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Rev. C.B. Samuels message

Here is a summary of the Sunday message: it is a bit cryptic, rather like morse code. You will need to expand it yourself.

Loving God is a command we have to choose to do it. We cant define it the way we want.

Three components to love

  • Devotional component

We have to love God. Love demands presence.

  • Transformational component

We have to change. We have to choose Loving God or Loving the world/money

  • Missional component

Be Missional in all you do. Desire to communicate.

There are many ways to love God but one way to love God that is to love your neighbour. If you do not love your neighbour you are a liar. Loving people is not a suggestion. He said that if you don’t love all the work you do will be dismantled.

Philippians 2. Having the same mind there is no unity. Be Complete by being likeminded. Have this mind. 1Peter 4:1/ 1Cor :2 / the mind of Christ Leadership. You do not have the mind of Christ. We hide under excuses not to love. That it is not my style, or not our culture, etc. This is not a culture problem. This is a spiritual problem.

Four componenents. from Philippians 2:

  • Dont cling to the image. Chapter 3. People love their own status. You have created an image which you love. If any one touches that image finished. Unless you hate that image you cannot love.
  • Made himself nothing,vulnerable. Made himself nothing. We act from our security. Hard to love people who tell you the truth. We have to empty yourself. difficult to love when we protect ourself.
  • Relocate ourselves. What you have to give. You come in from power. You dont want to be at the disposal of others. We are stuck to our status. Are you a servant?
  • What they ask you to is painful to do. They will sit on your head. The fear is that others will give you your agenda. The reason we do not love is because we have not died to ourselves.

Come ye apart and rest

Jesus had told his disciples when it got too busy.. “come ye apart a while and rest”. He tried to make provision for this by going away. However, his plans did not always work ( Mark 6:31). People saw them leaving and ambushed them in their retreat. Jesus did not ignore them, but attended to their needs, having compassion on them.

Many are the times we are tired, and face similar situations. Not having time to eat is also familiar. However, when the crowd presses close, it has to be compassion that spurs the extra mile. Anything else will cause frustration. He taught them many things, the Bible says.

Let us draw close to the heart of compassion to help us in our crowded times.

 

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Harbinger of things to come

http://tinyurl.com/mdg29d 

The MCI and all other health regulatory bodies will soon be scrapped and a new regulatory parent body, the National Council for Human Resources in Health will replace them. Read about it in the URL above.

The MCI has been a hotbed of corruption. Invested with regulatory power, it has abused that power and spawned a generation of “donation doctors”, who have in turn soiled the practice of medicine with avarice. They have bartered and sold  the standards of the profession in the marketplace. This has in turn replaced trust with suspicion in the mind of society. Indeed the MCI has much to answer for.

I hope this new step will be the harbinger of change and it will not shrink from exorcising the current ill humour from our profession.

Where is your faith?

Luke 5:17- 20

The palsied man lowered from the roof. A classic example of

Hold close

The days of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus are shrouded in despair, and death and suffering. All of us face these emotions, and quite of few have felt hemmed in by these ringwraiths of hell. Jesus manifested his glory in the grist of the mill, the centurion presiding over his death himself acknowledging “Surely this was the Son of God”. To manifest his nature in the throes of agony has to be from God. Any other alternative is from our flesh and will not manifest His glory. Press close while being pressed in. Salvation and resurrection come in ways we cannot imagine. Not one of his disciples could fathom or believe it when it happened despite being forewarned by Jesus himself that this would be. How we distance ourselves from Him, even when we stand next to Him. Hold close. The end may be a new beginning.

 

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Our boast

The world structure as we know it is built on self glorification. All our systems, regardless of the field are built on building up oneself. The kernel of rebellion is right here. Following god would have to shake the very foundation of established structures, whose philosophy often creeps unwittingly into the fibre of our being. A very conscious choice has to be exerted to go against the grain, and re establish the right order of things, in which is His delight. The very struggle to know and understand, fundamental distinctions of the human race lead to towers of Babylon that stand in open defiance to the Lords order of things. Yet, the tower never started of with that intention. The process of knowledge and discovery will deviate unless trained by the undergirding to consciously always boast in the Lord. Every area of our lives, internal and external has to follow this runner at the risk of becoming a creeping vine that strays away from the source of all life. Can we truly say all our discoveries, and all our aspirations are rooted in Him? Can we say our every attempt at life has this undergirding? Help me to know and understand this. Let us be able to say “We boast in the Lord”. 

He will keep you

Difficult circumstances. Trying times. Uncertain futures. Painful experiences. 

Through all of them, the words from Isaiah 26:3 holds out hope. Hope with a promise. That He will keep you in perfect peace. However, this is a three part promise. The promise of peace, and being kept in it is linked to two aspects of our being. Our mind being stayed in Him, and our trust in Him. 

Trusting anyone is not easy. The older we get, the more difficult it is to trust. Our past experiences condition us with memories of trust betrayed. This fuels distrust which can become a stronghold in itself. The ability to trust however, is the secret of keeping our mind stayed in Him, and the key to appropriating the promise of peace. 

The engine in this cycle is the ability to trust. Rarely will we give our trust away. However, once given, it becomes easy to trust those we love. The key to this trust is knowing the person we trust in. 

Let us place our trust in HIm, and our restless minds harried with cares and doubts will be stilled with that peace He promised. 

Multitasking in a Mission set up

MULTITASKING IN A MISSION SET UP

Drudgery or devotion?- from “My Utmost for His Highest”, June 15th

GET A MOVE ON

"And beside this . . . add . ." 2 Peter 1:5

You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. "Add" means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. "Jesus took a towel . . . and began to wash the disciples’ feet."

There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.

It is the "adding" that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.

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