Sexual Healing Retreat
24 Route 9A Spofford NH
Women's Bible Study Zoom
ID 6039038648 Pwd Freedom
Open discussion group
Contact Cindy Wallace
Every Monday > 8am
No Mtg 1/2
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Making lunch Saturdays, Outreach every Sunday AM
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We saw his glory - the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth... - John 1:14
We'll move forward in the gospel of John by moving back in time. After the dedication of the first temple built by Solomon, the presence of the Lord was confirmed in a visible manifestation (1 Kings 8:10). But when the temple was rebuilt after being destroyed by the Babylonians, the presence of the Lord did not manifest as it had before. The prophet Ezekiel, writing about the destruction of the first temple and Israel's captivity in Babylon, in chapter 10 tells of the divine glory, riding on the throne-chariot, abandoning the temple to its fate because of the persistent idolatry of people and priests alike. Haggai told the people that the new temple seems like nothing in comparison to its former glory (Hag 2:3). But the Lord promises through Haggai, "I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory." (Hag 2:7). In Ezekiel chapter 43, the temple is rebuilt and the divine glory returns at last.
As the Old Testament closes, in the post-exilic books of Zechariah and Malachi, the Temple has been rebuilt, but the promised glorious return of God remains unfulfilled. Israel waited for the fulfillment of that promise that the Lord would come to His temple, and they would see His glory. The temple was built to exact specifications to become a suitable dwelling place for God, but the ark of the covenant was missing as were the Urim and Thummim which were the priestly means to commune with God. Perhaps that's why the elders who saw the glory of the original temple wept loudly at the dedication of the second temple (Ezra 3:12-13). Would they live to see the glory come or was the promise reserved for a future time? Glory has little to do with the building. Herod built glorious additions to the temple using his own wealth such that even the disciples marveled at it (Mk 13:1-2). But what good is the Father's house if the Father doesn't live there?
A sign is given: one would come who would prepare the way for the Lord. Isaiah 40:1-5 calls him "a voice of one calling in the wilderness; 'Prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God'... And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together." This is repeated in Malachi 3:1: "I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.
The stage was already set for John's gospel, and the people were ripe with expectation. When John the baptizer arrives, his father prophesies his mission: "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him." (Luk 1:76) Imagine the amazement and even fear in the hearts of the religious leaders when they demand that the baptizer answer for himself. All who were within earshot, steeped in knowledge of the promise, knew full well what John was claiming when he answered: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' " (Jn 1:23) Imagine the fire burning in the hearts of those coming to be baptized. Imagine the anticipation of those still waiting for the glory of the Lord to return to His people. But would the recognize Him? Would they receive Him?
John sums this up in his own way. Here is John 1:14-18 as a chiasm:
1:14 the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
We saw his glory - the glory of the one and only,
full of grace and truth, who came
from the Father.
John testified about him and called out,"
This one was the one about whom I said, 'He who comes after me is greater
because he was before me.'"
For we have all received from his
fullness grace upon grace.
For the testimony was given through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The uniquely begotten God, who is held close to the Father's bosom, has made God known.
John insists from the beginning that this is how we are to see Jesus, as the living embodiment of the returning, living God of Israel. The glory of the Lord has returned to the new temple. May we have a greater awareness of what we carry in these earthen vessels.
Join me at 1pm Wednesday Feb 8 on Facebook Live for Immersion and we'll go deeper into the Glory of the Lord!
By Kevin Messerschmidt
I am a very competitive person, although I have mellowed with age! I grew up in a very small town, and in some of situations in that town, I was able to be the best at something. For example, I was able to have the highest grades in my classes, with the honor of Valedictorian bestowed upon me. Growing up in this environment established an expectation in my heart to be the best. At the time, I did not even consider whether it was God honoring or not to have this perspective, but since then I have. It is worthwhile exploring the intersection of our experiences here on earth, especially in the bizarre times in which we live, and the worldview established by God and his kingdom through his lessons in the Bible and the Holy Spirit. In the case of being competitive, it is particularly nuanced.
I lived in Chicago during Michael Jordan's reign with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan is considered one of the most competitive athletes of all time. Watching him on the court was like watching poetry in motion, and for me, it was another example of how incredible God's gifts to mankind are. Jordan's competitiveness was admired but also identified as an aspect of his personality that made him difficult to deal with. Regardless of where you stand on Michael Jordan, there is no doubt in my mind that competitiveness is highly valued in American culture. We raise our children to strive for excellence, to work hard, and to do their best. Historically teachers also valued excellence, which can, if not carefully addressed, switch over to competitiveness. To do our best does not require that we do better than others, but sometimes, it gets conflated.
