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Repentance, Restoration

As Published in the Chanhassen Villager and Chaska Herald Newspapers Faith Columns By Rev. Sammy Wanyonyi For centuries, many in the Christian tradition have observed the season of lent on their religious calendar. Starting with Ash Wednesday, they prepare for Easter by practicing a forty-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. They engage in candid self-evaluation and recognition of one’s own mortality, sin, moral failure and shame. Surrounded by other sinners, they come to church to kneel, to pray, and to ask God’s forgiveness. They hear Scripture readings that are urgent and vivid. They have black ashes rubbed into their foreheads. They recite a Litany of Penitence that takes one’s breath away. Whereas I do not come from a Christian tradition that observes the season of lent, the lessons of lent are not unique to such traditions. Indeed, repentance is at the core of Christianity’s teaching on sin and salvation. It is universal within Christian t

The Lord of All Provisions

Ministry, especially evangelistic work, is always a tough deal.  It is not for those with weakness of bones.  It is not for those without tears in their eyes or for those with smooth knees.  It is for those with courage of spirit and hearts of faith. It is for those who paint a picture in the dark and envision a harvest in a barren land. As the Psalmist reminds us in Psalms 126:5 & 6 "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Everytime God calls you to do something new, He sure always provides for it.  But not without calling you to trust Him every step of the way.  Every year and every time since I responded to the Lord's call to global evangelistic work God has always called me to trust Him for the provisions. He has never disappointed.  Preparing for Accelerate Conference as well as the Evening of Hope is no exception. Whe

One Week to Accelerate Conference and Evening of Hope

We are only a week away from the Accelerate conference and Evening of Hope outreach. Now is the time to firm up your plans and to get ready to be blessed through the ministry of God's servants whom He is preparing. Accelerate conference kicks off on Friday March 19th at 10:00 AM and continues till 4:30 PM. Our speakers on Friday include Scott McNair, President of Shwans Food Company as well as Nick Hall, youth speaker for Billy Graham Association and Founder of Pulse Outreach. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the conference and to sharing with you what God has laid on our hearts. In the evening of March 19th, we are conducting the Evening of Hope outreach as part of Accelerate. We have a great line-up of music artists who include Superchick, John Reuben (Right), Bread of Stone and Manic Drive as well as great messages of hope from your evangelistic speakers. On Saturday March 20th, the conference continues from 10:00 AM till 4:30 PM. Joel Johnson, Senior Pastor of West