her hand and touched the hem of Jesus' garment, she felt the healing virtue. Hers was the touch of faith. Christ recognized that touch, and He determined there to give a lesson for all His followers to the close of time. He knew that virtue had gone out of Him, and turning about in the throng He said, "Who touched My clothes?" Surprised at such a question, His disciples answered, "Thou seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me?"
Jesus fixed His eyes upon her who had done this. She was filled with fear. Great joy was hers; but had she overstepped her duty? Knowing what was done in her, she came trembling, and fell at His feet, and told Him all the truth. Christ did not reproach her. He gently said, "Go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
Here was distinguished the casual contact from the touch of faith. Prayer and preaching, without the exercise of living faith in God, will be in vain. But the touch of faith opens to us the divine treasure house of power and wisdom; and thus, through instruments of clay, God accomplishes the wonders of His grace.
This living faith is our great need today. We must know that Jesus is indeed ours; that His Spirit is purifying and refining our hearts. If the followers of Christ had genuine faith, with meekness and love, what a work they might accomplish! What fruit would be seen to the glory of God!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hatunaye Tena..! Pr.Joseph Shem Onyango 1936-2010

1Wakorintho 15:51-58
51Sikilizeni, nawaambia siri: sote hatutalala, lakini sote tutabadilishwa 52ghafla, kufumba na kufumbua, tarumbeta ya mwisho itakapolia. Kwa kuwa tarumbeta italia, wafu watafufuliwa na miili isiyoharibika, nasi tutabadilishwa. 53Kwa maana hali hii ya kuharibika lazima ivae kutokuharibika, na hali hii ya kufa lazima ivae hali ya kutokufa. 54Kwa hiyo, wakati kuharibika kutakapovaa kutokuharibika, na mwili wa kufa utakapovaa hali ya kutokufa, ndipo lile neno lililoandikwa litakapotimia, ``Kifo kimemezwa na ushindi .'' 55``Mauti, ushindi wako uko wapi? Na uchungu wako uko wapi?'' 56Uchungu wa kifo ni dhambi, na nguvu ya dhambi ni sheria. 57Lakini, Mungu ashukuriwe! Yeye anatupa tia ushindi kwa njia ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo.
58Kwa hiyo ndugu zangu, simameni imara. Msitikisike. Mzidi sana kujitoa kwa ajili ya kazi ya Bwana, kwa maana mnajua ya kuwa, juhudi yenu si bure katika Bwana.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Seven Secrets of a Happy Life

1.Get rid of all bitterness against people you know or believe have done you wrong. Such feelings are sinful, and cut us off from God. You can ask God to give you a "new" heart. Ezekiel 36:26; "And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart."

2.You need to get rid of all guilty feelings about your past. You can do this easily 1 John 1:9; "But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong." Confess your sins to God and believe His promise to cleanse you from all sin. You are free! Thank God for that. You will want to make it right with anyone you might have hurt. You will want to apologize to anyone you have fought with or told lies about him or her. But do not go back into your past, digging up old mistakes and sins that are forgotten by others. Trust God. Your good life will show others that you are truly belong to Him now, and the past does not count.

3.Be faithful and kind to your wife or husband. Marriage is a great challenge. With God, it can be the most rewarding experience in this present life. Without Him, it can be pure wretchedness and misery. If you are yet unmarried and would like to find a mate you can be happy with, ask God for advice and leading. He knows the hearts of all men and women, and who would be best for you. Trust His wisdom and love.

4.Make God your guide and counselor in all money matters. Be faithful to Him in tithes and offerings. Deuteronomy 14:22-23; "Bring this tithe to the place the Lord your God chooses for His name to be honored.....The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to fear [respect] the Lord your God."

5.Discover the joy of giving your time and money to help those who are suffering or in trouble. God delights to bless those who do what they can, using His blessings unselfishly for others. But the real needs of your own family come first.

6.Be truthful. Do not tell "white lies." They are hard to keep track of, and one lie needs another to cover it up. The Lord says, "Be sure your sin will find you out." There will be no liars in heaven.

7.Make Jesus your best friend through daily prayer and Bible study, and daily surrender of your whole life to Him. He will surprise and delight you with many wonderful answers to your prayers.