MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

  • Jesus Heals Ten Men

    As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance. and shouted, "Jesus! Master! have pity on us!"

  • 2020 Easther Bible Camp

    Exodus Congregation Annual Easther Camp was held at the Six Mile House Prayer fron the 9th of April to 12th of April 2020

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    The Next annual easter bible camp for Exodus Congregation will be hosted by Bushwara House Prayer in 2021. We will meet again in 2021 to celebrate the death and resurrection of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ

  • Jesus is Crucified

    The Gospel of Luke 23:33-43 talks about the events took place prior to his final death. Jesus was crucified at the place they called 'The Skull', with two criminals. One on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing."

  • MLSGA-Southern Region Progressive Report

    MLSGA- Souther Region Progressive Report for 2017 to 2019 has been finalised and reported in 2019 at the MLSGA 2019 Bi-annual convention.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Bible Readings for this Sunday are taken from following scriptures:
* Jeremiah: 14:7-10,19-22
*2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18;
*Luke 18:9-15
*Psalm 84:1-7

Please read the other scriptures by yourself. We will go together the scripture reading from the book of Luke chapter 18 verses 9 to 15. We will also read further the verses 16 and 17.

Last Sunday's bible  story regarding was from Luke 18: 1-6  the Parable of the Widow and the Judge. This Sunday's bible reading is also a parable Jesus told his disciples. Jesus told this parable to people who are sure of their own goodness and despise others. Jesus told his disciples that there were two men went to the Temple to pray. One was the Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee prayed and said, "I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer like others. I thank you that I am not like the tax collector over there.I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income."

The tax collector stood at a distance and would not raise his head to heaven, but beat on his breast and said, 'God have pity on me, a sinner!' Jesus told his disciples that the tax collector and not the Pharisee was in right with God when he went home. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.

While Jesus was telling this parable , some people brought their babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so but Jesus called the children to him and said, "let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."

Bible Discussion
In our real life situation, when people grow older and accumulate wealth or become welkown in societies, people seem to respect them. And those who gain respect somewhat know that they are a bit higher in the community status. They seem to look down on people. During the historical time it is no exception. During the biblical history, the Pharisees were seen as righteous people. Other ordinary people were seen as sinners. So the Pharisees self  claim that they are righteous. Jesus knew that the disciples will fall into that category so he made it clear that , this practice of claiming to be righteous in the eyes of God is not right. When we look at the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector, The Pharisee was boasting about himself thinking that he is okay. But the tax collector humbled himself and he declared that he is a sinner, and he asked for mercy.

As christians of today's day and age, we must always never forget that we are all sinners. In no way we can claim that we are righteous in the eyes of God. We do not have any power to cleanse ourselves from our sins. We will only be made well through the Grace of God. So never ever claim that you are righteous and you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is by the Grace of God we may enter the Kingdom of God if we humble ourselves, declare ourselves as sinners and ask for mercy, forgiveness, and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and King, then we will surely be made right with God.

Jesus said that, whoever does not receive God's Kingdom like a child will not enter it. Now, this scripture just simply telling us that, we forget the fact that, what status we have in a society, how much knowledge and skills we have in an organisation and you have much recognition. How highly qualified you are in terms of academic, just bring yourself down to a very humble person and be like a child in a church and you will be made right with God.

The Lord be with your spirit.

God's Grace be with you all.
Exodus Youth at Papen Youth Bible Camp 2015





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The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

Today's scriptures are taken from the following:
* Genesis 32:22-31
*2 Timothy 3:14-4:5.
* Psalm 121
* Luke 18:1-8

You can read the other bible scriptures on your own. We will now read and discuss the scripture from the book of Luke chapter 18 verses 1 to 8.

Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. Jesus continued by saying that in a certain town, there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people.  And there was a widow in that same town who kept coming to him and pleading for her rights, saying, help me against my opponents. For a long time the judge refused to act, but at last he said to himself, "Even though I dont fear God or respect people, yet because of all the troubles this widow is giving me, I will see to it that she gets her rights. If I don't she will keep on coming and finally wear me out!"
And the Lord continued, "Listen to what that corrupt judge said, Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? I tell you,he will judge in their favor and do it quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?"

Bible Discussion

In this bible scripture  we can see that the widow never gave up and kept on coming to the judge for help. But the Judge did not want to act because he does not fear God and respect people. But because he did not want the widow to keep on coming to him he finally helped her.

In the second paragraph, Jesus explains how God will react upon our requests, cry, plea etc..Jesus ended his statement in a Question form which requires and answer.

The moral of this bible scripture show us that we must never give up on praying. Praying is one way we request for God's attention. Through prayer we can get responses quickly from God. So if we pray day and night for help then surely God will help us in his own timing.

The bible clearly states that God quickly help people who cry to him day and night. But Jesus ends his parable with a question saying that 'Will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?'

This question is up to individuals as a christian to answer. If Jesus comes today,  will he find faith in us? Please ask yourself, am I ready? If Jesus comes today will he find faith in me?

If Jesus come back and finds faith in you, what a joy shall fill your heart.

God's word is True now and forever.

