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DEVOTIONALS FOR LENT
Patriarch John Githiga

PRAYER FOR A REAL CHURCH
God, help us to have a real church.
Where you abide and rule!
Where envy and human jealousy
And self-pride are miniscule.
Where friendly gospel preachers
Bring no gossip of the week.
But help us see Your Son, Jesus
In Precepts that we should seek.
God give us Christian Fellowship,
That can strengthen us each day,
That help us build good character,
And remind us often to pray.
Let us not attend for opulence
Of new buildings, pews, and pipes,
Or get lost in much parading,
Not in trading human gripes.
God help us have a true church!
Help us to clearly make it known
That you permeate all our lives,
In this church Fellowship     we own!
   By Dr. Christine Fulwylie


HEAVENLY FATHER,
Thank you for the opportunity to love.
Help me to find joy in everything that I do.
Let me laugh and be cheerful, so that
Those around me will be blessed by my smile
And my optimism. Amen
   Kim Boyce

May God bless you richly
and grant you increasing freedom from all
anxiety and fear
1Peter 1:2


THE LORD IS PRECIOUS
How precious it is, Lord,
To realize that you are thinking about me
Constantly!  I cannot even count how many 
Times a day your thoughts turns toward me.
And when I waken in the morning 
You are still thinking about me.
Psalm 139:17-18


FIND JOY IN EVERTHING
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the opportunity to love.
Help me to find joy in everything that I do.
Let me laugh and be cheerful, so that those
Around me will be blessed by my smile and 
My optimism.  Amen
Kim Boyce


OVERFLOW WITH LOVE
My prayer for you is that
You will overflow more and more
With love for others, and at the same
Time keep on growing in spiritual knowledge
And insight.
Philippians 1:9


TRUE FRIENDSHIP
True friendships are lasting because true love is eternal. A friendship in 
which heart speaks to heart is a gift from God, and no gift that comes from 
God is temporary or occasional. All that comes from God participates in God’s eternal life.  Love between people, when given by God, is stronger than death.  In this sense, true friendships continue beyond the boundary of death.  Then you have loved deeply, that love can grow even stronger after the death of the person you love.  That is the core message of Jesus.
Henri J. M. Nouwen


CHARACTER IS POWER
Character is power. This statement was made by one of the greatest African American Educators, Dr. Booker T. Washington.  He established Tuskegee College which builds the Character of many African Americans.  Men and women of Character possess three keys to success:  Forgiving, Giving, and Thanksgiving. A Christian character will demonstrate the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.  Men and women of Character think and practice the scripture, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil 4:8-9).  If you have these qualities be assured that the God of Peace is with you.  Better still, “And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil 4:7) 
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Patriarch John Githiga


A VOICE OF ALL NATIONS
HE LEFT HIM UNTIL THE OPPORTUNE TIME  

In lent we ponder the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke reports that after the temptation, the devil left him until the opportune time. In the creation story, we learn that “the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord has made.” Like Jihadist, the serpent would not like us to know about him so that he can use his schemes so as steal, destroy and kill. I have be
en wrestling with this animal for 55 years. And one of the things I know about the beast is that he attacks at an opportune time. His main object is to sabotage God’s mission. He comes when we are preparing to take off for missions-whether overseas or domestic. He hurts us physically or psychologically or economically. We find ourselves forced to make a choice between faith and fear. When we choose fear, we dig a hole in the ground and hide the Master’s talent. (Matthew 25:18)  This is what the servant rationalized when confronted with his choice: “I was afraid and went out and hid the talent in the ground”. The servant who chose fear lost what he had and his talent was given to the one who had five talents. The lazy and wicked servant was thrown into darkness “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
To conquer the devil, we must equip ourselves with the work of God. We need to read the Bible and pray every day. Be a part of a Bible study group and a worshipping community. Support the church with your tithe and offerings. More importantly, you need to rebuke the devil:  “I command you Satan to get behind in the name of Jesus”  As it was with Jesus, memorize the scripture. When the devil frightens you, shout: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”
 Finally, my beloved “…stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Corinthians 15:58 
WE ASK YOUR PRAYER AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR:
Mission to the UK and Kenya:  June 3-24 In the UK.   I will minister with Bishop Steven, visit the headquarters of Church Missionary Society, Oxfam, Church Army, Boys and Girls Brigade (you might have known that I am Church Army Captain, and the Captain of Boys Brigade and was honored to start its Nauru Company of Boys and Girls Brigade which is the mother of the Brigade Companies in Kenya).  In Kenya, Dr. Davis and I will hold three clergy conferences and enthrone the Archbishop William Githigah and Consecrate Bishop Elect Kennedy Otieno. Your financial support will enable us to accomplish this ministry.
We ask you to promote our Seminary and also to register as a student. Theology is the queen of sciences. It is the science which illumines all other sciences. To be productive in your ministry, you need to increase you knowledge about God, religion and humanity.
We also ask your support for the feeding programs and for the orphanages. 
A big thank you to all those who are supporting ANCCI ministries regularly!  It is because of your generous support that we are able to give assistance to those in need and to cover the operational expenses.
May God bless you according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus!
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++John Githiga


