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This August at Mavuno

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by rajua

Come discover why we were designed to live, not as individuals, but as part of a team. Together we will unearth the power of community.

Never Walk Alone

Don’t come alone!

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Power at Work

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by rajua

March series flier

What characterizes your work environment? Is it a toxic environment full of stress, politics, power games, sexism, conflicts, difficult bosses, pressure to conform including just the boring routine of work? Yet this is the place we spend most of our productive time and life. Have you ever felt powerless and afraid to confront these realities at work? In the midst of these frustrating realities, what’s a Christian to do? How can we get outside help to overcome all these negative forces?

The story of Daniel, a marketplace minister has a lot to tell us.

Read Daniel 2:14-28, 46-49

We note that:

  1. Work is a calling. God placed Daniel there to be His representative, to bring in the kingdom of light in a place of darkness. You are where you are for a higher call, to bring praise to God. Ed Silvoso says, “Labor is the premier expression of worship on earth, and every believer is a minister.” You are a marketplace minister. As God’s servant at work, walk in godly principles such as excellence, integrity and creativity.
  2. You’ve got the Power – You need to invite God to work (where possible join up with partners). You need both wisdom and power to deal with the forces of evil at work. Daniel needed wisdom, power to thrive against politics, favor for promotion and strength to overcome the spiritual and secular forces. He prayed 3 times a day (saw prayer as a lifestyle) and outperformed the rest.
  3. Your vision is transformation – Your goal is to see the lives of your coworkers changed and the place become a stronghold for the kingdom of God. Daniel turned the whole land towards God. He established God’s kingdom there.

The one message from Daniel is this: Change the Marketplace; Change the World!

The church is the barracks – we are prepared to go and establish outposts for the King. The market place is the main battlefield. If we are going to win the war for the transformation of Kenya, we must bring power to work. Instead of just complaining about the evils at work, stand up and make the difference.

Where do you start?  ABCs of Changing the market place:

  1. Always start where you are – Check your attitude. See your self on a mission? See your assignment to make a difference and engage? Start by taking 5 or 10 mins daily to pray for work or business or studies. Or call your Christian colleagues to meet once a week for prayer.
  2. Be absolutely honest with yourself – Are you living the lifestyle that will bring God’s kingdom in your work place? Am I part of the problem at work? Acknowledge the issues at work and understand them. What needs to happen?
  3. Continue with the conversation – Keep praying and working until transformation happens and you fulfill your assignment. Daniel acknowledged at the appropriate time that his secret was God. Point people to Christ and do that with all humility and wisdom, but do it with courage as well. Live in such a way that you attract questions. Then use your faith to answer them. Recommend Mizizi. Invite people to church. Share your faith

Change the Marketplace; Change the World!

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Get Connected

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2011 by rajua

March series flier
Ever felt stuck and in need of getting some outside help? Ever felt like your effort at work, in a relationship, in life and in your Christian walk is far from enough? Ever felt overrun, overwhelmed, beaten down, pushed around and defeated? I guess we all have. There is a story in the bible that speaks into our situations of powerlessness.

Read Exodus 17:8-15

Notice the following:

  1. Israel was in trouble; the Amalekites outmatched them. (You are in trouble whether you know it or not. Life is a series of battles)
  2. Moses went up the hill to get connected and unleash the power – as Joshua fights on. He knew that firepower was not enough. (You have a powerful weapon in your hands)
  3. The Lord showed up and brought the victory! (The Lord is our Banner of Victory!)

The one message of this text is this: Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

Pray to Connect – Prayer is like plugging in to a power source. Your flat-screen TV or iPad will not work until you connect it to a power source. Prayer is an invitation to hang out with our Father, God. It is a privilege, a conversation with the Boss of the universe. It meets the most basic of human needs, a need to connect with the higher power. Prayer is the way to build relationship with the source of the Supernatural.

Like every other relationship, it will have lows and highs. But you don’t run from a relationship because things are not working, you make it work. God is always waiting to listen to our concerns and complications. To speak into our darkness and to encourage us in our weaknesses. To enjoy our presence and wipe away our insecurities. Deep in your heart, you crave for a connection with God. You need God – whether you feel neglected or not, he is still your best bet. Thomas Merton puts it this way: Prayer is an expression of who we are … We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment.

Many times we try harder, work smarter, push more, fight fiercer and blame everyone. There is a better option, go hang out with the Most Powerful. Do not be too busy to seek for power. Unleash your secret weapon of prayer. You have got the power, but you need to unleash it through prayer. As long as Moses hands were lifted up, Joshua was winning. When we pray, God shows up and there is a showdown.

Unleash the Power!

God gave man the stewardship or management of earth. This is your territory. He waits for you invite him to work with you. Without God, you can’t; but without you God won’t! God wont do a whole lot of things if we do not ask. He is honored as a father if we partner with him. He will intervene once in a while even without our asking, but that is the exception.

There is a lot more you can do with God at the place of prayer than you can do by yourself. Why struggle all by yourself when you can partner with the source of all strength and power? When you work, you work. When you pray, God works with you.

Prayer is partnering with God to unleash the power that we so desperately need. Prayer avails the power of heaven. It is inviting kingdom power, laying a red carpet for the heavenly dignitary. Prayer opens up the highway for miracles, interventions, power encounters, transformation, change, action and invasion.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

The bible has powerful testimonies: A powerless Esther and a few women prayed and an entire plan of genocide was reversed. In Acts 12, the church turned to prayer to get Peter out of prison where he was waiting for execution. An angel came down, staged a prison-break and got the 16 guards executed by their boss. Elijah prayed and closed the heavens for 3.5 years. Then he prayed again and it flooded.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

The ABCs of prayer:

  1. Always start from where you are. You do not need to be Pst Linda, just pray in the best way you know how. You don’t have to pray in a certain way for God to hear. Set aside the 10, 20 or 30 minutes for a time with God daily.
  2. Be absolutely honest – come to God the way you are, don’t try and put on airs for him. Tell him what you feel about him and prayer. Express yourself to him and just talk. He will listen to you. He is waiting to connect with you as your Dad.
  3. Continue with the conversation throughout the day. You may need to keep at it. Don’t quit. Even when you don’t feel him, keep praying. You either pray and win or live the cycle of defeat. Prayer is your indispensable secret weapon.

What would happen if we all took up the invitation to prayer seriously, and despite our earlier experiences gave it a chance? I think we would begin to hear more stories of victorious living – transformation, healing, restorations at home, breakthroughs at work, successful relationships, wisdom in decisions and success in business.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power!

What would happen if we all took up the invitation to prayer seriously, and despite our earlier experiences gave it a chance? I think we would begin to hear more stories of victorious living – transformation, healings, restorations at home, breakthroughs at work, successful relationships, wisdom in decisions and success in business.

Pray to Connect, Unleash the Power.

Let us make prayer a priority and see what God will do. What would you like to pray about this month? List 3 things in a piece of paper. Hand that in and we will pray with you. Commit to pray daily over these items. Let us see what God will do.

This March at Mavuno..

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by rajua

March series flier

Cyanide, atomic bombs, nuclear warheads… the world is marked by disastrous effects caused by these weapons.. this March at Mavuno , come and learn the power that is inside you, which if activated will release the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.. Prayer!. You’ve got the power!

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