Somebody, pray for the Church in Kenya

August 2, 2007 at 12:16 am 8 comments

I have had the privilege of relating with the NCCK, as indeed the wider Body of Christ here, intimately for much of my life.

The Church I fellowship with in the village – Reformed Church of East Africa – has been a member of the NCCK for quite a while, – some of its clergy have been involved in the NCCK’s leadership at various levels and some of our clergymen still train at the NCCK-run St. Paul’s Theological Training College and University.

Of course they attend St. Paul’s in addition to our own in-house Reformed Theological Institute (formerly Plateau Bible School in Uasin Gishu District).

I have, also, been privileged to interact at close range with some of the current and former faces at the NCCK on a variety of issues.

Indeed, so interested in the NCCK have I been that I presented a case study of it in my leadership class at graduate school last semester.

I therefore get a little more than concerned when such reports as this emerge about the organization.

A bird someplace tells me this is just a tip of the iceberg.

Yet another bird tells me this and much else could impact on the lives of some figures in and out of the organization in ways least fathomed at present.

And no – it won’t be just about siasa, Church-State relations and such.

Somebody, pray for the Church in Kenya.

She won’t be looking good after this.

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  • 1. Rev Mutinda Musyimi  |  August 20, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    If every believer in Kenya spends just 5 minutes praying for kenya miracles would happen! It is time for true believers to ake up. Surely we dont have to wait for disaster to happen so that we can be prompted tp pray! Mazee, kwa maombi hakuna tyme ya kuchill!
    2M.

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  • 2. Rev Mutinda Musyimi  |  September 24, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Either prayer will keep sin out of your life or sin will drive prayer out of your life. If you are not praying, then you are PLAYING–playing with sin, playing with Satan. Life is not a rehearsal so take is seriously and pray.
    2M

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  • 3. Rev Mutinda Musyimi  |  October 1, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    I am bothered by the campaign killings and fights while the government watches. What are you doing about this? Why are our young people so ready to be missused by politicians? Is this kawaida(normal)?

    We should pray harder. But we should also advise our youth against violence. It is thay who will be hurt or killed while the politicians are whisked away by their bodyguards. May God have mercy on Kenya.

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  • 4. Rev Mutinda Musyimi  |  March 13, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    The truce we are experiencing is not reason enough for us to sit back and relax. The situation is still volatile. It is obviously clear that our politicians are truly keen on SHARING POWER. This is sad because I don’t see Kenyans featuring anywhere in this. It is about politicians and their selfishness.

    If our politicians were true patriots they would not be talking about power sharing in the civil service. These civil servant were in office before the elections and have continued to be. So who will be sacked so that parties can equally share the offices? This is sheer madness. Kenya is too important to be left in the hands of selfish, tribal chieftains. God have mercy on Kenya.

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  • 5. Rev Mutinda Musyimi  |  December 27, 2009 at 7:23 am

    END OF YEAR (2009) SERMON!

    TICK TOCK TICK TOCK!

    End of Year (2009) Sermon

    Text: Luke 13:6-9

    Preached at

    AIC JERICHO, NAIROBI

    On

    December 27, 2009

    By

    Rev Mutinda Musyimi

    Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a man who had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went looking for figs on it but found none. So he said to his gardener, “Look, for three years I have been coming here looking for figs on this fig tree, and I haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it go on using up the soil?’ But the gardener answered, “Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer. Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut down.’ ”

