Volume 2 No 4

 Most consider South Africa’s hosting of the soccer world cup a resounding success. Our boys did us proud and I know that many overseas visitors see South Africa in a whole new light. And of course, congratulations go to the Spanish team who have been crowned the new soccer world-champions!

I’m sure if you spoke to any of the Spanish players they would tell you of the hard work, endless training, dedication and sacrifice required from each of them in order to be crowned as world-champions. Unfortunately in 4 years time a new tournament takes place and they pass on their temporary crowns.

We are part of something much bigger and grander than a world cup, and ALL are invited to participate, and all can win a crown. But the crown we strive for is Eternal and of much greater value.

1 Corinthians 9:25 tells us : “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

God has made an offer to all. We are made in His image and called to be his sons and daughters. It took one moment of brilliance in the last minutes of extra time for the Spanish team to achieve glory. Our moment of glory was also achieved, but some 2000 years ago when God laid down his life for us. No matter who you are or what you have done, God has already carried out his plan of salvation for you, through His Son Jesus the Christ. It is the Father’s great pleasure to adopt you into His family as sons and daughters, co-heirs with Christ.

And my prayer is that each issue of Face to Face will lead you into an ever closer and loving relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and into the realisation of the awesome plan God has for YOU!

James 1:12 tells us that if we persevere (don’t give up) and if we love God, a Crown of Life awaits us in His Kingdom.

If you would like to know more of this relationship you have been invited to be a part of, write to us (address opposite) and request a free copy of ‘An Introduction to Trinitarian Theology’. May your life be filled with His richest blessings!

Diversity and Unity in Spiritual Gifts

The church members in Corinth asked Paul a number of questions, and Paul responded in the letter we know as 1 Corinthians.

Could Jesus have been an imposter? A reassuring look at fulfilled prophecy

One day while walking along the seashore, a man by the name of Justin Martyr chanced to meet an elderly Christian man.

The storms of life

Years ago, traveling preachers would come to town, pitch a large tent, preach the gospel nightly for about a week, then move on.

Ancestor Worship! A Counterfeit of the real thing?

If you are African, you probably know somebody who worships, consults, or prays to their ancestors. In fact, chances are, you probably do that yourself.

The Greatest Show on Earth

World Cup 2010 is over. But what a spectacular event it was! Never before has South Africa experienced such excitement as soccer mania swept through the country.

The Boat that Rocked

The year was 1945. Billy Graham and Charles Templeton were preaching at Christian rallies in Europe drawing huge crowds.

The jealousy of God

Many years ago my late wife, Trixie, and I were having a conversation about unfaithfulness and extra-marital affairs.

In the beginning... was information

 Within one life time, we have moved from the space age, through the computer age, into the information age.

Protected in Christ

I’m not sure about you, but I know I wouldn’t like to take on a lion.

Train up a child

Most Christian parents want nothing more than for their children to know Jesus Christ. For years I read several scriptural passages that informed my approach to parenting.

Special Outfit Needed

I am looking forward to a very special family occasion in a few months’ time. My son, whom we all thought to be a confirmed bachelor, is getting married!

God spoke to me?

I was recently 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...