How Society Has Diluted the Radical Concepts of Love, Mercy, & Peace

Here is something I stumbled upon that spoke to me about the fullness of God’s commands on Love, Mercy and Peace

We took serious, difficult commands and converted them to cliches. Jesus told us to take up our cross, and we responded by reducing the size of that cross until it fit in our pockets and justified all our worldly actions and beliefs.

The full post is in the link below

Retrospective Lily

Hi, friends. Most of us live in a high-tech, dog-eat-dog world. To be fair, humans have always been selfish and greedy, but perhaps the problem seems worse now because the possibilities of wealth have increased so much. After all, a poor person in America possesses many luxuries that ancient kings didn’t.

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5 things to do while in DCF

Hi Everyone,

This post is especially aimed at the freshmen who are joining Daystar University this September 2018 Semester. Perhaps you are interested in what Daystar University’s CU (for lack of a more appropriate short hand explanation) The Daystar Christian Fellowship is all about

Perhaps you have or would like to sign up to one of the 15 diverse and dynamic subcommittees of DCF Athi, or DCF Valley Road. Perhaps you haven’t quite figured out what your calling is in the mission field and want to have a look around before you settle in.

Whatever the case might be here are a small but activities, from a wide array, that come recommended for anyone who wants to get the full DCF experience, so to speak.

Prayers at Katoloni

Start your semester the right way! Every semester it is quite normal for DCF to organize a weekend of prayer and fasting at the Katoloni Prayer retreat in Machakos. This is not opportunity to get your spiritual antenna tuned. It is also an opportunity to connect with intercessors, missioners from both the students and staff that can get your prayer life kick started on a positive note.

Worship Experience

If you are thinking that this is only applies to people who are talented in singing or playing musical instruments, then you are sadly mistaken. Though your typical DCF worship experience is mostly organized either by the Sing Africa of Worship team subcommittees, there are plenty of opportunities of the pulpit to serve in a Worship Experience. From ushering, to decor, to resource mobilization,  and off course prayer. Worship experiences are an opportunity to glorify God.

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Outreach

If it hasn’t been mentioned to you several times before you read this, let me remind you that Daystar University is a Christian University. Part of that means being actively engaged in the 5 fold ministry of: the Apostolic, Prophecy, Evangelism, Pastoral Care and Teaching. Do it goes without saying, Daystar University does evangelism and we do it in a big way.

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Daystar Ladies Fellowship members hang out with children from Lukenya Pillars of Hope Childrens Home

Several of the DCF sub committees you might consider joining are actively engaged in carrying out outreach missions all over Kenya, and in some cases to other nations in Africa. In addition to that as a fellowship the DCF normally organizes an Annual Mission where the entire school fraternity is encouraged to participate in taking the Good news to the people of Kenya.

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In 2017, our annual mission took us to Vihiga County, Kenya

in Reach Mission

The DCF does not just take the message of the Gospel to outsiders, there are also in reach missions through which DCF and its partner ministries reaches in to our fellow students and the local community.

Teach Sunday School

Daystar Athi River campus does not exist in a vacuum. If you have a heart for children, or teaching, or even if you would like an opportunity to make a difference in the local community. Volunteering to teach in a Sunday school at one of the local churches is a wonderful opportunity to do so.

Bonus….

Let nobody kid you that the 5 things listed above amount the only things that DCF does in either Athi River or Valley Road. There are so many day today activities and events that you can get involved in. For instance, we have Discipleship and Fellowship programs to help you grow in the  faith and character. And off course it goes without saying that all members of the Daystar Community are strongly encouraged to attend Chapels on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Justification by Grace?

Hello Everyone!

I hope this blog post finds you well. If you are reading this as a current student of Daystar University, you may be aware that there is going to be an in reach mission running from today right up until Sunday evening. (See the poster below for details)

Crusades, door-to-door visitations, revivals, the whole enchilada. All in the name spreading the message of grace as defined in the theme verse of the semester Romans 3:24

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24 (NIV)

What does this verse mean? To whom are we being justified and for what? How is this justification free?  Consider this, The verse that comes immediately before this states that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and the penalty of sin is…you guessed it DEATH.

Yet this verse states clearly that the same ‘all that have sinned’ and fallen short of the glory of God’ and logically should be condemned to death are at the same time “justified freely through Christ’s work on the cross (See also John 3:16).

Is this not the best example of the Grace that is talked about in several places throughout the bible? From Abraham being singled out from all the people of Harar, to be father of many nations, to Gideon ‘least in my family’ being called to lead the people of Israel, though to the David ‘man after God’s own heart’ and climaxing in the Jesus taking up all of our sins on the cross. Grace is abundant in the bible.

