Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Excuse Me"

"My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." James 3:1

Here is a sampling of the teaching that is given in most Kenyan churches. This is from a famous pastor out here, who has a daily radio show:

Blessed Is Everything That Comes Forth From You by Joseph Prince

Deuteronomy 28:4
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body…

The Bible records that Jesus’ spit healed a blind man (Mark 8:23–25), Peter’s shadow healed the sick (Acts 5:15), and handkerchiefs and aprons from Paul’s body drove out evil spirits and diseases. (Acts 19:11–12) This tells us that what comes forth from our bodies can be so blessed that it brings about blessings and miracles to others.

Indeed, God said, “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body…” He was not just referring to your children, or He would have simply said, “Blessed shall be your children.” No, God meant that everything that proceeds from your body will be blessed. All that is of and from your body will be of top-notch quality!

This includes your health. So even if your doctor has said that you have a particular medical condition in your body, just believe that God calls your health, the fruit of your body, blessed. And expect to walk continuously in divine health!

God calls your thinking ability, the fruit of your body, blessed too. You will impress your teachers and schoolmates in school with your mental prowess, or your superiors and colleagues at work with your innovative ideas and solutions. Your mental faculties will be of quality par excellence!

If you are married, you will enjoy a truly blessed marriage and a fulfilling sex life with your spouse. A secular song that laments, “I can’t get no satisfaction…” will never be true for you because God calls your marital relationship (both the emotional and physical parts of it), the fruit of your body, blessed!

If you are a parent, God calls your children, the fruit of your body, blessed. This means that they are special, having exceptional qualities. So the child you are taking care of is not just a child. You are holding a champion in your hands. He will grow up to be a general in God’s kingdom!

Beloved, because Jesus has paid the price — His body was beaten, scourged and pierced for you, all these blessings are yours. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body!

Thought Of The Day
Because Jesus has paid the price, everything that proceeds from your body will be blessed.

So, at what point do you draw the line? If I drink a soda, and then burp in your face, does that mean I have blessed you, since it proceeded out of my body?

This Health-and-Wealth Prosperity Gospel is found in most churches here in Kenya. They promise money, fame, and healings are guaranteed if you have enough faith.

The main issue here is that this line of reasoning stands in complete opposition to the Word of God. "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

What role does the sovereignty of God have in a world where your faith can force God to do something?

Please pray for the country of Kenya, that the Truth would be taught in a mighty way.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ferguson update

Dear friends and family,

Let me start off by saying thank you to all who have been asking about little Abigail Gorden, who was bit by a Puff Adder a few weeks ago. We have been so blessed to hear of your prayers before the Lord. Abigail is recovering well and believe it or not, walking on her foot! Please keep our families in prayer with the wild life here. Although it is a huge blessing to be amongst such majestic creatures such as giraffe, zebra, lion, it comes with it's price too. We get some deadly snakes in the area and for an Orange County mama, I'm still learning how to handle all the "what if" scenarios when our kids go out to play. Praise God, a neighbor had advised us on a snake repelent that the Gordens and our family have put around the house.

We have some exciting things coming our way. This year has proved to be the season of change between our friends, extended family and ourselves. Jonathan has taught the last few Sundays at the church and is looking forward to what the Lord has for Living Water Christian Fellowship. The Gorden Family may in fact move their leave date to mid to late April so Jonathan will be taking the church very soon. Please keep all the details in prayer.

A few of the Calvary missionaries have gotten together and arranged a one day retreat for all Calvary Chapel ministry leaders and missionaries. The date if set for mid April. Our family is so looking forward to the refreshing the Lord will bring. What a treat!

Also another change for our extended family is my sister is getting married in Australia! She is getting married the seventeenth of February and we are so excited for this new season in her life. Please keep her and her fiance in prayer as they celebrate this joyous season of life! We love you Erica and Mitch! Many blessings to you both and Mitch, take care of my baby sister!

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers and our friends, the Gordens.

God Bless you all,
Adrienne for the F5