11-30-14

We as Americans prepare big for the arrival of Christmas. Whether we are preparing for others to arrive at our homes or if we are preparing to arrive somewhere else, both require preparation.

We decorate, shop, clean our homes, travel, cook and wrap gifts. We are so busy planning and preparing we have to be careful not to miss celebrating the greatest arrival of all!

Join us for THE ARRIVAL, our Christmas series beginning this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m., “The Journey.”

No Wednesday Night Service

November 25th, 2014

happy thanksgiving

your name-04What Is Your Name  Wk 4 “Hello My Name Is Jehovah” Believers Statesboro 11-23-14

What’s in a name?  Sometimes a lot, other times not much.

Juliet: “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose.  By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

As we are talking about the names of God, the Scriptures reveal several names for God, all of which reveal to us His attributes and character.  But I have to also agree with Juliet that no matter what name God could be called, His love, faithfulness and character will always shine through!  In other words God by any other name would still be as sweet!

 

As we enter into this Thanksgiving season, we have so much to be thankful for.  We started this series “What Is Your Name” by looking at how much God loves us and calls us my name.  For this we are thankful!  We see that God the Great I AM and we are not, yet we can say I am not!  But I know I AM!  For this we are thankful!  Last week we saw that Jesus was I AM Too and we looked as Jesus’ Seven I AM statements in the book of John.  For this we are thankful!

Jehovah

When it comes to God, there is a lot in a name.  The Scriptures reveal several names for God, all of which reveal to us His attributes and character.

 God identifies Himself as I AM WHO I AM.  Revealing His divine name declares His character and attributes, reinforcing that the issue is not who Moses is, but who is with him.  This name is related to the Hebrew verb meaning “to be,” and so implies the absolute existence of God.  The Hebrew here is also the source of the English, “Yahweh,” “Jehovah,” or “LORD”.[1]

Hebrew manuscripts tell us that the consonants are YHWH.

Instead, they took the Hebrew name for Adonai (“Lord”) and inserted its vowels into the name YHWH and came up with YaHoWaH, or as we pronounce it “Jehovah.”

This combination of the Hebrew names for “God” and “Lord” can now be expressed as “Lord God.”

 Jehovah’s Names

 Jehovah-Jireh – Our Provider  Genesis 22:14

Gen 22:13-14  Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD (Jehovah-Jireh) Will Provide.  And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” (NIV)

 

The Lord will provide – Thank God that He promises to provide all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19  And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)

 

Psalms 84:11-12  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!  (NKJ)        For this we are thankful!

 

Next Step:  Be thankful for Ten Things the Lord has provided for you.  List them.

 

Jehovah-Rapha – Our Healer Exodus 15:26

 

Exodus 15:24-26 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” 25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood.  He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.  There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.  26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD (Jehovah-Rapha), who heals you.”  (NIV)

 

Why Does God Heal?   Adapted from “Surprised By the Power of the Holy Spirit” by Jack Deere

God Heals Out of Compassion & Mercy

The healing ministry of Jesus was motivated by compassion.

Matthew 14:14 … When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

 

God Heals to Glorify Himself and His Son

One of the primary purposes in raising Lazarus from the dead was to glorify God.

“This sickness will not end in death.  No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).

And then he said to Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

 

God Heals in Response to Faith

Matt 15:28  “Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith!  Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.  (NIV)

 

God Heals in Response to His Own Promise

James 5:14-16 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (NIV)  For this we are thankful!

 

Next Step:  Start every day this week by saying, “I am healed, because of what Jesus did for me.”

 

Jehovah-Nissi – Our Banner Exodus 17:15

 

Exodus 17:10-16 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12         When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up– one on one side, one on the other– so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD (Jehovah-Nissi) is my Banner. 16       He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” (NIV)

 

God’s people should rally around God as an army gathers round its standard.  It is He who leads them to victory.

 

I John 4:4  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  (NIV)

 

1 Cor 15:57  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

 

I Jn 5:4-5 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world,

 even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV)

 

Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  For this we are thankful!

 

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – Our Sanctifier Exodus 31:13

 

Exodus 31:13  “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.  This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD (Jehovah-M’Kaddesh), who makes you holy.  (NIV)

 

2 Tim 2:20-21 shows us that it is well worth the pain of the process! But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

 

1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14    as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”   For this we are thankful!

 

Jehovah-Tsidkenu – Our Righteousness Jeremiah 23:6

 

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) Our Righteousness. (NIV)

 

The Lord Our Righteousness speaks of the God who is our standard for right behavior, but He alone can make us righteous.

Rom 5:15-17 But the gift is not like the trespass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought

condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17    For if, by the trespass of the one

man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of

grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

 

Righteousness was a grace gift that brings justification because of the shed blood of Christ Jesus.

