The Quest for the Ideal Church

Are you on a quest to find The Ideal Church? Perhaps you know the one I mean. It is the church where no errors of doctrine or practice ever occur.

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Where there is Love there is God

“Why do we need God when there are many non-Christians doing good things – without God?” This was the question a friend recently asked.

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The Bitter Heart Eats its Owner

The good news is that Christ came to heal the broken hearted and set us free from the negative burdens that hold us back (Luke 4:18).

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Fluffing the Faith

Once I had the perfect feather pillow. It had been beautifully shaped by years of use, and with it I slept like a student should.

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Lies, Lies and More Lies

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.

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Just Keep Listening

Have you ever heard of Sam Phillips? Probably not. How about Elvis Presley? Of course you have. He’s the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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Lulled Into Apathy

Abraham Lincoln once listened to the pleas of the mother of a soldier who’d been sentenced to hang for treason.She begged the President to grant a pardon. Lincoln agreed.

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Give me that Old Time Religion

Which music platform do you think turned a larger profit last year – an ‘app’ like Spotify or vinyl records? The answer might surprise you.

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Choose Life!

As soon as the show began I knew I shouldn’t be watching it. ‘Some viewers may find the scenes distressing’ said the TV announcer. Distressing was the understatement of the year.

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Atonement

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith.” Romans 3:25 (NIV) The Israelites kept the Day of Atonement.

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Social But Not Sociable

While on a short vacation, I took a river tour along the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada.

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A Winning Ticket

“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally...

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Do I Matter?

“Christ Jesus made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servent” - Philippians 2:7 I stand in the cashier line of the local supermarket and look around me.

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Choose Life!

As soon as the show began I knew I shouldn’t be watching it. ‘Some viewers may find the scenes distressing’ said the TV announcer. Distressing was the understatement of the year.

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Your Church Needs You

During World War II, some posters displayed a stern Uncle Sam pointing and saying, “Your country needs you!” Many people responded to that challenge, going to work or to fight...

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Expulsion From the Garden

It’s a common misconception to think that Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden was God’s way of punishing the first man and woman for disobeying his instructions.

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A Winning Ticket

“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally...

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Give me that Old Time Religion

Which music platform do you think turned a larger profit last year – an ‘app’ like Spotify or vinyl records? The answer might surprise you.

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Atonement

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith.” Romans 3:25 (NIV) The Israelites kept the Day of Atonement.

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Social But Not Sociable

While on a short vacation, I took a river tour along the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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:...

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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).

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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...

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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,...

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Small Things

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Extravagent Grace

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

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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.

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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.

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