Viewing Entries Posted In 2016

Honeymoon disaster and a glimpse of our heavenly home

I came across a sad story this week, a story about a honeymoon disaster. The newly weds arrived at the hotel in the wee hours with high hopes.

Read The Full Article

Push the boat out

I am continually surprised by how many common phrases have their origin in the Bible. At first sight the idea of ‘pushing the boat out’ does not seem to have...

Read The Full Article

Abraham’s Example of Faith: A Study of Hebrews 11:8-19

Hebrews 11 is a description of faith in action — how God’s people have always lived by faith.

Read The Full Article

My Mother’s Prayer

I had my first love affair when I was just 6 years old. It’s true…but it’s probably not what you’re thinking.When I was 6, I had a marvellous kite that...

Read The Full Article

How do we view non believers?

Here’s an important question for us to ponder: How do we view non-believers?Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and the Breakpoint radio program, once answered that question using an analogy:...

Read The Full Article

Sowing Seed

As a very young boy I stood one day and watched as my dad planted a small patch of mielie pips (maize seeds).

Read The Full Article

Pressing Anger Produces Strife

“For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.”Proverbs 30:33 (ESVUK)The proverb above has one good idea and two bad.The first idea concerns a...

Read The Full Article

The weight lifter

“For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath…for you have taken me up and thrown me aside”(Psalm 102:9-10).Like the psalmist,...

Read The Full Article

Small Things

The splendor of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was renowned. Skilled craftsmen used only the finest materials in construction.

Read The Full Article

Because He Lives…

“God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”Acts 2:24 (NIV)It’s estimated that more...

Read The Full Article

God spoke to me?

I was enjoying a walk along the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town, reflecting on life and the magnificence of the ocean, when I noticed a young lady sitting on...

Read The Full Article

Honesty: a signpost to inspiration

“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our...

Read The Full Article

Like a weaned child

Sometimes I skim over verses in the Bible that don’t mean anything to me personally without taking time to delve into them.

Read The Full Article

The first shall be last and the last shall be first

As Christians today, we sometimes struggle to understand everything Jesus said. One of His emphatic and often repeated statements is found in the gospel of Matthew.”But many who are first...

Read The Full Article

Church is healthy

You’ve probably heard the following statistics:• Avoid riding in automobiles   ...because they’re responsible for ...20 percent of all fatal accidents.• Don’t stay home because ...17 percent of all fatal                 ...accidents...

Read The Full Article

Do You Have the Holy Spirit?

Christians sometimes wonder whether they have been given God’s ...........Holy Spirit. What are some guidelines we can use in trying to understand our own spiritual state? Since the Holy Spirit...

Read The Full Article

King Solomon's Mines: Secrets

Everybody has secrets. Some secrets remain hidden for centuries. For example, it wasn’t until 1922 when an archeologist discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen that evidence showed his parents...

Read The Full Article

Why Bother With Theology?

Many people find theology to be complicated, confusing and even irrelevant. They wonder why they should bother with it at all.

Read The Full Article

The Ascension and the Return of Christ

In Acts 1:9, we are told: “After Jesus said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.” I would like to...

Read The Full Article

The trinity revealed

A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s church. As the service began, the choir began to sing an old hymn.

Read The Full Article

A tender trap

I  have never thought of myself as an escapist, but I confess to switching to the animal channels when the news gets too heavy to bear and the movies too...

Read The Full Article

Faith and funerals

Funerals are big business in South Africa.  For those watching morning or evening television, adverts for funeral policies are everywhere. However, this is not just a South African phenomenon.

Read The Full Article

The point of no return

“Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”Psalm 23:4 (NLT)Built into every airline’s flight safety plan is...

Read The Full Article

Blown away by kindness

Have you ever been blown away by the kindness of someone when you least expected it?  Quite recently three friends and I had just such a ‘wow’ experience.We four ladies...

Read The Full Article

Bigger Than You Bigger Than Death

“How was the night?’ asked the nurse. The young man’s weary eyes answered the question before his lips could. It had been long and hard.

