Posts Tagged ‘need prayer’

3
Apr

Long, but worth reading…

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

This Easter I have many things on my heart.  But the most prevalent is the Sacrifice and Rising of Jesus.  The most important fact in Life. 

I want to share scriptures today.  Why?  Because it points out something important about God that people forget.  I have repeatedly been warned by others that speaking out is not becoming of a missionary.  Yet, is it not what the Lord has asked of those he calls to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We are speaking out against a world that wants what it wants, when it wants it.  People do not know the truth and we are called to tell them.  We are pointing the way to God and that means making a commitment that requires the uncomfortable role of speaking out, stepping out, and going where the Lord calls us no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or be.  I do not expect to be popular by any means, and if I am then I must ask myself if I am really doing the Lord’s will.  For Jesus himself said that for following him, and doing what he has asked, people will hate us. (Mark 13:13 7 & Matthew 10:22, Luke 6:22, Luke 21:17, John 15:18-19)

We have experienced people having doubts as to the call of our mission.  We have had people who have given us words of discouragement or warning.  Churches and Pastors telling us their reasons for not being able to even hear about this mission God has us on.  Often it has been because of a fear that there is not enough money.  Or because they just don’t do that anymore.  And it has been discouraging on a very human level.  On a spiritual level it is just disconcerning how people think that in this “modern time” that we are no longer under the same call that Jesus originally gave.  People may have changed, times may have changed, but the call of the Lord has not, nor has the Lord himself.  Mathew 18:19-20  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8)  God is not saying go to all the nations and share me.  He is saying go and make disciples.  That means that he wants us to go, show, and teach.  Just as he did 2000 years ago.  And he reiterates that he is with us to the end of the age.  That would speak the end of this world to me. And we are not there yet.

We are stepping out to do exactly what the Lord has asked us to do.  We are praying for his encouragement, but also the encouragement of those who have been called by Christ to walk along side us in prayer, to stand up for us, and financially support us.  Many times in history people have decided the work of God was done.  Many times people have fallen away from following God.  Many times people get comfortable in their lives and decide that if it is to be done, well, then there is someone else to do it.  But maybe God wants you to do it.  Don’t be afraid to ask and lay fear aside so that you can actually hear the answer.  God is not through speaking to us and our work is not done until the Lord Jesus Christ returns again and says “It is finished”!  We need your help and we need you to hear God when he tells you that this is His will.

I love this scripture from a little read book of Haggai, in the bible.  It tells of another time when God’s people grew comfortable and got lost in themselves.  I fear that at times we do this too.  And I want to learn from the mistakes that people made prior to me so that I do not have to learn things the hard way.  Some day each of us will stand before our Lord.  What will your testimony be?  I pray that the Lord will speak to you and be with you and point you in the way that is often not easy, but His way.  Much Love, Stephanie.

Haggai 1

A Call to Build the House of the LORD

 1In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua [a]son of Jehozadak, the high priest:

 2This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the LORD’s house to be built.’ ”

 3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

 5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”

 12Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD.

 13Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD. 14So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the LORD Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius.

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19
Oct

Ok, now I am ready to quarantine…

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

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quar·an·tine (kwôrən-tēn’, kwŏr)Noun 
 is voluntary or compulsory isolation, typically to contain the spread of something considered dangerous, often but not always disease. The word comes from the Italian (seventeenth century Venetian) language Italian quarantena, meaning forty day period.

  1. A time in the desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days according to the Bible
  2. A grace period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband’s home, regardless of the inheritance
  3. A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed to be infected.
  4. Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
  5. A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease.
  6. A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they’ve been infected with a contagious disease.
  7. (by extension) Any rigorous measure of isolation, regardless of the reason.
  8. A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
  9. (computing) A place where email messages or other files which are suspected of harboring a virus are stored.

Ok, so I know Wikipedia is very famous for errors and the fact that it loses credibility due to the ease of humanity to change definitions, BUT I could not help but love the definition for quarantine on Wiktionary.  And I did not rearrange these.  This is how they are listed, in order.

Now, I had never thought of the Lord’s time in the desert as a quarantined time, but now the thought juices and a high fever have me thinking.  Hopefully when I am well it will still all make sense.

I was sick last week with a milder version of what is going on now.  I went on a weekend get away with 8 friends, to the coast.  Saturday night things started coming back and I came home early, thanks to one friend, to go right to bed.  Fever, really sore throat, bad earache and head ache.  Back to the chicken soup fast.  Hopefully I do not have to be like this for 40 days to get better!  Andrew has a form of it and Breeann has it with the sore throat.  Keep our family in your prayers.  I know many are suffering  from viruses and I pray we all start feeling better soon.

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19
Aug

I am missing something…

   Posted by: Ron & Stephanie Kenaston    in Our Mission

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This is a test, this is only a test.  If this were an actual emergency I wouldn’t be typing this!  lol!

Well the funny fell off this when I worked on this dumb thing for an hour and then it didn’t save.  My computer is dead and add that to all the other stuff from the week and I want to just cry. Pray, send me scripture, something.  I want to be back in yesterday when I found profoundness in everything and life was good even when it wasn’t.  I lost so much I will have to redo on a slow computer that steals time from the day with waiting for lines to fill and pages to load so that I can get my schoolwork and work done.  Thanks.  Steph

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