Did you know Prayerlessness is Selfishness

Last Sunday was father’s day; I am confident am a good father in the making. ‘What kind of a father will I make?’ is a question I usually find myself thinking about regularly. What defines a good father? Is it material possessions or wealth? What exactly?!

I am thinking…A good father is a praying father. Too sad that I have grown up in a society where prayers is left for women. Someone advised me that one of the qualities of a good wife is a praying wife. I do not dispute this, but I think on the other hand, a praying father is a good quality too ladies should look on men who are the head of the family just like Christ is the head of the church.

PraaaayersWe all need to pray. Both men and women need to exercise their faith through prayers- the chief exercise of faith. The way we tell God we only rely on him. The only way we exhibit our inability and call upon God’s help. Prayers show our total dependence on God.

Prayerlessness is selfishness. A father who does not pray for his family is selfish father. A good father should always commit his wife and children to God. He should train them to trust and rely in God, even in the little things of life. He should always pray for to God for their forgiveness, sanctification, for their salvation, for their needs…etc.

A prayer less wife/mother is a selfish wife/mother. A wife who does not pray for her children is a selfish mother in that she does not teach them to trust in the Lord. She should always commit her family to God, always praying for skills to bring her children in godly manner. She should pray for husband and the children to always exalt Christ in everything they do.

Prayerlessness is selfishness for the church member who does not pray for the Lord’s grace to be extended to his friends, for those who are battling a specific sin and seeing both encouraging victories and heartbreaking failure. A selfish church member is the one who does not pray for his or her Pastor, to always preach the gospel and to always show and exalt Christ in all the sermons.

Prayerlessness is selfishness for the Christian who does not pray for his neighbors, that the Lord would save them and that the Lord would even use him as the one to share with them the good news of the gospel. A selfish Christian does not pray for missionaries too.

May God help us to get out of our selfishness because of our prayerlessness!

What else do you think exhibit prayerlessness as selfishness?

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I want to Finish Well

A missionary few weeks ago told me she wants to finish well. Few days earlier, I had received an email from a friend requesting me to pray for him to finish well in his walk with God. These two people have increased my desire to finish well too. Finishing well is no longer their wish only, but mine also. I want to finish well!finishingwell2

I am a great fun of athletics. As long as I can remember, I have never participated in any field event in my life. The nearest I ever got to the field is being part of the cheering squad. Nevertheless, I love watching athletes run, always eager to see how they finish. Interestingly, there are those who lead in the first few laps but do not finish well. Others wait until the last few laps and take their positions and end up winning.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,” urges Ecclesiastes (7:8). No matter how good or bad was your starting, how you finish really matters. What is needed to finish well is faithfulness and commitment to God.

finish2Finishing our life well matters a lot. A friend while I was in campus was always reminding us that our walk with God is not a contract, but a life time commitment. God is looking for people who remain faithful to Him till the end. Only the one who will finish well will be called “A Good and Faithful Servant” and will be welcomed, “Come and share your master’s happiness.”

Paul knew this full well that finishing well was key! “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and finish the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

Elsewhere Paul urges the Corinthians to run in such a way that they get the prize. He compares Christian life to a race. Those who compete goes into strict training, and it is he who finishes well that gets crowned.

I want to finish well too. I want to share in God’s kingdom. I want to have everlasting life. Please pray for me!

By: Kenneth Irungu
iServe Africa Apprentice serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship, Kawangware.

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Worshipping God in our Daily ordinary activities

How does the gospel shape our attitude and approach to everyday life?

In a society where we compartmentalize our lives, it can sometimes be difficult to see the link between our Sunday worship and the Monday morning grind or Friday evening out. We tend to classify what we do as sacred or secular. We make distinction between holy space and secular space. We tend to view some daily activities as sacred, holy, and godly while others as impure, worst, and corrupt activities.daily gospel 2

Our relationship with Jesus should impact how we live and serve in our daily lives. Our love for God should make us relate the Holy to the everyday. As Christians, we need to do everything, including the inconsequential daily ordinary tasks in a way that they point us to Jesus.

Paul in his letter to Corinthians urges them to weave God into every part of their lives, even into eating and drinking (1 Cor 10:31). Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In his small book, The Everyday Gospel: A theology of washing the dishes, Tim Chester notes that sanctification does not involve changing what we do, but in doing our normal activities for God’s sake. It is good for us if we learn that God is worshipped in everything we do, regardless of the day we do it or the place. daily GospelIn our offices, we worship God as we carry out our day to day schedules and responsibilities. In travelling even when in traffic jam, we worship God. In the kitchen, cooking and washing the dishes at the sink, we worship God.

We should not be eagerly waiting for Sunday to worship God in church. We need to cultivate worship in all we do all day long in the daily ordinary activities. Tim Chester challenges his readers to ensure they worship God even in their washing of dishes, an activity that all of us face 2 or 3 times a day. Washing dishes represents many countless ordinary activities we do each day and we need to worship God in them.

Tim Chester quotes from Brother Lawrence’s Chronicle The Practice of the Presence of God who says, “I am more united to God in my everyday activities than in my formal devotions. There is no special technique for going to God, just a heart determined to apply itself to nothing but God. ”

Brother Lawrence concludes by advising that it will be hard at first doing everything for God, but it can become a habit. He says, “The more we do everything for God, the more we will find delight in doing everything for him.”