Social media has infected our lives and changed in many ways our attitudes about our position relative to others, which I see as part of competitiveness. We see perfect photos (probably photoshopped or similar) of people having a great time with their perfect families. We see people on vacations or doing other very cool stuff and receiving recognition for their accomplishments. Sometimes we see our friends hanging out with other people in an event that did not include us. These common experiences often bring up feelings of envy that is sometimes very similar to competitiveness. We want to have these great lives. It isn't that we don't want those people to have great lives, but we want our lives to be just as great too!
Research shows that men are more competitive than women in the United States, at least with respect to sports and careers. Competitiveness also varies by country, and as expected, people in the United States are highly competitive. So not all of you who read this will be considering competitiveness the same way that I am. As with any character traits that represent our identity, competitiveness can lead us to honor God or it can lead us to dishonor him. Yet, competitiveness can leak over to envy and even the idolization of ourselves. These are pretty big problems in our world today!
Recently I had a phone call with an old friend, who is a Christian, who has moved far away from me. We don't talk very often, but we were good friends when we lived close to one another. She is a very upbeat person, and she is always fun to have around or to chat with. But she tends to talk about her successes in a way that I hear as one-upmanship. She gives the impression she wants me to know she is doing better than I am, and I was surprisingly annoyed by this. I don't desire her life, and I never had. I am content with who I am, how God is leading me, and what my life represents. But the conversation triggered all kinds of weird competitiveness in me. I struggle with all the aspects of life where the world holds a trait in high regard that is different than God's value system. I do not live in a monastery, so it is not entirely clear what I should think.
The Bible is not particularly clear on competitiveness. I hope you don't find this heretical! For example, I know for sure what sin is when I choose to break the 10 Commandments. Yet, it isn't always the case, for example Rahab did lie in the story in Joshua 2 (a topic of great controversy) but later she was highly exalted (Hebrews 11:31). Similarly, we are told in Philippians to not do things out of selfish ambition (Phil 2:3-4). Is competitiveness selfish ambition? What do we tell athletes who face competitive events? Is it selfish ambition to want to win an Olympic gold medal? We are told that all the runners run in a race but only one wins the prize, and that we should run in such a way to win that prize (1 Cor 9:24).
When I was more of a novice in my walk with God, I would get very frustrated by examples of what seemed to be contradictions in the Bible. Yet as I have grown, I realize that the Bible becomes alive to us only through the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. When it comes to competitiveness, scriptures tell us to work towards the prize. That prize might not be achieving the honor of being the best at something. God provides opportunities and honor, and like David, who "needed more than a word from God; he needed his value and identity elevated in order to fulfill the words Samuel spoke over him" we also seek opportunities and honor. This really hit home to me when I was reading "And David Perceived He Was King" (Dale Mast). In the past, I felt shame for feeling the desire inside of me that leads to competitiveness. There have been people in my life who had a different value system, one more egalitarian without consideration to merit or God's calling. When I spent time with them, I felt bad about myself and about my desire to seek opportunities and honor. If God is calling us to something big, are we selfish to seek it? If God is providing an opportunity to raise our identity, are we selfish to step into it?
Without a doubt, none of these questions can be answered without the Holy Spirit. There have been many times in my life when the going got tough, and I recoiled instead of stepping into the new identity. I regret those times, yet they are there to help me today. God does not see them as failures or surprises, but as teaching moments. Even as I prayed for God's direction, it was not always clear. And we can later second guess our choices.
God created me as His daughter and placed me in that quirky small town where I could experience what it is like to be Valedictorian. I felt what it was it like to be the best at things a few times of my life. If I were to allow that to become the central theme of my life journey, I am pretty certain that would dishonor God. Maybe God called Michael Jordan to competitiveness to the extreme level he lived it, but maybe not. We won't know until we are with God in heaven. God provides us all with experiences that shape our identity, and he continues to provide. We don't have to be the best to be satisfied with ourselves, but I do not believe it is wrong to be competitive. When we seek to be a vessel for God's presence, recognize when competitiveness becomes envy or idolatry, and present our life as a living sacrifice to God, then we can rest in the knowledge that we are walking in the Lord. By listening to the Holy Spirit, I hope to always know when I cross the line between in His favor and out of His favor in the areas where without the Holy Spirit, it would be impossible to know. by Janice Kooken
PRAISES FROM 2022 BEFORE HEADING INTO 2023
This year Kainos is excited to share that through the sharing of the gospel by our volunteers there were over 20 salvations this year! We had over 100 individuals who were ministered directly to in areas of emotional, mental, and physical healings. Many also received deliverance and as well as lay counseling in marriages, relationships and ministry counsel.
