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

  • 2021 Easther Bible Camp for Exodus Congregation

    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.

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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