St. Peter's
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Each week, our Rector, Very Rev. James Karanja emails parishioners an introduction to the upcoming sermon. You will find these posted here. You will also find sermon summaries from our Associate Priest Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard. Please come join us each Sunday at 12:00p.m. (12-noon) for the rest of that week's sermon!

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The Children of God

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


THE CHILDREN OF GOD


1 John 3:2 says, "Dear friends, now we are children of God". When do we become God's children? In the gospel of John 1:11, we read, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him, to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. We become children of God when we receive His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In the Son of God we get the forgiveness of our sins, fullness of joy, hope and peace. As children of God we live by faith trusting God for his mercy and grace. The word of God guides us in all what we say and do.


May God bless you exceedingly as you live by faith trusting God in his mercy and grace.


Fr. James Karanja

Unity Among God's People

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


UNITY AMONG GOD'S PEOPLE


We read in Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity?" How do God's people express their unity? God's people express their unity by caring for one another. In Acts 4:32-35 we see how God's people lived together and expressed their unity by caring for one another. The believers shared their possessions so that there were no needy people among them (Acts 4:34). We read further in Acts 4:34-35 "For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need." What do we do to our needy believers? Do we care for them so that they do not feel left out in the cold? We are called upon to put what we believe into action for faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Therefore, as believers in our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ let us live together in unity and care for one another.


May God bless us and protect us with the precious blood of Jesus.


Fr. James Karanja

Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

Posted on March 31, 2018 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia!


HAPPY EASTER!


What does resurrection of Christ bring to you? When the women went to the tomb and saw the angel they were afraid. But the angel said to them "Don't be alarmed,......He has risen!" (Mark 16:5-6). By his resurrection, Jesus has won victory over Satan, sin, and death. Faith in resurrection of Jesus removes fear, worry, and despair and gives us victory, courage, and hope. In the name of Jesus we have victory over all our enemies. Do you believe in our risen Lord Jesus Christ? Victorious life is only possible in our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Have faith in our risen Lord Jesus Christ and you will live a victorious life.


Wishing you happy Easter.


Fr. James Karanja

The Mind of Christ

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


THE MIND OF CHRIST


What was the nature of the mind of Christ? Christ's life was marked by great humility. When he was born he was placed in a manger. Luke 2:7 says: "..... and she gave birth to her first born son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger....." Christ was born in a humble place. As he was entering Jerusalem he rode on a donkey to signify his humility. We read in Mark 11:7,  "When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Donkeys were regarded as humble animals. In Philippians 2:5-11 we read: "Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. ..." Jesus humbled himself even to the death on the cross. He set an example of great humility. We are called upon to follow his example of great humility and humble ourselves as he did. 1 Peter 5:6 says, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time".


May God bless us and help us to be like Christ in his great humility.


Fr. James Karanja

God's Forgiveness

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


GOD’S FORGIVENESS


When we forgive we keep on remembering the wrongs that people did against us many years ago. We could even get depressed or sick as we continue carrying tons of sins from other people. But how does God forgive? We read in Jeremiah 31:34 "..... I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." God forgives and remembers our sin no more. Why does God forgive and remembers our sins no more? God forgives us our sins and remembers them no more because he forgives out of his love. In John 3:16 we read: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." God does not keep a record of our sins but his love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8). May God help us to love and forgive one another as God in Christ has forgiven us (Colossians 3:13-14).


Fr. James Karanja

God's Love

Posted on March 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

GOD'S LOVE

What is the nature of God's love? God's love is merciful and forgiving. In Numbers 21:4-9, we read that when the Children of Israel sinned against God and Moses, God punished them by sending them venomous snakes. But when they repented and cried to God He had mercy on them and healed them. The people said to Moses, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." Moses prayed for the people and God healed them (Numbers 21:7-9). No matter what kind of sin we commit, God's love is full of mercy and forgiveness and will forgive and heal us if we cry to him and repent. Jesus says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


Is there a sin in your life that you have not repented?


Cry to the Lord and repent and God will in his mercy forgive you and heal you.


