Team Seasoned Heart, based in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, provides financial support as well as training teams to carry out missions in cooperation with Restoration Village Project, a Christian ministry to Kilgoris, Kenya. Team Seasoned Heart’s Kenyan mission trips include training youth leaders, ministering to widows, orphans and prisoners, and providing medical care.

We are privileged to carry HIS heart to East Africa from a base in Kilgoris, Kenya.  We invite you to, above all else, pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit for HIS purposes for this region and the people.  While we see God as our Source, there is the principle of the Sower and the one sent to the Harvest field and the blessing to both.  We invite you to come alongside of us and sow financially into the ongoing Harvest. 

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The Beauty of the Cross

2/15/2019 11:45:00 PM BY Zach Hunter

      After a recent evening at church we discussed some of the different kinds of sacrifices the Israelites had to perform. There are a lot, many of them during celebrations or to remember specific events from their history where God delivered them. I found myself intrigued and so I went to Leviticus and tried to read some of them for myself.
When my head stopped spinning I found myself looking back over chapter 4 which defined different sins and what had to be done to be forgiven for those sins.

       Rather than try and put it in my own words I am going to quote one of them here (Leviticus 4:3-12):

“If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering[a] for the sin he has committed. 4 He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the Lord. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the Lord. 5 Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull’s blood and carry it into the tent of meeting. 6 He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. 7 The priest shall then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the Lord in the tent of meeting. The rest of the bull’s blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 8 He shall remove all the fat from the bull of the sin offering—all the fat that is connected to the internal organs, 9 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys— 10 just as the fat is removed from the ox sacrificed as a fellowship offering. Then the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. 11 But the hide of the bull and all its flesh, as well as the head and legs, the internal organs and the intestines— 12 that is, all the rest of the bull—he must take outside the camp to a place ceremonially clean, where the ashes are thrown, and burn it there in a wood fire on the ash heap.” 

     All of that for one sin...one. The chapter describes a total of 5 and the steps required for sacrifice for each one, partially I imagine because there wouldn’t be enough room for more. I shudder to imagine what would happen if every sin and it’s required steps were to be written down, because I imagine it would make War and Peace look positively puny. Worse, if we still had to do those things to be forgiven our sins I at least would never him time for anything else. My day would probably be wake up, get dressed, go to work, sin on the ride over because somebody cut me off, sin at work because I am in customer service and anyone who works with customers will understand what I mean, sin on the way home because another person cuts me off then sin at home as I rant about my day. The next week would be spent preparing my sacrifices and going through them with my priest, with a few more possible added in for impatience during the buying the of the sacrifices.

This highlights one of the beauties of the Cross, the forgiveness of all our sins. We just saw the tortuous procedures for forgiveness of sin prior to the Cross and now our sins have already been forgiven. When we sin now, and lets be honest we do...we really do all we need to do is confess it with our mouth and ask God for forgiveness. Boom. Done.

Turning Disgust into Grace

2/8/2019 11:10:00 PM BY Zach Hunter

       I have to make a confession; I am often ready to give up on people. Pretty much after I watch/read the news, go on social media or make the really big mistake of reading a comment section and I’m ready to say, “You know what God? Screw these people! I am so sick of them, let them burn!”  Not a great Christianly attitude I must admit though I
find some comfort that even Jesus had his frustrations with people. Perhaps one of my favorite lines is when he said “How long shall I suffer you?” Not only does it echo my feelings at times but it reminds me that Jesus really was fully human while also being God.

       As I have said this is not a good Christainly attitude to have and in truth it is not a good attitude to have period; after all we live with people and must interact with people daily. The question then becomes ‘how do we turn digust to grace?’ God loves all these people after all and commands us to do the same, in fact it is so important that Jesus said it was the second most imporant commandment. The only commandment more important then that is to love the Lord your God and have no other gods before Him.

      For some as they have grown deep into their relationship with the Lord His love for those people is all they need (at least most of the time), but what of those of us who haven’t reached that level yet? I was reading an article on millenial burnout when this piece came to me and several of the people in it had been raised in the Church and were
burned out because of it, some calling it a crutch or otherwise leaving it behind. My initial reaction was disgust, not just to them but everyone in the article, the ones raised in the Church just had the most vivid reaction.

       At this point I felt a nudge to change my thinking, reaction and feeling. I tried instead to look at the why behind the people, why they are feeling this way or thinking this way. In doing so I tried to avoid defaulting to the WORST POSSIBLE REASON as that defeated the whole point of what God was nudging me to do...changing my view on
those people. When I tried to think of the circumstances as described by these people I began to feel sorry for them instead and wished things had been differently.

       Sometimes I wonder if God could use me to make a difference by meeting some of these people and showing them a different side to the Church. For many the Church is a judgemental, condemning, self-righteous group with unreasonable expectations of perfection. One of the reasons for burnout was that they were raised that they all had to
evangelize all the time and could never, ever stop or take breaks. Speaking for myself I’m not great at face to face evangalizing which is why I write, here I can be far more eloquent and better at getting my point across than I could in person.

      Mind you I am not saying we should not evangalize, we are warring for people’s souls after all, but not everyone can be Paul, converted and immediately hitting the ground running and evangalizing. For most of us we need to be taught and grown as Christians and we absolutely need to deepen our relationship with God before we can
really effectively reach people for Him. Another thing is that not everyone evangalizes the same; there are so many different talents, gifts and methods for reaching people, made more complicated by how different we are as  ndividuals.