Volume 3 No 3

I’m sure that most of you have had family gatherings where uncles, aunts, cousins and grand parents all get together for a day of merriment, where connections are re-established and relationships strengthened. This usually happens on rare occasions like Christmas, Easter, or a family wedding. Food is usually offered in abundance, and there is much merriment.

As Christians, we are family, and God our Father invites us to a great family get together once a week, where songs are sung and we all get together to rejoice and celebrate. It is also set around a spiritual meal, where we are offered nourishment that leaves us feeling just as well contented. It is an opportunity to catch up with others and encourage, or be encouraged.

Unfortunately some do not see fit to accept the invitation as they feel they have more important things to do. This family gathering is called ‘Church’, and you have been invited. Some of you may not be aware that these gatherings are not just on Easter or Christmas! In the Epistle to the Hebrews we are warned “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

The church body is made up of many fellowships, and he doesn’t mind which you attend. Perhaps you didn’t realise that Face to Face is backed by a church fellowship called Grace Communion International (GCI), and that we have churches in many of the larger cities throughout S.A. If you have perhaps ignored his invitation for a while, and are looking for a church to attend, we have listed the contact names and phone numbers of our regional pastors, who would be happy to direct you to your nearest congregation of GCI. Otherwise I’m sure your church down the road would be just as pleased to welcome you home.

God would love to see YOU at his next family gathering. Will you be there?  


King Solomon’s mines

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The three 'R's' of healing prayer

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Living in Love

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Gone Forever

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A neighbour indeed

Have you ever heard the saying that ‘good fences make good neighbours’? An interesting, but not a very Godly concept! Rather than endorsing barriers, shouldn’t we be encouraging good relationships...

Walking with God

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

Growing up in faith

A young couple with two little boys visited our home recently, and I was reminded how often little ones have to be warned about things that might hurt them.

LIVING WATER - THE ANSWER TO EMPTINESS

Rita, a middle aged single woman came home after a stressful day at work. She lived alone in her tiny, modest flat. She sat down on the threadbare couch.

God of War

When Sony Entertainment released the first in a series of video game titles called God of War in 2005, they were right on the money, so to speak.

Keeping Perspective

Neat and tidy! That’s how I like it! A place for everything and everything in its place! I like routine, order, organization.

PURSUED BY LOVE

It was 1970 and I was undergoing my military training in Pretoria. After three months of basic training we were allowed to go home every second weekend.

The Miracle Workers

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BATTERY CHARGERS

How many battery chargers do you have? I personally have ten.

TURNED OFF BY JESUS?

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THE BIGGEST KILLER OF ALL TIME

What do you think is the biggest killer of all time? Is it wars? Is it the bubonic plague?