You need to weigh in on the cost factor.
And count the costs of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It will cost you popularity, it will cost you promotion perhaps at times. It will cost you an easy life. You will have to discipline yourself, you will have to buffet your body. You will have to say “No” to temptation, and you will have to say “No” to this world.
You will have to break with the crowd. You will have to be willing to stand alone for Christ. You will have to be willing to walk to the beat of a different drummer. And to step out of the crowd even if no one follows after Jesus Christ.
You would be willing to stand if you were the only person in the world for Jesus Christ. That’s the cost factor. You will have to be willing to suffer persecution for Christ, and let me tell you, it will come. It might even cost you your life.
I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The die has been cast, I’ve stepped over the line; the decision has been made;
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I will not look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed; my present makes sense; my future is secure.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live by faith, love by patience, live by prayer, and labor by power.
The Hope Movement is caring for 120 orphans and widows in Kenya. It also costs $1,000 monthly to provide scholarships to attend school, school supplies, and food during the year for all 120 orphans.
The Hope Movement needs your help to raise urgently the funds needed to feed our orphans which is $11,160 to cover the monthly expenses for 2018.
Please give the best gift of all, the gift of life to these precious children in Kenya. Make a tax-deductible donation online TODAY!
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
What is the process of spiritual growth—sanctification? Paul speaks to this congregation and challenges them to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Now it must be noticed that Paul does not say to “work for” your salvation but to “work out” your salvation. Scripture everywhere teaches that we are saved not by our works but by grace through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ Jesus,
May God be glorified through all that we do, let it be God who receives the praise for He is worthy, for it is only through Him and by Him that we have been saved and called to work on His behalf to preach the Gospel and help those in need.
We write you today to share what God is doing through The Hope Movement, a Christian 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation. We hope you will take a moment to get to know us, our love for Christ, our love for others and the work we do throughout the world.
There is so much need and we have so much opportunity to meet that need, but we need people like you to stand beside us through prayer and giving to help bring souls to Christ, help the poor, care for the orphan and widow while God is glorified through our acts of love.
Please take some time to learn more about us and please prayerfully consider giving a donation of any amount to one of our many life-changing projects.
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)
Grace and peace,
Founder/ President/ Missionary
This past week The Hope Movement sponsored part of our team in Kenya who pastor churches and care for orphans to attend a special conference 2 hours away from Bungoma in Kisumu. Pastor Conrad Mbewe was one of the pastor's who preached during this conference and he is considered the Charles Spurgeon of Africa.
This conference was to provide sound doctrine in a place that has been consumed by false teachings and give a solid Biblical foundation to go a take the knowledge gained to preach the Gospel and revive churches bring them back to the sufficient Scriptures and sovereignty of God.
Below is the testimony of our team who attended this conference, Soli Deo Gloria (To God Be The Gloria Alone)
”In THIS is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (wrath-absorbing sacrifice) for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que él nos amó a nosotros, y envió a su Hijo en propiciación (sacrificio que absorbe la ira) por nuestros pecados. (1 Juan 4:10)
We happy to announce that 3 of our children who are orphans in Kenya have passed their exam and will be progressing from primary school to secondary. Praise be to God and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
Please remember that The Hope Movement cares for 120 orphans in Kenya and we are now entering a new year. We need $1,000 monthly to continue to provide scholarships, food, school supplies for each child ias well as purchase Swahili Bible's in 2018. Please prayerfully consider making a donation today or become a monthly partner.
While we were conducting street outreach in Baltimore city on North Ave. on December 2, 2017 where we conducted a "Celebration for Jesus" at our Haven of Hope Community Garden we met a man named Reginald. Reginald lives on the streets, struggles with addiction, abandoned by family and recently lost his mother. He came to the garden and wanted to speak with Linda a member of our team, most likely he need a motherly conversation. Reginald was deeply depressed and was considering to take his own life. Linda spent much time with him listening to him, counseling him, praying with him and wiping away his tears. Later Jonathan came and shared with Reginald the Gospel, how we waste so much time here on earth living in rebellion against God and we need to think eternally. By God's providence we were there at that moment for Reginald to come to seek prayer and for him to hear the Gospel. How great is our God, sovereign in all things and the source of all goodness.
During our "Celebration for Jesus" in the inner city of Baltimore on North Ave where we served 100 hotdogs, 50 sandwiches and 125 cupcakes, we also spent time praying with people and sharing the Gospel. During that afternoon the children who were volunteering with us were playing with some of the neighborhood children. One boy arrived with his grandmother who was clearly high on drugs as she was falling over while simply standing with us. Our children felt lead to pray with this young boy. May God be glorified, a new generation rise up to go and preach the Gospel and we continue to pray for this young boy and his family that they will be freed from sin and each member of his family repent and come to Christ.
Dear Brother Jonathan and our dear friends and our lovely supporters and of all team,
Greetings to you all in the Name of Jesus trusting that you are all doing fine in the Lord Jesus Christ. We all appreciate your humble and kind consideration of the orphans and widows here in Kenya by showing us and the orphans plus the widows that they are also son and daughters of God and valued by Him God. This has deeply encouraged and challenged the orphans especially those in high schools who really did well in class performance as well as those in primary schools as we wait for others who will be sitting for their class eight examinations which we expect good results . Friends this noble work you have been used by God to do to us here in Kenya Bungoma.
The Decree Of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things. We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Rom. 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things. But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, being many, they seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each. But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: "Known unto God are all His works, from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15:18).
The Scriptures mention the decrees of God in many passages, and in a variety of terms. The word "decree" is found in Psalm 2:7. In Ephesians 3:11 we see His "eternal purpose;" in Acts 2:23, His "determinate counsel and foreknowledge;" in Ephesians 1:9, the mystery of His "will;" in Romans 8:29 that He also did "predestinate;" in Ephesians 1:9, His "good pleasure." God’s decrees are called His "counsel" to signify they are consummately wise. They are called God’s "will" to show He was under no control, but acted according to His own pleasure. When a man’s will is the rule of his conduct, it is usually capricious and unreasonable; but wisdom is always associated with will in the divine proceedings, and accordingly, God’s decrees are said to be "the counsel of his own will" (Eph. 1:11).