Is this not the grace that Paul invests so much ink in Romans 8:1-5, Galatians 5:4, Romans 11:6? just to mention a few verses? Isn’t that something worth sharing with everyone? If you believe that is the case why not put some work into that  belief and get involved. We are looking forward to seeing you in the mission field all this week.

On Complacency…and football

HI everyone.

How many of you have been following the ongoing FIFA World Cup? If you have not well you might be surprised to find out that German National team (defending champions and presumptive favorites) have been eliminated from the World Cup at the very first stage.

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A Germany fan reacts to their poor showing at the FIFA 2018 World Cup (Source: Getty Images)

In the fallout from all this I have learned a new German word: Turniermannschaft. As explained by this post, it means that, where football is concerned, Germany are a “tournament team” and when the major tournaments come around, Germany always turn up and do really well. That is until they didn’t.

So what happened? In my opinion, it is simply the team got so used coming good when the moment needed them to do so that they forgot to do what was actually needed of them to keep their own high standards.

How is any of this relevant to my Christ walk? What does any of this have to do with ministry? Pretty much everything if you recognize that we are called to serve through a grace that is ‘new every morning,’ and a God who provides ‘daily bread’ in a world which every day ‘comes with its own problems.’ Why do make this assertion?

How many times have we coasted through a bible study group, praise and worship session, a devotion, or even a full-blown  mission, on the back of things have been working out on the day regardless of our preparation? Has it always worked out for you? Let’s really be honest. Did your really do justice to the standard that your God has set for you when you decided today we are getting by on the afterglow of yesterday’s victories?

Perhaps this is a good time to remember what the bible says about lukewarm Christianity  in Revelations 3:16. We are not called to get by on reputation, or inertia or, God forbid, entitlement. What is required is in fact as outlined by Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:12-13 is that we work out our salvation with fear and trembling

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This concept is also addressed from a different angle in 1st Corinthians 9:26, where Paul speaks of his faith walk through the imagery of a world-class athlete who puts himself through vigorous exercise, with a clear idea of the prize that he seeks. Why should that logic ever cease to apply to why we pray, read the bible, make music, intercede or engage in any sort of ministry work? After all is there a greater prize than receiving that ‘well done my good and faithful servant’ commendation from almighty God?

At the end of it all the biggest clincher, in my view, is Romans 12:1-2. This calls on us to offer ourselves fully as living sacrifices, that we nay by leaving behind the patterns of the world may be transformed and renewed. That cannot happen when we are complacent.

 

Sexaggerated by Rev. Ken Aringo

The topic is out of the words sex and exaggerate. This is because the aspect of sex has been exaggerated to an extent of contributing to one of the world’s wealthiest industry. This is through pornography. Pornography, according to research, makes money that is equal to the amount made by world’s most wealthy companies of Google, Netflix, EBay, Yahoo and Amazon COMBINED.
Other than the pornography fuss, something else that sex has been exaggerated to is the act of masturbation. These two are widely practiced, but in real sense, they simply make one feel worthless inside. It is like being prolific at something that can never be celebrated. One never gets any trophy or medal for it. If anything, it makes us ashamed in God’s presence. However, at the end of this sermon I hope that we will: Be led to conviction, confession, a need to correct our ways and exercise compassion to others.
The sex exaggerated acts, in as much as they happen to be a 2-5minute bliss, have the following effects:
Give the wrong view of sex.
Give the wrong attitude towards sex.
Thrive on immaturity.

However, the basis of all this relies on our definition of sex. How do you define sex?
One’s answer to this question also dictates our perception towards sex and eventually our sexual relations and choices.
The purpose of sex has currently been reduced to entertainment as opposed to what God initially ordained it.
In the late Dr. Myles Munroe’s words: If purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.

Rev. Ken Aringo is a Masters student of Daystar University and also part of the Daystar University Chaplaincy Oversight Committee (DUCOC)

Your Story is Enough by Dr. Wandia

The week began with the Monday morning prayers at 5am. The Languages and Performing Art chapel then took off on Tuesday as of 8:30am, after the 5am morning devotion. Dr. Wandia Njoya, the Head of Department was the speaker of the day, with the topic: “Your Story Is Enough”.

It was focused on believing and trusting ourselves, especially in our academics and specifically in the exam room. “The reason as to why we cheat is because we don’t think our idea/story is enough”.

In John 4, the story of the Samaritan woman; the woman did not find herself worthy, as she had been married to five husbands and was moreover a non-Jew. Jesus however told her that He knows her story. The woman’s story did not faze Jesus at all.

From the scripture, it was preached that we should only find our identity in Christ. Cheating in exams means we do not know who we are. It portrays lack of confidence.

By playing our part, i.e. studying, doing our assignments and term papers to our best; and knowing who we are, there is no reason to cheat or plagiarize. Because Jesus, just like the Samaritan woman, knows our story.

