Sunday, July 26, 2020

LOG CHURCH SERMON - GETTING THE SMALL THINGS RIGHT


Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38 BSB)

In our reading today, Jesus was explaining to his followers what it means to be true disciples. He used phrases such as “let him deny himself” and to “take up one’s cross.” What does he mean by these things?

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JULY 26

July 26, 2020
 
Opening Song #12 – Majesty
 
Call to Worship
The path to follow Jesus is not an easy path. There are many very difficult portions of the trail, and sometimes we must walk without being able to see beyond our next step. What is more, the enemy often casts obstacles or barriers in our way. Nevertheless, if we are faithful, we continue to follow.
 
We have come to worship this morning because we seek to walk in the path of Jesus. We seek to follow him. Our prayer is that God will give us clarity in thinking, understanding that it is to Him whom we look for security.
 
Invocation Prayer
Dear Father in heaven, this morning there may be some here who are in a portion of their lives where they have few worries or concerns, but others of us may be on a particular difficult portion of our walk with Christ. We may not even know what our next step should be. Nevertheless, we look to Jesus. We have faith to know that the goal of following Jesus is worth any present difficulties. Amen.
 
Selected Reading – Psalm 20:1-7
 
 
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion.
May He remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy at your victory and raise a banner in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your petitions.
Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
 
Prayer of Confession
Sovereign God, we confess that we sometimes become discouraged and even overwhelmed by circumstances. There are times when the world throws so many problems at us that it is difficult to remain positive. Please help us to realize that our true life is not even in this world, and that in the end, you will make all things right. You will also reveal to us the reasons you have given us the burdens that we bear and reward us for remaining faithful through each one. Amen
 
Words of Assurance
As astounding as it may seem, we are actually told to rejoice when we pass through trials and sufferings because they mean that God is producing in us something valuable in eternity.
 
 
The Apostle Peter writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.”  (see Luke 6:22-23; 1 Peter 3:14-17; 4:12-16)
 
The Lord’s Prayer
 
Song of Faith  #19 – Some Trust in Chariots
 
Scripture Reading:  OT – Psalm 42:1-10
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?
My tears have been my food both day and night, while men ask me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and praise.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence.
 
NT – Mark 8:34-38
Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.
 
 
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
 
Responsorial Reading (from Psalm 24)
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
 
Message           Getting the Small Things Right
 
Song of Unity  #7 – Heart of Worship
 
Offering   There is a basket provided on the table at the entrance of the church  where you may place your offerings. Thanks and God bless you!
 
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 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 those of our community who are facing needs or crises of one sort or another. We pray also for our church and orphanage in Kenya, where they continue to face more hardships and restrictions, food shortages and hunger. The needs there are simply beyond our ability to meet them. We implore you to intervene.
We pray for those present with us today 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.
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    #24 – You are My All in All
 
Benediction and prayer

Thursday, July 23, 2020

IN TIMES OF HUNGER - LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

We are thankful that we were able to make a bank to bank wire transfer of $4000 to the orphanage this week. Below is the letter I received from Pastor Joel:
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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,
 
Greetings from Kenya family, we pray for you daily, we are humbled that help that was sent was received and now the children have food to eat. May God bless all the hand that has given the help for the children.
 
The children have stayed without food for 9 days because other days within starving time some members were able to send food and bananas to cook for the children. We thank all the members of the Kenya church who sent help. God bless you all.
 
We remained trusting for the Lord when we have and when we don't have food. We have set the mind of children that God remain to be in control in season and out of season.
 
The church has been given time to meet publicly on one hour time service with limited number of people. No aged members and those less 13 years not allowed. We as the churches in Kenya we have agreed not to meet till our fully freedom of worship, but we are meeting in house service and also meeting with children in the orphanage compound praising God.
 
Be assured that the church will keep the mission shining keep us in prayer. We request your prayers for the Log orphanage Kenya and also the churches here as we go through challenges ministering the gospel in Kenya.
 
Below is the food purchase
 
Bank Withdrawal for the $4000
627.5 kilograms of maize: One kgs =Ksh.220 x627.5kgs =125500.
 
559kgs of rice: 1KGS =Ksh. 180 x559kgs =Ksh.100,600.
 
Salt 38Kgs. 1kgs =Ksh.100x38kgs=Ksh.3800
 
Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100.
 
Food Receipt from Shop
Sanitizer Ksh. 5100
 
Soap KSh. 4000.
 
Transport cost Ksh. 5900.
 
Oil 75 litres: One litre =Ksh. 250 x75litres =18600.
 
Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700.
 
Beans 361.6 kgs. One Kg of beans =Ksh. 250 x 361. 6kgs =Ksh. 90400.
 
Now beloved we bought food  with Ksh. 385900 and a day the child take Ksh. 400 x49 children =Ksh. 19600.
 