Amen

Confirmation Service at Exodus Congregation 2014

Kisim Bek Service at Exodus 2014

Commissioning Service for Exodus Congregation Executives 2014


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Jesus Heals Ten Men

This Sunday's scriptures are taken from various Bible verses and are listed below:

* 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c
* 2 Timothy 2:8-15
* Luke 17:11-19
* Psalm 111

You can read the other Bible verses by yourself at your own time. For now we will read together the Bible reading from the Good News of Jesus christ written Luke in particular Chapter 17 verses 11 to 19.

The Heading Says: Jesus Heals Ten Men (Luke 17:11-19)

As made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance. and shouted, "Jesus! Master! have pity on us!"

Jesus saw them and said to them,"Go and let the priests examine you."
On the way they were made clean. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself to the ground at Jesus' feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. Jesus spoke up, "There were ten who were healed; where are the other nine? Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?" And Jesus said to him, "Get up and go, your faith has made you well."


Bible Discussion 

During the previous Sunday we talked about Sin, Faith and Service. We would like to continue with the word faith in today's discussion.

We look at the ten men, their greatest faith was that Jesus would definitely healed their diseases. They knew exactly that if they ask Jesus then he will do something or say something to make them feel better. When they shouted and called  Jesus' name and said, "Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!" Jesus hardly avoid their cry, Jesus hardly ignore their calling because Jesus saw that these ten men had faith in Jesus that he is the only one who can heal their sickness and followed what Jesus said to them. When Jesus told them to go see the priest, they were already healed on their way.

There were ten men but only one man came back and gave thanks to  God. Now, how is this bible story relate in our daily lives today?

In the last Sunday's discussion, Jesus said to his disciples,"If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea! and it would obey you." now let's look at the ten men here, they had faith in Jesus that their sickness will be healed if they ask Jesus. So they did not waste time in asking Jesus and they were healed. This is how faith works. They were healed because they had faith in Jesus. Actually this is one of the miracles that Jesus did to reveal the Power and Glory of God so that other people can see and become witness to all parts of the World.

In our daily lives, when we are sick or when we a in need of help in various ways, or when we are into temptation and fall into sin, we must always know in mind that Jesus Christ ready to hear us say something through faith so that he is merciful and is ever ready to help us. So belief in Jesus Christ that he can help and guide us through in our lives.

Never go astray from Jesus when you got what you wanted in life like the nine men did. When they were healed, they went for good and never came back to say thanks to God. Sometimes, when we are sick, we pray and read Bible and ask for God's forgiveness. but when we are healed, forget about Bible and do not go to Church and go away from God.

To conclude, we must have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and beg for mercy in times of need and always be under his protection. Always give thanks to the Lord when your prayers are answered.

May the Lord bless His words into our hearts now and forever.

Amen.

Exodus Congregation- Mama Ministry Members




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Sin, Forgiveness, Faith and Service

Today (Sunday 06/10/2019) is the 17th Pentecost and Proper 22 According to Evangelical Lutheran Church Calendar 2019.

The bible readings for today include the following:

* Habakuk 1:1-4;
*Habakuk 2:1-4
*2 Timothy 1:1-14
*Luke 17:5-10
*Psalm 37:1-9

You can read the other bible texts at your own time. In this article it will read about what says in the Good News written in the book of Luke chapter 17 verses 5 to 10.

The heading reads: Sin. Forgiveness, Faith and Service

Sin, Forgiveness
Jesus said to his disciples,"Things that make people fall into sin are bound to happen, but how terrible for the one who makes that happen! It would be better for him if a large millstone were tied around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to case one of these little ones to sin. So watch what you do!
If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. if he sins against you seven times in one day, and each time he comes to you saying, I repent, you must forgive him."

Faith
The apostles said to the Lord,"Make our faith greater."
The Lord answer. "If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea! and it would obey you.

A Servant's Duty
Suppose one of you has a servant who is plowing or looking after the sheep. when he comes in from the field, do you call tell him to hurry along and eat his meal? off course not. Instead you say to him, get my supper ready, then put on your apron and wait on me while i eat and drink, after that you may have your meal. the servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? It is the same to you, when you have done all you have been told to do, say, we are ordinary servants; we have only done our duty."


Bible Discussion
the bible reading for today in the book of luke chapter 17 verses 1 to 10 tells us that:
1. Sin is will always be part of our lives. We always live with sin. we do commit sin every second of our lives. We do not have any power to avoid sin nor to cleanse ourselves from sin.
2. but if we repent and say sorry and beg for God's forgiveness, He is faithful, merciful and he is ready to forgive us. we only need to go back to God and repent and he will forgive us through the Grace of our Lord Jesus he will cleans us and protect us from all evil things. It is because of the Lord's mercy and Grace we will be saved.
3. Faith is a present given by God to every individuals. Have faith in the Lord that He will guide us and protect us and we can serve him through faith. Be humbled and serve him with a servant heart. You do not need to be recognised in the church for whatever you do. All you do whether in investing in a church project or preaching the gospel through various ministries through Song, Prayer and sharing the word of God, it must always give Glory to the Lord. SO in everything you do in church, do not expect someone to say thank you or appreciate you. You are not doing anything for Pastor or other evangelist etc..

The Lord be with you now and forever Amen.

Exodus Congregation-Combined Sunday Service


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