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THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I
Hear my cry, O God,
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of earth I call to you
I call as my heart grow fain;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
A strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent for ever
And take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 61:1-4


REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF ST. PATRICK
Yesterday, one of our members reminded us to remember to were green on St. Patrick day. I am wearing a green shirt as I write this message. In dream symbolism green symbolizes a color of nature. If you see green in your dream, the message is that something is growing out of a state of immaturity. Spiritually it implies that the Good shepherd “makes me lie in green pastures.”
St. Patrick who is one of the most celebrated saints was born of Christian parents in Roman Britain.  At sixteen he was captured by a barbarian raider and carried off to Ireland as a slave. After six years as a swineherd boy, he escaped and eventually returned to Britain. To the astonishment of family and friends he resolved to return to Island as a missionary, and he began a long period of intensive training in France. After many hardships and disappointments he was able to return to the land of his bondage as a missionary bishop and became one of the most successful missionaries. It is said he found a heathen Ireland but left a Christian one.
The major lesson we learn from St. Patrick is to forgive and reach out to those people who give us a hard time. We are also to reach out to heathens- atheist, agnostic, homosexuals- with the love of God to win them for Christ. As St. Patrick, we are called to be the light that shines in the darkness. “For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17
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Patriarch John Githiga


I AM ONLY ONE
I am only one, but still I am one. 
I cannot do everything, 
but still I can do something;
 and, because I cannot do everything,
 I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. – 
Edward Everett Hale

If I am only for myself,
What am I?
If not now, when?
Rabi Helil

Give me work till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done
Patriarch John’s philosophy of work and life

Delight yourself in the Lord
And He will give you the desire of your heart.
Commit your ways to the Lord
Trust in him and He will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
And the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Psalm 37: 4-5
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Patriarch John Githiga


DEVOTIONAL-TAKING CARE OF THE SHEPHERD
Psalm 42 is a typical outcry from a spiritual leader who feels abandoned by those he/she shepherds. He is depressed. He is suffering psychologically and spiritually. He starts out by crying to God. “As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, ‘Where is your God?’”  This is a common cry from the shepherds and their spouses when they are depleted, exhausted or depressed. They consistently ask: “Why are you so downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”
The Apostle Paul had similar experiences. He cries out: “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?  …Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk?”  Paul backed up his cry with a quote from the Old Testament: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” (1 Corinthians 9)
In this message, I am inviting you to be a part of the priesthood of all believers and give pastoral care to your evangelists, pastors, bishops, archbishops and patriarch. Form a habit of giving them a word of encouragement. Kikuyu has a saying: “A good word is as good as a gift.’’  More importantly, the servants of God need your financial support. As a faithful Christian, void having a wooden priest with a golden chalice. God speaks strongly against robbing him of the tithe: “Will a man rob God?  Yet you are robbing me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In your tithes and offerings. You are under a curse because you are robbing me. …Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3)  When YOU are blessing your spiritual leaders with finance help and with words of encouragement, you are blessing yourself and your family.
May the Lord bless you,
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Patriarch John Githiga


DEVOTIONAL- HEALED TO SERVE
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.  He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. (Mark 1:29-31)  It has been a desire of my heart to serve everyday by writing a devotional, but little did I know that I would have a fever and would be in bed for three days. This is the time that the Lord has touched me, and like Peter’s mother in law, I decided to serve at once.
The message we have is that the Lord heals us so as to serve him. In the Matthew account of the same story, he says Jesus did this “…to fulfill what was spoken by the Prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.’” (Matt 8:17)  Because Jesus shed his blood at Calvary and rose again from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, we can be healed not only from physical infirmities, but our hurts and pains, our emotional bumps and bruises and our bags full of regret.
After the healing, we joyfully serve God and our fellow humans. We follow the footstep of Jesus: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” As the ‘Collect for Peace’ shows, our service to God leads to perfect freedom:
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in the knowledge of whom standeth  our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen
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Patriarch John Githiga