For this we are thankful!

Jehovah-Shalom – Our Peace Judges 6:24

 

Judges 6:14-24 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

 

22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the

angel of the LORD face to face!” 23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to

die.” 24   So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD (Jehovah-Shalom) is Peace.  To this

day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. (NIV)

 

Isaiah 9:6  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (NIV)

 

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (NIV)

 

John 20:21  Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

                                                                                                                        For this we are thankful!

Jehovah-Ra-ah – The LORD My Shepherd Psalms 23:1

 

Psalms 23:1  The LORD (Jehovah-Raah) is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. NIV)

 

Matthew 9:36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  (NIV)

 

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (NIV)

For this we are thankful!

 

Next Step:  Take some time to reflect on Psalms 23 this Thanksgiving week.

 

Psalms 23:1-6 The LORD (Jehovah-Raah) is my shepherd,I shall not be in want (Jehovah-Jireh the Lord my provider). 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3  he restores my soul. (Jehovah-Shalom the Lord of Peace) He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Jehovah-Tsidkenu the Lord Our Righteousness) 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Jehovah-Nissi the Lord is my Banner)

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

(Jehovah-Jireh the Lord will provide) 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will

dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Jehovah-Rapha I am the Lord who heals you)  (NIV)

 

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Which Jehovah named resonates with you the most?

 

  1. Can you give an example of when you used one of the names of Jehovah as you prayed maybe for peace, provision, or healing? How did you address God with that particular name affect your faith as you prayed?

 

  1. Jehovah Will Change You! Please email Pastor Scott @ moore@believersmail.com a short testimony of how Jesus changed your life so that we can post it on www.ireallywant2change.com.

 

[1] Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Spirit Filled Life Bible NKJ (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991),  p. 87

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What Is Your Name    I AM Too    Believers Statesboro    11-16-14

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What’s in a name?  Sometimes a lot, other times not much.

When it comes to God, there is a lot in a name.  The Scriptures reveal several names for God, all of which reveal to us His attributes and character.  Last week we saw that God addressed Himself as I AM.

Exodus 3:14  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. “

 

Jesus Was Named I AM Too

In John Chapter 3, Jesus starts a series of Seven “I AM” statements about Himself.

“I AM the Bread of Life.”  John 6:35

Jesus said, “I am the bread.  I’m the source.  I will satisfy, not physical hunger, but true soulful hunger forever and ever and ever.”

John 6: Jesus was on a roll.  He’d just done the Hebrew happy meal miracle when He fed the 5,000 with 12 baskets left over.  People were ready to make Jesus their King.  On hearing their intentions Jesus left.  He went across the sea to a place called Capernaum, but the crowd followed looking for another happy meal miracle!

Jesus proceeds to give the worst sermon introduction ever given!

John 6:26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (NIV)

They were into hunger, physical hunger.  Yet, Jesus turned the tide as He talked about soulful hunger, spiritual hunger, and a deeper hunger.

 

John 6:27 “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”  (NIV)

You need to be working!  Work! Work!  But, work for the right thing.

 

John 6:28  Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  (NIV)

They weren’t thinking about spiritual food.  They were thinking about their wants, their desires.  They were saying, “Jesus, feed me, feed me, and feed me.”  They were diet-driven people.

John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

 

The Key?          Believing.  That’s how we take the bread of life.

 

John 6:30-31 So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

The crowd knew about the manna that God supplied their forefathers in Israel.  They also knew the Midrash, a Jewish commentary that said that the Messiah would duplicate the miracles that Moses had done in his life.  Now the Bible doesn’t say that, but the Midrash did.

So these Jews we probably thinking, “I’ve been a part of the Hebrew happy meal miracle, now I’m waiting for manna to fall from the sky!  Show me the manna!

 

John 6:32-35 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.  (NIV)

 

Manna The Bread of Life
Manna came down from heaven in darkness. Jesus entered this world that was darkened by sin.
Manna saved people from a certain physical death. Jesus saves people from spiritual death.
Manna only temporarily satisfied. (24 hours) Jesus satisfies forever!

 

Next Step:  I commit to daily ingest (read / meditate on) the Bread of Life.

 

“I AM the Light of the World.” John 8:12

 

John 8:10-12  (Jesus forgives the woman caught in the act of adultery.) Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”  Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” 12  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,

“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (NIV)

 

Jesus is life, and His life is a light to all men.

 

John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (NIV)

The Problem.

 

John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (One of the reasons people don’t come to church!) 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (NIV)

 

Jesus said:

 

John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  (NIV)

 

John 12:35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer.  Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you.  The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.

 

Who are the light carriers now?

 

John 12:36 Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.”(NIV)

 

Romans 13:12  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  (NIV)

 

Eph 5:8  “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children

of light.”(NIV)

 

Next Step:  I commit to live as a child of light and share Jesus’ life and light with others.

