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Each week, the Very Rev. James Karanja emails parishioners an introduction to the upcoming sermon. You will find these posted here.

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Gift of the Spirit

Posted on February 14, 2021 at 10:05 AM Comments comments ()

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GIFT OF THE SPIRIT.

 

If God told you to ask what you would like him to do for you, what would you ask Him to do for you? It could be that some people would ask God to give them a lot of money, power or great name. King Solomon once asked for wisdom.

 

In 2 Kings 2:1-12, Elisha asked Elijah to give him a double measure of his spirit. "When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, 'Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?' 'Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,' Elisha replied." (2Kings 2:9).

 

Elijah had the Spirit of God.

 

The Spirit of God brings order out of creation full of darkness and chaos.

"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."

 

Heavenly Father, we beseech you to give us the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of your Son Jesus Christ and to help us to bring order out of our world full of darkness and violence.

 

Jesus asks: "How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 

The bulletin for Sunday, February 14, 2021 is linked on our home page.


 

Brother James Kibe Karanja.

Waiting for God

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()

PRAYER

by Nikola GULEV



Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

WAITING ON GOD.

 

Have you been waiting for God to answer your prayers or to do something for you?

Do not give up.

Wait on God.

 

In Isaiah 40:30-31 we read: "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

 

Our God is faithful and He will answer every prayer at his own perfect timing.

 

God's help is always on the way.

 

Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24).

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 


 

Fr. James.

God is in control.

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments ()

 



Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GOD IS IN CONTROL.

 

Who is in control of your life ?

 

God is in control of all the powers in heaven and earth.

 

In Mark 1: 21-28 Jesus manifests his authority over all spiritual powers. by casting out a demon saying, "Come out of him," and the demon came out. ( Mark 1: 25-26)

 

In Luke 10 19 Jesus says: "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."

Jesus has given us power over all our enemies and has sent us out to heal all kinds of diseases and cast out demons in his name. Therefore we should not fear or worry about the future as Jesus is in control. "In the name of Jesus we we the victory."

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

"....WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?" (PSALM 121:1)

Posted on January 24, 2021 at 7:45 AM Comments comments ()



 

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

"... Where does my help come from?" ( Psalm 121:1) 

Where does your help come from? The source of our help gives us hope and security. In Psalm 121:1-2 King David says that the source of his help was the LORD God, the maker of heaven and earth.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth."

 

Our help comes from the LORD God who holds authority over heaven and the earth. Therefore we do not fear or worry if we trust in the Lord God the maker of heaven and earth. Mathew 28:18-20 says: "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

 

In the name of Jesus we have the victory, may God help us to trust in Jesus our Good Shepherd who holds authority over heaven and the earth .

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,

and to present you faultless before the presence

of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise

God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion

and power, both now and ever. Amen."

(Jude 24-25).


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 17, 2021

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()

 

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 


"PRAISE THE LORD!"

 

Why should you always praise the Lord?

 

We all have our own reasons why we should praise the Lord.

 

What does the Bible say?

 

We read in Psalm 139:14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

 

Have you ever looked at yourself on a mirror and thanked God because you are so fearfully and wonderfully made.

Do you know that there is no other person like you in the whole creation?

God created you in such a wonderful way and you are the only creature that was created in the image and likeness of God.

 

 

Genesis 1:26-27 says: "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

 

We were created in the image and likeness of God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Everyday we are being transformed from one degree of glory to another to be like Jesus the Son of God.

 

1 John 3:2-3 we read: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has

not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

 

John further says: "All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure:" ( 1John 3:3).

 

May God help us to purify ourselves in repentance and confession of our sins to God and to one another as we await the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

May God be with you and protect you with your families and friends by the precious blood of Jesus.

 


 

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 10, 2021

Posted on January 10, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments ()

 

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.




 

THE POWER OF PRAYER

 

In Luke 3:21-22 We read: "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'”

What happened when Jesus prayed at his baptism? When Jesus prayed at His baptism great miracles happened:

 

1. Heaven was opened.

2. The Holy Spirit descended on him in a bodily form like a dove.

3. A voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." The Holy Trinity manifested Jesus as the Son of God.


 

God tells us to pray and He will do great things for us.

 

God says  "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which you do not know." ( Jeremiah 33:3)..

