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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God's Gift

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)


What will you get after following and believing in Jesus Christ? Though God has given us everything that He has created, there is one most important thing that He gives to those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

In Mark 10:17 we read, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?"

1 John 5:11 says, "God has given us eternal life, and this eternal life is in His Son". Eternal life is life in perfect relationship with God.

Do you have eternal life?

We read in John 3:16, "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." The only way to have eternal life is to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

God's Will for Marriage

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


What is God's will for marriage?

In Mark 10:6-9 Jesus said, "But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate." Marriage was made for a man and a woman to live together for life. It is compared to marriage between Christ and His Church. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you get married to Christ.

Are you married to Christ?

Ephesians 5:25 says, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her .."

May God help us to remain faithful to Christ throughout our lives.

In Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Fr. James K Karanja.

The Power of Prayer

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


How do you fight against a giant? God's people have always turned to God in prayer in their fight against their enemies. In Esther 4:15-16, Esther requested her people to pray saying,"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." After prayer and fasting Esther went to the king and her request of saving the Jews was requested. Haman, the enemy of the Jews, was hanged on the tree he had prepared to hang Mordecai, the leader of the Jews. "So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai"(Esther 7:10). James 5:16 says, "............. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." When we turn to God in prayer He fights for us.

May God help us to turn to Him in prayer instead of trying to fight against our enemies.

Fr. James Karanja

God Is My Help

Posted on September 22, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)


God's people have always found God present to help them at the time of need. King David said, "Surely, God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me" (Psalm 54:4). Do you find God coming to help you at the time of need? We read in Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me" (John 10:14).

Let us always trust in Jesus as our help in trouble and our good Shepherd.

Fr. James Karanja

The Name of Jesus

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


In our Sunday Gospel reading of Mark 8:28-29 Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8:29). In the Bible, names have purpose and power. The name Jesus was given by an angel of the Lord who said to Joseph, "..........You are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins" (Mathew 1:21). The name "Jesus" means "God saves".  Jesus is God the Savior who saves his people from their sins.

Have you accepted Jesus to save you from your sins?

The Bible says, "Every one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13). The name of Jesus has power to save. Call upon the name of Jesus today and he will save you from all your sins.

May God help us to call upon the name of Jesus every day so that we might be saved from all our sins.

In Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Fr. James Karanja

The Power of Humble Faith

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


In Mark 7:24-30, we read that a Gentile woman begged Jesus to heal her daughter. In his response, Jesus said to her; "First let the children eat all they want.......for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs." The Gentile woman responded to Jesus in great humble faith and said; "Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." Jesus was moved by her humble faith and healed her daughter (Mark 7: 27-30).

May God help us to approach Him with great humility and faith that moves him to perform miracles in our lives.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time" (1 Peter 5:6).

Fr. James Karanja

The Power of Words

Posted on September 1, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)


In James 1:19 we read, "..................Everyone should be quick to listen,   slow to speak and slow to be angry...". The words we speak have power to do good or harm to other people and even to ourselves.

We read in proverbs 18:21, "The tongue has the power of life and death..."

May God bless us and help us to control our tongue to speak words that bring good to other people and to ourselves.

In Christ Jesus our Lord.

Fr. James Karanja

The Temple of the Lord

Posted on August 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


In King Solomon's prayer of dedication of the temple he said, LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on the earth below....May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day......Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive" (1 Kings 8: 22-30).

The temple was the house of GOD where people went to present their weaknesses to God and to ask for his forgiveness and blessings.

Let us always go to the house of God to confess our sins to Him and to pray for his blessings to be upon us, our families, and the world at large. Jesus said, "Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations" (Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:7).

May God bless you exceedingly.

In Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Fr. James Karanja

What Would You Ask God to Give You?

Posted on August 18, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)


In 1 Kings 3:5 God said to king Solomon, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you". King Solomon asked for wisdom and God was pleased with him. God gave king Solomon wisdom as well as wealth and honor (1 Kings 3:10-13).

Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding".

The wisdom that God gives leads us to know God and to honor Him as our Lord and Savior.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, "This is what the LORD says,

"Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the LORD."

May God bless us and help us to ask for wisdom that leads us to believe and trust in Him for all our needs.

Fr. James Karanja

God is the Hope for the Hopeless

Posted on August 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Is there a time in your life when you felt hopeless? God's people do experience hopelessness in life. But God is always there for us even when we do not feel his presence or see him. Elijah was a great prophet of God, but he did experience a moment of hopelessness to the point of desiring to die. After killing four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, Elijah was threatened to be killed by Jezebel, the wife of king Ahab (1 Kings 19:1-4). Elijah was frightened and prayed to God saying, "I have had enough, LORD. Take my life: I am not better than my ancestors" (1 Kings 19: 3-4). God did not grant Elijah his wish, but sent an angel to provide him with food and drink so that he could get enough strength to go where God had sent him (1 Kings 19: 5-8).

God comes to give us hope when we are hopeless.

Psalm 34:5 tells us, "Those who look to him are radiant."

No matter what happens to you, never loose hope but look to Jesus who is our hope and strength. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

Fr. James Karanja