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

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The Authority of Jesus and The Parable of the Two Sons

Shalom Brethren

This week's discussion is based on Matthew 21:23-32. This scripture talks about Jesus responding to the chief priests' questions about what authority Jesus has in performing wonders and teaching the word of God. Brief account of the scripture is recorded as follows:

The Authority of Jesus

  • Jesus entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.
  • Where did John's baptism come from? From heaven or from people?" They discussed this among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From people,' we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Jesus then continued with the following words:

The Parable of the Two Sons
  • "What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' The boy answered, 'I will not.' But later he had a change of heart and went.
  • The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 'I will, sir,' but did not go.
  • Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first."
  • Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

Discussion

For the purpose of our discussion we will only look at two key ideas behind this scenario in the scripture. Firstly, the Humility shown by Jesus Christ to the chief priests and people and secondly the obedience.

Humility
Jesus came to this world as an ordinary man and so humbled himself. He was duty bound to obey His Father in Heaven and did what pleases God. Even when the chief priests asked him what authority you have to do such things, he did not say he is the Son of God but he was so humbled in a way that reference is made to John the Baptist because John the Baptist revealed Christ to the people before Jesus begin his Ministry.

Obedience
In the scenario of the two sons, the first one refused to go and work in the vineyard but then changed his mind and went to work. They second agreed to go work in the vineyard but then did not actually go there to work. The second only pleased the father but disobeyed his father's will. The first did refused to go but actually he obeyed his father's will and went to work in the vineyard.

Today many of people claim to be good christians and follow God's law and act as faithful christians by going to church and hear the word of God and show to others that we are church goers and strong hold believers of Christ for a long time. We speak as christians to please others but in fact, we don't actually do what is required of as christians.

Sometimes we must humble ourselves, think like a sinner who is unworthy in the sight of Jesus Christ , go to Jesus with humble prayers for mercy and and forgiveness, repent every time for what we do in our thoughts and actions be be like sinners then surely he will cleanse us and will be pleased with us as we obey his commands/will.

It is unwise to boast about things that we do in the church and show to people that we are doing this and that in church as it will defeat the purpose of humility. Sometimes, keep it low and let others don't see it but Glory will to for the Lord and not ours.

Believing in the word of God and following all the laws of God as a show of obedience and continue to live humbly in the presence of the Lord is what required of us to do in life. Show some humility and obedience in our lives so that Christ will raise us from our low platforms/death.

Jesus Christ taught us to be humbled to as he appeared in human form and was crucified, died, buried and God Raised him from the dead on the third day and Gave him the Highest Glory and the Highest Name above all names and he is seated at the right hand of the father and he will come again in the Clouds of Glory to judge the living and the dead.

Are we going ahead to the Kingdom of God???

May the Lord bless thy word unto our hearts.

Amen


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Gramatical errors and miss quotings are ours.



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The Workers in the Vineyard

Shalom Friends in the Lord.

Today we are going to look at the scripture taken from the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16. In this scripture Jesus talks about Kingdom of heaven is like to the people. 

Scripture is summarized as follows:

"For the kingdom of heaven is like :

- A landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After  agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 

-When it was about nine o'clock in the morning, he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.'  So they went. 

-When he went out again about noon and three o'clock that afternoon, he did the same thing.  And about five o'clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, 'You go and work in the vineyard too.'

-When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each received a full day's pay. 

-When  those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner,  saying, 'These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.'  

-The landowner replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn't you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 

Jesus concluded, "so those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last."


Discussion

There are plenty of stories and concepts you can draw from the scripture here but for our discussion we only focus on the effort put into the work and the time it took for the vine workers to work in the vineyard and they all got the same pay

The vineyard represents the Church and the owner represents Jesus Christ. The owner chose the workers to work in his vineyard as Jesus called us to be in his Church.

Now regardless of when and where we were called and how long we were in the church and have faith in Jesus Christ, we all have a fair pay at the end of the day. The pay is up to the owner (Jesus) to decide at the end of the day. 

Jesus promised us to pay us with eternal life and we were called to do his work. As a person, you know when and where you were called to do his work in the Church and you know how long you have been in the church until now and you will continue to do what is right. 

It is Christ's own wish to pay the ones who work to earn the Kingdom of heaven. We do not have the right to decide how much to get and who should get how much. We have a deal with Christ is that, we chosen by Christ to be his people and showed us his church to be in there at all times. He promised us that if we follow him and obey his instructions until the end of the day, then Christ will give us our pay which is the life in its fullness and eternal life in Heaven.

So be happy and continue to stay focus in the Lord and believe in his words. No matter when you were called or how long you serve the Lord, for there is a fair pay for the work that you do in the church. It is better to get the reward of work then to miss out at the end of the day. So when you get your pay(eternal life) at the end of the day, you will go in peace and serve the Lord.

May the Lord bless His Words unto our hearts now and forever. Amen.

Exodus Congregation Kisim Back Service - (Courtesy of John Matthew)





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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

 Dear friends in the Lord. Today we will center our discussion on the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-35. It is about the account of Peter asking Jesus about the forgiving others and Jesus answered him on how many times we have to forgive others.

The bible reads:

Then Peter came to Jesus  and asked, "Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive? Seven times?"

"No, not seven times," answered Jesus, " but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of Heaven is like this.  A servant owed a king million dollars, the king ordered him be sold as slave with his wife and children and all that he had in order to pay the debt.

The servant fell on his knee before king, 'Be patient with me' he begged, and I will pay you everything!'

The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.  

Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started Choking him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he said, his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ' Be patient with me and I will pay you back!' But he refused and thrown him into the jail.

The king was told about this and he said to the servant, you worthless slave! I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have mercy on your fellow servant. So he sent the servant to jail until he pay back the whole amount. 

Jesus concluded, that is how my Father in Heaven will treat everyone of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."


Discussion

The key points in this scripture are Forgiveness and Self Judging. Forgive your brothers by heart is what Jesus wants us to do. Even if they sin against us many times, we have to forgive every time. 

Also we do not have to judge others because we do not realise that we are also judged by other people. Jesus explained regarding the servant scenario. Even though he was forgiven by the king of the million dollar he owed to the king, he decided to condemn the fellow servant who owed a few dollars. In the end, he was also punished for showing no mercy to his fellow servant.

So friends, we do not have to judge others because for what we measure against others,  the same measure will use to judge against us. So always forgive and forget about any or all wrong doings by others to us and never judged others. In that way, our Father in Heaven will not judge against us for what we do and He will have mercy on us and forgive us and set us free from sins and we will be free indeed with him in Heaven.

