Sunday, August 9, 2020

"IF YOU LOVE ME" - LOG CHURCH SERMON, AUG 9


If I were to say to you, “I’ll be your friend if you do whatever I tell you to do,” I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t be so eager to hang out with me. However, that is just what we hear from Jesus in the book of John.

Jesus says there, “You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14).

At first blush, these words from Jesus sound downright presumptuous. It sounds as though his friendship is based only upon our obedience to him. Were this another person speaking to us, we would even say that attitude was more than just a little immature. No friendship should be based upon doing whatever the other person wants.

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - AUGUST 9


The Log Church
August 9, 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
This is a call to worship. What does it mean to worship? To worship means simply taking the time to recognize and acknowledge God for who He is. It is He who is over us and over all creation. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our own Lord and our own Authority.

 

We gather to worship today. We understand that despite all the voices today who claim to be able determine what will happen in this world, it is God who is sovereign over all. This we recognize, and it is because of this that we wish to be under the leadership of God. We bow our hearts before Him today.

Invocation Prayer
Sovereign Lord, there are many factors that seem to control events of the world, and even many factors that seem to control our own lives. We know that these things may have some temporary influence on what happens to us, but in the long view, they are relatively unimportant.

We understand and believe that all things are under your control and that you will bring all things to the conclusion and the purpose that you intend. What is ultimately important to us is the love that you have for us. It is your love that will give us confidence as we face a future that in this world is unknown to us.

Selected Reading – 1 John 4:7-14
Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as the atoning sacrificed for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we remain in Him, and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, so much is determined in the world by using only the standards and judgments of the world and without regard to your perspectives.

Today we are taking time and making the effort to learn of your perspective. In our hearts, we know that all present difficulties will pass, and only what you intend to endure will remain. Help us to see what you intend to teach us today. Amen

Words of Assurance

We all are on a path that leads us to growth of faith in God. We may not be walking exactly the same path, since God leads each of us in different ways. However, although the paths may differ in design, they all have exactly the same in direction and objective. Each of us who are led by Jesus Christ will come to know God. Jesus told us that “No one comes to the Father but by me.”

Understand this about your life today, and God will give you direction for each step. Do not stray from where Jesus is leading you. Listen for His leading in every moment of your lives.

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith – #9 – I Love You Lord

 
Scripture Reading  OT – Psalm 86:11-13

Teach me Your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your loving devotion to me.

 

NT – 1 John 4:15-21

If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.

Responsorial Reading :  Selections from Zephaniah 3

I will restore pure lips to the peoples, that all may call upon the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

On that day you will not be put to shame for any of the deeds by which you have transgressed against Me.

For then I will remove from among you those who rejoice in their pride.

But I will leave within you a meek and humble people, and they will trust in the name of the LORD.

The LORD your God is among you; He is mighty to save.

He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love

He will rejoice over you with singing.

 
Message           If You Love Me

Song of Unity  #8 – I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

Offering   
A basket has been placed on the table at the entrance of the church. Thank you for placing your offering in the basket as you leave. God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Dear Lord, as your little congregation meeting in this small building made of logs, we come to you as our only hope. Although we understand that you may use many methods to answer our prayers, our faith lies not in the methods, but only in you.

We place ourselves and the difficulties we experience into your hands.

As your body of believers, we also support one another. Your word tells us that when one member suffers, we all suffer. When one member rejoices, we all rejoice.

We pray for those among us who are suffering at this moment. While we may or may not be aware of what others are going through, you know. We ask you to give comfort where needed and give healing.

 
Please be with those of this world who walk in darkness and who are without understanding of your grace. Were it not for your grace, we all would be without hope. We bring nothing of our own lives of merit, but we do thank you for accepting and loving us for who we are and as we are. We pray for our friends and family members who need to see this as well.

We pray also for the people of our community who have no hope and are without Christ in this hostile world. Lead them to the truth, and help them to see that life itself is futile without You.

We pray for the children and workers of the Log Church orphanage in Kenya. Please provide for them and sustain them. We also pray for the church there, and ask that you provide the means for them to pay for the sheets of tin for the roof of their building.

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    #28 – Highly Exalted

Benediction and prayer

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

NEWS FROM KENYA ORPHANAGE AND CHURCH

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,
 
Greetings in Jesus name from Kenya family. We are humbled to praise God for new week and grace to be able to let you all know how your family in Kenya with the orphanage is faring, thanks for your prayers and help to the Log orphanage Kenya.
 
We thank God for the grace to see the new day, we are humbled by your prayers and financial support, this far God has used every one of you to support either financial or through prayers, we want to say thanks for your prayers, the children send greetings and they are happy for your help to them.

 
Thanks go to all the readers of the Pastor Don Blog and thanks to all children who have been close to help the children in Kenya, our prayers and of that of the children here are with you. Thanks to all who donated for the food and other needs, we request your prayers may God bless you all, kindly we have the needs that are each day that must be attended for the good stay of the children and survival.
 
Welcome Kenya beloved to greet Kenya church the children.
 

Ground prepared for planting
Thanks keep us in your prayers and help where you can to safe life. Kindly trust your all gift your send to the Log Church USA well received in our orphanage in Kenya, we are receiving every coin you send through him and we are putting them into use for the better of these children.
 
We are calling and requesting God to be able start vegetable garden for the orphanage. There is a small piece of plot which one member has given the orphanage to grow vegetable for a period of time. We are also seeking God if we can rent the plot to grow vegetables but we know that this will happen if we join hands in prayers.