 

“I AM the Gate for the Sheep.”  John 10:7

 

John 10:1-7 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.

3  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and

leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him

because they know his voice. 5   But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because

they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he

was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.

 

Jesus didn’t say, “I am just a gate.”  He said, “I am the gate.”  Jesus is the only way to God.

 

John 10:8-10  All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.

9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The

thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)

 

If there was another gate, don’t you think Jesus would have told us about it?

If there was another gate, why would God have allowed Jesus to lay down His life for us?

There is no “Option B” or “Option C”.

 

“I AM the Good Shepherd.”  John 10:11

 

John 10:11-16  “I am the good shepherd.”  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12         The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep.  So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.  Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13          The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– 15  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father– and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.  I must bring them also.  They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” (NIV)

 

Psalms 23:1  The LORD (Jehovah-Raah) is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (NIV)

 

Matthew 9:36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  (NIV)

 

Next Step: I will listen daily to the voice of my Good Shepherd and allow Him to lead me.

“I AM the Resurrection and the Life.”  John 11:25

 

John 11:21-27 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26     and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (NIV)

 

The Big Picture  2 Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  (NKJ)  2 Cor 5:8  We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (NIV)

“I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life.” John 14:6

 

He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”  That means He’s the meaning and the message that we all need.  What more do you need?

 

John 14:1-6 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me. 2    In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

4  You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6            Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  (NIV)

 

“I AM the True Vine.”  John 15:1

 

He said, “I am the vine.”  Branches can’t be fruitful branches unless they’re connected to a vine.  Life is not really worth living unless we’re connected to Christ.

 

John 15:1-8  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked

up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish,

and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my

disciples. (NIV)

 

Abiding in the Vine is the Secret!  Jesus is your partner.

 

So your partner is The Great “I AM THAT I AM”

“I AM…”            John 6:35          “…the bread of life.”

“I AM…”            John 8:12          “…the light of the world.”

“I AM…”            John 10:7          “…the gate for the sheep.”

“I AM…”            John 10:11        “…the good shepherd.”

“I AM…”            John 11:25        “…the resurrection and the life.”

“I AM…”            John 14:6          “…the way and the truth and the life.”

“I AM…”            John 15:1          “…the true vine.”

 

Remember what God told Moses is what He is telling us as well.

 

Ex 3:8 So I have come down to rescue them …

 

Ex 3:10 So now, go. I am sending you (to Pharaoh) to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

I have come down to rescue them.  I am sending you!

 

Ex 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

 

Good question?  Who was Moses that God would use him?  Who am I that God will use me?  Who are you that God will use you?

 

Ex 3:12 And God said, “I will be with you.

 

Exodus 3:14      God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

 

I have come down to rescue them.  I am sending you.  And if anyone questions what you are doing, tell them, I AM has sent you!

 

Life Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Of the Seven I AM’s of Jesus, which is your favorite and why?

 

  1. Jesus is the Bread of Life. How do you eat or ingest that Bread?  Any suggestions to help others eat?

 

  1. Jesus is the Light. Give me one practical way that we can begin to shine His light right now.

 

  1. Jesus is the Gate to God. What other ways have you heard people suggest that one can get to heaven?  What is the fallacy in each of those optional ideas?

 

  1. How does the Good Sheppard lead you and guide you?

 

  1. Jesus is the Vine. Give me one practical way for us as branches to abide in the vine.

 

  1. Your Friendship with Jesus Will Change You! Please email Pastor Scott @ moore@believersmail.com a short testimony of how Jesus changed your life so that we can post it on www.ireallywant2change.com.

 

OMO CHILD 2014 Christmas Offering

November 18th, 2014

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OMO CHILD rescues and cares for Mingi children from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley region in Africa.  All of the children living at OMO CHILD would have been victims of infanticide if they were not rescued.

Living at the OMO CHILD home in Jinka, Ethiopia is the only option for our rescued children. The children live together in a safe, clean home-like environment.  They are loved and cared for by devoted nannies called “mamas” and other caretakers (nurse, cooks, and housekeepers).  They are well fed, clothed, and all necessary medical care is provided.  OMO CHILD is also committed to providing the children with the best possible education, so that they become future leaders and important contributors to their communities.

Omo Child is NOT an adoption agency.  We strongly believe that these children from the Omo Valley tribes should     remain “home” in Ethiopia and be provided with a good life and education there.  We hope that just like OMO CHILD founder Lale Labuko, an educated Kara tribal member, they can help current and future generations successfully      transition from tribal Africa to the developed world.

