Fires and Praises (Pt. 1)


The last week of October was Spiritual Emphasis Week at AIC Kijabe, a time for worship, preaching, and remembering why we do what we do.  Certainly the week ended in a way that no one saw coming, but through it all we are assured of God’s goodness.

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Visiting pastor John Mulei gave several messages during the week – here are a few highlights:

Identity

“A little boy stood in front of the church, trying to recite Psalm 23.  He said the first few words, then stopped.  He repeated the first few words and then stopped again. . .he simply could not remember.  Then his face lit up and he exclaimed: The Lord is my shepherd, that’s all I need to know!”

  • We have an intimate relationship with our Father
  • He is involved in our daily agendas to assure us of his goodness
  • We must understand whose we are

Memorial Stones

Joshua 4:1-7 – The Israelites cross the Jordan to enter the promised land.  God tells Joshua to get 12 men and each takes a stone from the center of the Jordan river.  When future generations ask what it means, they will be reminded of God’s faithfulness.

  • We are serving a God who keeps his promises.  After hundreds of years, the promise made to Abraham came to pass.  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. . .
  • Jesus Christ is our atonement – he paid for it once and for all.  Romans reminds us that we are his children, that we are at peace with God
  • We must raise up memorial monuments to remind us of God’s faithfulness in our lives.  He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion in the day of the Lord.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I my tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

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Pastor Geoffrey Ndivo, our senior chaplain, spoke on the last morning on our greatest need at Kijabe.

Greatest Need

What is the greatest need in Kijabe today.  Is it for men?  For money?  For equipment?  A better ambulance?   A better PA system?  New methodologies?  Yes we need them, but these are not the greatest need.  The greatest need is evidence that God is alive and active in the work at AIC Kijabe.

1 Kings 18 – Elijah and the prophet of Baal.  After three years of drought, the people needed water and not fire.  But the beginning point is not our physical need, it is our need of sacrifice and salvation.  This was a sin offering.  If God can save, he can provide rain.  If he can die for you, what else can he do?  If he can hang on the wood and nails that he created, what else can he do?  You want water, but the more important thing is the right relationship with God.

This is to be the place where God’s presence is known.  A place where God’s testimony is expressed, so that everyone who comes to Kijabe knows God is alive.  This pattern requires life and not just adherence.  We need the fire of God.

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