Wednesday, September 23, 2020

KIDS OF THE ORPHANAGE (1)


Over the next few weeks I will be posting the background stories and photos of all the children of the orphanage. I asked Pastor Joel to write to me more about the kids than merely the ages and how they came to the orphanage.
The following biographies are what Joel sent to me 

IBRAHIM ONDUSO

AGE 16, GENDER: MALE

FORM 2

THE YEAR HE CAME TO THE ORPHANAGE: 2016

FOUND IN THE STREET

BIOGRAPHY

He was raised up by a single mother and they used to live where the mother worked but unfortunately when post election violence took place his mother was killed and a neighbor adopted him and at the end the neighbor abandoned him and when he became desperate he went to the street and became a street boy. 

By the fact that his mother was single and did not own any land property this boy was really lacking a place to belong and his family is not known by anyone around. This boy Ibrahim is now thankful that now he belongs to an orphanage family by the mercies of God and he can testify that he can now see a bright future that God has prepared for him through the good care in the orphanage. He is a young evangelist and he wants to reach more souls after school in the near future

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KEMISO DAVID

AGE: 13 GENDER: MALE

Grade: 5 

YEAR HE CAME TO THE ORPHANAGE-2018

FOUND: IN THE STREET

He was born in the street, his mother was a street woman and his mother died in the year 2017. She was buried in the cemetery. So Kemiso was purely a street boy right from the time of his birth. 

This boy says that he can’t forget the goodness of God in the land of the living and he will live to praise God. He has an ambition of becoming a minister of the gospel after school and his ministry will mostly be based on streets to safe the vulnerable kids like him that are facing challenges as he used to, so that he can bring hope to them through the word of God like the way pastor Donald‘s team in conjunction with the leadership of Kenya have embraced his heart by providing support and good care in the orphanag.                 

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BRIAN OMBATI AGE: 16

GENDER: MALE

CLASS: FORM 3

FOUND: REJECTED

YEAR: HE CAME TO THE ORPHANAGE: 2016

He was born out of wedlock and his parents started wrangles because of his birth outside marriage, his mother was chased by her husband and the child became rejected but because his mother loved him he went to stay with him in Kisii town and by bad lack his mother died of liver cancer and left him. 

We found him during our crusade having no where to go and decided to take him under our care to give him hope. Initially before we adopted him, he used to sleep in the nearby Nyabioto primary school where he turned one of the classrooms to be his sleeping place at night and he could leave earlier in the morning before children arrive at school and start roaming in the village day time looking for food to eat from good Samaritans. 

Brian likes quoting that “maybe it was not the plan of man for him to be born but he has come to believe that in the mind of God he was to be born and nobody could stop him from being born”. 

This boy tell other children in the orphanage that as moses was sent by God to rescue the children of Israel the same way pastor Donald was sent to Kenya to rescue the hopeless kids like him. 

He says that he will also ask God to give him an opportunity and heart of helping many in future when he is capable after school. He always says that he must try the best he can to extend hand of support to some kids who will be suffering rejection like he used to.

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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to “The Log Church” and write “Orphans” on the memo line.

Send it to:
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564


We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to 

$50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.”

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 BSB)

It is a marvelous thing that we have been created by God. It is even more marvelous that as he continues to form us, he is constantly helping us in our lives (I spoke about this last week). But frankly, these are not the most important aspects of the verses above which speak of the creation of man. Rather, absolutely the most amazing aspect is the fact that when God created us, he created us in his image. We have been made in the very image of God. This is mentioned twice in the opening verses above.

Last week we talked about how impossible it is for us to envision exactly how the creation of the first man and woman took place. This impossibility for us is only accentuated when we try to think of the significance and all of the implications of what it means to be created in the image of God. Any explanation that we can give of this phrase must fall far short of an accurate portrayal of what is meant by this astounding fact.


The Image of God

Certainly we can draw some suppositions. The fact that we are actually spiritual in essence must have something to do with the fact that we have been created in the image of God, since as Jesus told the woman at the well, “God is Spirit.”

We also have an intellectual aspect about us, as does God. We are relational in our nature like God. Despite whatever difficulty or frustrations we have with other people, most of us cannot happily exist without having others in our lives.