May the Lord bless his words unto our hearts. Amen.

Exodus Congregation - Confirmation Service  - (photo credits. John Mungrui Matthew)





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Restoring Christian Relationship (When someone Sins)

Greetings to you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This week we are going to look at what Jesus said about restoring Christian Relationship when someone sins. This is written in the Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20. Summary of the spoken words are as follows:

·         “If you brother sins against you, go to him and show his fault. Do it privately and if he listens to you, you won your brother back. But if he will not listen to you, take one or two other persons with you, so that every accusation may be upheld by the testimony of the two or more witnesses. And if he will not listen to them, then tell the whole thing to church, treat him as tough he was pagan or a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17)

·         “What you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.

·         “whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For two or three come together in my name, I am with them”

Discussion

In this scripture, it talks about restoring someone’s Christian relationship with God as Jesus explained to his disciples. Jesus intended to show us that if we notice someone commits sin and is guilty of such acts then we as Christians we have a responsibility to reveal the sin to the person who commits it and do not ignore it. We then help him to reconnect him/her to God.

If he or she sins against you, then you show him his/her fault and you have to forgive him/her. Talk to him/her privately and if he/she listen to you then you both agree and repent and pray to God in Jesus Name for forgiveness.

If he does not listen to you then involve two or three other people to talk to him/her and if this do not work out then refer to church to deal with it. Knowing that you have done your part in showing the fault to the one who sins.

So, we have the responsibility to forgive and show the fault to our brother or sister so that his/her Christian relationship is restored on earth and in Heaven too. If you forgive someone on earth, then your sin will be forgiven in heaven too. If you restore someone’s relationship with God on earth, then your relationship with God in heaven is also restored  and when Jesus comes back in the Clouds of Glory, you will go with him and maintain the Christian relationship with God in Heaven.

May the Lord Bless His Word in our hearts now and forever, Amen


Exodus Congregation - Restoring Faith  - Photo Credits, John Mongrui Matthew

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JESUS SPEAKS ABOUT HIS SUFFERING AND DEATH

 Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This week we are going to look at what Jesus said plainly to his disciples about his suffering and death. He said to his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of law. These words that Jesus spoke are written in the Gospel of Matthew 16:21-28. Summary of these accounts are as follows.

·         Jesus said to his disciples, “I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life."

·      He further said to his disciples, "If  any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. If you want to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it. Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life.

·         For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his deeds.”

 

Discussion

In this scripture reading, Jesus told his disciples to forget yourself and follow him which also implies to our lives. How can we forget ourselves to follow Jesus? It somewhat means we must not worry too much about satisfying our lives with the materials of this world. What will we eat, wear and live must not be seen as very important in our lives. We must consider serving our Lord and Saviour as a priority and always commit to our fellowship with God and his Church.

How will we carry our cross and follow Jesus?

To carry our cross is to endure the challenging times or situations in our lives while in the course of our Christian faith. There may be physical shortfalls in terms of wealth or in terms of  troubles in life or illnesses. Despite all the odd and challenges or difficult situations we may go through, never give up on serving our Lord in praising him and worshipping him and also supporting ministries in the Church to extend and maintain God’s Kingdom on Earth.

If we prioritise our personal activities in our lives to settle well even if we know that there was an announcement regarding a church meeting or a night fellowship or a physical work required at church but we give less attention and no commitment is given in this regard. This could be an example of trying to safe our lives on Earth. If anything strike our lives, we may lose it if we don’t have faith in Jesus  Christ and keep busy with the worldly life.

 But if we commit out lives to Jesus in serving him by going to church, support church activities in whatever capacity and help we could offer and belief in the word of God and follow the laws of God and never worry about our lives in how we will live, eat, dress then we are carrying our cross and following Jesus. Through tough and good times, the Lord is with us to the end of the age and there for we endure all odds and never give up our faith in Christ Jesus.

 When Jesus Christ Come in the Glory of His Father with his Angels, he will reward us according to our deeds and we will live with him forever in Heaven.

 Amen

 

Exodus Congregation Confirmation and Baptism Service - Photo Courtesy of John Mungri Matthew

 

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A Woman's Faith

 Greetings to you our friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Today our discussion is based on the Gospel of Matthew chapter 15 verses 21 to 32. In this scripture it talks about a Canaanite woman came to Jesus and cried out for mercy with faith. This script also talks about Jesus healing many people and feeding four thousand men which is part of today's discussion.

  • A Canaanite woman came to Jesus and cried out, "Son of David," " Have mercy on me sir!" "My daughter has a demon and is in critical condition."
  • Jesus did not say a word but his disciples begged Jesus to send her away and Jesus replied. "I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel." By then the woman fell at Jesus' feet, "Help me sir!", she said.
  • Jesus answered, "It isn't right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." That's true sir," she answered, " but even dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their master's table."
  • Jesus answered her, "You are woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you." And at that very moment, her daughter was healed.
  • Jesus healed many people  who have been brought to his feet by the crowd. The people were amazed as they saw the dump speaking, the crippled made whole, the lame walking, the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.
  • Jesus then fed them and sent them home. About four thousand men were fed during this time.
Discussion

This scripture points out the dog(s) and the children scenario and then the key words of faith and healing connected to feeding them and sending them home. There is a link between these stories or the series of events that took place.

Jesus  speaking about the children's food and the dogs scenario is that, both children and dog belong to the same master and they live under one roof which the Canaanite woman was smart enough to respond to Jesus. The purpose of Jesus being  sent to this world is to save the lost sheep people of Israel. He was sent to save the Israel the chosen people of God. God's people are those who serve him and are the children of God. The dog(s) represent those people who live with the children of God under the same master who is the Lord. They too deserve to eat under the table of the Lord as they belong to the Lord as well.

The woman had faith that Jesus alone can heal her daughter. She had this great faith and she never gave up until she got what she was after. Even though Jesus came to save the lost sheep of the people of Israel, he also came to save other people too, regardless of race and class. 

People who had faith that Jesus would heal their disabilities and illnesses were healed indeed during that time. 

In our daily lives, we commit sin everyday. Sin is with us always and we live with sin and it makes our soul to be disable and our soul becomes like lame; cripple; blind; dump; etc..But when we cry out to the Lord and ask for his mercy with faith then, Jesus will surely heal our soul from disabilities and he will feed our soul with his word (food for soul) and send us home in peace and joy.

