A difference for generations to come

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

James 1:27 (ESV)


Shoe distribution for the poor

One Sunday Pastor Diane noticed that many of the children in our church had very poor shoes or footwear. After talking with some of our staff members we felt that we needed to do something about this. As a result, HFCC Arusha and TanzAfrica Ministries PIC_0088International pooled their resources and bought shoes for 83 children.

We wish to thank the members of HFCC Arusha and TanzAfrica Ministries for your partnership in this effort. We know that God’s favor rests upon you as you have favored those less fortunate than you.

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Church Service In English with Kiswahili translation HFCC-Arusha, Tanzania

Church Service In English with Kiswahili translation HFCC-Arusha, Tanzania

Hi, just thought I’d let you know that I am going to post podcasts of the preaching from our church here in Arusha.

I would appreciate your comments.

Blessings!

Gary

PodCast#1


The Militant Christian

THE MILITANT CHRISTIAN

I am now a militant Christian. I have moved from the silent majority to the vocal minority within the Christian culture. I will no longer sit idly by while atheists, agnostics, and other assorted unbelievers spout shear nonsense, and fallacious rhetoric about Christianity and Christians.

This does not mean I am perfect. But I have lived long enough in the Christian community to know what is and what is not of Christianity.  We live in a day of pure evil and I believe authentic Christianity is the answer to this problem.  To quote David Kupelian’s question in the Introduction of his book “The Marketing of Evil,”   “How can this be happening in America? How does child molesting become “man-boy love”?  How does crushing a baby’s skull and sucking out his brains become a “constitutional right”? How does quoting the Bible become “hate speech”? How exactly is evil made to appear good, and good made to appear evil? How has America—which still boasts an 80 percent Christian population—seen fit to embrace what can only be called a culture of death, rather than a culture of life?”

We Christians are in a battle, a war that is both insidious, and pernicious as well as satanically inspired and motivated.  Oh yes my secular friend I do indeed believe in the devil as well as God.  My one word answer to the problem of evil is “satan.”  Oh and don’t expect me to capitalise his name, he is not deserving of that honour.

The battle ground is not in the realm of hand to hand combat and guns and knives but in the realm of ideas, thoughts, imaginations, the psychological manipulation of mankind that is spiritual as well as psychological.

I believe that education will play a major role in bringing about the changes that will then result in the transformation of society. This will be an education that is comprehensive and based on Christian principles. It will not simply be a bunch of proof texts from Scripture cherry picked to avoid answering tough questions. It will encompass the entire human experience and attempt to tackle the problems of life, all be it, from a Christian world view, and by that I mean one that is founded on Biblical principles not secularised, liberal christianity.

I know that this will not be quick and it will not be easy.  We have people who have given themselves over to the evil one to do his bidding and they are highly motivated, willing to do ANYTHING necessary to reach their goals. Lie, cheat, steal, defame, bully, abuse, pressure, demean, or even murder.

This is why I am The Militant Christian


The Principle of “PASSIONATE VISION”

The Principle of PASSIONATE VISION

Colossians 1:27 For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Passionate vision necessitates enthusiasm which is defined as: intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval : her energy and enthusiasm for life | few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.

• a thing that arouses such feelings : the three enthusiasms of his life were politics, religion, and books.

The etymology of the word enthusiasm shows us that the word originated in the Greek language and is a compound of two Greek words, En= in and Theos=God. So it comes from the concept of being indwelt by God. Or inspired by God.

The Need For Vision

Prov 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”

Vision is the one common quality that separates leaders from non-leaders. Leaders have a clear picture of the type of future they want to construct, and they have the skill to convey this vision to others in an enthusiastic, passionate and effective way.

People may work consistently for a wage, but they will achieve at high levels only when they are motivated by a vision that is communicated with passion and enthusiasm.

The preparation and verbalization of vision is a key requirement of leadership. This requires great enthusiasm regarding the vision.

Leaders must have the ability to visualize, to see the big picture and then to enthusiastically and passionately stimulate others to work together to make it a fact. The true leader regards leadership as a means he or she can use to bring about a outcome that is substantial and more significant than any single person could accomplish.

You take the position as the leader when you define an outcome, make a plan, and then plunge your being into making it a reality. You become a leader when you produce an electrifying enthusiastic vision for yourself and others. You are a leader when you know precisely where you want to go, why you want to get there, and what you must to do to accomplish it.

Leaders can define simply to others what it is they are laboring to realize, why they are trying to achieve it, and how they will bring it about. They need to get results and they are impatient with any kind of setbacks. They are enthused about what they are doing, and they get other people enthused as well.

Leaders have goals, plans, and strategies that they are working on every day. They are in a hurry. They have much to do and they think that they always have too little time. Perhaps the most important part of enthusiastic leader is his accuracy. The leader has clear vision, not foggy, clear principles, a clear purpose, and clear, written goals, plans, and strategies for his or her church or ministry.