We are also creative. The fact we have a desire to create must have something to do with being made in God’s image. It is true that we do not have the ability to call into existence something out of nothing, but we each have a creative streak within us. Whether it is in art, inventiveness, music or literary composition, or in a host of other ways, each of us like to make something with our own hands or our imagination.

Another thing about being created in the image of God is that we have a moral code that is instilled within us. All humans, no matter what society or age in which they live, have an innate sense of actions that are right and those that are wrong. Certainly these norms can be corrupted and even changed by a prevailing culture, but absolutely everyone has some sort of standard to which they appeal in order to justify their actions.

All of these aspects have to do with being created in the image of God. Nevertheless, at the original creation, God spoke of none of these. Rather, he referred to yet another aspect of the image of God.


Dominion

Reading again the words of God: “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.”

We can see that when God spoke of man being in his image, he linked it directly to dominion. At least in the context of this verse quoting God at the very dawn of history, he gave man the role of presiding over all the living creatures on earth, and even over the earth itself.

The notion that humans are above nature is becoming increasingly unpopular in our day. The trend in thinking today is that the earth itself is dominant, and humans are merely one of the creatures who inhabit the planet. 

No doubt part of the reason for this thinking has stemmed from the fact that we historically have done such an atrocious job in caring for our environment. We have polluted and ruined, we have taken greedily and not given back, and we have lived without regard to what damage we were doing to our natural world.

Certainly these attitudes are part of the reason for the growing belief in the supremacy of nature, but it is not the entire reason. This perspective and its reasoning goes deeper than that.

The primary reason that this belief is becoming prevalent is because of what we have allowed the image of God within us to become. We have not only done an atrocious job in caring for our environment, but we have done an even worse job in maintaining the reflection of God in our lives. The image of God within us has become corrupted.

God created us in his image, but just as we have done to our environment itself, we have contaminated God’s image within us and infected it with sin. We have abused our reflection of God and lived as if we were not responsible for our actions and as if there would be no day of reckoning.


What Happened

So what has happened to God’s original plan? How is it that we have strayed so far from what God intended, and why has the image of God within us become so tarnished?

According to what the Apostle Paul teaches, it is because we as a human race have not merely ignored the teachings of God, but we have even suppressed them. I quote from Romans 1:18-20:


The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse (BSB). 


A few weeks ago I quoted also the man Job who told us that among all of God’s creatures, it is we alone who do not recognize God as the creator and sustainer of life.

Job says, “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” (Job 12:7-10 NAS)

It is said of no other creature other than humans that they have been endowed with the image of God. Seeing that this is so, and contrary to what we might expect, it is also said of no other creature that they have rejected the knowledge of God.

But humans, the very ones who have been given the image of God, have rejected this knowledge. Why is this so?


The Rejection

The rejection has primarily happened because humans have attempted to usurp the authority of God and to become their own authority. Again, the roots of this go way back to the Garden of Eden.

Originally, the environment that God gave to Adam and Eve was a perfect environment and his image within them was untarnished. In God’s love for those that he created in his image, he gave to them the responsibility to care for it. This is shown to us in the form of the naming of the animals. God did not name the animals, but instead brought each before Adam so that the man could give them a name.

The act of naming the animals is more than a cute Bible story we tell to our Sunday School class. God did this to demonstrate that the man was to be responsible for the animals. It is only the person that is responsible to care for someone or something who also has the right to give these a name. God gave names to Adam and Eve, but Adam was given the task of naming the animals. The animals of the earth were under man’s dominion.

But then Satan entered the picture. Satan introduced the first man and woman to the concept of discontent. He convinced Adam and Eve that God was holding out on them and that they could have more. Because of the doubts that Satan placed within them, for the first time Adam and Eve were dissatisfied with their lives.

Tempting Eve with the very fruit that God and warned them not to eat, Satan told her, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Just as Satan himself had rebelled against the authority of God and had lost his own state of existence that he before had known as one of God’s own angels, he is now attempting to beguile the first humans to do the same. If he is successful, he will have the entire creation of the earth under his influence. Remember, the man and the woman held the authority of the earth and all of its creatures, and if Satan could put these first people under his spell, then it would be him who would hold the authority over all the earth.

Of course we know what happened. Satan twisted the words that God has spoken and tempted them with the thought that they could become equal to God. In other words—they would become gods themselves.