 

May God help us to pray without ceasing .( 1Thessalonians 5:17).


 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 3, 2021

Posted on January 3, 2021 at 10:55 AM Comments comments ()

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

Happy New year!


 

GOD REDEEMS AND PROTECTS.

 

In Isaiah 43:1-3 we read: "But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Cush[a] and Seba in your stead."

 

After God had delivered Israel from Babylon by the the hand of King Cyrus of Persia ,He assured them that they belonged to Him. He would protect them from whatever would come ahead of them.

Therefore he said to them: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine..." (Isaiah 43:1).

 

The word "redeem" in Hebrew is "gaal''. It refers to a kinsman or close relative who could pay debts to free family members and their property from bondage. God said that He had paid the debt to free his people by giving away Egypt , Cush (Ethiopia), and Seba ( South Western Arabia- modern day Yemen) ( Isaiah 43: 3.) God fulfilled his redemption in giving His Son Jesus Christ who paid our debt of sin by His own blood on the cross to set us free from the bondage of sin and the devil.

 

God who has saved us and made us to cross over to this year of 2021 is our closest relative. Jesus is our Big Brother who is Immanuel, God with us (Mathew 1:23). He has promised to be with us and to protect us from the storms of the waters of life, floods of rivers, fires and all the power of our enemies. . He is in control over all the powers of heaven and earth.

 

Jesus said: Then Jesus came to them and said, "All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely , I am with you always , to the very end of the age." ( Mathew 28:18-20).

 

May God help us to trust in Jesus and obey him.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

December 27, 2020

Posted on December 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM Comments comments ()

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always.




 

"THE WORD BECAME FLESH." (John 1:14).

 

In John 1:14 we read: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

 

"The word became flesh" means "The word became a human being."

 


Why did the Son of God become a human being?

 

John 1:11-12 says: "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—"

All those who received Jesus, the Son of God, and believed in him were given the right to become the children of God.

 

The Son of God became a human being in order to enable us human beings to become children of God.

 

The only way God has given human beings to become children of God is by believing in his Son, Jesus Christ.


 

Jesus is also the only way to know God and to have eternal life just, as John 14:6 says: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"


 

May God always help us to believe and trust in Jesus for our life and salvation.

 

Amen.

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

Christmas Eve 2020

Posted on December 24, 2020 at 9:35 AM Comments comments ()

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS.




 

"DO NOT BE AFRAID."

 

In Luke 2:10-11 we read: "But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."

 

Though Covid19 has caused so much fear in the lives of millions of people in the the world, the good news we have today is, "Do not be afraid, for a savior of the world has been born." He is Christ the Lord. Jesus the Savior of the world comes to us with healing of all diseases including Covid19.

Prophet Malachi prophesied 420 years before the birth of Christ saying: "But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings." (Malachi 4:2, NLT) Therefore we should not be afraid of the the present situation or the future for Jesus; the Immanuel (Mathew 1:23) is God with us and will bring all sickness and all evils to an end before his second coming. He brings healing in his wings to the whole world. We should not be afraid as if our God were not able to save.

Our God is able to save and to protect us from the evil one. Hence the Lord's prayer: "But deliver us from the evil one." (Mathew 6: 13b.).

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and give you a blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New year. May He heal all, those who are sick and protect us with the precious blood of Jesus .

 

 


 

In Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

December 20, 2020

Posted on December 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments ()

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

My family and I wish you Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.


The Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis, 1712, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis.

The white lily in the angel's hand is symbolic of Mary's purity in Marian art.


 

"THE LORD IS WITH YOU"

 

In Luke 1:26-38 God sent the angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary and he said to her:

 

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1: 28).

 

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting

this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found

favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give

him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants

forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of

the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called

the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age,

and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.

37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me

be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her."


Mary believed what the angel Gabriel said to her and surrendered to God's will saying:

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.

“May your word to me be fulfilled.”


 

A miracle happened to the Virgin Mary.

She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.


 

What happens when the Lord is with you?

 

Miracles happen by the power of the Holy Spirit when

the Lord is with us and we surrender to his will.


 

May the Lord Jesus be with us and help us to surrender

to his will and perform miracles in our lives by the power

of the Holy Spirit.



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