We had over 20 settings offered at Kainos: Anchor Runners, Arise, Healing Through Art, Card ministry, Case Supervision, Clubhouse, Kainos Intercession, Decree & Declare, Fast 2022, Fireside Chat, Foundation of Honor class, Heart to Heart, Immersion, BEMA, Oasis, Kainos Prayer Chain, Kingdom Metamorphosis, Mens Intensive, Women's Intensive, Norwalk Oyster Festival outreach, Prayer/Share/Care, Women's Bible Study, Prophetic Art/Worship Conference, Restored, Christmas distribution, and other workshops & gathering! Some were in person and many reached beyond our boundaries via online settings.
We also bless others in practical ways through showing love in action. Whether by providing dentures, gift cards for essentials like gas and food, to putting up doors and sinks we made a difference here at Kainos. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry that allows us to partner and colabor with others to make a difference in lives.
We also were asked to speak and minister in other avenues outside of Kainos. Kevin and I are so appreciative of all of you who carry on the Lord's work! We are truly making international impact all over the world. Our heart continues to encourage and equip others to see the Kingdom of God expand. Our primary focus is now developing healthy leaders, healthy teams and healthy ministries. Let's offer a healthy alternative so others will know we are Christians by our love for one another. A culture of honor and love seperates us from to rise to the glory and honor of Christ.
This year we already are investing in others through our writing workshop thanks to Kim Gifford's efforts from VT. Marriages are being built up through classes using Danny Silk's material Keep Your Love On. Thank you Julissa and Angelo from Family Life for allowing us to participate with building up marriages. Natalie will have the opportunity to travel to Colombia this year and is preparing to develop teams to minister overseas! Denise Delmonte has connected Kainos to W@W an international group dedicated to women at work where Denise, Natalie and Robin d'Albenas are sharing for five weeks about journeying through the uncharted seas of life.
Developing leaders that in humility serve others within a culture of love and honor is our passion! Come join us as we leap into the year of 2023 together to make a difference in your area of influence. by Natalie Messerschmidt
Hopeline Pregnancy Center is offering an emotional healing retreat for women who have experienced sexual trauma as victims of antoher's sexual sin or by their own. It is for any woman who has ever gone her own sexual way and is now ready to go God's way. This is a dedicated time away at Camp Spofford in beautiful New Hampshire where we will focus on The Path to Sexual Healing, a Bible study that helps individuals heal and process their emotions God's way.
Space is limited; no transportation is provided. Contact Kim Taylor 203-978-3771 to request an application. Deadline: April 1st.
The promise of God's word as recorded in the book of Ephesians is that we are made complete in Christ. Angela Tuers is offering one on one mentoring and/or small group discussion and prayer with the use of the study guide, "Made Complete in Christ" to help participants realize all that God has for them. Despite yearning of our hearts that may not have been realized yet, God's promises remain true that we are complete in Christ. We have all that we need for life and godliness. We can experience God's peace beyond all understanding as we yield to Christ and seek Him first and place our deepest longing into His loving hands. Call Angela at 860-331-9101 or email her at email@example.com to communicate your interest.
Jennifer Frye is the executor director of Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry (WARM) which is located in Worcester, MA and now West Springfield, MA. If you would like to participate in outreach to refugees, this is the place to come! I, Natalie, met Jennifer while I was in college over 40 years ago through a college faith based program which had campus ministries in New England. We stayed in touch throughout the years and it's exciting to see our friend's faith still in action!
Go to warmwelcoming.org to learn more on how you can serve in this ministry.
Watch this video to see how WARM changes lives.
WARM exists to build a bridge between the church and our city's refugees.
We equip and mobilize followers of Jesus to welcome the newcomers living among us. We also directly assist refugees with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, in partnership with other agencies serving refugees. We build a bridge between the Church and our city's refugees by...
Equipping and mobilizing followers of Jesus through training, resources, and mentoring, to develop an alliance of local churches who engage with refugees.
Partnering with area resettlement agencies serving refugees, to support their work, meet existing needs, and share resources.
Providing direct care to refugee families, assisting them with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and offering them a chance to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To find out more:
210 Park Ave Suite 306 Worcester, MA 01609
West Springfield Branch
900 Riverdale St. Suite 234 West Springfield, MA 01089
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 your requests with praises or updates so the team knows when it's been fully answered!