In the book of Romans, Paul explains what happened, not only to Adam and Eve, but to the human race in general:


For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:21-23 BSB)


It was then that we as a human race began to devalue the image of God. Our worship instead began to be focused on ourselves, which eventually began to be a worship of creation itself, instead of the Creator.

Or as Paul put it: “[We] exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! (Romans 1:25)

Thus, the image of God that he had even placed within us became corrupted by our rebellious and faulty thinking. We became confused in our priorities, ignorant of the eternal truth, and condemned to live with constant discontentedness. 


What God Did

Seeing that this was the state of existence that we had brought upon ourselves, what could God do to reestablish our former condition? Of course he could continue to speak to us to attempt to convince us of his truth, which he did. But our understanding of truth had been so corrupted by the lie of Satan, most refused to recognize it.

Historically, in many ways God attempted to bring us back to him. He gave us his commandments, which although he knew that we could never obey completely, at least gave us a vision for how his righteousness functioned. He also sent prophets to speak his truth. They were either ignored, mocked, persecuted or stoned to death.

Finally, God Himself returned. He returned in the person of Jesus Christ, who was also called “the Son of God.”


The Image of God Incarnate

The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews explained the coming of Jesus by saying, “On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets. But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son…[Who] is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Hebrews 1:1-3 BSB).

I also again quote Paul the apostle, since he has written much on this subject. Speaking of the person of Jesus, Paul says,


The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. 

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. (Colossians 1:15-18 BSB) 


With the arrival of Jesus to earth, also born of a human mother as we are, yet also retaining the nature of his eternal divinity, we have the perfect image of God demonstrated to us in human form. Jesus Christ is God’s most perfect message to us. The Apostle John even calls him the very “Word of God.”

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 BSB).


How Satan has Hidden the Image of God from Us

Of course, Satan did everything in his power to cause this most perfect message of God’s to fail. Since Jesus had come in the form of a man, Satan at first believed that he could use similar temptations on the Son of God that he used on other men. The Devil tempted him with riches and power, but he had no success in doing this. Unlike Adam and Eve did in the face of the temptation from Satan, Jesus sent him away (Matthew 4:1-11).

Failing that, Satan then attempted to hide the message and the image of God from the people of the world. In this, Satan has had considerable success. The message of Christ has largely been lost to most people in all the noise of trivial pursuits that the world under Satan’s control puts before us.

Paul writes that “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

“Their minds were closed,” he says.

Paul describes what Satan did as placing a veil over the faces of the unbelievers so that they cannot see the truth that God had spent centuries in attempting to communicate to the world. This truth of God’s was demonstrated in all of his messages, beginning with the commandments and prophets of the Old Testament. Despite the many methods that God has used to try and break through our blindness, in every instance and with a great number of people, Satan was able to hide the truth of God.

People were blinded. A veil had been placed in front of their eyes.


The Image of God Restored in Men and Women

There is only one solution for the “lifting of this veil” so that the truth can be seen: “Only in Christ can it be removed…whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away,” Paul says (2 Corinthians 3:14,16).

It is with the lifting of this veil that we ourselves are transformed. Paul continues, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 BSB).

When Christ comes into our lives and we begin to listen to the words of God, we begin to see through the tricks and deceits of the devil. The inconsequential pastimes of the world no longer hold our attention. Our vision becomes clearer.

Did you notice that Paul speaks of an intensifying glory? Once the knowledge of the true Savior Jesus Christ has lifted the veil from in front of our eyes, his image in us is awakened. We are no longer condemned to live in a state of discontent, listening to and heeding the lies of Satan.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

In Christ, the awakened image of God within us begins to transform us with an intensifying glory. Perhaps the change comes slowly at first, but for all who truly know Christ, God is at work within them. He is renewing and forming us into his image as he did at the beginning at the creation (Romans 8:29).


Pressing On Toward the Goal

For the one who follows the Word, Jesus Christ, all of life has a forward movement. Concerning the image of God within us, we presently may not yet be where we want to be in our lives, but we have promises and we have a goal.

This was Paul’s summary of his life. Speaking of his life in Christ, he wrote to the Philippian church,


Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 BSB)


Just as in Paul’s testimony about his life, neither have any of us already attained or arrived where we want to be in our lives. But taking a clue from Paul, we forget all those ways of past in which we have followed Satan and the world, and concentrate on looking straight ahead on the path that Jesus has laid out before us. Jesus has dealt with those past sins and our past rebellion. We need not trouble ourselves with them any longer.