Habakkuk 2:2

“…Write the vision, and make it plain on the tablets, that he who reads it may run.”

True leaders desire to lead, to be in command, to be credible, to create and make things happen. They are willing to prevail over the risks and the self-denial that is needed to make a authentic difference in their world. They are inspired and they inspire others. Their enthusiasm and passion is contagious.

Determining clear goals for yourself and for your team propels you upward in leadership. It thrusts you to the front of the line. To be a leader, you must be leading others in a specific direction toward a specific goal for the accomplishment of a specific result. The clearer you are about your vision, your principles, your purpose, and your goals, the more enthusiastic you will be and you will lead, and inspire others.

“One man with passion is equal to or better than one hundred with just a good idea.”

Action Steps:

  1. Determine a clear vision for yourself and your church or ministry. Where do you want to be in three to five years? State it clearly. Write it down. Share it with others. The clearer and more detail you are about your future vision for yourself and your ministry, the more enthusiastic and passionate you will be about it and the more you will be able to achieve.

  2. Decide what it is that you truly want to do with your life. This is the most important concept in leadership. If you had no limits of time, money, and resources, what would you be the most enthused about doing in your own life and your church or ministry? What are you passionate about? What would you be willing to do even if no body paid you to do it. Begin today to visualize how you would accomplish it, and then take some action on it today. Then get excited, enthusiastic and passionate about it.

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The Principle of Boldness

The Principle of Boldness

“Humility is a virtue; timidity is an illness.” (Jim Rohn)

Pro 28:1 “… the righteous are bold as a lion.” 

Great Leaders have the boldness to make decisions and to take action even if they are not 100% certain they will succeed. Leadership demands decisiveness. Your capacity to move, to step out in faith, even when there might be the risk of loss or failure, is a typical characteristic of true leadership. Leadership is not the absence of fear. Leadership is the ability to subdue fear, to even use fear as a motive to take action. A leader must be bold, therefore a leader must be decisive. Many great leaders have learned to link fear with the necessity of taking action. So every time fear shows its ugly face they step forward and act.

Everyone experiences fear; leaders are clearly those who master their fears and take action in spite of their fears. As one author has put it you “…do it afraid.” You must develop the habit of boldness. This is done by acting boldly whenever boldness is needed. When fear rises its ugly head, take action. Thoughtful, focused, self-disciplined action.

People tend to avoid pain and move towards pleasure or comfort. Because of this we tend to avoid or to back away from the things we fear. But when you force yourself to resist this inborn tendency and do the opposite, when you move toward the thing you fear, your fear withers and loses its control over you.You will either control fear or fear will control you.

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”   – Babe Ruth, baseball player

Two of the greatest hindrances to moving ahead in life are the fear of failure and the fear of what other people think. Some people would advocate to totally get rid of the fear of failure. I don’t. The reason why is a little bit of this fear under your control can keep you from doing some very stupid and or dangerous things with your life and ministry. The key is that it must be under your control. Also, you must understand this. Every great accomplishment is preceded by multiple failures and by many criticisms. In fact, if you meet someone who claims that they have never failed in their personal, spiritual or business life, quickly look for an exit, you are dealing with a thief and a liar. Experience is born of failures and the lessons you learn from these failures will empower you to succeed. 

Always remember that failure is a negative learning event. It is not a person. You are not a failure, you have experienced failure. If you think of failure in this way you will no longer be afraid of or controlled by it.

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare…”

Secondly, your ability to rise above the criticisms and disapproval of others will bring you to the place where you can truly enjoy the success you achieve at a very deep level.

Develop the habit of dealing with your fears. Don’t hide from them, attack them. If there is anything in your life that causes you apprehension, treat it as a personal challenge and decide to confront it now. Don’t put it off, “Do it afraid…” & Do it NOW!

 2Tim 1:7“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. “

Understand this, your life will be seasoned with many complications, distress, disappointments, adversities, and hindrances that might easily discourage you and cause you to want to quit. Don’t quit! Get over it! This is the real deal, this is life.Don’t lay in your pity pool waiting for someone to join you. Get up, dry yourself off and ask yourself this question. What is the worst thing that could happen? Chances are that it would just be another failed attempt. But, would that be the end of your world? Would you die from it? Most likely, no. So, ask yourself this question, “What have I learned from this negative result?” Then go ahead make a new choice and take action, make the needed adjustments and try again.

 Act 14:22 “confirming the souls of the disciples, calling on them to continue in the faith and that through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom of God.”

 The mark of a great leader, is never allowing himself or herself the self-indulgence of depression or self-pity. The leader does not grumble, make excuses, or wish that somehow events could be effortless or better than they are. Great leaders don’t live in the lala land of “I wish things were easier.” They live in the real world and by “Faith” make the choices that will move them closer to their desired outcomes.