    Introduction
    Time is visible in all places. Street clocks, wall clocks, wristwatches, cell phone clocks, calendars, sunrise and sunset, morning and evening, day and night, etc
    There’s something dramatic about watching the old year slip away by counting the hours left in it, then the minutes, down the seconds when the old year has passed into history, never to come again.
    Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear,
    Too Long for those who Grieve,
    Too Short for those who Rejoice;
    But for those who Love,
    Time is Eternity Henry Van Dyke
    Time is a lot like a river and it’s carrying all of us downstream. Where is it taking us? What are we doing while we’re on the trip?
    52 weeks and one day in a non leap year, 365 Days in a Year 8760hour, 525600 minutes, 31,536,000
    Of all these you have consumed 360 and ½ Days 8652 hours 51912 minutes (@ 12 noon today)!
    I: THE MASTER EXPECTS FRUIT.
    Most of us may already know what the fruit is we are to produce. However, by way of reminder let’s look at two passages. First, look at personal fruit. Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit, which we must produce in our lives to glorify God—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
    John 15:8. “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” We want to be Christ’s disciples and we want to glorify the Father. We can only accomplish this through bearing fruit. God does not want barren trees, He wants fruitful ones.
    II: THE MASTER IS PATIENT WITH US.
    In the parable, the master had passed by the barren tree for three years before he said anything about it. Then, he was willing to wait another year while the vineyard keeper fertilized the tree before exercising final judgment on the tree. Our Master is patient.
    There are two sides of this: a frightening side and a comforting one. The comforting side of this patience is the knowledge that God is not looking for the opportunity to simply wipe us off the face of the earth. He is patient with us as II Peter 3:9, 15 explain.
    9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
    15Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
    God recognizes fruit-bearing is a growth process. He does not expect an immediate hundredfold harvest from new Christians. He does not want any to perish, therefore He waits patiently.
    As patient as the Master is, His patience will run out. He will come back searching for fruit for years. He will allow the keeper of the vineyard to persuade him on to another year. But eventually, the unfruitful tree will be cut down. He does not want it using up the ground.
    What each of us must recognize is that we really have no idea where we are on this time frame. I do not believe there is a standard four-year waiting process after you become a Christian. I have no idea what factors God takes into account as He bears with us patiently. Are we in our first year, second year, third year? Or are we in that final year in which God has about had enough. The fact is, we just do not know, which is why we need to be working and fruit-bearing all the time.
    III: THE MASTER WILL HELP US BEAR FRUIT.
    The final point we need to notice in this parable is God’s grace. Not only is the Master patient with us, the Master helps us bear fruit. He has the vineyard keeper dig around us and provide fertilizer to stimulate growth. God has not just planted us here on the earth and then said, “Get to it.”
    God has helped us by providing all that we need for life and godliness through knowledge of His Son, which we gain through reading the word.
    II Peter 1:2-3:
    Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
    Further, God has provided our relationships with one another to help us. According to I Corinthians 12:18, God has placed the members of His body where He wants them. Hebrews 10:24 explains that we are here to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. God has provided this help to get us going, to get us growing and to get us bearing fruit.
    FIVE LESSONS ABOUT BEARING FRUIT
    For you to be spared the axe you need to bear fruit. Here’s how to.
    1. Fruit needs water in order to reach it’s fullest potential
    You can probably ask your five-year old how to take care of a plant and they will tell you that it needs water to survive. And if you have ever kept a garden, you have surely realized that if only water it once a week during the dry months your harvest is going to be much smaller. On the other hand, if your plants are receiving frequent and consistent watering, the plants are going to be stronger and the fruit is going to be better.
    Psalm 1:3 (NIV) – He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
    2. Good soil is very important
    The soil contains a lot of the nutrients that cause the growth of the plants. There are tremendous differences between good soil and bad soil. We need to be spiritually receptive to allow the seeds of God’s word to grow and develop the way they should.
    Matthew 13:23 (NIV) – The one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
    3. Death brings life
    John 12:24 (NIV) – I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
    We must die to ourselves and our own desires and submit to God’s plan. In doing so, like the above verse states, we will bear much fruit.
    4. Pruning produces more fruit
    It doesn’t make sense while you are doing it, but the results prove its effectiveness. God is an expert gardener and He knows which areas of our lives can be pruned to make us more effective. It does hurt, but the end result is beautiful. Allow God to prune you. Get rid of unnecessary buggage.
    John 15:2 (NIV) – He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
    5. A branch can’t bear fruit separated from the plant
    All the fruit that we will bear in our lives will be a result of us being connected to our source: God. Just like a severed branch can bear no fruit, neither can we bear any fruit if we are not abiding in Him.
    Conclusion
    If God were to command that you be “cut down” what reason would you have to say you need more time? Are you bearing fruit?

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

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  • 6. FELIX VUNGA MULWA  |  November 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

    pastor that was powerful,it has really challeged my me.plc continue posting more and more this massage was preached in the 2007 and now is 2010.GOD bless you sir.

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  • 7. FELIX VUNGA MULWA  |  November 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

    pastor that was powerful,it has really challeged me.plc continue posting more and more this massage was preached in the 2007 and now is 2010.GOD bless you sir.

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    • 8. Rev Musyimi  |  November 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Mulwa. Yes, I think I should post more sermons here. I am also planning on a website soon, which will be more convenient. God bless you and have a fruitful life.

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