Paul also wrote, “Once you were alienated from God and were hostile in your minds because of your evil deeds. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy, unblemished, and blameless in His presence—if indeed you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope of the gospel you heard” (Colossians 1:21-23 BSB).

Do not allow Satan to have dominion in your life. The goal is before you. That is where our attention should be centered.

And what is the goal? I think John summarizes it the best: “Beloved, now we are God’s children, and what we will be has not yet appeared. But we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).


Thursday, September 17, 2020

KISII REPORT - LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

 

Below is this week’s letter from Pastor Joel. Thanks to all who sent in some support for the orphanage. You can see below how the money was used primarily to buy food. I knew that they had been without food for some days, but grateful that the church in Kisii was also able to help out.

 

The kids have one day a week when they are allowed to go to the field of one of the schools for exercise, which mainly would consist of playing soccer (football). However, they have been without a football for some time, so I told Joel that with this money we just sent, they should use part of it to buy one.


Footballs are not cheap there. The first time I was in Kenya we went to the market to buy one and I was surprised that one of the better footballs cost about $50 US. We were able to find what looked like a pretty good one for about half that amount. Last time I went to Kenya I brought one that cost about $5from the closeout isle at one of the stores near our home.


From Pastor Joel:

 

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,           

Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the provision received sent through the friends and readers of the blog post of Pastor Don and Vivian. We are humbled once again for the care you have cared for the Log orphanage Kenya. We request your prayers for the children God to keep caring and providing for them.

 

We thank the church here in Kenya for sending the their food for last week, we have lacked  food only 3 days since the food was over from store, so for 6 days the church was able send some help of bananas, beans and some vegetables to sustain the children may God bless you all for your help. We Thank God for your love and concern for the children in Kenya.

 

Dad we will be sending background of each child as requested. Dad one of my classmate I requested for football agreed to donate it and we will update you as we receive. The children say thanks for your donation. Received Ksh. 404,000 and below is the breakdown of the budget.

The budget was Ksh385, 900

 


Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 167x479kgs=Ksh.80,000

Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.200 x558.5=111,700.

Beans=400kilogramm,one kgs cost Ksh. 250x400kgs=Ksh. 85,000.

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 250x60litres=Ksh.15,000.

Soap 20Kilogram,1kg @150=Ksh.3,000.

Sanitizer 29litres, one litre @ 150=Ksh.4400

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700

Unga ngano/baking flour 143kgs

One kilogram =Ksh.140 x143kgs=Ksh.20,000

Salt 38Kgs=3800

Sugar 156.8kgs 1 kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100

Blankets @ Ksh. 6300

Transport cost Ksh.5900

 

We had other needs of the children and within the orphanage

Appreciation to workers =Ksh. 4,000 not payment it done once for a time.

Firewood one lorry =Ksh. 14,100 =2 tones

 


We thank God for the provision, now daily consumption of 63 children and workers Ksh. 385900 ÷ Ksh. 19845 =19.4 days. the food budgeted will last as from Monday 14 September Date to  3 October 2020.

Thanks God bless you we are praying for you, we keep praying for you all.

Dad the school is still closed and we have not be told when it will be opened but they are on proposing on school reopening we will update on the same.

 

May good God bless you all. Thanks for your love. Real good we call you blessed.

Yours Son Joel and Church/Orphanage leadership.

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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to “The Log Church” and write “Orphans” on the memo line.


Send it to:

The Log Church

PO Box 68

Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564


We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to

$50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

THE ARTIST AND THE WORK OF HIS HANDS - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON,. SEPT 13

On the sixth day of creation, God created man and woman.
The account of this is found in one of the first verses of the Bible. “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).
 

The Creation of Man and Woman

Of course there is no way that we are able to comprehend the depths of meaning of this verse, and since there is no possible manner in which we are able to envision how the actual creation of the man and the woman occurred, we often put no thought at all into it. Or, if we do put thought into it, we limit those thoughts to an endless debate about evolution and creationism.

However, it is good to put a few moments into attempting to understand God’s creative act. What was the way in which God created the first man and woman? How was it that the first humans came to be? Did they just pop into existence, like a genie out of a bottle? Or was it in some ways a longer process?

