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MATTHEW 1: 23

Emmanuel: It is a compound word of (El) “God” and (Emmanu) “with us”. Jesus, who is God in our nature, the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), and is one and only Mediator between God and us (1 Tim.2:5)

1. Emmanuel means God’s intimacy with men

Emmanuel reminds us two OT themes:

First theme is classical form: “I will be your God and you will be my people”

The second theme is glory or presence of God (Shekinah). Here Mathew identifies the Shekinah with a person called Jesus (1 Kings 8:27). The first one is covenantal relationship and the second one is participatory relationship.

Emmanuel was not a new name, it was an experience by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses and Israelite. Gen. 28:15 ‘I am with you’. Ex.33:14 ‘my presence will go with you’. Deut.20:1 ‘while you go for a war, I will be with you’. Isaiah 43:2 ‘when you pass through waters and fire, I will be with you’.

God was with Enoch; God was with Noah. God was with Joseph in the pit, in the prison and in the palace (Gen 37:24, 39:2, 21).

God was with David while he was with cattle and while he was hiding in the caves and when he was in the royal cabins.

God was with three friends of Daniel in the royal courts, training schools and in the brutal furnace.

Jesus was with the persecuted Christians, he was with Paul and Silas when they were in the prisons, when Paul had shipwreck, He was with him.

Today God is with us in our successes, victories, loneliness and lowliness. His grace is all sufficient for us. He is EMMANUEL in the NEW Year.

2. Emmanuel means God’s intervention in men’s life

Secondly, Emmanuel is not only a relationship with God also it makes us to recognize his characters and its utility in our day to day life God with us through every action of our life; we begin, continue and end in His name. He intervenes.

He is God with us to comfort, enlighten, protect and defend us in every time of temptation and trial. A Kenyan preacher said, ‘What God do, no man can do’. Expect powerful and timely interventions from the Most High in Year 2020.

Ev. Samuel Ng’ang’a,
Parish Evangelist

A healthy mental attitude determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.

You can take care of your mental health by

  • Being physically fit.
  • Connecting with others.
  • Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Meditating on God’s word.
  • Getting professional help if needed.

“I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ” Job 42:2 Are you struggling/ grappling with very difficult things in your life? Like loss in buisinesses, family hardship, unemployment, cars breaking down and discouragements in life? Im the most of these hardships, it is easy to doubt that God can redeem the pain; recover what is lost, and heal that is broken. Can He truly fit the pieces of our suffering into a hopeful future?

If we rely on what our circumstances looks like, we may believe that the Lord is not able to make something good come from our hardships. But the truth is, God can and does change our circumstances. His power to give a future and hope never changes. That is why it is important to take action when difficulties bring doubt into our faith. How do we do this?

Believe in the word 

While Jobs family, home, crops and health were demolished God was preparing to give him double. Job 1 and 2; Job 42:10

While Joseph was a slave and a prisoner; God was planning for him to be second in command over Egypt (Genensis 39:19-21 and 41:41)

While peter lost Faith and denied Christ. God knew Peter would be instrumental in growing the Christian Church by proclaiming Christ to thousands.

While Mary watched Jesus dying on the cross, God had full knowledge of Jesus being resurrected and seated on His heavenly throne! No matter what the dire, deary circumstances, remember God can reverse, restore, revive and renew! Be on the lookout for His plans that are already in motion right now, even in the midst of your difficult times. Trust Him, He can take any circumstance and use it for your good and His Glory.

That’s the Issue

Rev Dr. Alphonce Kanga

Parish Minister

Have you forgotten about a Doctor’s appointment?

You may be suffering form a mild or serious memory problem. Seek a doctor’s help to determine if your problem is normal or not, or what is causing it.

Signs of a serious memory problem include:

  • Asking the same question repeatedly.
  • Getting lost in familiar places.
  • Not being able to follow instructions.
  • Becoming confused about time, people and places.

Most black eye injuries aren’t serious. The discoloration is caused by bleeding of the skin under the eye; gently apply a cold pack or a cloth filled with ice to the area several times a day for a day or two. Incase you develop vision problems, severe pain or bleeding in your eye or form your nose, see a doctor.

If you know someone who is depressed provide support and encouragement by:

  • Listen, offer your ear not advice or opinions.
  • Give positive reinforcement.
  • Remind them how much they mean to you.
  • Make plans together.
  • Take walks and meals together.
  • Do not forget to PRAY for them.

Walking on Water : Mathew 14:22-23

Jesus spoke to Peter and said ” come ” Peter got out of the boat without any waste of time and came towards Jesus (Mathew 14:29). When he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm, his faith began to waver and he began sinking.

Life’s destructions can be enemies of faith, maintain your focus on the goal and you will walk in victory.

Walking on water requires:-

  • A faith anchored in God’s word
  • A faith that steps out
  • A faith focused on the goal
  • A faith that prays
  • A faith that depends on God

A life of victory is possible for all. Victory is not far away from you. Victory is within you. Believe in God’s word concerning your destiny. Shut your ears to the distracting whispers of the enemy ( John 10:10)

He has come tha t you may receive unlimited favor. Amen

Have a great week.

That’s the issue.

Rev Dr. A. Kanga,

Parish Minister

Right from Genesis God gave Adam and Eve all they ever needed. That is, created them in His image and likeness, blessed them, gave them dominion over the whole creation and gave them one another, but they forsook all these for self ratification. God had given his word which clearly demonstrates that the consequence of obedience to His word is blessing as disobedience brings curses and hardship. However, given that no man can thwart God’s purpose of His creation, He took a gracious redemptive journey of restoring man back to Himself. This redemptive journey finds its biblical thread from Abraham ( Gen 12:1-3 ) to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our understanding of God’s unlimited favor should be informed by our understanding of God’s Justice, Mercy and Grace. The justice of God demands our death as sinners while His mercy is what helps us not to receive death which is rightfully and His grace the means through which we get the good that we do not deserve ( external life plus all the good from God) and that is unlimited favor.

Without God’s mercy and unlimited favor we would die. Everyday God supplies us with the light of the sun, air to breath and something to eat and drink. He gave His only begotten son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, whose ministry on earth was to restore us to God the father so that we could operate to our greatest potential and oms importantly enjoy eternal life. Apart from Christ He also gave us His word in the bible which we must read and hide its message in our hearths that we may not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11) in such a way that what it teaches becomes a part of us.

Dominick Odiembo – CTY Director

Praise God! We have come this morning to worship God the creator, our redeemer and te Lord of our souls, the Lord of the heaven and earth. By so doing, we join the rest of creation in declaring God’s praise and glory upon the earth and heavens.

The month of December is known for its 25th day with is the day of Christmas. It mostly elicits a no care about it’s a what …. and a how …. questions of its celebration. Perhaps as a Christian you have also adopted the popular culture of the day. There is a huge question on how we should celebrate this moth as Christians. We can only do this by offering to God a Celebration of Worship.

Hebrews 6:5, 21 is calling us to worship before the Lord. The phrase, “before the Lord” occurs six times in this chapter Vs 5,14,16,17 and twice in 21. The point is, we’re not to be caught up with the celebration but with the Lord. During this month we’re not to be food, gift and people centered, but God-centered. Christmas is not only a time to thing about great family celebration, great food but rather, a great celebration of a great God, our Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel God with us.

We are to worship before a great, lovely and gracious God. This God has visited us and His name is Emmanuel. He is with us as we offer praise and celebration of worship for his grace upon us. He has been faithful to us as individuals and also as a community of faith. Let us rise up and offer him a celebration of worship and praise.

Dominick Odiembo – CTY Director