Read The Full Article

How can it be?

Think about it. A King who committed adultery and murder! A man who was ruthless at times - so much so that God forbade him to build the temple because...

Read The Full Article

The Day I Lost My Wedding Ring

I never thought it would happen to me, but yes, I lost my wedding ring. It only took approximately 17 years and six months to happen.

Read The Full Article

Extravagent Grace

Grace, which is described as God’s unconditional and unmerited pardon, is the first word in the name  of our denomination.

Read The Full Article

King Solomon's Mines: Self control

Just Say No?I have a friend. His name is Jimmy. Everyone likes Jimmy. He is hard working, generous and has a great sense of humour.

Read The Full Article

Book Review: Mercy re-wrote my life by Simone Aronje-Adetoye

The TV program Against all odds, presented by Mpho Lakage has surely been an inspiration to many viewers.

Read The Full Article

Amen to that

Apart from the words God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Jesus, and Christ, the word Amen is one of the most used words by Christians.

Read The Full Article

Combating Atheism

In the last few years, we have seen the rising influence of writers and scientists who vigorously preach atheism.  They not only express their personal doubts about God’s existence, but...

Read The Full Article

Triumph Over Temptation

I still chuckle when I think about the joke I heard about the game warden who got a quick lesson on fishing.It seems he noticed how this one particular fellow...

Read The Full Article

From Prison to Prime Minister The Man Who Never Gave Up

Who would you think of as your greatest inspirational leader of all time?Would it be Nelson Mandela, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, or one of the Bible greats like King David...

Read The Full Article

Silence in hell?

“And (they) shall be as though they had never been”Obadiah 16 (ESV) Halloween customs often conjure images of hell-fire.

Read The Full Article

They Say Peace, Peace... But...

“They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, Peace!’ When there is no Peace.”Jeremiah 6:14 (NKJV)Is there peace on this earth? Why is the world in...

Read The Full Article

The Empty Tomb: Reasons to Believe

Jesus Christ’s resurrection from a rock sepulchre galvanized the faith of early Christians. The empty tomb and the appearances of the risen Lord were the crowning proof that the Master...

Read The Full Article

The Blue Jewel Called Earth

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every activity under heaven.”Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)In Genesis we read that God created the sun, moon and stars not only to...

Read The Full Article

Only words

I sometimes indulge in a musical trip down memory lane. An old 1960s hit by the Bee Gees really struck a chord – so to speak – when I listened...

Read The Full Article

Certain hope

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.

Read The Full Article

A tale of two teachers

I grew up as a grandson of immigrants. Both of my grandfathers had journeyed to America as adults, one fleeing a revolution and the other seeking his fortune.

Read The Full Article

A Lamb for the Slaughter

My wife and I like mutton and lamb, but it is hard to get these meats where we live.

Read The Full Article

The Transfiguration: sneak peek at the resurrection A study of Mark 9:1-13

The disciples are discouraged — even dismayed. They thought they were following a Messiah into a glorious kingdom.

Read The Full Article

King Solomon's Mines: Keep calm and try a soft answer

Three years ago I was in Harare, Zimbabwe to give some church presentations. After checking into my hotel I took an afternoon walk along the streets of the busy capital.

Read The Full Article

Burial Business

“Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre – both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field – was legally made over...

Read The Full Article

Book review: Song of Redemption by Lynn Austin

Someone once said to me, “If you can’t fall asleep at night, try reading the books of Kings and Chronicles before switching off the light.

Read The Full Article

Katima Mulilo quenching the hunger

I awake suddenly, not sure why. There is a soft blue glow in the small, dark room.

Read The Full Article

Spiritual Wellness

In her famous book, entitled “Springs in the Valley,” Lettie Cowman writes about travellers making a long journey deep into the jungles of Africa.

Read The Full Article

Jesus, the fulfilled covenant

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  John 13:34 (NIV UK) One of the most enduring arguments...

Read The Full Article

Family Feuds

“My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants.” Mark 3:35 “Give me a word picture to describe a relative in your life who really...

Read The Full Article