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - SEPT 13


The Log Church BulletinSeptember 13, 2020
 


Opening Song
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

In many and various ways, we all are constantly at work trying to improve our lives. Be it in our health, in our finances, in our emotional makeup, or in many other ways, we try to better our condition.But there is someone else that is even more interested in our improvement than we are. It is He who created us in the first place.


And it is our Creator whom we have come to worship this morning. For this short hour, we have dedicated ourselves to listening for His voice as He speaks to our hearts about what He is doing in our lives, and how He is working.

Invocation Prayer

Our Father and Creator, we thank you for life. We thank you for our life. We thank you that you did not simply give us life and then just leave us to struggle on alone, but that you continually are working in our lives and are involved with us. We look to you today and praise you. Amen

Song of Worship

Selected Reading – Hebrews 13:14-16

For here we do not have a permanent city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name.

And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Prayer of Confession

Our Father, we do thank you for life, but it sometimes seems like this life takes everything out of us. We fight battles in this life. Sometimes they are outward battles, and sometimes battles within.

Please forgive us for thinking that these are our own struggles alone. Help us to place our trust in You—the One who is our maker, defender and protector. Amen

Words of Assurance

It is always good to know that God knew us and has been involved with us even from the beginning of time. He has put great thought and great effort into making each one of us, and making us in our own unique way.

There are no errors in what He is doing. There are no missteps. If you learn to cooperate with Him in His works, you will learn and grow from each event that life brings to you.

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith

Scripture Reading  OT – Psalm 33:13-15; 94:8-15

The LORD looks down from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From His dwelling place He gazes on all who inhabit the earth. He shapes the hearts of each; He considers all their works.

Take notice, O senseless among the people! O fools, when will you be wise?

He who affixed the ear, can He not hear? He who formed the eye, can He not see?

He who admonishes the nations, does He not discipline? He who teaches man, does He lack knowledge?

The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law, to grant him relief from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.

For the LORD will not forsake His people; He will never abandon His heritage.

Surely judgment will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

NT – 1 Thessalonians  5:17-24

Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit.

Do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test all things.

Hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

Responsorial Reading  (from Psalm 139)

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well.

You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is their sum!

If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You.

Message           The Artist and the Work of His Hands

Song of Unity 

Offering   A basket has been placed on the table at the entrance of the church to receive your offerings. Thank you for placing your gifts there, and may God bless you! 

Prayer of Intercession

Dear God, we praise you for the gifts that we receive from you every day. We thank you for our generally healthy environment here in the Northwoods—our clean air and clean water. Thank you for the access that we have to healthy and affordable food.

Nevertheless, we know that all in our own area are not blessed with all of the same blessings. Please provide shelter for those needing cover, and please send food for those who are hungry. Please send your Comforter, your Holy Spirit to minister to those who have lost a loved one. Please also send your people to bring aid.

We pray also for those of our world that are suffering with their living situations. We pray specifically for the orphans of the Log Church of Kenya. We continue to pray for food and for clean water for these children. Thank you for the healthy and safe place to sleep at night where they have to stay this year. Please provide for them to attend school.

We pray for our nation in these critical days. As a nation, it seems that we have problems on every side. Despite all the blessings that you have given us throughout our history, it is to our shame that we as a nation have forgotten you. We have turned our backs on the One who has blessed us.

Please guide us as the people of this church to know how to respond to the toxic social atmosphere in which we live. We pray that our nation would repent of the path that we have set ourselves on, and return to you.

Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.

Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen

Closing Song   

Benediction and prayer

 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

NAVIGATING OUR WAY TO GOD - PART 2: LOG CHURCH SERMON,SEPT 6



Back to the Sea


I take you back now to again talk about the early Polynesians, navigating their way through the immeasurable waters of the Pacific and looking for an island to call their home. In several ways it is a good illustration of how one finds his or her way to God. In my rather lengthy explanation of the methods of these navigators last week, I had more of a purpose that to just teach you about the Polynesians. It was also to illustrate how a seeking soul finds his or her way to God.

Reason alone would not have allowed the Polynesians to discover and to colonize the vastly scattered islands of the Pacific. Reason alone would have calculated that the chances of finding such tiny islands in this great and unknown ocean to be very slim. In fact, now that we know the size of the Pacific in relation to the total land mass of all of the islands, we can calculate the chances. It is about one in ten thousand.[1] These are not very good odds, especially when your life and the life of your family are on the line.

