Fri 9/8 - Sun 9/10
Contact Marilyn to participate!
Women's Bible Study Zoom
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Open discussion group
Contact Cindy Wallace
Every Monday > 8am
Helping Hands Outreach
Making lunch Saturdays, Outreach every Sunday AM
Men's Bible Study
Saturdays at 9am
Outside Galley restaurant Norwalk Cove Marina
All men welcome!
Contact Wayne 475-422-1468
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Fireside Chat is changing its day and time to Mon days at 7pm starting 9/18. We're on Facebook Live and Zoom discussing kingdom or interviewing guests. Here is our Facebook Live channel and here is our YouTube channel.
The podcast-based BEMA Discipleship group is starting up again with a verse-by-verse study on the book of John Tuesdays at 6:30pm starting 9/12. Contact Kevin at 860-805-1150 if you are interested. Experience with the BEMA podcast is helpful. You can learn about this amazing podcast here.
Are you looking for scriptural teachings to better understand the Bible? Check out Kevin's monthly Immersion teachings or the Facebook study group. Contact Kevin: email@example.com.
Are you taking care of others and need encouragement yourself? Check out Anchor Runners which takes place on Zoom. Contact Denise: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-268-9660 (no text).
Looking for an in person small group or discipleship? Lynn has an in-person bible study group in Connecticut: email@example.com or call 860-267-1765 (no text). In-person discipleship can be found by contacting Angela firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-331-9101 (no text). There are also some small groups occurring regionally which can be found under the regional section of this newsletter.
Maybe you'd like a safe setting for men only or women only. The online intensive group meetings meet during lunch hours. You can register for the Men's Intensive or the Women's Intensive
Where can you go or direct others to go for personal ministry? Lorraine hosts God's Healing Through Art. These typically take place in CT but if you are in the New England region Lorraine is available to travel for those hungry for God's healing. She also co-leads mixed groups with Charles in person at Restored settings. Contact Lorraine by leaving a voice message at (860) 267-6090 (no text). Call Kainos at 860-365-8504 (no text) and leave a voice message for any other forms of ministry. We will direct you to safe people or minister to others in a safe setting.
The Kainos Prayer Chain is always available to those who need behind the scenes ongoing prayer. Don't forget to update and share how God answers your prayers! We have a team of dedicated prayer warriors who pray throughout the week. Send an email to KLMprayerchain@gmail.com with the subject line: KAINOS PRAYER CHAIN. You may even receive a personal card for encouragement from Laurel who leads the Card Ministry at Kainos!
Perhaps you or a friend need a breakthrough in your marriage, family, or significant relationship. Women supporting women in hard situations have found tremendous support at Abba's Diamonds hosted by Heidi. WhatsApp is the means used for privacy and ongoing encouragement. Don't know how to use WhatsApp? We can be of help! Contact Heidi at email@example.com.
Are you looking to expand your creative expression through writing? This past year Kim Gifford encouraged and launched others to find their voice through writing. Many presently have projects in progress that are being walked out today. Be on the lookout as she hosts another Writer's Workshop this fall! Contact Kim firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-365-8504 (no text) if interested.
Are you a leader looking for ongoing support as you work with people? Situations are always arising where leaders need the input of other leaders. Consider contacting Natalie to attend the Case Supervision settings: 860-365-8504 (no text). These meetings are held via zoom and can support you anywhere in the world where you have a good internet connection.
Kainos Life Ministries most popular settings are Heart to Heart and Fireside Chat hosted by Kevin and Natalie. Heart to Heart is a live Facebook and Youtube setting where the heart of God is released through prophetic words.
We also help others launch into their calling. If you have a vision to implement in your sphere of influence and need help, reach out to us and we will try our best to come alongside and equip you to walk out what He has placed in your heart. We need one another and one by one we will reach the world for Christ and bring His Kingdom from Heaven to earth today! Blessings, and be on the lookout for upcoming events!
Kainos Life Ministries is pleased to present to you Chaplain Charles Floyd!
Charles has completed the process of ordination through Kainos Life Ministries. We invited Charles into this process having watched him and knowing his heart's desire. Long before we knew Charles, he had already received his seminary degree from Bethel Seminary of the East. It seemed only fitting to grant him this honor at this time in his life.
Charles took the time to pursue his healing and wholeness, overcoming much trauma over the years. God's love brought him to a greater depth of the understanding of what it means to be a son, loved by His heavenly Father. He purposes to bring God's healing love and gift as a chaplain to those who serve in the emergency community settings: firefighters, policemen and EMT's. We look forward to walking alongside of Charles as he pursues this vision of bringing glory to God's name in these settings and others within his realm of influence. We honor Charles this day and are thankful for the apostolic relationship we have with him to continue to walk alongside him. Congratulations Charles!
Live the life you were meant to live in Christ. Learn how to walk in a restored life.
Saturdays 10am beginning 10/7/23
First Church of Christ Wethersfield
Mildred Jones Room
250 Main St, Wethersfield, CT
This is a ten-week live group facilitated by Charles Floyd and Lorraine Conderino. In a safe and trusting environment, participants will learn who they are in Christ and how to walk in the life they were meant to live... restored and set free. Materials from Neil Anderson's Freedom in Christ Ministries will be used.
To register email Charles or call 860-517-9633.
Registration is limited to 6 participants.
There is a free PDF download of the book for this series HERE.
A dear friend to many and those within the Kainos Life Ministries family celebrated her life this past month as she went home unexpectedly and suddenly on 8/16/2023. Kevin and I remember her as a Bluebird, a songbird always cheery and singing God's praises. She flitted around touching so many people's lives as was evident the day of her memorial 8/26. She like other birds would fly north to hike the mountains, flew over the pond to Ireland recently on a mission's trip and soared in heavenly realms when in prayer.