By Dr. Wandia Njoya

Too Small Too Matter

I came across a video the other day that showed dogs that have been trained to “pray” before their meals were given to them. It was quite hilarious but it got me thinking. How many of us actually pray before we eat? It seems like a small thing but isn’t it the small things that constitute the bigger things? If we fail at being faithful in the ‘small things’: cutting in line, stealing, gossiping, lying and so many other things, how do we expect to succeed in the so called ‘big’ things? We are called to be honest, faithful, and holy in all we do but the world as we know it is filled with so many obscenities and yet that is no excuse to fail in our Christian walk. So think about it; how do you act when no one is watching, if your world was to be opened to all to see, are you proud of what will be found?

Self- Esteem by Ms Irene Kimani

Self-esteem is not a dead end but a place we pass through as we go to the real self where God looks at you with the eyes of eternity. Cloth yourself with the truth of God’s word so that he can address the lady from within. A person of character is harmonized in and out. Mat 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Come to the place where you can find Christ’s place in your life. For when you encounter Him, you find meaning in life.

Self-esteem evaluation

  1. Physically – What do you see when you look at yourself in the morning?
  2. Emotionally – Do you have boundaries?
  3. Mentally- Do you engage in good intelligent discussions? What do you fill your mind with?
  4. Spiritually- Do you believe you’re a friend of God? Do you feel God loves and has forgiven you? Do you have time to pray?
  5. Socially – Who are the people you hang around with and you consider close?

Positive Indicators of a High Self- Esteem

Express yourself in a calm way, work cooperatively with everyone, initiative good friendship and you are able to maintain eye contact.

Negative Indicators

You feel the constant need to tease others, give excuse for failure, gossip, brag excessively of your achievements and you put yourself down.

God loves you and that is enough to take your esteem to 100%

Ms Irene Kimani, Student Counselor at Daystar University.

Her Through God’s Eyes by Dr. Martha Kiarie

The question under interrogation during the men’s chapel was “How should a godly man relate with a woman?”
Right from the onset the speaker established that there exist unique differences between the male and the female, and understanding this truth should thus undergird the relationship between the sexes. “A strikingly obvious difference between the sexes is the biological make up of a woman versus the man,” said Dr. Kiarie. “The woman was made from the rib of the man as we understand from scripture and what a fine specimen she is, in fact we refer to the female as the fairer sex,” she continued eliciting nodes from the manly charged hall. “To understand how to relate with a woman it’s important to not only have a biological perspective but a biblical one as well.”
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; That each of you should learn to control their own body [Or learn to live with his own wife; or learn to acquire a wife] in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
Dr. Kairie explained that men have to contend with living in super charged sexual stimuli environment, where sexual appeal is used in marketing posing great potential danger for falling into the pitfall sexual sins. Learning how best to relate with women in an environment, which lacks good role models, with ease of accessibility to pornography and virtual sex, and a conspiracy of silence which makes it difficult for men to speak openly about their sexual frustrations are counter intuitive to helping develop an honorable man. “Sex is a joyous gift from God, with the most potential for sin…as a man struggles between hormones and greater aspirations.” “The Church must reverse these negative trends by first and foremost breaking the conspiracy of silence and acknowledging the need for divine intervention even as men seek to honor God.”
She tackled the ever pressing question of whether a man and woman can ever just be friends, the answer, “to a greater extent no, and to a lesser extent yes.” She also pointed out what attracts women to men, topping the list was; women want to feel safe around a man (protection), the man should be of good standing in society, forward looking and visionary, he must as well take good care of himself to be healthy and presentable.”

Dr. Martha Kiarie, Dean of School of Science Engineering and Health.

All The Way

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Saint Francis of Assisi said that we must always evangelize the Gospel, and if necessary to use words. I come from a faith background where it was necessary to use words. It has me conflicted to date about how I am to share my faith.
It is more challenging yet more liberating to share my faith through lifestyle. It requires that my walk with God is so intimate, and that His Person has permeated my being so effectively, that my life cannot help but bear evidence.
Within His Grace I find such liberty – the liberty to approach Him as I am rather than try to fix myself before I can meet Him. I find that sometimes to ‘work out my salvation in fear and trembling’ means to admit to myself first that there is nothing I can do to elevate myself to God’s standards of Holiness, and also to be keen to hear His voice so that He guides me day by day. The challenge is to be teachable.
Grace, I find, is not license to delve into sin, but rather the sure Hand that redirects my path when I stumble. It reminds me that all that is required of me is a sincere yearning to draw closer to God, because He already drew closer to me.
Even now, it is a struggle to shake off ‘christianese’ jargon that make preachers sound like they are summoning fire and brimstone, but my desire is to communicate the concept of an unwavering love: my source of hope, joy and security; in that no matter what happens in my life, I know I can trust God’s heart.
My pursuit of God is an adventure that will never end – not that I will never reach Him, but that He walks with me all the way.