 

Pastor Scott Recommends viewing the following videos at omochild.org

Lale Labuko’s Story  A short film describing how Lale Labuko, co-founder of Omo Child and a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, learned about the practice of Mingi and how he made it his life mission to end ritual   infanticide in his tribe’s culture. – http://omochild.org/videos/lale-labukos-story/

 

I am Mingi  OMO CHILD rescues and cares for Mingi children from the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia, Africa.  To date, OMO CHILD has successfully rescued 37 children that would otherwise have been killed.  Fear and superstition still exist in parts of the Omo Valley.  Some of the tribes believe evil spirits or a “curse” will bring ill fortune (drought, famine, disease and death) to their villages if Mingi children are not killed.  A child can be declared Mingi for the following reasons — Teeth Mingi, Girl Mingi, Woman Mingi and Twin Mingi.  Being declared Mingi almost always means death of the child.  The tribe will leave the child alone in the bush without food and water or will drown the child in the river.— http://omochild.org/videos/i-am-mingi/

 

OMO CHILD’S Journey to the Omo Valley to Rescue Baby Jessica

This video starts with a journey deep into the Omo Valley to rescue newborn Baby Jessica who was declared Mingi or “cursed”.  Plus, video footage of our happy and healthy children living at the OMO CHILD home in Jinka.  We return back to the Omo Valley and the Kara tribe to learn more about their tribal culture and the practice of Mingi.

http://omochild.org/videos/omo-child-is-asking-for-your-support-today/

 

The Babies of Omo Child  Just the little ones!  Omo Child currently has 37 rescued babies and children that live in the home in Jinka, Ethiopia. – http://omochild.org/videos/the-babies-omo-child/

 

Christmas Offering December 2014

November 18th, 2014

Christmas Offering 2014

Dear Believers Church Family,

It hasn’t been said, shouted, heralded, proclaimed, or talked about enough!

But you, Believers Church, helped eradicate Mingi in the Kara Tribe!!!

The Kara tribal elders officially ended the practice of Mingi on 7-14-12. Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children believed to be cursed by tribes living in the remote Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia.

One of the main reasons Mingi was ended in the Kara tribe was due to the efforts of our friend, Lale Labuko, who not only spoke out about Mingi, but rescued 37 children who were destined to die. The children now reside at the OMO CHILD home in Jinka, Ethiopia, which you have helped support and furnish. Our hopes are to raise these children in a healthy, Christ centered environment, educate them, and then allow the other tribes to see that this children certainly were not cursed, but blessed!

Next month, I’m inviting everyone connected to Believers Church to participate in our 3rd Annual Christmas Offering. This is the time of year where we put our faith into action. As we buy gifts for other people, we want our largest, most extravagant gift to go to Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 25 that as we feed, water, clothe, and care for “the least of these” we are doing it to Jesus!

What will our gifts accomplish this Christmas?

1) We bear a heavy burden to help take care of all 37 precious children. The financial need for 2015 is $200,000. It cost at least $10,000 a month to care for the children alone.

2) Even though tremendous progress has been made in the Omo Valley, there are still 45,000 Hamar people that still practice Mingi. We are committed to seeing Mingi eliminated in the Omo Valley, and will continue to raise awareness as we partner together with Omo Child.

On December 14, 2014, we will receive a Christmas Offering during both of our weekend services to support Omo Child. We’re providing special Christmas Offering envelopes and encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that day. I believe and I want you to pray and believe with me, that we will take up a $12,000 Christmas Offering on that one day!

If you’re going to be out of town on December 14, or if you’d like to go ahead and donate now, you can do that online at http://believersstatesboro.com/online-giving/give-online/, or set up an account with our new system at https://believers.infellowship.com Click on “Sign-up” and walk through the steps. It is quick and easy. You can also use the Giving Kiosk in the lobby, designate “Christmas Offering” on any normal Sunday envelopes, or mail in your donation.

Please pray about participating and let’s bless the Omo Children. Please visit http://omochild.org for pictures of the children and watch the many informative videos as well.

Your most grateful servant,

Pastor Scott Moore

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When it comes to God, there is a lot in a name. The Scriptures reveal several names for God, all of which reveal to us His attributes and character. Last week we saw that God addressed Himself as I AM.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’"

Jesus was named I AM TOO! Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we look at the seven times Jesus referred to Himself as “ I AM.”

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What’s in a name? Sometimes a lot, other times not much.

When it comes to God, there is a lot in a name. The Scriptures reveal several names for God, all of which reveal to us His attributes and character. Come discover some of those characteristics with us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.

Christmas Musical Rehearsal

November 5th, 2014

If you would like to be a part of the Christmas Musical, join us Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for rehearsal!

Contact Joe Sconyers for more information at joe.sconyers@believersmail.com.

Christmas Choir

Christmas Choir

membership class

Call the church office at 912.681.1440 to RSVP!