So when we ask for mercy, we must have faith in Jesus and pray to God in Jesus' name then, surely he will hear our prayers and heal us or answer our prayers.

May the Lord bless this words in our hearts now and forever. 

Amen
Photo courtesy of John Mongrui Matthew
 Exodus Congregation Baptism and Confirmation Service 2020 
(Photo courtesy (without consent) of John Mongrui Matthew 2020/8/16)


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Jesus Walks on The Water

 Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

This week's Bible discussion is based on the Gospel of Matthew 14: 22 - 33. This scripture talks about Jesus walking on water to his disciples  between 3 o'clock and  6 o'clock in the morning. It is summarised  as follows:

  • Jesus came to his disciples walking on the water.
  • When the disciples saw him they were afraid but Jesus told them not to be afraid by revealing himself to them. Peter spoke up, "Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you."
  • "Come!" answered Jesus. So Peter got out of boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. 
  • But when Peter noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. "Save me, Lord!" he cried.
  • At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, "what little faith you have! Why did you doubt?"
  • They got into the boat and the wind died down.
Discussion 

Based on the story here, we see that Peter had faith that, if Jesus order him to walk on the water then  that is possible, so he requested Jesus for that and surely Jesus told him to come which he did walk on the water. However, he was afraid soon after walking on the water as he saw the strong wind and he lose focus on Jesus and so he was sinking. 

But as he was sinking, he cried out to Jesus to save him which Jesus did reached out and saved him and they both went into the boat.

In our everyday lives, we must have faith in Jesus Christ. That whatever we ask him through prayer can be answered over time. So all we have to do is to stay focus and do not lose focus on any circumstances like Peter did which caused him to sink in the water. So always be focused with faith in Christ and we may receive what we ask for.

The strong wind and sinking in water in this scripture simplify  the sin, troubles, temptations and tough times we face in our lives. We must know that we always walking on sin. Sin is with us and we grow with sin.  If we lose focus on Jesus then we will fall into sin. If  we stay focus in Jesus prayerfully then we will overcome any situation in life and always walk on water/sin and never sink in it. But if we lose focus in Jesus we will fall into sin. 

So when we fall into sin, Jesus is very near and ready to help us. He never leaves us. Therefore, we must call/cry to Jesus for help and surely he will save us and rescue us from whatever struggles we face in life and most importantly forgive our sins and save us and will take us into his boat and we will be sailing safely home with him.

May the Lord bless this words and add more to your thoughts now and forever, 

Amen.
 


 

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Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

 Dear friends in our Lord Jesus. This week we are going to talk about Jesus feeding the five thousand people which is written in the Gospel of Matthew 14: 13-21.

Summary of the scriptures are :

  • Jesus went to  a lonely place by himself. The people heard about it and followed him. When he saw the crowd his heart was filled with pity for them and he healed their sick. 
  • The disciples said, "it is already very late and this is lonely place, send the people away and let them go to the villages to buy food for themselves."
  • "They don't have to leave," answered Jesus. " You yourselves give them something to eat."
  • " All we have here are five loaves and two fish," they replied.
  • Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, gave thanks to God. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. Everyone ate and had enough. Twelve  baskets were   full of what was leftover.
  • Five thousand men ate, not including women and children.
Discussion 
  • The crowd that followed Jesus were the sick and the unfortunate ones. Jesus healed their sick. They had faith that if they go to Jesus then their sick will be healed and their faith were strengthened when Jesus healed their sick.  
  • When they were hungry, Jesus fed them and more leftover food that filled 12 baskets.
  • There were little food available but Jesus thank God and made the food multiply to feed more than 5000 men and surplus of food filled 12 baskets. 
  • Who ate those the leftover food in the 12 baskets? Jesus knew that there will be more people coming to him so he want the leftover food to be given to the people who will follow him later. So we count ourselves in this later group of people.
  • Our problems,worries, pain, sicknesses, we bring it to Jesus and he will take all of them away and heal our sicknesses and pain.
  • Whatever little we have, we give thanks to God in prayer and it is/will be more than enough for our needs. 
  • If we are hungry and thirsty, we come to Jesus. There are still more than extra food for everyone. We will never go hungry or thirsty again if we follow Jesus. We follow Jesus and we will have life in its fullness and be with him forever. Amen.


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Jesus explains Kingdom of Heaven in Parables

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today's bible discussions are based on the Gospel of Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.  In this scriptures, Jesus explains to the people how the Kingdom of heaven is like in several parables to make them understand well.

These parables include:
  • The Parable of mustard Seed (Matt13;31-32)
  • The Parable of the Yeast (Matt.13:33)
  • The Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matt.13:44)
  • The Parable of the Pearl (Matt.13:45,46)
  • The Parable of the Net (Matt.13:47-50)
Jesus expressed how Kingdom of heaven is like in parables.
Jesus said, " Kingdom of heaven is like this:
  • a man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field. it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants.(Matt13;31-32)
  • a woman takes some yeast and mixes with bushel of flour until the whole batch of dough rises.(Matt.13:33)
  • a man happen to find a hidden treasure in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes sells everything he has, and goes back and buys that field.(Matt.13:44)
  • a man is looking for fine pearls, and when he find one that is unusually fine, he goes sells everything he has and buys that pearl.(Matt.13:45,46)
  • some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. When the net is full, they pull it to the shore and sit down to divide the fish; the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away . It will be like this at the end of the age; the angels will go out and gather evil people from among the good and throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth." (Matt.13:47-50)
Few discussions can to centered around and connect these series of parables that Jesus taught the disciples and the people. The people who are belong to the Kingdom of heaven are like a seed planted by Son of man. How they grow is the work of the Holy Spirit and no one understands and see but it is by faith. How it expands or rises is the work of the Holy Spirit. 

Kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure or like a precious pearl. In order to have or secure the hidden treasure  or the precious pearl, it will cause us everything. It will take our time, efforts and resources in order to secure the pearl or the hidden treasure. We have to sacrifice everything to secure the Kingdom of heaven with faith. When we continue to be in the counsel of the Lord and obey all his commandments and off course sacrifice everything to support church and ministries. When we do that all the time, we may never know but by the Grace of God and through the work of Holy Spirit we can be counted as the people who belong to  the Kingdom of Heaven.

So friends and love ones, God's word is plain clear that evil people will be gathered and thrown into the fiery furnace and they will cry and gnash their teeth. And people who belong to the Kingdom will be save by God's Grace.

So which group do you wish to be in? I want to be saved by the Grace of the Lord and be counted as someone belong to the Kingdom of Heaven.

