Friday, July 8, 2011


Dear CCR Family and Friends,

Last week we finished our series on the 10 Commandments. As we did I hope you heard the message that God gave us these commands with the intent to bless us for thousands of generations. The Old Testament is a collection of beautiful historic literature. With each command we tried to understand how the command’s principle was expressed in a nation’s policy, poetry, and history. I find the Old Testament to be remarkably relevant to contemporary Kigali.

For the next several weeks we will look at the voices of prophets who called God’s people back to their beautiful dignity as they lived at peace with God and fellow man.
Eugene Peterson described the prophets with the following words, The prophets worked to get people who were beaten down to open themselves up to hope in God’s future. In the wreckage of exile and death and humiliation and sin, the prophet ignited hope, opening lives to the new work of salvation that God is about at all times and everywhere.”

We are going to look at the words of Isaiah as he predicts Israel’s return from refugee living. A key text we’ll read is “Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? But even if mothers forget, I'd never forget you—never. (Isaiah 49:15-16 - The Message)”

One of my friends in reading this text remarked, “That is so powerful. I had never imagined any love and care that supersedes that of a mother for her baby. But God's love has challenged my imagination!”

I hope you’ll be able to join us this week as we discover that God’s love goes beyond a mother’s love.

Imana ikurinde,


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