Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
For the Christian, Christmas is a time to celebrate the gift of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. It is the most amazing truth that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3v16). Continue reading
(Or, “Why should I become a member of this church?”)
Imagine a grand wedding day. Bill and Susan have all their friends and family waiting for them. The band is ready to play some of the finest classical songs every written. The hall is decorated with flowers, white linen and a tropical scent. The only problem is Bill and Susan never arrived. They decided that instead of going through the rigmarole of making a legal, public declaration of their love and commitment to one another, they will stay at home enjoying the pleasures of the married life without the commitment. “Besides,” they tell their parents afterwards, “what if we discover we don’t like one another after a while?”
Dear Bethany Baptist Church
It is amazing to think of the incarnation of the Son of God two thousand years ago! To think that God should send His only begotten Son to save unworthy sinners like us is absolutely amazing! What is so incredible is that the eternal and holy Son of God took upon himself the weakness of human flesh in order to become our Saviour!
Ps Jonathan, Buks, Martin and Myself (Sello) went on a mission trip to Mashushu, to encourage our brothers and sisters at our church plant – Back to Jesus Baptist Church. We left Centurion at around 4am and made our way to Mashushu for a 5 hour trip. The Lord blessed us with a safe trip and all praises to Him. Continue reading
I recently attended a minister’s seminar led by Dr Robert Moore from the United States. He spoke about the loss of spiritual passion and how to restore it. He spoke about the importance of Sabbath rest – of the need to worship and rest in the Lord. He mentioned that the Sabbath is a hedge given by God to keep us from being workaholics and to enable us to be renewed in spiritual zeal and passion for the Lord. The danger of losing one’s spiritual passion is that we can become spiritually dry as believers, merely going through the motions.
It is becoming increasingly popular and cool to get a tattoo in these days. Sport’s heroes are seen with tattoos now more than ever before. It is the in-thing. It is not surprising then that some Christian’s have started to ask the question “Why can’t I get a tattoo?” There are even pastors now who argue that grace gives a Christian the licence to get tattoos from head to toe if they so wish provided they are not offensive.
What are we to make of all this? Continue reading
No, this is not an article condemning you for going to your favourite sporting event, or being a couch potato during the Olympics, and I write this as much to myself as I do to you. The spectating I refer to is the watching of the many, the efforts of the few, trying to accomplish all for the Kingdom.
Text: Isaiah 53v3 “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…”
One feels so much for those who grieve over the loss of a loved one. We have all been through that – and it is painful!
J.I Packer defined grief as follows “It is an inward desolation that follows the losing of something or someone we loved – a child, relative, life partner, a job, ones hopes, ones dreams, one’s health or whatever.” When we lose something or someone we love and cherish we feel a sense of loss and grief. When it is someone close that we have loved for so long, the pain can be intense. There is a longing and yearning for one who was so much part of your life. Continue reading
“Fight the good fight of the faith.” 1 Here are words fit for a soldier. A bold encouragement to take up arms, to struggle, to resist, to attack and to defend. The Apostle in times past gives an earnest plea for his dear friend to fight. The words come down to us and the charge is made afresh. Fight. Before any war should be waged, some solemn questions need to be asked. Why should I fight? What am I fighting… Continue reading
Article posted by John Samson in Effectual Grace
by Dr. John Piper, Website: www.desiringGod.org. Email: mail@desiringGod.org. Toll Free: 1.888.346.4700.
For thoughtful people, how they pray for the soul is governed by how they believe God acts. So, for example, if they believe God changes people’s souls so that they make new and right choices, then they will ask God to make those soul-changes through evangelism and nurture. But not everybody is thoughtful about the way they pray. They don’t think about what view of God is behind their praying.
So what I suggest is that we learn first to pray for the soul from the way the Bible prays for the soul. If we do that, then our prayers will probably be good prayers, and in the process we will also learn about how God acts. Here is the way I pray for my soul. I use these prayers over and over again—for myself and my children and wife and for the staff and the elders and for all the church. This is the meat and potatoes of my prayer life.