Decide today to develop the habit of boldness by acting boldly, by doing the things afraid, and by dealing boldly and genuinely with the troublesome people and circumstances of your life. Each time you do this you will gain courage and strength to meet the challenges that lay ahead of you. You will gain momentum that will make it easier to face new challenges.

Action Steps:

1. What actions would you take in your business, ministry, or life, if you knew that failure was impossible? What goals would you set if you knew you could not fail? Whatever the answers to these questions are, begin taking action today as though this was reality and your success is just ahead.

 2. What are some specific fear or fears in your life, such as beginning a new project or doing something in a totally different way then anyone else. Today, whatever it is, talk to yourself, and tell yourself the truth about this fear. Quote the Scripture from 2 Timothy 1:7 and then take the action needed to deal with this fear and conquer it.

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The principle of Living on Purpose

The principle of Living on Purpose

This is part of a teaching delivered by Dr John Maxwell a number of years ago. I have found it very beneficial and thought my readers would to. I’ve changed some things and added others, Enjoy and Be Blessed! Gary

Personal Growth doesn’t happen you have to determine to grow, you have to live on purpose not by accident. Growth happens on purpose, so you have to intend to grow. One man said, “The time comes when you have to stop waiting for the man, or woman, you want to become and start being that man or woman, you want to be.”

There is often a gap between the person we want to be and the person we think we are. The gap you experience may not be the gap someone else is dealing with. In fact you might be dealing with more than one. And these gaps can become traps, but only if you let them.

The Assumption Gap — I assume that I will automatically grow.

Assumption is the lowest form of knowledge. We experience growth physically as children. We recognize it is a natural course of living over a period of time. We then assume that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth follow a similar pattern. Just live longer and you will grow. This is a fallacy. The reality is we don’t improve by simply living. We have to purpose to grow.

No one improves by accident. If you want your life to improve, you must determine improve yourself. You must make that a tangible target.

The Knowledge Gap. — I don’t know how to grow.

It has been said, “If you are clear with what you want, the world responds with clarity.”

Many people only learn from the school of hard knocks, — experience — The problem is the lessons are random and difficult. It’s much better to plan your growth deliberately. Invest in you, it’s the wisest investment you will ever make.

Apart from my decision to follow God, the decision to take responsibility for my own personal growth has impacted my life more than any other.

The Timing Gap — It’s not the right time to begin.

Here you may be trying to blame timing for your lack of action. In this gap we try to pretend that we are serious by indicating that we have decided to do it, what ever it might be, but we are just waiting for the timing to be right.

There is a difference between deciding an doing!

The famous business tycoon W. Clement Stone use to start every morning and by standing at the side of his bed proclaiming out loud, “Do It Now!” He’d do this about 50 times. Then at the end of the day before climbing in bed he would do the same. This preserved him from procrastinating on life.

The Law of Procrastination, says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the more likely that you will never actually do it.”

Now is the time to start growing. If you live for tomorrow it will never come.

You will never get much done unless you go ahead and do it before you feel you are ready. That is Faith in action.

Once you start growing on purpose, you can keep growing and keep asking “What’s next?” This will give you great momentum that you can build upon.

The Mistake Gap — I’m afraid of making mistakes

Dr. Robert Schuller said, “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you attempt to do?”

If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes. Mistakes are an indicator of progression. People who do not make mistakes, do not do anything. A mistake is simply another way of doing something, it is a life lesson.

You should expect to make mistakes every day, and welcome them as opportunities to learn, grow and move ahead.

The Perfection Gap – I have to find the best way before I start.

This is similar to the mistake gap. The road of life requires that we move before we will learn. E.g. learning to ride a bicycle. You don’t learn to ride except by riding. You see the road of life progressively. As you move forward, a little more of the road is revealed to you. Get moving to see more.

The Inspiration Gap — I don’t feel like doing it.

Motivation is not going to descend upon you from on high. Forget motivation, Just Do It!

Motivation is like love and happiness. It’s a by-product. When you’re actively engaged in doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it. You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel your way into action.

Dr William James said many years ago, “Feelings flow from actions.”

The Comparison Gap — Others Are Better Than I Am.

That is great because you can learn, only, if others are ahead of you. Get around people who think bigger than you, accomplish more than you do and you will begin to think different and thereby act different and also do differently.

Learn to be comfortable outside of your comfort zone.

The Expectation Gap — I Thought It Would be Easier.

I don’t know any successful person who thinks personal growth comes quickly and climbing to the top is easy. It just doesn’t happen. People create their own luck. One man said it this way, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” How? Here is a formula from me.

Decision + Preparation + Attitude + Opportunity + Massive Action = Luck

It all starts with a decision. You have to decide that you are going to take the responsibility for your personal growth. As Jim Rohn said, “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Become purpose driven about personal growth. It will, over time, change your life and your destiny.

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