Susan was a very good team player as she joined the flock within the body of Christ offering vision and brainstorming ideas solution oriented. In 2019 she interned here at Kainos and took over the CT flock when Kevin and I went north to NH. Her love for others encompassed many! She was proud of her fledglings, Al and Rachael, as they left the nest taking flight on their own known as the journey of life. She perched herself daily on the Tree of Life where she took her sustenance from. Her nest was her home, a sanctuary on the lake where she often mused on God's goodness.
Psalm 84:3 reminds me of this beautiful bluebird named Susan Miller. "Even the sparrow (bluebird) has found a home and the swallow (bluebird) a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar Lord Almighty, my (her) King and my (her) God."
Her countenance was always cheery like the Bluebird of Happiness. She was generous, kind and loving. She was quick to forgive, not take offense and pursue reconciliation. Believing the best of others as God does, she lived a life of forgiveness. May we each take time to evaluate the precious gift of life, and like Susan, make a difference giving God all the glory and honor. Susan, we will miss you.
As in the past, our ministry partners Glory Bound will be hosting a prayer tent at the Norwalk Oyster Festival at Veterans Memorial park in Norwalk, CT on September 8-10. We are looking forward to see how God moves as we pray, encourage, and share God's love with the community. It's a lot of fun, too, and we would love your help praying for people, greeting/pamphlet distribution, face painting, or any other creative Kingdom expression.
If you would like to participate, please email Marilyn at email@example.com.
For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. - 1Pe 2:25 Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! - Zech 11:17
To prepare you for understanding the sheep parable in John 10, I'll share some pertinent scriptures that support the theme John has been building up to now in his gospel. Then I'll share some background about shepherds in the middle east, and a note about context.
Notice the constant confusion and division of the Pharisees up to this point, and the story of the blind man in John 9. Do you see the theme that John has been developing? A good remez of John 10 is Num 27:16-17 which speaks of Joshua (whose name means deliverer) who succeeded Moses and "will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd." This is highlighted in John 10 verses 3 and 9. Both Ezekiel 34 and Zechariah 10 issue rebukes over the shepherds that do not have the interest of the sheep at heart. Keep that in mind as well as the following verses regarding God's response to the shepherds/leaders of Israel under the Old Covenant.
[Isa 56:10-11] His watchmen are blind, all of them know nothing... they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one. (Jn 9:40-41, 10:6)
[1Ki 22:17 So he said, "I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, like sheep which have no shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace." (See Mt 9:36)
[Jer 50:6 ] "My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. The shepherds have made them turn aside on the mountains; the sheep have gone along from mountain to hill and have forgotten their resting place. (See Mt 11:29)
[Eze 34:6 ] "My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them." (See Luke 15:4)
[Isa 53:6 ] All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. (See 1 Peter 2:24)
[Mic 2:12 NASB95] "I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; Like a flock amid its pasture... (See John 10:16) Now about shepherding. A sheepfold is a stone walled enclosure with a single opening that would hold a few different flocks of sheep. A flock's shepherd would call a command, and his sheep were trained to only respond to his voice. They would not respond to the voice of another shepherd. At night, the shepherd would lay in the doorway of the fold to protect the sheep. No sheep would walk over the shepherd to leave, and no wolf or other predator would go near the shepherd to break in. They were safe and delivered from danger with the shepherd in the doorway. A thief would have to climb over the wall to get at the sheep, but the sheep would be terrified of them.
One note about context and you should get the picture carefully reading the text yourself. The word "saved" in verse 9, sozo in Greek, primarily means to preserve, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. While it is easy to put our theological filters on to see this as a salvation message about "going to heaven when we die", that's not the context here. Up to now, Jesus has been confronting the Pharisees about their lack of care for the poor and broken. Those poor and broken are "sheep without a shepherd" (Mt 9:36, Num 27:16-17). They, the sheep, represent a community of those who follow the shepherd who are led by his voice, and are safe in the fold, protected from danger. "Saved" in this context means the flock under Jesus' care is safe. They're protected from harm and cared for. The shepherds of Israel, once again, are reprimanded for not doing their job.
Consider that John just told the story of the blind man being healed. I mentioned earlier the rebuke of the shepherds in Zechariah 11. That rebuke ends with "Woe to the worthless shepherd who deserts the flock! A sword will be on his arm and on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered, and his right eye will be blind." (Zech 11:17) From this pertinent remez, Jesus is calling the Pharisees hirelings who are hired to watch the flock but don't care about them. When trouble comes, they desert the flock "because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep." (v13) But the rest of Zech 11 mentions two staffs that are broken in the prophecy: Favor and Union. During the time of that prophecy, Israel lost the favor of God, and as a result were divided. When Jesus cares for the flock, there is both favor with God and unity in the safety of the Good Shepherd.
In closing the shepherd parable, verses 19-21 reveal, once again, a division among the Jewish leaders. Some called him demon-possessed, but others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?" It's a fitting statement since chapter nine was spent interacting over a blind man's healing. The rest of chapter 10 reveals more responses between the Pharisees and Jesus. It's more of the same. Jesus shines the light on His Divinity, and the Pharisees don't get it.
I pray you read John 10 with this in mind and it comes alive for you. There is also a chiasm in John 10. Join me for Immersion on Facebook and Youtube Wednesday September 6 at 1pm and I'll reveal it, or you can look for it yourself! By Kevin Messerschmidt
Kainos Prayer Chain:Steve and Angela Tuers are running our prayer chain. If you have a prayer need and want to place it on the prayer chain, please send an email to KLMprayerchain@gmail.com with the subject line: KAINOS PRAYER CHAIN. Please follow up on your requests with praises or updates so the team knows when it's been fully answered!