Now Ksh. 385900÷Ksh.19600=19.6 days, now food will last from Date 20 Monday July-August Date 8 Sunday. We request your prayers as we pray for you all.
 
Thanks for the love may God bless you all. Thanks for your prayers which have made us to come this far may God protect you all. We request your prayers for the food, clothing, borehole, house of worship metal sheets, God to open more opportunity to reach more souls.
 
Beloved pray for the orphanage to have the garden to sustain the children in time like we have no food and vegetables also we have challenge to walk the long distance with sick children from to the health facility kindly pray for us orphanage van to take children to hospital and to do some work within the orphanage.
 
Finally all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy on the next email we will send some thank letters from children and leaders. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God bless you.
 
Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

OF CAMELS AND NEEDLES - INHERITING ETERNAL LIFE


“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” This question was asked of Jesus one day. The man actually ran up to him to ask it, seemingly intent on receiving an answer. The story is found in three of the gospels (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30).

From the three accounts, we not only learn that his man was determined to receive an answer to his question, but also that he was a young man, he was a ruler of some kind, and he was rich.

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” he asked.

Do you see anything as being fundamentally wrong with this question?

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JULY 19

July 19, 2020

 
Opening Song #5 - Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Call to Worship

Many of us have chosen to live here in the northwoods because we appreciate the peace of being away from the frenzied activities of the world. The world is not satisfied with this situation however, and tries to find ways to disturb our peace.

What we are doing right now by meeting in our church is not meant to be just another item in our already busy schedules for the week, but something unique and important that rises above our weekly activities.

Jesus told his disciples to come apart and rest, so that they could be renewed in spirit. It is this that we are doing this morning. In our worship, we are finding renewal in Jesus.
 
Invocation Prayer

Dear Father in heaven, thank you for calling us apart to find rest in you. You have told us, “In the world, you will find tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” No matter what our present state is, whether we are nearly overcome with present difficulties, or whether we are experiencing a relatively peaceful time in our lives, we come to you today knowing that we will find a true and lasting peace in you. Amen.
 
Selected Reading – John 14:1-3; 27

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many dwellings. If this were not so I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also… Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Prayer of Confession

Sovereign God, we confess that we sometimes allow ourselves to become so preoccupied by various matters in our lives that we have little or no time to be still and recognize your place as our Lord and our God. Please forgive us for letting our relationship with you slip away because of other troubling matters of our lives. Help us to learn and be silent before you as you speak to us in your Holy Spirit. Amen
 
Words of Assurance

The events of the world will always make their presence in our lives and disturb our peace, but God tells us that we need to set aside times when we can simply be silent before him. This is so we can know him. It is only by knowing God and determining what he is doing in our lives that our lives can truly be lives of peace. He will always be there to uphold you and sustain you even in the most difficult of times. And he is there to give you moments of rest.

The Lord’s Prayer
 
Song of Faith – #25 – You Are My King

Scripture Reading:  

OT – Habakkuk 2:2-4
Then the LORD answered me: “Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it. For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end and does not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and will not delay. Look at the proud one—his soul is not upright. But the righteous will live by faith. Indeed, his wealth will betray him.

NT – Philippians 3:7-9
But whatever things were gain to me I count as being lost for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness that might come from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.

Responsorial Reading (from Proverbs 16, Psalm 62)

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Message           Of Camels and Needles
 
Offering           A basked on the table is provided to receive your offerings. Kindly place them there. Thanks and God bless you!
 
Song of Unity  #4 – Change My Heart O God
 
Prayer of Intercession

Our Lord, first of all we want to praise you for your desire to hear our prayers. We come to seek an audience before the Great King of kings and the Sovereign Lord of lords, and yet we need not tremble before such power, because we come to you based not upon our own goodness, but upon your grace.
Thank you Lord for the grace that you give to hear our prayers.
As we go through the days and the years of this life, troubles sometimes seem to come at every hand. Before many of these troubles, we are powerless. But you are a God of unlimited power, so we ask you to intervene to help us and deliver us.
We bring the prayer requests of our fellow Christians, who in some places of the world are in deep persecution. We also bring those requests that we have already heard, as well as others that have not been spoken this morning. Some brothers and sisters here today have problems that are perhaps too personal to share. Others just do not easily speak out prayer requests. We pray also for these. Give to them your aid.
We ask that you be with the people and orphans of the Log Church of Kenya. Please sustain them by your miraculous hand. When they have no food in their store-room or in their stomachs, feed them with you manna from heaven. Lead them into a closer walk with you, and help them to share the news of your love to all in the area.
We continue to pray also for our own needy nation. Our own needs in this nation are more spiritual than they are physical, but our lack of spiritual nutrition has consequences even more severe than if they were merely physical. Awaken us from our spiritual starvation and lead us back 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    #27 – Always Forever

Benediction