BE STRONG, FEAR NOT! BEHOLD YOUR GOD
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Be strong, fear not! Behold your God.....
I still have vivid memories of September 11, 2001. I remember the fear within and without which characterized the collective and personal life. On this day a police officer knocked at our door with information that our church treasurer was involved in an accident and was in a critical care unit at the hospital. Rushing there I found that he had been declared clinically dead. After administering the unction, he came back to life, but with some brain damage. I was faced with so many questions as we also watched the horrible news of massive destruction of the Twin Towers. 
On the personal level we were involved with concern for our church treasurer and the duties he would not be able to perform. Who would take his place? Who would pay the bills? Who would take care of his two thousand head of cattle?  At the same time I was preparing talks for a Cursillo weekend.  I was Spiritual Director for the event which was to start on September 13th, only two days away .We didn't know whether the candidates would show up. Being on campus ministry, we gathered together the students for prayer at the campus. More than two hundred students attended the prayer event that took place around the flag pole in the rain.
I was fully aware that other people were experiencing greater agony than me. Some had lost their loved ones- a spouse, a husband, a parent, a colleague or a friend.
On that day of intense suffering, God used so many angels to demonstrate his might and power. Not all angels were human. There were stories of an angel dog that saved more than nine hundred peoples at the Twin Towers. Human Angels included Tom Burnett, a pilot who was a passenger on Flight 93 who called his wife Deena, to let her know what was going on and what they were planning to do. Tom and other passengers worked as a team to overpower the hijackers and averted the aircraft from crashing into the white house. They sacrificed their lives for their country. According to Deena, Tom's heroic act drew upon his strong character which had developed from his long relationship with God. He had a habit of attending the Mass every day. He drew his strength from the God of all power and might.
These selfless people (and even a dog) might have heard the voice of the Creator: “Be strong, fear not, behold your God.”  
Let “Be strong, fear not, behold your God “  be our theme.  We have to be strong and act in spite of fear because of Who God is:
* Our God is a God who is coming.
* Our God is a God who is coming with vengeance.
* Our God is a God who is coming with a reward.
* Our God is a God who opens the eyes of the blind
* Our God is a God who opens the ears of the deaf.
* Our God is a God who makes the tongues of the mute sing for joy.
* Our God is a God who brings springs of water in the desert.
* Our God is a God who brings hope to the hopeless.
* Our God is a God who makes the new heaven and the new earth.
* Our God is a God who keeps his promises.
* Our God is a God who gives justice to the oppressed.
* Our God is a God who sets the prisoners free.
* Our God is a God who lifts up those who are bowed down.
* Our God is a God who cares for the stranger.
* Our God is a God who sustains the prisoners.
* Our God is a God who reigns forever.
* Our God is a God who gives every perfect gift.
* Our God is a God who is calling us to be his mouth and his feet.
* Our God is a God who is calling us to reach out to our neighbors
Let us not wait until there is a 9/11 in our lives so as to act.
We are being called to let God be God of our lives.
We are being reminded we have to trust and obey God.
Trust and obey,
for there is no other way,
to be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.
Isaiah 35:4-7, Palm146, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:31-37
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Patriarch John Githiga


MEDITATION OF HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER

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After the repentance of sin and committing yourself to Christ, you are then included in “high priest prayer.” In it Jesus is interceding for the Church to the Father. He ask that we be kept pure from the world and be sanctified by the word of truth. He is praying that we would be one as he and his Father are one. The secret of this unity is to be in Christ. So many things can distract us and fill our thoughts and time. We can easily give ourselves over to business. The Devil is a master of distraction. He likes flooding our thoughts with concerns, worries, things, problems so as to leave us empty. To shame the devil we need to believe and own Jesus prayer: “I pray all who believe in me  ... that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I in you . May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me. When we are in Him we are filled with joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength. As we delight ourselves in the Lord: we heed the words of St. Paul:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything  by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present yourself to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
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Patriarch John Githiga


SERIOUSNNESS OF SIN AND THE BLESSING OF REPENTANCE
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Lenten season reminds us of the seriousness of sin and challenges us to repent of our sins. Ezekiel makes it clear that we will be punished for our sins, not the sin of our children or parents: “The soul that sins is the one who will die.” The Apostle Paul states that  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that comes from Christ Jesus.(Roman 3:23-24). There is a deadly consequence if you choose to remain in sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Roman 6:23). If you opt for sin, you have chosen eternal separation from God and burning in hell for ever. This is how the Bible puts it:  “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts (scammer and hackers), the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8.

There is good news for you if you repent of your sin: “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If you repent of your sins, not only will you be forgiven, but God will remove the guilt feeling and make your soul as white as snow. Better still, Our Redeemer says: “It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty will I give to drink without cost from the spring of the Water of Life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son/daughter. Rev. 21:6-7.

The water of life that the Glorified Christ is talking about is not a pie in the sky. This water springs in you immediately after repentance and letting the Spirit in your life. You will be filled with love, joy and peace. It comes with three keys to success-forging, giving, and thanksgiving. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Patriarch John Githiga

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