May the Lord bless this words into your hearts now and forever.

 Amen!
courtesy of Exodus Youth


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The Parable of the Weeds

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The scripture reading for today is taken from the Gospel of Matthew 13:24 - 30. This scripture talks about the The Parable of the Weeds and in Matthew 13:36-43, Jesus explains the Parable of the weeds. Jesus told the people who were following him and listening to what he was preaching. Most of the words he spoke were in the form of parable.

Jesus told them this parable: " The Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field, where did the weeds come from?' 'It was some enemy who did this,' he answered. 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?' They asked him. 'No,' he answered, 'because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundle and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.'" (Matthew 13:24-30)

Jesus then explains the parable of the weeds as follows:
  • Man who sowed seed is the Son of Man.
  • The Field is the world.
  • The Good Seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom.
  • The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.
  • The enemy who sowed seed is the Devil.
  • The Harvest is the end of the age.
  • the harvest workers are angels.
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, si the same thing will happen at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, and they will throw them into the fiery furnace where they will cry and gnash their teeth.

Then God's people will shine like the Sun in their Father's Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have hears!

Discussion

Jesus explained the parable to his disciples what it meant. Now it is up to us to analyse ourselves whether we are in the category of Good Seed or we are in the category of weeds?

To be in the category of weeds is when those who cause other people to sin and do all other evil things. At the end of the age, they will be thrown into the fiery furnace.

Sin is always with us and we live with sin and we cannot eliminate sin but we try as much as possible to avoid doing sin or cause other people to sin and avoid doing evil things. 

And to be in the category of the Good seed is to avoid causing other people to sin and do all evil things. Always do good things to help others in keeping their faith in Christ and do all the good things that Jesus loves.

By doing all good, you will be called God's children amongst other people at the end of the age and shine like the sun in God's glory for ever.

Amen.
Exodus Congregation - Port Moresby
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Jesus Appears to His Disciples Before He is Taken Up to Heaven

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today our bible discussions  are centered within the Book of Luke chapter 24 verses 44 to 53. In this scripture it talks about Jesus appears to his disciples after He rose from the death and he further comforted them with peace and reminded them to understand the scriptures in the Bible about the death and resurrection of Jesus  and the repentance and forgiveness of sins.

Jesus opened his disciples'  minds to understand the scriptures and said to them, " This is what is written: The Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.You are witnesses of these things."(Luke 24:45-48)

Then Jesus led them out of the city as far as Bethany and blessed them. As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into Heaven. (Luke 24:50-51)

The disciples worshiped him and went back to Jerusalem, filled with great joy and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.

Discussion

Jesus told his disciples to be witnesses to his death and the resurrection and in his name the message about repentance and forgiveness of sins to be preached to all nations. He blessed them before he was taken up to Heaven. Before all these, Jesus already authorised them to do more things in the preaching of the Good News amongst many other tasks.

To be many witnesses of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to preach this Good News to all nations is the task Jesus gave it to his disciples. The Disciples were ordained and sent on a mission by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News to all the nations. And because of this great work in preaching and spreading the Good News through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Good News is spread to all nations and we now continue to hear the word of God.

As Christians of today's day and age,  we also have a duty to perform. We are duty bound to preach the Good News to others. It is in fact not all will be Pastors to preach the Good News but we have to hear the word of God and have faith in the word of God and participate in the church activities and support both in prayer and cash or kind so that the Good News of Jesus Christ is preached to the both the reached and unreached and maintain the Good News in the Church so that the next generations maintain the Good News of Jesus Christ and be witnesses themselves later as we do today.

Always remember that, we are on a mission to be witnesses and tell the others about the Good News of Jesus Christ until our life on earth is over then our work on earth is done and Jesus will give you eternal rest in Heaven which is a reward of your work done on earth. Only then, you will have eternal rest with Jesus in Heaven Forever.

Amen
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Come to Me and Rest

Shalom brethrens, our discussion today is based on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. In this discussion we look at some message Jesus delivered to people after warning some cities who hear the word of God and do no believe will have no mercy during judgment day.

At that time Jesus said, "Father, Lord of Heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned."

"My Father has given me all things. No one knows that Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Matt.11:27)

" Come to me, all of you are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. (Matt.11:28)
"Take my yoke (Cloth) and put it on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy and the load I will put on you is light." (Matt . 11:19-30)

Discussion

Jesus chose us and reveals himself to us in his word. He wants to give us rest from carrying heavy loads.
What are the heavy loads?  It refers to troubles, worries and difficult situations that we go through in life while serving the Lord. Jesus said, you carry the loads to me  and I will give you rest.

Jesus said, take my Yoke (Cloth) and put it on and learn from me. If we are put on Jesus' yoke and learn from him then we have to do what Jesus taught us to do.

We may go through difficult times or facing troubles but we must keep praising and serving God and follow Jesus with a prayerful life and He will give us everlasting rest  which is a reward for the endurance of surviving in faith during trying times.

When Jesus calls your name and give you his yoke and put a light load on you, that will be your reward filled with great joy and that is the eternal rest in Heaven forever.

Amen.
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Rewards

This Sunday's bible discussion is part of the Mission of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. In our last week's discussion we looked at WHOM TO FEAR while on the Mission. This was to strengthen his disciples and to comfort them with hope and strength so that they fear no one but God alone.

For this Sunday, we look at what rewards are expected upon the completion of the Mission. It is based on Matthew 10:40-42 and it talks about Rewards which is what Jesus told his disciples:

  • "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (Matt 10:40)
  • Whoever welcomes God's messenger because he is God's messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. (Matt 10:41)
  • You can be sure that whoever give even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward." (Matt 10:42)
Discussion

The key words spoken by Jesus here are Welcome and Reward. Jesus sent his disciples on a mission to meet people and preach the gospel, whoever welcome them will welcome Jesus.
What does welcome in this context means is that whoever receives the word of God and believe in the word of God welcomes Christ.  Whoever welcomes a Pastor or a servant of God in his home to hear the word of God welcomes Jesus Christ.

Jesus told his disciples that there will be reward for the mission and whoever  that welcomes or support the mission will also have a share in the reward. For us to have a share in the reward of the mission is to give a helping hand in both cash and kind to support ministry/church of Christ so that more people believe in the word of God and follow Jesus. When the followers of Jesus Christ receive the rewards for the work they have done, you will have a share in the reward too.

What is the Reward that Jesus was referring to? Jesus was referring to the rewards that you will get upon the completion of the Mission is the Eternal Life. The Life with its fullness. Eternal life in its fullness which is prepared for you in Heaven by Jesus. Once your mission on earth is done then you will receive your reward in Heaven.