Fr. James Karanja

Obedience Brings Blessings

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)


OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS



In Exodus 20:5-6 God says: ".........I, the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of their parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments." God has promised to show love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. How do we show God's love and obedience? We show God's love and obedience by coming to worship him and loving his people. Therefore, your coming to church to worship God is not in vain. It is a sign of your love and obedience towards God. God will reward you by showing his love and mercy to your children up to a thousand generations. In the gospel of John 2:13-22, Jesus cleansed the temple of God because God wants his temple to be kept holy. In Leviticus 19:2 God said: "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." God commands his people to be holy. All those who believe in Christ make the people of God and the body of Christ. As the body of Christ, God commands us to be holy. Our bodies make the Temple of God and Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us from all sin. Therefore, let us honor and obey God by coming to worship him. Let us keep our bodies holy to God and God will bless our children and us for a thousand generations.


May God bless us and help us to come to worship him and be holy unto him.


Fr. James Karanja


Walking with God

Posted on February 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

WALKING WITH GOD

Do you remember when you first walked with your Mom or Dad? Children do not ask their parents where they are going because they believe and trust them. God called Abram and told him to walk with Him saying: "I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless." How do you walk with God? We read in Habakkuk 2:4, ".........but the just shall live by his faith." Abram walked before God by faith. What is faith? Hebrew 11:1 says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. "Walking with God or before God means living in good relationship with God by faith and complete trust in Him. Though we do not know what lies ahead today or tomorrow let us have faith and complete trust in Him and He will make a way for us as we walk before Him faithfully. Jesus says; "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me." (John 14:6).


May God bless us and help us to walk with God by faith as Abram did.


Fr. James Karanja

Father's Blessing

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

First Sunday in Lent RCL 2018 'Fathers Blessing'


Mark 1:9-15 (Luke 3, 4 parallel)


In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”


Baptism of Jesus: Jesus is the Way the truth and the life: In Jesus we are reconciled into a healthy relationship with The Father that is by and through the Spirit, There is no other way except by Him and in the Way he leads. Ref: Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18

● He does this (submits to baptism) to show us the Way

● Reveals our essential need in the soul to be affirmed and loved by our heavenly Father


1:9 Repentance: Jesus does something unusual: submits in obedience to a baptism of repentance: he who has no sin

Demonstrates participation, fellowship with all humanity in brokenness and need. Shows us the way home in repentance and humility.


1:10 Life in The Spirit (giver of life): The Holy Spirit alights publicly on the one who has communed with Him from before time within the eternal Trinity:

● He is demonstrating the need of the Holy Spirit in our lives to empower a supernatural lifestyle.

● Demonstrates redeemed normative expectation/experience for humanity. “It is better for you that I go away             or else the Advocate will not come...”John 16:7


1:11 Sonship: The eternal Word, The Son, The second person. Is named Son again For our sake:

● That we might have knowledge of His identity,

● But also it is an invitation to follow him from our orphan state to be redeemed into that identity

● Need: even the Perfect Man, Sinless with unbroken communion with His Father by the Spirit needs to receive the Father’s blessing--how much more us

● “Do not confuse a need with a problem…” Fr. Russ Parker


1:12-15 Walking in Repentance, Sonship, and by/through a relationship with the Holy Spirit is How we are filled with power (Luke 4:14) to Fulfill our Need, Stand against Temptation, and Fulfill our Mission.


 Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard

God's Bow of Protection

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


GOD'S BOW OF PROTECTION


Sunday February 18 is the first Sunday in Lent.


As we join our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his sufferings let us remember that God has set a bow of protection over his people. In Genesis 9:13-16 we read: “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth..... Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth". God has set the blood of Jesus as the rainbow of our protection. Whenever God sees the blood of Jesus on our faces he remembers his everlasting covenant to save us. Therefore, no matter what trials and temptations Satan brings we are protected by the blood of Jesus. We read in Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony...." The Blood of Jesus is God's rainbow of our protection.


Is your life covered by the Blood of Jesus? Please, call upon Jesus for your life coverage.


Fr. James Karanja


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