May God help us to do everything for Him.

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Ken is an Apprentice with iServe Africa serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship Kawangware, Nairobi.
He is Passionate of Gospel service and Faithful Bible Teaching.

The Mission of Jesus on earth, Why He came

What can you remember about Christmas? Food? Fun? Meetings friends and family members? A personal experience that you want remain secret…or exactly what?

With all the ‘muchness and busyness’ that comes with the festive season, it was easy to forget what lied at the centre of our celebrations. Did we pause at any one moment to know why Jesus came into the world?

One of the verses dear to me during the festive season was the angels’ words to Joseph as recorded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Jesus paid it allThe mission of Jesus was announced before his birth, ‘to save his people from their sins!’
Jesus never came to perform miracles! He never came to heal the sick! That was not his mission at all.

He once fed 5000 people but we must know that his coming was not that of  ‘feeding the hungry programme.’  I love what he tells the big multitude of people looking for him a day after the feeding of 5000 incident.

“I tell you the truth, you are not looking for me, because you saw the miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26)

Too sad that many of us, just as these people looking for Jesus,  major on this minor of miraculous signs instead on the cross of Christ and what Jesus did for us there- becoming the sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood (Romans 3:25).

If we forget everything about Christmas, let’s not forget the mission of Jesus on earth. To save us from our sins! Jesus came to help us out from our sins, we could not help ourselves. Just as Apostle Paul puts it in his letter to Ephesians, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…” (Eph 2:1)! You see, if we were ‘dead in sin,’ then we couldn’t help ourselves. We really needed a Saviour!AtTheCross

We were struggling with a problem. A big problem of sin. Thanks to God that when the right time came, He sent his son to us (Galatians 4:4). Jesus came to save us, not to help us save ourselves! We could not find a remedy for our sins since even our will was fallen!

The coming of Jesus remains the Good News! He came to save us from all our sins! I join the hymnist Guy Penrod  in singing, And I know, Yes I know, that Jesus’ blood can save the vilest of sinners clean!”

The Bible says, “… he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” (Hebrews 7:25).  John in his letter says this, “…the blood of Jesus, God’s son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7).

What a great thing to Praise God for! The gift of his Son to come to save us from our sins! A great Christmas gift indeed.

kenKenneth Irungu is an Apprentice with iServe Africa serving at DOVE Christian Fellowship Kawangware. 

Passionate of Faithful Bible Teaching and preaching the Gospel.

Exposed: Why we don’t read our Bible

Why do many of us read not our Bibles? In the last few years, Bible reading is on the decline. You would think by having Bibles translated into various vernacular languages and translations, many would be encouraged to read God’s Word, but this is not the case.

Am sure that most of us reading this, if not all, have a soft copy Bible (Bible app) either in their phone, iPad, iPhone, laptop or computer at home or at the office. I remember sometimes back, preaching to a drunkard man who proved to me that he was religious since he owned three different Bibles in his phone! Amusingly, he even had a vernacular Bible.

bible reading 3You visit my room today; you will find more than three copies of Bibles, not only that but also a Bible commentary. In my bag, I always carry with me one copy. In my phone, I have three different versions of Bibles! Am I not a real Christian? Is this not enough proof that I am spiritual? But do I read them…

I was shocked by a report released by Uncover Magazine (Summer, 2012) in America that showed that Eighty-five percent of households have at least two Bibles. This is gratifying statistics, isn’t it? Many people own Bibles! What makes me sad is how many people in the households read those Bibles?

May God help us identify what’s holding us back from reading His Word. “The devil” am thinking, acknowledging his role doesn’t really solve the problem! What we need is to rise up, pray up, and gang up on the reasons that makes us read not our Bibles.

Below are top four reasons people do not read their Bibles according to Barna Research. The exciting thing about the reasons is that they are solvable problems!

1. Lack of time
Men and women, me included, regularly feel crazy busy. Gordon MacDonald in his book, Ordering your Private World, put it this way, We think the most publicly active person is the most privately spiritual…Beware of barrenness of a busy life! Rarely do we get time to sit down read, meditate and reflect on God’s Word. What we need is to deliberate set time to read the Bible.

2. The language is difficult
Many argue the language of the Bible is hard to understand. However, introduction of various easier versions puts the message in an easy-to-digest way hence solving the problem. Choose the best one for you!

  3. We don’t get excited to read it
The Bible has the most exciting stories, especially the old narratives revealing character of God and telling story of our redemption. I have purposed to share them out, and infect others in loving reading them. I am thinking, Infection is the best way to spread any disease! I must spread Bible reading disease especially to those who do not find reading it exciting.

4. We don’t understand the background or history.
The easiest problem to handle. If people don’t understand the background and history of God’s Word, Pastors should give it to them! It is possible that preachers can get so caught up in teaching the Bible that they forget to introduce the basics of the Bible: who wrote it, where it came from, what it’s about, etc. We all need to read and understand the background. I suggest we can use the internet since it has much stuff on this.

In conclusion, I tempted to repeat this again; We need to set time deliberately to read the Bible! I wish we read the Bible more. Can you and I desire to read it more than we do?

I am feeling that what we need in our churches is a Bible Reading Revolution.

‘If I gonna open a church now, I would open a Bible reading church! :)’

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By: Kenneth Irungu
iServe Africa Apprentice 2015/16