However, it is not that these first people blindly and foolishly set out in their canoes in the outside chance that they would end up on an island. They did not rely on chance, since they had learned to read the signs of what was happening around them.

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - SEPT 6


The Log Church Bulletin
September 6, 2020

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship
 
In these days of the coronavirus, people are waiting for life to return to normal. The news of TV is talking about the development of the vaccine. Many are placing their hope in this, thinking that a vaccine will help us to return to a “normal” life. I sincerely hope that it will help, but God does not want us to be content with “normal.” He wants to give us the extraordinary.

We come this morning to worship the One who is leading us through these difficult days. As we learn to navigate through these times, we know that the directions that God provides are the ones that will lead us to a life that is beyond all that we can ask or even envision.

Invocation Prayer

Our Father in heaven, in these days there are many who are advising us and giving their opinions of how we should proceed with our lives. Some of the advice that we are given may be worth listening to, and other advice is not worth our efforts to listen. But we have come to church this morning to listen to you. We want to hear what You have to say to us. We pray that you will help each one of us to listen to Your advice for these times. Amen

Song of Worship #17 – Shine Jesus, Shine

Selected Reading       Romans 16:25-27

Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past but now revealed and made known through the writings of the prophets by the command of the eternal God, in order to lead all nations to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, although our prayer is that you would give us the wisdom and the strength to grow in our walk with you, we confess that we fail many times. Our prayer this morning is that you will help each one of us to focus our thoughts and concentration on what you have to say to us in the service today. Help us to listen to your voice, spoken to us inwardly by your Holy Spirit. We thank you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Words of Assurance

Navigating through the days in which we live has seldom been as difficult as it is in these days. But we can rest in the assurance that God is there to help us. If we learn to listen, he is there every day to direct us. If you have not lately been listening for his voice, you can begin today. You can begin right now.

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith #29 – Grace Like Rain

Scripture Reading: OT – Isaiah 46:10-11
I declare the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

NT – Revelation 22:13
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Responsorial Reading : From Jeremiah 29 and Hebrews 11:6

For this is what the LORD says: “I will attend to you and confirm My promise to restore you to this place.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore you from captivity and gather you from all the nations.

I will restore you to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Without faith it is impossible to please him.

Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Message          Navigating Our Way to God – Part 2

Song of Unity #30 – Come to Jesus

Communion – If you are visiting with us today as a believer in Jesus Christ as the Savior of your life and your soul, and you understand the importance of Jesus sacrificing his life so that you may live eternally, please feel free to join us in this most intimate of customs given to us by Jesus. You are of the family of God, and all in the family are welcome to share this meal with us.

Offering  Please notice that a basket has been provided at the entrance of the church to receive your offering. Thanks and God bless you!

Also, on the first Sunday of each month, we have an offering for what we call “Lori’s Fund” or “Change for Change.” This second one is where we give our loose pocket change to give to those who are going through extraordinary times of need. In this manner, the church is usually able to give $50 or $100 a month to an individual or family going through an especially difficult time. The tin container is for you to put this change.

Prayer of Intercession

God of all guidance, we look for your directions this morning. There is seldom a week that passes by when we are not confronted with some new difficulty. We are grateful that you are always willing to hear what is troubling us, and waiting to help us.

Thank you also for supporting us in our daily needs. We thank you for the food on our tables and the roofs over our heads. Thank you for our clean air and water, and thank you for life itself.

We pray for our nation, our government leaders. In these days of our election cycle, help us to sift through all the hype, attacks and counterattacks to hear your direction. Most of all, we pray that we, the people of this nation, would realize our need for you.

We pray for those of our own neighborhood who are in need of a word and a touch from you. We pray also for those of our own families who need you. They may not even be looking to you for direction or for help, but we pray that your Holy Spirit would lead them to you.

Along with these unknown needs are many of those in our church and children in Kenya. We pray for the health and spiritual needs of the people there. We pray for the locust situation and covid restrictions in that country which continues to drive up food availability and prices. Please give these people some relief from their testings.

Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.

Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants.

Amen

Closing Song   #35 – Doxology

Benediction