Therefore, we continue to serve our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, believe in him, Support in cash or kind to the Ministry/Church and believe in the Word of God will show that we welcome Jesus in our lives and so the reward of Eternal Life as promised by Jesus will be given to you and you will be with Jesus for ever in Heaven.

Amen.
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Coming Persecutions and Whom to Fear

Hello and greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today we will discuss about the word of God according to the gospel of Matthew 10: 24-39.  In this scripture, it talks about the coming persecutions and whom to fear during the persecutions.
This is a continuation of last week's bible discussion as Jesus was sending his twelve disciples on a mission. To strengthen them while on their mission, he showed them the dangers and the challenges that they will endure during their mission.

The following are few key points picked for our discussions today.

Jesus told his disciples that:
  • "Do not be afraid of people. Whatever I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and whatever you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but will not kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who will destroy both body and soul." (Matt 10:26-28)
  • "Those who declare publicly that they belong to me , I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven." (Matt 10:32-33)
  • "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers. Your worst enemies will be the members of your own family." (Matthew 10:34-36)
  • "Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples. Those who love their sons or daughters more than me are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:37)
  • "Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples." (Matthew 10:38)
  • "Those who try to gain their own life will lose it, but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it"(Matthew 10:39)

Bible Discussions

Jesus told his disciples while sending them on a mission by encouraging them and strengthening them of the dangers of persecutions to be endured in preaching the Good News.

Jesus already knew that there were persecutions and challenges ahead of them in spreading the Good News to all nations. So he told them, do not be afraid of people. Do not be afraid of being killed. Do not be afraid of losing your life for you will gain it if you lose in his sake while on the mission of preaching and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Jesus also knew that they might be worried about leaving their family members behind to go on a mission so he told them that do not love their family more than they love him.

He told them to carry their cross and follow in his steps.
When we look at carrying a cross, it talks about the pain and troubles in life one must endure to follow Jesus.

So in our lives, if we choose to follow Jesus and and want to be his disciples, we have to face the challenges and troubles in life and never give up. Do not be afraid or ashamed of preaching the gospel. Do not be afraid of people threatening you while in a mission to preach the gospel. Do not be afraid of thieves when on a mission to preach the gospel. 

Always put more efforts and commit more resources in the preaching and spreading and maintaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth. We know that being Christ's disciple is not an easy task and has no ending so we keep endure all of them and  declare publicly that we belong to Jesus and continue to serve him and Jesus will declare that we belong to him before his Father in Heaven and we live with him forever.

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The Mission of the Twelve (Disciples)

Dear fellow Christians, Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Today's bible discussions is based on the Gospel of Matthew chapter 9 verses 35 to Chapter 10 verses 1 to 8. In this Gospel it talks about the Jesus had pity for the people and the authorisation of disciples for a mission.

When Jesus was preaching the Good News of the Kingdom and healing people, his heart was filled with pity when he saw the crowd were worried and helpless like sheep without shepherd.(Matt 9:35-36).
Jesus said to his disciples, "the harvest is large but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest." (Matt 9:37-38)

Then Jesus called his disciples and gave them the authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. (Matt 10:1).

Jesus then sent them on a mission with the following instructions:
  • Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. 
  • Go and preach 'The Kingdom of Heaven is near!' Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases and drive out demons.
  • You have received without paying, so give without being paid. (Matt 10:5-8)
Bible Discussion

Before we proceed with our discussions, we define  Mission in simple terms.
Mission in oxford english dictionary is defined as:  - an important assignment, typically involving travel abroad.

In this case, mission means Jesus sent out his disciples to do all the authorised tasks which are mentioned above. Jesus authorised his disciples and sent them on a mission to preach the Good News about the Kingdom is near. Heal the sick people and bring the dead people to life. Bring back the lost sheep of the people of Israel. This is a mission that the disciples were bound complete.

Jesus also said, the harvest is large but there are not enough workers to gather it in so pray to the owner of the harvest that he may send workers to gather the harvest. 
Here Jesus already saw that there were plenty of people to be converted/repent to Christian and belief in Jesus and only a handful knew and follow Jesus.

As christians of today, we have a mission to be accomplished in our lives, That is to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people, reach out and find the lost sheeps who are dead in spirit and bring them back to life in their spirit. We must pray to God to help us gather people and teach them and show them the Good News of Jesus Christ and we continue to increase and maintain the number of believers in Jesus Christ and we keep on worshipping our Lord and Saviour.

When our life on earth is over, then our work on earth is done and because of His Grace we will be saved in his Kingdom.

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Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Galilee

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Today's bible discussion is based on the Gospel according to Matthew Chapter 28 verses 16 to 20.
In this scripture it talks about Jesus appearing to his disciples in Galilee. In fact Jesus told them to go to hill in  Galilee where he appeared to them.

They worshipped him when they saw him even though some of them doubted.
Jesus said to them, "I have been given all the authority in Heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all the peoples everywhere to make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age."

DISCUSSION

 From the above scripture what is your take out message?
We can see that Jesus gave the authority to his disciples to preach the gospel to the people everywhere in the world and to make them become disciples of Jesus. He further authorised them to teach them everything that he commanded them. Jesus also assured them that he will be with them always to the end of the age.

Each one of us need to ask this question.
Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ? before we answer the question. We define the word disciple.

In the oxford english dictionary the word disciple is defined as follows:

Disciple - a personal follower of Christ during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.

Now, one of the key words in the definition of disciple is Follower of Christ.  So we can define ourselves that, if we follow Jesus Christ by Obeying and following his teahcings that are captured in the Holy Bible then we are no doubt the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Who authorised us to be Christ's disciples? Remember that Jesus authorised the 11 disciples to make all peoples disciples everywhere and that authority was given to the disciples and the disciples then authorised other converted Christians and the trend continued until today's age. You are one of the disciples who was/were being authorised by your church to be the disciple(s) of Jesus.

Some of Christ's teachings were picked up from your parents/quidians then you got into Church to be  Christ follower.  This has continued from generations to generations and we now know Christ's teachings through the disciples and of course the Holy Bible.

In this age, we are duty bound to preach the Gospel to the unreached and make them know Jesus and follow his commands. We are duty bound to support ministries in our church so that the Gospel must be preached to the unreached or to the people who have gone astray from the presence of the Lord and we have a duty to bring them back to church so that they born again in spirit.