 
We planning to grow: carrots, kales, cabbage if the little place can allow. Also we can use the edge of the orphanage compound to grow vegetables that can help the kids even learn on how to do agriculture and cropping. Beloved we request your prayers, for God to supply the needs of the children food, school fees, clothing and other needs.

The larger church under construction. You can see the
wattle and daub. It will later be covered with a more
water-tight plaster
 
Beloved kindly keep the orphanage in Kenya to have water source so that we can have the above project successful because it need water in watering crops.
 
You can see the outside wall of the old building. The new is
being built right over it. The old church building was much too
small, literally every square foot packed and only room to stand
As you pray for us keep the house of worship in prayer that God will send help to cover the expansion of the house of worship cost See pictures attached its covered roof by the company we requested to help free of no interest pray for metal cost to be paid its on credit.
 
We are still worship with the children on the orphanage compound as we wait our freedom of full service worship. Thanks. We request your prayers God to provide. Thanks God bless you all, real good we call you blessed.
Yours Son Joel and church/Orphanage Kenya. *****************************************
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.



The money God provides and which our Log Church
USA sends is used only for the orphanage not for the
new church construction. However, if you would like to
help with this, I am sure it is appreciated. if I recall correctly,
the cost of the new roof is something over $3000. There
is no cost for the rest of the building. A church member
donated the sticks from his eucalyptus trees, and the mud
is everywhere. There will be additional costs for plastering
and other things of course, but this is what it will
take to get a dry place to worship
 


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.



None of your money will go for the tin sheets to cover the church structure unless you specifically state this as your desire.



Sunday, August 2, 2020

DECISIONS OF THE LAST DAYS - LOG CHURCH SERMON 8-2


The following quote is from the writings of the Apostle John in the book of Revelation: “And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near’” (Revelation 22:10).

On the isle of Patmos, John had seen and heard many things pertaining to the end of the first things. These are the First Heaven and the First Earth. He saw also the ushering in of the new things, the New Heaven and New Earth. In this last of his visions given in the book, the first heaven and earth had already passed away. He now witnesses the holy city, the New Jerusalem, descending from heaven.

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - 8-2-20

The Log Church Bulletin
August 2, 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
We all know that we are living in unprecedented times. We are experiencing things that we have never before experienced and we are having to make decisions that we never before had to consider. It is especially important in these days that we keep our relationship with God vitally alive.
 
It is for this reason that we have come this morning. We come because we seek the life of God in our own lives. We come to listen to the Holy Spirit and to learn. We come to worship the One who holds the events of the days in His hands.
 
Invocation Prayer
Our Father in heaven, as we come before you today as your people, we give to you our undivided worship. We recognize that you alone are sovereign, and that there is no other. Your ways and reasons for many present circumstances are in large part unknown to us, yet we proceed with confidence that in the end, your purposes will be fulfilled, and we as your children will come to an understanding of your ways. 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. Because of our unrighteousness makes us unworthy to stand before you, we instead we fall before you and ask for your grace. Please grant us your grace in our lives. Amen.
 
Words of Assurance
In every case, with confession comes forgiveness (1 John 1:9). God is walking down the path of life with each one of us, he grants us his grace and he also continues to seek to teach us to live in his righteousness.
 
The Lord’s Prayer
 
Song of Faith #29 – Grace Like Rain
 
Scripture Reading: OT – Daniel 2:27-30 (His words to King Nebuchadnezzar)
 
Daniel answered the king, “No wise man, enchanter, medium, or magician can explain to the king the mystery of which he inquires. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries… And to me this mystery has been revealed, not because I have more wisdom than any man alive, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (Words of Moses) The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.
 
NT – Colossians 1:25-29  (Words of Paul the Apostle)
 
I became its servant by the commission God gave me to fully proclaim to you the word of God, the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations but is now revealed to His saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I also labor, striving with all His energy working powerfully within me.
 
Responsorial Reading : From Psalm 145
 
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving devotion.
The LORD is good to all; his compassion rests on all He has made.
All You have made will give You thanks, O LORD, and Your saints will bless You.
The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His actions.
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in season.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call out to Him in truth.
The LORD preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will declare the praise of the LORD; let every creature bless His holy name forever and ever.
 
Message           Decisions in the Last Days
 
Song of Unity  #22 – We Fall Down
 
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 also 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 Love, we are thankful that we can bring our requests to you this morning. We pray with thankful hearts, because we know that you have only the best intentions for us and are working to bring us to complete fullness of life.
 
Thank you also for hearing our prayers concerning those who have been abandoned or forgotten by society. We know that you have not forgotten them. Help us to also not to forget them. Help us to know how to reach out to give ourselves in service to those who need a hand of support.
 
We pray for our nation, our government leaders, and all of those in authority over us. Help each one to understand that the positions that you gave to them are not positions of privilege, but positions of servanthood. We ask for your leading on the way to move ahead in these days of the covid virus. We pray for deliverance, but we also pray that the people of this nation would realize our need for you.
 
We pray for those whose problems are of such a personal nature that they do not feel comfortable telling others of these needs. Although we do not know of these needs specifically, you know them. Please minister to these individuals. Heal them, comfort them, supply their physical needs, and encourage them.
 
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 send your wind to drive this crop-eating plague out.
 
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