God’s plan by Pastor Dongo

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Here is a picture of Pastor Don (left) and Pastor Dongo (right)


As promised, here is Tuesday Night’s Bible Study.

Last night was Pastor Dongo’s last night here. He is travelling to California, but I am not sure which city. I will try to find out. So we had a potluck dinner in honor of him. Some made African dishes that were awesome. There was a curried carrot with raisin dish that I have to find the recipe for.

Pastor Dongo has an orphanage in Kampala City, Uganda. He is now working on building a school building.

If you recall, one Friday he spoke on God’s ownership, and last Sunday he spoke on our Will. I was not there to listen, but will get the tape and try to transcribe notes for you. But the general idea was that we don’t own our own wills, they belong to God. We are responsible to manage our wills in the way the owner wants (the owner being God), and we manage our wills by obedience.

Last night, Pastor Dongo talked about God’s plan.

He pointed out that everything we do is done by following a plan. And the order of our universe testifies to a plan.

Man is the crown of God’s creation. God made man like himself, and different from every other of his creation. Man was created in God’s image and likeness. God gave man power and dominion on the earth. Genesis 1:26-28

Man followed the suggestion of satan and rebelled against God and man no longer was like God. He lost the image and likeness of God and the dominion on the earth, which was given over to satan. (Jesus was the image of God on the earth, and part of that image was obedience to God, when man rebelled, he no longer portrayed obedience).

Satan believed that he had destroyed God’s plan when he caused man to disobey. But God foreknew what was going to happen and made a plan to circumvent what satan meant for evil. Satan cannot stop God’s fulfillment of his plan.

Romans 8:28-30 is an outline of God’s plan for man. We are called according to His purpose, God planned to call back man into the image of His son. Christ is the image of the invisible God, so God in Christ Jesus reaches to us to restore us to our original state before the fall of man. And that original state is also the image of God.

Here is the plan:

We are chosen.
We are set apart.
We have been called by God.
We are being put right with God in Jesus, so we are made the righteousness of God in Jesus.
We are being given the opportunity to share God’s glory.

1 Peter 1:2, tells us we are chosen to God’s purpose beforehand. That God planned for us before we were even born.

Ephesians 1:4 We were chosen before the foundation of the world, so we may be Holy. Justified and sanctified through Christ so we can be Holy.

He chose us for he knew we would serve Him.

Col. 1:15 Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

The disciples asked Jesus to show them the father, and he told them that if you see me, you’ve seen the father.As believers we are to be the reflection of Jesus wherever we are.

God wanted to form a big family, so Jesus is the first born among many brethren. God wanted all his children to reign with Him forever and ever, and ever.

Revelation 22:5

Ephesians 1, describes what happened when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

God made the universe and man for his Glory.

Isaiah 43:7 He had created everything for His glory.

Ephesians 1: 6, 12, 14 so we will be the praise of his Name.

Eph. 4:13 Christ gave the five fold ministry to the church.

We are not to seek signs and wonders but we are to seek the creator, God.

I enjoyed so much hearing Pastor Dongo’s teaching. Sometimes I think we get used to thinking in a certain way, and searching the scriptures from our view point. I love having visiting pastors, and ones from other cultures to show us what is important from their point of view. It helps to make me aware of a fullness in the Bible that cannot be gained by just one point of view. There is such richness in the Word of God.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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