We also have a duty to teach our younger ones and make them become Christ's disciples and the trend of following Jesus Christ must exist and continue to the end of the age as Jesus promised.

Remember, in whatever we do to preach or to support the Gospel, Jesus is with us forever and He will quid us and protect us and will make things possible for us to reach out to the unreached and the younger ones so that the fire of Gospel keep burning in His Church until the end of the age.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Love of God  and
The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:13)




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JESUS APPEARS TO HIS DISCIPLES

Today's discussion is based on John 20:19-23. In this scripture it talks about Jesus meeting his disciples on Sunday evening after the crucifiction of Jesus.

Jesus' disciples were gathered together behind locked doors at Sunday evening as they were afraid of the Jewish authorities.
Jesus came stood among them and said, "Peace be with you" and he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord.
Jesus said. "Peace be with you" again and said , as the Father sent me, so I send you. Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit". If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

Discussion points.

From the scripture reading, it indicates that the disciples of Jesus were living with fear but Jesus appeared to them and comforted them and even strengthened them by saying that Peace be with you.

The Disciples were filled with joy when seeing the Lord. This gave them some hope in their minds.
Then Jesus, said, The Father sent me so I send you. Here Jesus knew that the disciples were in fear but when seeing Jesus after the death, they have that  work  to do which is to be the witness and reach out to people about the Good News of resurrection of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

To further strengthen them, He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that help the people to understand and believe in the Good News and follow Jesus.

Jesus also said to them that, Forgive the people's sins and it will be forgiven, if you do not forgive then it will not be forgiven. These were the tasks given to the disciples among other things.

In our daily lives we also have the task of spreading and maintaining the Good News of Jesus Christ. In order to do that it is not by our strength and goodness but it is the Holy Spirit that will make things possible for us to reach the unreached in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

In doing so we also forgive those who sin against us and our Father in Heaven will also forgive our sins and we must always be at peace.

Amen.
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JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES

The scripture reading for today is taken from the Gospel of John chapter 17 verses 1 to 26. This is a prayer that was said before the arrest of Jesus by the Roman Soldiers.  We will only discuss part of the prayer from verses 1 to 11 with the summary of the prayer is in the bullet points below.


  • Jesus looked up to Heaven and said, " Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that Son may give glory to you. For you gave him authority over all people, so that he might give eternal life to those you gave him. And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
  • "I have shown your glory on earth, I have finished the work you gave me to do. Father! give me glory in your presence now, the same glory I had with you before the world was made.
  • "I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They obeyed your word, and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you. I gave them the message that you gave me, and they received it; They know that it is true that I came from you and they believe that you sent me.
  • " I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those you gave me, for they belong to you. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine; and my glory is shown through them.
  • "Holy father keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one."
Discussion
  •  Jesus knew that the hour of his arrest was near and he prayed for his disciples before he was taken away. He knew that after his arrest, he will have no time to pray for them and preach to the people but his glory will be revealed.
  •  And also Jesus knew that all the work he was supposed to do were all done and he prayed to God for the glory of God to be revealed in him.
  • He prayed to his Father to keep the disciples safe. He said, "I do not pray for the world but for the people whom God gave  them to me". He knew that his glory will be shown through them.
Of course we belong to this world but it is by the Grace of the Lord that he chose us to be his disciples and so this prayer is for all christians too.
  •  Now, how can we reveal God's glory in us to the world? 
  • What is the task that Jesus assigned to us to be completed and when is it expected to be completed?
  • What reward we will get when we complete all the work that is given to us.
To answer the above questions it depends on individual opinion based on the scriptures in the Holy Bible. But for the purpose of our discussion today we could conclude that :
  • By believing in the word of God and obey his commandments and continue to have fellowship with him will reveal Christ's glory in us. And we will be seen as God's children. 
  • We have the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to friends and love ones who do not believe in the word of God. Continue to pray and worship him and support churches and Gospel ministries to reach out to the people to gather lost sheeps. Preaching the gospel and spreading  Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached people is the task we have at hand which we must never give up.
  • When the life on earth is over, then all our work on earth is done, God will reveal his glory in us and give us peace and reward us with the Eternal life.
Amen


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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Today's Bible Discussion scripture is take from the Gospel of John 14:15-21.

Jesus Promised his disciples that he will send Holy Spirit to them as their helper. (John 14:15-21). What Jesus said is summarised here:

  • "If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
  • I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. He remains with you and is in you.
  • When I go, you will not be left all alone, I will come back to you. Because I live, you also will live.
  • When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you. (John 14:20)
  • Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me. I too will love them and reveal myself to them." (John 14:21)
Bible Discussion.
  • How and when did we receive the Holy Spirit which Jesus has promised his disciples? We understand that the disciples received the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost. In our case, we received the Holy Spirit during the the baptism and the Holy Spirit lives in us forever. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us to do what is right in the eyes of God.
  • How can we love Jesus? We know how to love our children, siblings and relatives but how can we relate that love to love Jesus? The best response we can have in mind is already explained by Jesus in John 14:21. He said, "Those who accept my commandments and obey them are those who love me. My Father will love those who love me, I too will love them and reveal myself to them ". So now we must understand that, if we accept God's commandments and obey them then it shows that we love Jesus. 
  • What happens when we love Jesus and as a result, God loves us and Jesus too loves us? Jesus said that because he live, we will also live if we love him. and so we know the Jesus is in his Father and we are in Jesus just as Jesus is in us. (John 14:20).
Therefore, in order to show our love to Jesus and all other good things that Jesus taught his disciples will happen in our lives is that, we need to accept God's commandments and obey them faithfully and God will love us and Jesus and His Father will live in us. And because he lives, we will also live forever with Jesus.

Amen


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Jesus the Way to the Father

The Bible discussion for today is taken from the Gospel of John 14:1-14.

Jesus the way to the Father is the key phrase for this Sunday's sermon throughout Papua New Guinea for Lutheran Churches. In this scripture Jesus interacted with his disciples and told them few words and his disciples asked him and he answered with explanations that would help his disciples understand well.


  • Jesus told them, "Believe in God and believe also in me. there are many rooms in my Father's house, I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am." (John 14:1-3)
  • Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know where you are going?"
  • Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me." (John 14:6)
  • Philip said to Jesus,"Lord, show us the Father, that is all we need."(John 14:8)
  • Jesus answered, "do you not believe, Philip, that i am in the Father and the Father is in me?" (John 14:10)
  • Jesus further said to them that, I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do - yes, they will even do greater things, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
There are many points which anyone can figure out in this scripture which you can add in comments. Here are few take outs from this scripture.
  • Jesus told his disciples that he was going to go to his Father to prepare for a place for them. . Jesus told them that he will come back to take them to the place where he is. This message is also for us at this time too.  There are few questions we can ask for self assessment of our lives while living on Earth. Are we prepared to meet Jesus and go with him when he comes back in the clouds of Glory? What shall we do to be prepared? 
  • Jesus also told his disciples that : He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, no one goes to the Father except by him. So how can we go through Jesus to the Father?
  • Jesus actually explained to clarify the doubts in his disciples' mind which are in the Gospel of John 14:13-14 . Jesus said to them, Those who believe in me will do what I do, and they will do even greater things. I will do what ever you ask in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son.
So we go through Jesus by hearing the word of God, believe in the word of God, obey God's commandments and do all the good things that Jesus taught us to do which are captured in various scriptures in the Holy Bible. We repent everyday and pray to God to forgive our sins in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by the Grace of God he will forgive use and cleanse us with the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ and make us to be his children and ready to meet Jesus Christ when he comes back in the clouds of Glory as King to take us to where he is.

May the Peace of the Lord be with you!

Amen

Please feel free to comment, share and continue to spread the gospel.

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2021 Easter Bible Camp for Exodus Congregation

Following the successful hosting and completion of the Exodus Congregation's Annual Easter Bible for 2020 at Six Mile House Prayer from the 9th to 12th of April 2020, the host House Prayer handed over the responsibility of hosting the next Annual Easter Camp for the congregation to Bushwara House Prayer.

It is anticipated that the next annual easter bible camp will be hosted in Bushwara in 2021. We will meet again in 2021 to celebrate the death and resurrection of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ if he grant us peace and continue to allow us through his loving kindness and grace.
2020 Easter Bible Camp at 6 Mile - Port Moresby

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Exodus Congregation Annual Easter Camp Commennced on the 9th to 12th April 2020

Exodus Congregation commenced its annual Easter Bible Camp for 2020 at Six Mile Haus Prea and is expected to end on Sunday 12th April 2020.
Despite the National State of Emergency the Congregation members commenced the event as planed. By the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we were saved and will be save.

The Theme of the Easter Camp as it reads in pidgin:

Long Marimari Bilong God Tasol

God is Marimari long mi na mekim mi kamap man olsem nau mi stap, long marimari bilong God yet em I givim mi strong long mekim wok bilong em. (1 Korin 15:10)

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Exodus Congregation Easter Bible Camp : 9th - 12th April 2020

This is a public announcement to all the Melpa Lutheran Christian brothers and Sisters living within Port Moresby and Southern Region.

Our 2020 Easter Bible Camp will commence on Thursday 9th of April 2020 and ends on Sunday the 12th of April 2020.

You are free to invite any lost sheep to come along to have fellowship together.

If any christian friends who would like to join then you are welcome.

Others who are outside of Port Moresby but would like to spend your holiday with us at the Bible camp then you are most welcome.

The Theme for the Easter Bible Camp is taken from 1 Corinthians 15:10

THEME: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vein. in fact, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I , but the grace of God with Me.


Date: 9th - 12th April 2020
Venue: Six Mile House Prayer

Program will be distributed or announced during the opening of the Easter Camp.

You are all welcome in the name of our Lord and Saviour , Jesus Christ.


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MLSGA -Southern Region Progresive Report 2017-2019


Melpa Lutheran Students And Graduates Association-Southern Region 2017 to 2019 Progressive Report. 
Acknowledgement

As executives of Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates of Southern Region, would dearly like to thank our Heavenly Father for his unconditional love, care, mercy up our lives as members of this important group. Though we forsake and commit sins but our Good Lord, God Almighty he never forsakes us but instead leads, protects, guides and even gives us strength to lead this vital association through thick and thin. We would also like to thank our recently appointed and anointed Bishop for Melpa Lutheran Church of PNG, Rev Stanley Mukate, three acting bishops of each ecclesia and the pastors, laymen and Christian friends, Pastor and members of Exodus congregation, class elites and the students who are currently working and studying at various sectors and intuitions in Port Moresby and the nation at large for being us in faith and prayer all along in this Christian journey. We wish you all a wonderful merry Christmas and a happy prosperous new year, 2020. 

Introduction

 The MLSGA_Southern Region is the sub set of MLSGA in Papua New Guinea based in National Capital District, Port Moresby. The primary focus and mission of its existence is to gather and unite scattered souls especially students, graduates and other elites whom we share the common Christian faith under Melpa Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. MLSGA_ Southern Region comprises of six provinces namely NCD, Western, Gulf, Central, Millen-bay and Oro. Our first priority or target is to coordinate with the members of the MLSGA_Sothern Region in NCD alone, since most of the members are residing there; our focus is to get them to know more about the purpose, objectives and mission of this association. One of the biggest challenges that is hindering us effectively assemble or congregate them for us carry out some relevant planned activities towards achieving the indented objectives and mission of this association is the work and study commitments and the location or residences in which each members live and work. 

Regardless of above challenge one of key area the executives have been focusing on is building communication link and channel with the members of the association. Handful of schools we’ve tried to established communication network to begin with are University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Institute of Business Studies (IBS), International training institute (ITI), Don Bosco Tec, Port Moresby Tec college, Port Moresby Business College and etc…as the executives we are committed to work with the elites and the students so that together we can make a difference. 

Exodus Congregation is playing a pivotal part in creating a platform whereby we are able to meet and get to know each other and we thanked GOD for making that possible. Through Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, we hope that we will make good progress as move on
from time to time. Moreover, the Exodus Congregation operates under the centralized system which we also part of that system. Anything to do with MLSGA SR it has to go through the Exodus Congregation executives before us as we work hand in hand with its executives, members, youth and Sunday school. 

 Background Information 

Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduate Association is a church organized association comprises of students, graduates, school leavers, business and working class people. It was an initiative taken by some of our pioneer students, graduates and elites with an aim to unite fellow students and Working class alike. It’s a unique platform being created by our very own elites. Perhaps to bind us together as the flesh of Christ Jesus so that we could hold on to our Christian values, principles and most of all our faith in Lord, Jesus Christ in the midst of this challenging and ever changing modern PNG society. 

Despite of circumstances and challenges our senior elites have to endure, they eventually managed to organize and form it with the help of our Good Lord, Almighty God. The association was officially recognized and launched in 2009. It was thereafter blessed by Late Bishop Rt. Reverend Sanagke Dole for the members to commence its envisioned program activities.  

After the formation and launching of the association, it was left to sleep as some of its intended program activities were partly carried out. But some elites took the initiative to revive it again especially in Western Highlands Province. That was made possible through the help of our good Lord with the persistent prayers of our Christians members of MLCPNG. On January 2015, the first retreat program was held at Kamdika Congregation and the attendance was not that good, but the main aim of the retreat program was to awake Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates Association. The main agenda discussed during the retreat was to send a signal to every members so that we would have the sense of responsibility to respond and focus onto to the highest calling from GOD in the midst of busyness in life.  

The MLSGA Southern Region (MLSGA SR) was part of the discussion amongst other participants from certain provinces including Madang, Goroka, Lae and Kimbe that have attended the retreat program help in Kamdka. However MLSGA Southern Region slowly took its part way up by uniting all the school students and Graduates in Port Moresby with the help of Exodus Congregation with God.  

The association appointed its executives in 2018 and they are, Desmond Kipa as coordinator, Issac Thomas as Vice Coordinator, Milrose Kipa as Treasurer and Junior Tei Noki as secretary to lead the members of association of six provinces as mentioned above. Though we haven’t make
sufficient in terms of fully implementing scheduled activities that we scheduled the association have been having but pray and hope that our good lord will continue to lead us through his divine wisdom and guidance as we move on.  

Due to the locations of the schools and place of residences in NCD and four other provinces the executives of the MLSGA Southern Region have been doing their best to unite their members to at least accomplish the vision of MLSGA towards “Empowering Melpa Lutheran Students and Graduates with God’s Word In Unity” and also accomplishing the mission through “Organizing and Coordinating of its targeted members of Melpa Lutheran Church.  

Given the goal and the mission of the association the executives designed another new association profile to manage the affairs of the association and its members within the southern region therefore we believe in GOD we think and have positive mind that he’ll help us in one way or the other to unite all the members in such big city like Port Moresby. 


Development

 a. Mission Statement 
This Regional Office-(Sub-Association) is being established with a mission to organize and coordinate the students, graduates and working class people of Melpa Lutheran Church in southern Region with God’s Word. It reports its progress to the countrywide coordinator who thereby further reports directly to bishop at the MLCPNG Head Office either on monthly, quarterly or annually basis.
b. Objectives
 Is to encourage, motivate, aspire and strengthens students, graduates and working class individuals within Southern Region and countrywide to actively contribute towards the Gospel Ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

c. Major projects carried out at the congregation level
Successfully completion of Exodus congregation Bio Data 
Exodus congregation executives agreed to carry out a major bio data project and then the task was delegated to MLSGA Southern region so the executive of MLSGA southern managed to spearhead that.
The project took almost three (3) months and was completed in 2018. The bio data was not updated in 2019 but we’ll continue to update the date base on annually basis to keep track on people movements in and out of the province and region alike.  

● Benefits of the projects 
 ✓ It identifies where the congregation member reside and do student or work
 ✓ It makes communication network easy and convenient for us to get in touch
✓ It is easy for us to locate the members and to have fellowship with them

Delivering of  500 mosquito nets during Easter through partnering with the NGOs like Rotary against malaria 
● Benefits of the projects  
✓ It protected our members from getting sickness like malaria because the location where 2019 Easter to be held,  Tete settlement (Gerehu), in Port Moresby was found have to have high rate of malaria cases as reported by health department. 
✓ It helped the surrounding community.
 The project was the initiatives of the Like-minded elites of southern region therefore we would like to thank;  

➢ Biangke Tah 
➢ Junior Noki 
 ➢ Emmanuel Wara 

Most importantly we thank the National Department of Health (NDoH) and Rotary against Malaria for successfully partnering with us to reach people who were in need of such health service during that time.  

❖ Designing of congregation web site

 The website design was an initiative of MLSGA southern, actual work was done but the author of the web was not confirmed so it’s still in discussions of the MLSGA southern once approved the author will make known via social media and print media so that we can access the information. 

The web will become as a storage and e-library for exodus congregation and MLSGA Southern and it will be easy for members to access the information from where ever they may be. 

Partnering with the exodus congregation 

According to the Exodus congregation bio data 95 percent of the population is made up of  educated elites therefore as the sub association, we are working together with the congregation to reach out to the elites for them to fully participate in congregation organized activities in carrying out the work mission. 

Discussion 

According to the development of the report we’ve discussed couple of points that will further discussed in detail which perhaps will help you to understand the conceptual model and the analysis made on the report.

❖ Successfully completion of Exodus congregation Bio Data The methods used to collect basic data for the Christian members is shown in figure 1.1
Figure 1.1 Basic data Collection Form For Exodus-MLC

 The small form contains all the information of individual congregation member

Process of collecting data 

a) First the form was issues
b) Individual’s congregation members filled in the forms
c) The forms returned to the executives 
d) The name was confirmed and 
e) Then entered the names into excel data base





Delivering  500 mosquito nets to exodus congregation during Easter through partnering with the NGOs like Rotary against Malaria 
The main aim of the project was to help people through partnering with such NGOs to deliver needed services to the people. In-order to achieve such, our elites took initiative to write letter to Rotary against Malaria and they directed us to inform Health Department so we took another strategy to address that issue to the health department and they responded positively to us through officer Biangke Tah one of our elites by supplying us 10 bales, each bale contained 50 nets which adds up to 500 nets in total.

The distribution was done in Tete Settlement where the Easter camp for 2019 was held.
Later a final report was submitted back to the donor for checks and verification purposes.

❖ Designing of congregation web site 
Our main motive of creating website is to Motivate and inspire our elites with the word of God, through such channel since most of our church members they don’t attend church due to work commitments or duty travel therefore we’ve design that web for them to access the sermon or necessary information after they completed their task, in that way we left no-one behind.

The design is still in progress and yet to appoint an author, once the design is complete and the author is approved by the executives, we will inform the MLSGA executives based in Hagen for the protocol purposes.

Conclusion 

As the sub association existing in southern region most of the coordination work were not completed due to certain factors and challenges but we believe that our good lord will continue to guide us to continue this great commission. Thus we’ve outlined some of the major projects that we accomplished, we are yet to do more but belief our GOD will continue to protect us and guide us. We are also sincerely apologizing to the members and the hardworking executives for not commencing some of the task that are programmed by the association but we are looking forward to work closely to make some progress next year and the years to come

Again thank you and wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy and prosperous New Year 2020. 
God bless…!


Collated by MLSGA_Southern Region- Junior Tei Noki

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